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Art Criticism & Agendas: Representation & Expansion

MAY 19, 3PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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A conversation with Merray Gerges and Jessica Lynne, moderated by Mira Dayal

A.I.R. Gallery and SOHO20 are pleased to announce the next conversation in a collaborative programming series, Art Criticism & Agendas, happening at both spaces this spring, as a conceptual extension of SOHO20’s “Rethinking Feminism” initiative.  For Art Criticism & Agendas, SOHO20 Curatorial Fellow Mira Dayal brings art critics together to consider how they position their criticism as an act of solidarity, for whom, and on what terms. In one of its earliest uses, solidarity—a complicated term whose meaning has shifted over time—was tied to the concept of debt, signifying that each involved party could be held financially responsible for another. By implication, mutual support was a kind of social obligation. In thinking about this logic with respect to criticism, what does it mean to have an “agenda” while writing? While “having an agenda” is usually seen as a detriment or conflict, these conversations will consider how this implied level of planning and obligation might be productive for feminist objectives.

For the second panel in the series, Art Criticism & Agendas: Representation & Expansion, on May 19th at A.I.R. Gallery, Merray Gerges and Jessica Lynne will be in conversation with Mira Dayal. Building on the terms soft talk and solidarity, explored in the first panel with Leslie Dick and Annie Godfrey Larmon, this panel will begin with the term representation as explored in Merray Gerges’s essay “On Being a Critic of Colour in February,” where she delves into the expectations placed on critics of color to write about underrepresented artists, and the necessity for writers to be able to represent their own interests. In an epistolary essay signed “In solidarity,” Jessica Lynne explores the mission and changing context of her publication ARTS.BLACK (co-founded with Taylor Renee), while addressing the complications of considering art “as a place of refuge.” In these and other writings, both writers grapple with expansion—of the field of art criticism, of perceptions of their criticisms, and of the roles of writers and editors.

Attendees are requested to read the selected essays in advance for context, although all are welcome to thoughtfully respond to the discussion regardless of preparation.

The third panel in this series, with writers Amy Fung, Ariel Goldberg, and Lindsay Preston Zappas, will take place on June 22nd at SOHO20.

Merray Gerges writes around art rather than about it. She studied art history at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and journalism at King’s in Halifax, where she co-founded and co-edited CRIT, a free biannual criticism publication. She was editorial resident at Canadian Art in 2016, and assistant editor there from 2017 to 2019. She is now editorial fellow at C Magazine, where she is conceptualizing and commissioning a year of themed issues. Her work has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, MOMUS, Hyperallergic, the Walker Reader, and more, addressing issues ranging from the radical potential (and shortcomings) of intersectional feminist memes and art selfies, to art-world race politics.

Jessica Lynne is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in America, The Believer, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about family, faith, and the American South.

Mira Dayal is an artist, critic, and curator based in New York. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Art Criticism, co-curator of the collaborative artist publication prompt:, and an assistant editor at Artforum. Dayal’s studio work has focused on the routines and materialities of language and the body. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Lubov gallery in January 2019. Past shows include Material Metaphors at NARS Foundation, Spectral Imprints at A.I.R. Gallery on Governor’s Island, and Volley at Abrons Art Center. Extending and researching these interests, Dayal has previously curated programming and exhibitions on the subjects of intimacy, material residues, and commemoration for venues including Helena Anrather Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, the Pfizer Building, and Barnard College; she also assisted New Museum curator Margot Norton with research for Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours, a biennial in Reykjavik. Dayal’s curatorial practice primarily engages the work of emerging and underrepresented artists. In September 2018, she curated a show of Lizzy De Vita and Hong Seon Jang for 5-50 Gallery, followed by Formula 1 at CUE Art Foundation, where she is a Curatorial Fellow, in April 2019.

A conversation with Fellowship Artist Kim Dacres

MAY 17, 6-9 PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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A conversation with Fellowship Artist Kim Dacres

A.I.R. Gallery and Kim Dacres will be hosting an intimate gathering for Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN) members and guests. Join us on Friday, May 17 from 6-9PM, as we celebrate Kim Dacres and her current exhibition, Swerve Team Meeting.

The exhibition is comprised of nine sculptures drawing on hairstyles, features, and identities of black women. Through working with rubber tires and tubes, Dacres transforms exterior materials to represent personal identities. The sculptures were created over the course of a two-year period during which Dacres collected, cleaned, and braided recycled bicycle parts from Harlem and the Bronx. She used these tough yet flexible and forgiving materials to emphasize the characteristics of black women inside and outside of her community. In creating these works, Dacres explores the space between permanence and importance amongst people that have been disregarded. The installation is site-specific for a feminist space to encourage dialogue and conversation between women. Swerve Team Meeting brings together flexible perceptions of people to investigate how black women can change the world to be to a softer place through community.

Kim Dacres (b.1986, Bronx, New York) is a first-generation Jamaican American. Dacres received her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College as a dual major in Art Studio and Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies. She also received her Master’s degree in Education from the City University of New York (Lehman College). Her first public art installation, Peaceful Perch, a collaboration with Daniel Alexander Matthews, is currently on view in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park through September 2019. Dacres currently lives and practices her studio work in Harlem.

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Visions of a Post Rikers NYC: Panel, Film Screening, and Idea Expo with Fellowship Artist Melanie Crean

MAY 9, 5:30 PM
Red Hook Community Justice Center, 88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY

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Visions of a Post Rikers NYC: Panel, Film Screening, and Idea Expo
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30-8pm
Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY

Please join the Red Hook Community Justice Center and A.I.R. Fellowship Artist Melanie Crean this Thursday May 9 for a panel discussion concerning visions of a post-Rikers NYC, details below. Panelists will include Jordan Stockdale, Deputy Executive Director, Close Rikers at the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice; Kandra Clark, Associate Vice President of Strategy, Exodus Transitional Community; Red Hook's Presiding Judge, Hon. Alex Calabrese; and will be moderated by the Justice Center’s Program Director Amanda Berman. Reception to follow, including an "IDEA EXPO" where community members will share their ideas for a post-Rikers NYC, developed during workshops facilitated by Melanie Crean, in conjunction with Ras Mashramani and Ayodamola Okunseinde. 

Melanie Crean is an artist and educator whose work focuses on redistributing power and reimagining how it might be represented in media, culture, and technology. In her research-based practice, she makes use of a variety of forms including performance, speculative design, and participatory filmmaking. Crean is an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design where she teaches courses on emerging media, social engagement, and visual culture. She has received awards and commissions from A Blade of Grass, Art in General, Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, The Jerome Foundation, and Rhizome; and has participated in exhibitions with Creative Time, Performa 11, Southern Exposure, and No Longer Empty. 

Art Criticism & Agendas: Soft Talk & Solidarity

APRIL 14, 3PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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A conversation with Annie Godfrey Larmon and Leslie Dick, moderated by Mira Dayal

A.I.R. Gallery and SOHO20 are pleased to announce a collaborative programming series, Art Criticism & Agendas, to be held at both spaces this spring, as a conceptual extension of SOHO20’s “Rethinking Feminism” initiative. Art Criticism & Agendas will consider how different writers position their criticism as an act of solidarity, for whom, and on what terms. In one of its earliest uses, solidarity—a complicated term whose meaning has shifted over time—was tied to the concept of debt, signifying that each involved party could be held financially responsible for another. By implication, mutual support was a kind of social obligation. In thinking about this logic with respect to criticism, what does it mean to have an “agenda” while writing? While “having an agenda” is usually seen as a detriment or conflict, these conversations will consider how this implied level of planning and obligation might be productive for feminist objectives.

The first panel in the series, Art Criticism & Agendas: Soft Talk & Solidarity, on April 14th at A.I.R. Gallery, features Annie Godfrey Larmon and Leslie Dick, moderated by SOHO20 Curatorial Fellow Mira Dayal. The two terms in this panel’s title, “soft talk” and “solidarity,” are key to Larmon’s recent essay “Dirt is Clean When There is a Volume,” published in apricota, and Dick’s “Soft Talk,” published in X-TRA. Both Larmon and Dick suggest, in different contexts, that critique is a method of support, but that support should generate both tension and discovery. Both writers also contend with other artists’, professors’, institutions’, or authorities’ responses to the described critical approaches.

Attendees will be invited to read these selected essays in advance for context, although all are welcome to thoughtfully respond to the discussion regardless of preparation.

Read “Dirt is Clean When There is a Volume” by Annie Godfrey Larmon here.
Read “Soft Talk” by Leslie Dick here.

Annie Godfrey Larmon is a writer and editor based in New York. Her writing has appeared in apricota, Artforum, BBC Culture, Bookforum, CURA., Even, Frieze, MAY, The Miami Rail, Spike, Texte zur Kunst, Topical Cream, Vdrome, WdW Review, and The White Review. The recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing, she is the editor of publications for the inaugural Okayama Art Summit and a former international reviews editor of Artforum. Last year, she was a writer in residence at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France and at Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy. She is currently at work on her first novel and a monograph on the work of Beverly Pepper.

Leslie Dick is a writer who has taught in the Art Program at CalArts since 1992. Currently she also works as a Visiting Critic in Sculpture at Yale School of Art. She published two novels and a book of short fiction, and her writing on art has appeared in various magazines, journals, and catalogues. Recent publications include: “Soft Talk: Thoughts on Critique,” X-TRA; “Marisa Merz: Unavailable,” X-TRA; and “Intentional Accidents: Reflections on Sarah Charlesworth’s Stills,” X-TRA. Her piece “The Interpretation of Dreams” was reprinted in Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, eds. Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian (Nightboat, 2017).

Mira Dayal is an artist, critic, and curator based in New York. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Art Criticism, co-curator of the collaborative artist publication prompt:, and an assistant editor at Artforum. Dayal’s studio work has focused on the routines and materialities of language and the body. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Lubov gallery in January 2019. Past shows include Material Metaphors at NARS Foundation, Spectral Imprints at A.I.R. Gallery on Governor’s Island, and Volley at Abrons Art Center. Extending and researching these interests, Dayal has previously curated programming and exhibitions on the subjects of intimacy, material residues, and commemoration for venues including Helena Anrather Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, the Pfizer Building, and Barnard College; she also assisted New Museum curator Margot Norton with research for Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours, a biennial in Reykjavik. Dayal’s curatorial practice primarily engages the work of emerging and underrepresented artists. In September 2018, she curated a show of Lizzy De Vita and Hong Seon Jang for 5-50 Gallery, followed by Formula 1 at CUE Art Foundation, where she is a Curatorial Fellow, in April 2019.

Lifelines: A Poetry Reading at A.I.R. Gallery

FEBRUARY 17TH, 3PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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A.I.R. Gallery invites you to join us on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00pm for a reading with poets Sarah Riggs, Eléna Rivera, and E. Tracy Grinnell. The reading will take place in Gallery I in connection with Stratus Lift, an exhibition of paintings by Carrie Johnson. The poem above is an excerpt from “Blue Abstraction” by Eléna Rivera.

Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and translator (www.sarahriggs.org). She has published poetry books with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Chax, Editions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel as well as chapbooks with Belladonna* and Contrat Maint. Just published are paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’ book of poetry, Sugar Factory, with Spuyten Duyvil (January 2019), and forthcoming is a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects) and translations of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat (forthcoming 2019). Riggs is currently working with Mirene Arsanios on the web publication of “Footprint Zero,”a project of especially New York and Morocco-based artists responding to the environmental crisis for of the non-profit Tamaas (www.tamaas.org).

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and grew up in France. Her book of poetry, Scaffolding (2017), is available from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Her translation of The Ink’s Path by Bernard Noël was published by Cadastre8zero (2018) in a bilingual edition with artwork by François Rouan.

E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry: Hell Figuresportrait of a lesser subjectSome Clear Souvenir, and music or forgetting. “Helen, A Fugue” was published in the first volume of the Belladonna* Elders Series in conversation with A Pear / Actions are Erased by Leslie Scalapino. Limited edition chapbooks include Mirrorly, A WindowLeukadiaHell and Lower EvilHumoresqueQuadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson, and harmonics. Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

Read the full press release here.

Introduction for Activist Collectors with the Women's Caucus for Art

FEBRUARY 16TH, 1PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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The Women’s Caucus for Art invites you to a conversation with National Exhibition Chair Noreen Dean Dresser on Saturday, February 16th at 1:00pm on the art of collecting, the front line for defining culture in your community.

Original works in a postcard format represent exhibits, studio walks, performances, and installations that comprise a regional roadmap of America. Come support art activists and engage in the complex diversity that is art in America today.

All works sell as donations to the National WCA Lifetime Achievement Awards for $50.

Painting in the Now

DECEMBER 15TH, 4PM
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY

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A.I.R. Gallery invites you to a conversation with artist members Jane Swavely, Joan Snitzer, and Susan Bee, moderated by artist and critic Mira Dayal, on the occasion of Jane Swavely's solo exhibition Jinx. Join us Saturday, December 15th at 4pm in the gallery. This is the final weekend of the exhibition, which closes on December 16th at 6pm. 

Jane Swavely is a painter and has been a member at A.I.R. since 2011. She was previously represented by CDS Gallery. Her paintings simultaneously point to the history of the medium while maintaining a firm conversation in the now. Her current exhibition of new paintings is her fourth solo show at the gallery.

Joan Snitzer is a New York member of A.I.R. Gallery. She has been affiliated with the gallery since the 1970’s, employed as A.I.R.’s first director. Her paintings express a poetic and colorful relationship between our histories and current visual surroundings. She examines traditions of abstraction while offering a painted atmosphere to contemplate the natural and fabricated world. 

Susan Bee is an artist, editor, and book artist. She has had eight solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery. Bee has been a member of the gallery since 1996. She is a painter of scenes and screens. In her landscapes, still lifes, and figurative paintings, expressionist and symbolic intensity run riot, with striking pop imagery, linear gestures, and layered painterly textures. 

Mira Dayal is an artist, critic, and curator based in New York. She is the founding editor of The Journal of Art Criticism, co-curator of the collaborative artist publication prompt:, curatorial fellow at SOHO20 and CUE Art Foundation, and assistant editor at Artforum. Dayal’s studio work has focused on the routines and materialities of language and the body.

Barrow Street Press, Who Needs Poetry?

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BARROW STREET PRESS presents...
WHO NEEDS POETRY ?
A READING IN CELEBRATION OF NEW WORK 

In celebration of our book contest winners, Sarah Ann Winn's 2017 Alma Almanac and Tina Barr's 2018 Green Target, we have invited these authors, along with contest judges and renowned poets Patricia Spears Jones and Elanie Equi, to join in reading from their work at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. We have also invited poet Jayson P. Smith, accompanied by dancer and choreographer, Morgan Burke, to perform together, and demonstrate more preciously, the interactive and multi-disciplined nature of the written word. We are so grateful to have these voices come together, as they each actively challenge, push against, and illuminate the silver-lining of our current social, political, and aesthetic realities. Come join us and be reminded of why poetry matters and who needs it. 

A.I.R. GALLERY
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday, October 5, 2018
7PM Sharp 

Strategies of Difference

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Wednesday, September 26

6:30-8:30 PM

Here at A.I.R. Panel Discussion

Marking the 25th Anniversary of A.I.R.’s Fellowship program, Strategies of Difference welcomes the 2018-19 Fellows in a conversation responding to the increasingly urgent priorities of what a feminist future looks likes. Strategies of Difference builds upon A.I.R.’s history of radical vision through presenting alternative methodologies and ideas intended to have an impact on contemporary configurations of power. Each Fellow will present an aspect of their research or work that reconfigures the role of the artist within their surrounding environments; both on an individual local level and on the systemic issues at hand. They will cover a range of themes including a failed prison system, language across cultures and generations, immigration and borders, representation and identities.

This year's Fellows Include:
Melanie Crean, Isabella Cruz-Chong, Kim Dacres, Macon Reed, Gabriela Vainsencher, and Zhiyuan Yang.

Moderated by Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernandez.