Matt Merkel Hess, American Stoneware at Thomas Hunter Project Space


Matt Merkel Hess, American Stoneware

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through December 20
Reception: December 13, 6:30-8pm

Snakes, eagles, political figures, and snack food collide in this new body of ceramic work by Matt Merkel Hess. Drawing on 17th to 19th century stoneware crocks, 20th century song lyrics, and recent political upheavals, Merkel Hess weaves together signs, symbols and forms that embody and embrace the American experience. The work draws particular inspiration from the slimy, grotesque world depicted in the 19th century snake jugs crafted by the Kirkpatrick Brothers of Anna, Illinois, along with the verdant, joyful stoneware crocks made by David Jarbour in Alexandria, Virginia in the 1820s. Building on Merkel Hess’s previous explorations of plastic, everyday containers such as 5 gallon buckets, this new body of work includes 2 liter soda bottles, Kool Aid Man pitchers, and wheel-thrown ceramic Cheetos bags, which all deepen and expand the artist’s exploration of what it means to be a ceramic vessel maker.

Matt Merkel Hess has exhibited widely and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Calif.; and the Nerman Museum in Overland Park, Kansas. Born and raised in Iowa, he studied at the University of Kansas before moving to Los Angeles, where he received an MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Merkel Hess lives and works in New York City. For more information, please visit

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists: Yen Yen Chou – Through December 4

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists:
Yen Yen Chou

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street
New York, NY

November 13 – December 4

GALLERY CUBED (GC) is a portable pop-up, a 4 x 8 foot gallery in a box. The franchise kit includes hidden electrical power, easily replaceable parts, and manageable, stackable, flat-pack, space-saving, interlocking panels that are easy to assemble. Anyone can put together the pieces to make a sturdy, load-bearing exhibition space appear out of thin air. GC’s mission is to empower communities and artists through the transformative power of a sustainable art experience. More art for more people for less money.

Inside of the walls of GALLERY CUBED, Nathan Rayman presents his curatorial project, NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists. The NEA supports international artists applying for the O-1 US Visa or Green Card by offering them opportunities to fulfill specific requirements—exhibitions, publications, panel participation, etc.—that prove their “extraordinariness” to immigration authorities. Like HEHG’s exhibition, The Extraordinary, the NEA is populated through an open call put out by GALLERY CUBED and selected by a jury of established arts workers.

The NEA will present a series of six solo exhibitions beginning on October 16, 2019 and rotating through March, 2020. The NEA began in 2019 and serves as an inclusive, generative network at a time when the US’s original NEA (the National Endowment for the Arts) is at risk of being dismantled and money is more often channelled through the secondary art market. In this environment of dwindling support and funding for art production, the NEA calls into question the metrics used to obtain the status of an “extraordinary” or “successful” artist. How is this lofty goal made even more difficult for non-residents? How can we re-imagine existing structures so that they might yield a more inclusive dividend of success rather than creating competition, scarcity, and rejection?

Speculative Architecture and the Commons – November 23, 2-6pm


Speculative Architecture and the Commons
part of Robert Morris: Para-architectural projects

Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 E. 68th Street
New York, NY

November 23, 2-6pm

Inspired by our current exhibition, Robert Morris: Para-architectural projects, this event will bring together artists, writers, and designers/architects/planners for an afternoon of conversations focused on feminist, queer and POC visions of speculative architecture and its liberatory potential to reimagine the commons. Panelists will present on their work, introduce interactive technologies and activities to the audience, and discuss themes from their work. A reception and tour of Robert Morris: Para-architectural projects by exhibition curator Sarah Watson to follow.

Nyasha Felder, will present on her architectural collaborations with artists and her design for the Education Pavilion for the North Philly Peace Park.

Glenn Cantave and Idris Brewster, who collective work as Movers and Shakers will present on their Augmented Reality Monument Tours and the work they are doing with their AR projects in schools.

Natalia Nakazawa will present on her curatorial, pedagogical, and artistic interest in artists’ interpretations of the city, based in part on her curation of the 2015 exhibition Translated Cities.

Cheryl J. Fish, PH.D. will present on June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller’s 1965 “Architextual” Collaboration” Skyrise for Harlem.