Removing Biases Against Families Impacted by Incarceration


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:00–8:00 PM

Unbroken by Bars in partnership with The Osborne Association presents "Removing Biases Against Families Impacted by Incarceration"

More than 2.7 million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent on any given day, yet these children are largely invisible due to the stigma that families experience when they share that a loved one is incarcerated. As a result, many families do not speak about incarceration and do not receive the support that would help them succeed and thrive. Most children want and need to visit with their incarcerated parents and incarcerated mothers want opportunities to parent while behind bars, but biases and misconceptions about what is best for children are a barrier. Join us for a discussion with three formerly incarcerated mothers who will share how their relationships with their children were Unbroken by Bars and learn how you can create safe spaces and confront stigma so that children, mothers, and families have the opportunity to thrive and flourish. The discussion will be moderated by Allison Hollihan of the New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

(Our Love Is) Unbroken by Bars is an ongoing art and storytelling project curated by Katie Fuller with prints and a mural by Jess X Snow. This iteration, held in collaboration with A.I.R. gallery, addresses the systemic neglect of women, who are the fastest growing prison population, specifically women who gave birth while incarcerated.


Lecture/performance Che Gossett

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
6:00–8:00 PM

Che Gossett will be executing a performative lecture based on their research on racial capitalism, animality and abolition, and queer anti-colonial struggles. This activation approaches themes developed and hinted to A.I.R.'s 1980 Exhibition "Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States," curated by Ana Mendieta, Kazuko Miyamoto, and Zarina. .
Che Gossett is a trans femme writer, an archivist at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and a PhD candidate in trans/gender studies at Rutgers. They are the recipient of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York, and the 2014 Martin Duberman Research Scholar Award from the New York Public Library. Most recently, they received a Palestinian American Research Committee grant and are currently serving as a 2017-2018 Queer Arts Mentor. They are working on a book project titled Blackness, the Beast and the Non Sovereign.


Performance Dominique Duroseau "Mammy Was Here"

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
5:00–6:00 PM

If only we knew. Nothing’s new., Fellowship Artist Dominique Duroseau’s first solo exhibition in New York City comes to an end this May 20th with a performance as one of her entities: "Mammy Was Here."

Please join her.

How do we internalize history and its connections with current events?

What are the taxing effects whether we fight or stay neutral?

We're all being taxed and tolled daily, put through an exceedingly dull grinder, where the parts, gears, spaces and processes we endure are racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, say the least. We're spat out, never whole, constantly going through this grinding and molding process again and again.

What does the internal Black humanity, our existence, resemble as a portrait?


How do we weigh the joy needed and deserved against the pain and trauma we must manage?


aCCeSsions Issue Four Launch Event


Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:30–8:30 PM

A.I.R. is pleased to host the launch of issue four of aCCeSsions: the graduate student-led online journal of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard). To celebrate the latest issue, artist Peggy Ahwesh will screen a selection of her films, followed by a conversation between Ahwesh and artist Lucy Raven.

Issue four of aCCeSsions present new works by artists, poets, and writers, whose work explores interpersonal contact through various means including translation, conversation, reuse, and dedication. The issue features newly commissioned and translated work by manuel arturo abreu, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Anne Boyer, Jesse Darling, Tamara Díaz Bringas, Elisabeth Lebovici, Tavi Meraud, and Ian Wilson.

The launch event and screening program extends the concerns of the issue, featuring films and audio works by Ahwesh that stem from her personal and professional relationships. Continuing from the issues engagement with mediation, Ahwesh marks a specific relationship to media culture and materiality in her work, which will be explored in the screening and following conversation with Lucy Raven.

About aCCeSsions
aCCeSsions is the graduate student-led online journal of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. The second year graduate students comprise the editorial board of Accessions. Together, they employ a collaborative approach to commissioning, editing, and curating new transdisciplinary writing and artworks for online space. aCCeSsions represents a culmination of each graduating class’ collaborative interests and concerns. The platform is a space in which graduate students may test the limits of curatorial practice over the course of an annual publication cycle. Past issues of aCCeSsions are available in the “Archive” section of the website. The website and each issue of the journal has been designed by Other Means in close collaboration with each graduating class at CCS Bard.

Gendered Technocultures

 Faith Holland, 'Queer Connections', courtesy of TRANSFER

Faith Holland, 'Queer Connections', courtesy of TRANSFER


Moderated by Ali Wong
Monday, May 14, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Technology is a field that is particularly dominated, designed and defined by men from early computers clubs to hacker and gamer cultures to Silicon Valley. This talk brings two women working in the field of art and technology and the issues prevalent in both online and offline spaces, and the ways in which artists are addressing the gender bias implicit in technology and its cultures. We welcome you to join and contribute to this round-table discussion. 


Ashley Lee Wong is a curator and researcher based in Hong Kong and London. She is co-founder of the digital studio MetaObjects that facilitates digital production with artists and cultural partners. She has worked as Head of Programmes of Sedition, the leading online platform for artists to distribute their works as digital limited editions for screens. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.

Kelani Nichole is founder and owner of TRANSFER, a gallery in Brooklyn that supports artists working with computer-based practices through solo exhibitions and experimenting with new formats for installation. She is the Director of The Current, a non-profit collecting museum presenting a model for a cooperative collection of works that explore technology's impact on the human condition. She is also a design strategist and consultant with 12 years of experience working with clients to create digital products.