Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Through May 18
Opening Reception: April 25, 5-7pm
Thomas Hunter Project Space is pleased to present SPACEHOLDERS, a solo exhibition by Malin Abrahamsson:
“At the heart of my practice lies an interest in transformation: the process through which a thing, place, state, or being changes into something entirely new. The organic world is defined by such metamorphosis, but profound existential change is no less vital to human life. Driven by intuition and experimentation, my current work in Spaceholders conceptually revolves around the idea, shape, and purpose of the vessel. The small-scale mixed-media objects are wonky and impractical containers for everything that is important. Drawn to ceramics for its transformative qualities, I love listening in on the ceaseless chatter between color, contrast, texture, and form.”
Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
May 10, 7pm
Emily Jacir is a Palestinian artist and filmmaker. Born in Bethlehem in 1973, Jacir spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, attending high school in Italy. She attended Memphis College of Art and graduated with an art degree. She divides her time between Rome, Italy and Ramallah.
Jacir works in a variety of media including film, photography, installation, performance, video, writing and sound. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East since 1994, holding solo exhibitions in places including New York City, Los Angeles, Ramallah, Beirut, London and Linz.
Active in the building of Ramallah’s art scene since 1999, Jacir has also worked with various organizations including the A. M. Qattan Foundation, al-Ma’mal Foundation and the Sakakini Cultural Center. She has been involved in creating numerous projects and events such as Birzeit’s Virtual Art Gallery. She also founded and curated the first International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002.She curated a selection of shorts; Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 – 1982) which went on tour in 2007. Between 2000 – 2002 she curated several Arab Film programs in NYC with Alwan for the Arts including the first Palestinian Film Festival in 2002. She works as a full-time professor at the vanguard International Academy of Art Palestine since it opened its doors in 2006 and she also served on its Academic Board from 2006 through 2012. Jacir led the first year of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program in Beirut (2011-2012) and created the curriculum and programming after serving on the founding year of the Curricular Committee from 2010-2011. (Wikipedia)
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY
April 12 – June 1
Opening Reception: April 12, 4-8pm
Works created by New York City High School students studying at Art and Design High School in Manhattan; Fordham High School for the Art in Bronx; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Queens; Manhattan/Hunter Science High School; PS7 8th Graders in East Harlem, among others.
In 1993, the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist together with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, conceived do it, an exhibition based entirely on artists’ instructions that could be followed to create temporary artworks to be displayed as an exhibition. do it challenges traditional exhibition formats, questions authorship, and champions art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space. Beginning 26 years ago with 12 sets of instructions, do it has grown to include instructions from 400 artists, and shown in more than 150 art centers in over 15 countries.
Building on this history, the latest version of the exhibition is called do it (in school)and is a selection of instructions that form a study-based curriculum for high school students.