The Extraordinary at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – Through February 29

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The Extraordinary

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

Through February 29

Hunter East Harlem Gallery is pleased to announce the selected artists from our recent Open Call: THE EXTRAORDINARY. The submissions were reviewed by a prestigious jury: María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at The Museum of Modern Art; Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed; Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum; and Javier Telles, international artist.

The Selected Artists: Sarah Mihara Creagen, CanadaWoomin Kim, South Korea
Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh Yue Nakayama, JapanAnna Parisi, BrazilShimpei Shirafuji, JapanCatalina Tuca, ChileRamyar Vala, Iran

The Extraordinary is a group exhibition of eight artists who are currently in the process of gaining, or currently possess an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to this process and at the same time, inspect the system which requires those to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking individuals will be able to list on their CVs for qualification for the Visa through the US Government. Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events. PROGRAMMING LINE UP TO COME SOON. Stay tuned.

Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture – February 5, 7pm

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Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

February 5, 7pm

Sydney Shen’s (b. 1989, New Jersey) sculptures and installations walk the fine line between wonder and horror, and use motifs of the macabre and abject, especially those which test the limits of the body, to point toward bigger philosophical questions about what lies beyond human knowledge. Her recent solo exhibitions include Onion Master, New Museum, New York, 2019; as well as Every Good Boy Does Fine, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, 2019. Recent group exhibitions include Invisible-Exports (New York), Deitch Projects (New York), American Medium (New York). Upcoming exhibitions include Queens Museum (New York) and Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai).

Sydney is currently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. She received the Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens Museum, Queens, NY, 2019 and the Queens Art Fund New Works Grant, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY, 2018. She graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011.

Sydney’s studio-adjacent projects include co-hosting the podcast 69 Favor Taste, which explores and reframes the consumption of Asian identities; co-authoring Perfume Area, a book of prose-poetry; and making fine jewelry under the pseudonym Gesualda.

Workshop with Immigration Lawyer, part of The Extraordinary – January 29, 6:30pm

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Workshop with Immigration Lawyer Aaliya Zaveri
part of The Extraordinary

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

January 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Aaliya Zaveri, Attorney at the Masliah Firm, specializes in immigrant law. She will be on site at HEHG to review steps and tips for the O-1 Visa, and offer her expertise as an immigrant working in US law. www.themasliahfirm.com

The Extraordinary is group show of eight artists who have or are seeking an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. Qualification for an O-1 Visa is based on subjective and complicated set of criteria: that individuals be “renowned” and have “distinction” in their field. The exhibition aims to bring attention and transparency to the immigration process while also critiquing this very system. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking artists can list on their CVs as part of the visa-qualifying process. The exhibition checklist was generated from an open call that received 123 applications from artists from 40 different countries. The eight artists included here were selected by a prestigious jury made of immigrant arts workers.

The structure that surrounds The Extraordinary aims to locate HEHG as a resource for the community and a safe place for critical discourse around the misunderstandings and misconceptions about legal immigration. Programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, an artist panel discussion, support group sessions with O-1 Visa holders, performances, and more. See full programming schedule here.

Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me atGallery Cubed – Through January 25

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Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary

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

Through January 25

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?

Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture – December 18, 7pm

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Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, 2nd Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

December 18, 7pm

Esteban Cabeza de Baca (b.1985) grew up in San Ysidro, one of the largest border towns between the United States and Mexico and the site of last year’s migrant caravan crisis. Esteban’s work emerges from his Mestizo culture in the Southwest United States. He has attended many residencies including the Carrizozo AIR, Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, the LMCC Workspace Program and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. His works are among public and private collections worldwide, including Harvard University, The Netherlands Bank, Stern Collection, and De Heus Collection. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University where he currently teaches painting. Esteban’s first NYC solo show “Worlds Without Borders” at Boers Li Gallery was featured in NYTimes as an Artist To Watch Now. He lives and works in Queens, NY.