Manal Abu-Shaheen


Join us at A.I.R. for Under the Influence, a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8pm. Organized and moderated by Fellow Manal Abu-Shaheen, the panel will focus on the work of Caroline Wells Chandler, Jennifer Coates, and Rachel Schmidhofer, as well as the influences of their practice. An informal Q&A and discussion will follow.

This event is being held in conjunction with Abu-Shaheen's first solo show in NYC. Familiar Stranger is on view at A.I.R. through March 12th.

Rachel Schmidhofer,  Farro Salad,  2014, vintage jigsaw puzzle assemblage, 20 inch-diameter

Rachel Schmidhofer, Farro Salad, 2014, vintage jigsaw puzzle assemblage, 20 inch-diameter



Caroline Wells Chandler's brightly colored hand-crocheted works explore notions of queerness and sexuality as well as the art historical canon. His characters are radically queer, and his representations of gender declare queerness as the normative state.

Jennifer Coates is an artist, writer and musician living in NYC. Her upcoming show "All U Can Eat" will open at Freight & Volume in March. She has written for Modern Painters, Time Out and Art in America. She recorded an album with the band Heroes of Toolik called "Like Night" for which she contributed vocals, violin, and original songs.

Rachel Schmidhofer is a Brooklyn-based painter. Her vibrant still-lifes of natural objects and domestic interiors evoke wonderment, while simultaneously seeking the hidden meaning within - and connections between - unlikely collections of objects. Using pared-down building blocks - color and line, light and shadow - the wet-into-wet paintings allow the brain to complete a circuit of recognition, while leaving space for the eye to roam.