Audre Lorde, self-described as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” defined the term Biomythography, in her seminal piece Zami: A New Spelling of My Name as “combining elements of history, biography and myth”. The exhibition “Biomythography: Currency Exchange” is the third in a series of exhibitions curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley (MFA 2005) that seek to investigate biomythography as an interdisclinary visual arts practice.
Alum Kelly McLane’s (MFA 1994) first solo exhibition, “Peckerwoods,” is on display at the Denk Gallery in Los Angeles from October 21 to November 22. “Peckerwoods” exhibits McLaren’s newest works which “explore the darker dimensions of contemporary American culture. Finding beauty in both its abhorrent and redemptive aspects, McLane looks to nature as a trope for a widespread sense of ideological sickness.”
Christopher Brown (MFA 1976) will have his 7th solo exhibition at the Berggruen Gallery. “Christopher Brown: The Waters Sliding” is an exhibition of new paintings and will be on view November 2 through December 23.
Steve Lambert’s (MFA 2006) gave the closing talk at the 2017 Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis. He used the opportunity to ask the attendees – artists, engineers from tech companies, marketers – to volunteer their skills working with social movements. And he included some stories he was eager to tell about the 2016 AIDS Conference!
Steve Lambert (MFA 2006) will be showing his “Wealth or Happiness” and “Defeat the Ghosts” at ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” exhibit from October 10, 2017 to January 27, 2018.
ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This contemporary art exhibition in downtown White Plains examines the state of voting rights in America today.
Steve Lambert’s (MFA 2006) street art installation – “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” — has made its way into The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense. The authors examined the discourses of capitalism taken up by people in their responses to ”Capitalism Works For Me!
Alum Colby Claycomb (BA 2005) is one of five artists participating in the exhibition “Object of Direct Experience” organized by Alex Chowaniec and Markee Speyer for the Lorimoto Gallery in New York. ”Object of Direct Experience” runs from October 21 to November 19, 2017. Opening reception takes place Saturday, October 21 from 6-9 pm
“3x” is an ongoing series of micro-performances and presentations every Wednesday night at the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Bookstore (644 40th Street). Two or three artists will perform or present three roughly five minute sets at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30. In “3x,” Zach Clark (MFA 2016) and Angela Willetts (MFA 2016) will perform their sets, along with Juan Matos. 3x offers an experimental, serial space for audience and performer to break up the predictable dynamics of an evening of performance.
Over the course of the last year, Zach Clark (MFA 2016) has been in conversation with a handful of artists, writers, and curators in the Bay Area regarding how the current political and cultural climate effects our practice as creatives. As a result of these conversations, Shirin Makaremi has curated a show around this theme called “Reflections.” In addition to Clark, artists Anh Bui, Anna Rotty, Azucena Hernandez, Leigh Ann Coleman, Wesaam Al-Badry are participating.
Vincent Pacheco (MFA, art, ’17) has a solo exhibition at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland Oct. 6 – Nov. 4. For the exhibition “Totem – noun | to·tem | \ˈtō-təm\ A Natural Installation” he has created narratives from dead and broken trees, tree stumps and other found objects from the Sierra mountain forest he inhabits to reveal the after-effects of logging, population growth, tourism and climate change.
September 30-November 8, 2017
Reception October 13, 2017 from 6-9 pm
Terry Peterson (MFA 2012) is a sculptor who thrives on repurposing objects to create living, breathing installations. Much of his current series originated with a mummified fish, leading the artist to explore ways in which objects from nature mutate in surprising ways. His large-scale sculptural works rotate, breathe, and make noise, and a re further activated by video projection.
The Dorothy Saxe Invitational is the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s longest-running commitment; endowed in Dorothy’s name by her late husband George Saxe, the Invitational asks artists to make work that relates to selected Jewish ritual objects. For 2017, the eleventh iteration of the series, we have for only the second time commissioned works inspired by a Jewish idea, that of the Sabbath.
Young Suh and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor (MFA 2005) are two of sixteen contemporary artists commissioned to produce work for the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibition ”Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid.”
Mary Alison Lucas (MFA 2008) explores the processes of contortion, pressure, slicing, smashing, stabbing, and stitching while nurturing, supporting, and coating the materials in the exhibition “Wild Ways.” These sculptures emerge from her fascination with synergy, symbiosis, parasitic attraction, repulsion, defined relationships in the natural world from everyday human interactions to bacterial dynamics.
“Wild Ways” open through October 7th and featuring Mike Helke and Bean Finneran in addition to Lucas.
Group show curated by Michael Kukla with Hedwig Brouckaert, Joan Grubin, Marietta Hoferer, Michael Kukla, Jaanika Peerna, Susan Schwalb, Ilene Sunshine, Natalie Albaladejo, Claudie Dadu, Jean Louis Gourreau, Joachim Griess, Lionel Laussedat, Doris Schlaepfer and Venice Spescha.
April 5th – May 4th, 2018
156 Fifth Ave., Suite 308
New York, NY 10010, USA
“Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.” According to Artsy, this includes Mathew Zefeldt (MFA 2011).