Exhibition Opening Reception: Another Gesture/Cooperman/Berke

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 3rd, 6 – 8pm
DUMBO’s First Thursday Art Walk: August 3rd, 6 – 8pm

On view at A.I.R. August 3 – August 20, 2017



"Baize," Lisa Cooperman

Cooperman’s work delves into the complexities of Stockton, an
historic river delta town and epicenter of pioneer mythologizing,
exploitive labor practices and environmental malfeasance.
Stockton’s clamorous narratives inform this series of abstracted
wall-hung pieces. Working in the make-do tradition of the city, she
uses found and recycled materials selected both for their formal
appeal and historic association.


"Another Gesture/ Um Outro Gesto/Eine weitere Geste/," Veronika Hilger, Svenja Kreh, Alice Quaresma, Teresa Viana

The notion of “another gesture” suggests a two-fold approach: first, one that moves away from the dominant male legacy of abstract expressionism, in which gesture was used to champion the uniqueness of painting as a medium. The artists included in this show, working in two differing hemispheres, either acknowledge or
incorporate this past. But, beyond that, they cling to the idea of gesture not only as a visual element but also as a conceptual vehicle for humor, for refusal, narrative, or memory. Second, within the word “another” there is a play with the idea of being an other to someone, a reference to the otherness that haunts historical relationships between Brazil and Germany. These historical ties are mostly known in regards to colonial expeditions and German immigration to Brazil. haunts historical relationships between Brazil and Germany. These historical ties are mostly known in regards to colonial expeditions and German immigration to Brazil.


"Neither the Other or Myself," Lauren Simkin Berke

Berke's portraits show the artist’s mother from childhood through adulthood. The reference material used includes both photographs taken by family members, and the artist themself. The exhibition is comprised of seven portrait paintings. Four of the seven paintings in the exhibition are diptychs, in which one half depicts the figure as captured in photographs, and the other half displays enlarged replicas of the subject’s to-do lists. This is Berke’s fith solo exhibition in New York City (their third at A.I.R. Gallery).

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive

In conjunction with her exhibition, A Dangerous Body, A.I.R. Fellowship artist Naomi Elena Ramirez has invited Kristen Sollee, the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive for a reading and discussion Saturday, July 29th at 4pm. 

A Dangerous Body is on view at A.I.R. from June 29th to July  30th.


From the perspective of the witch and her story, Sollee has woven a radical vision of feminism and sexuality. Witch, Slut, Feminist are contested epithets that inform women as they encounter a tortuous history of misogyny and the struggle for empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of “witch feminism.” Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book greatly enriches our current conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more.

Kristen J. Sollee teaches gender studies courses at The New School, is founding editor of Slutist, an award-winning sex-positive feminist website, and curates the Legacy of the Witch charity festival in Brooklyn.


Fragmented Imaginaries: Sarah Anderson, Rachel Guardiola, Emily Oliveira, Macon Reed, Victoria-Idongesit Undonian



Macon Reed, Still from All The World Must Suffer A Big Jolt, 2016

July 21 - August 6, 2017

Opening Reception: July 29, 2017, 3-5pm
Open Studios Weekend: July 29 & 30, 2017, 12-5pm

Fragmented Imaginaries presents works by the first round of artists participating in the 2017 A.I.R. Summer Residency at Governors Island. Sarah Anderson, Rachel Guardiola, Emily Oliveira, Macon Reed, and Victoria-idongesit Undonian share an interest in exploring the breaks within contemporary conditions and historical events. The included artworks manifest as artifacts of another present –  amalgamations of both real and imagined pasts – to express the slippage between fact and fiction, and the past, present, and future.


Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12-5 pm
Location: House 4A, Nolan Park, Governor's Island, NY

Panel Discussion: Thinking Beyond Limits - Age, Culture and Economics

Wednesday, July 26th, 6:30-8pm

A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street, NY 11201


Jayanthi Moorthy, Moving Through His Body, 2016Archival pigment print on paper. 

This panel will discuss limits we have imposed on ourselves through various ways and how they have shaped our personal practices. 


Srinivas Kaushik, partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, New York


Candy Argondizza, chef, educator, and triathlete. Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts, International Culinary Center, New York

Daria Dorosh, artist, fashion researcher (SMARTlab, University College Dublin), former educator (FIT & Parsons, New York). Co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery

Loreen Oren, architect, Ismael Levya Architects, New York

Jayanthi Moorthy, artist, freelance graphic & communication designer and educator (Abron Arts Center, New York).


Intersectional feminism: histories, strategies, and imagined futures

Join us on Friday, July 7th at 7pm for Intersectional feminism: histories, strategies, and imagined futures, a conversation with artist luciana achugar, writer Laina Dawes, artist Michelle Young Lee, and poet Candace Williams, organized by A.I.R. Fellowship artist Naomi Elena Ramirez.

This event is being held in conjunction with Ramirez's first solo show in NYC. A Dangerous Body is on view at A.I.R. from June 29 - July 30, 2017.


In response to the feminist foundation and history of the A.I.R Gallery project, with the intention of provoking rigorous examination of how now established feminist organizations, individuals, and cooperatives can continue to respond to vectors of oppression and bias, fellowship artist Naomi Elena Ramirez has organized a conversation on Intersectional Feminism with artist luciana achugar, writer Laina Dawes, artist Michelle Y Lee, and poet Candace Williams.

Intersectionality, a term coined by scholar and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, describes how overlapping systems of oppression create experiences that differ from a single-axis framework.  The intersectional framework holds that multidimensional basis of gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, mental illness, physical illness, and other forms of discrimination must be examined and considered in simultaneity in order to respond to the complex formations of social inequalities. 


luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay who has been making work independently and collaboratively since 1999. She is a two-time “Bessie” Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, Creative Capital Grantee and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades. Most recently she received the 2017 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Dance.  She was one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012 and her Bessie Award-winning work PURO DESEO was named one of 2010 TimeOUT NY’s “Best of Dance”. She received the 2015 Austin Critic’s Award for Best Touring work for OTRO TEATRO, after being presented at the Fusebox Festival, and having premiered in 2014 at the Walker Art Center and NYLA. Her latest work, An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love, premiered at Gibney Dance in December 2015 and was nominated for a 2016 BESSIE Award for Outstanding Production. Follow her new process as well as her ongoing The Pleasure Project on Instagram @achugarluciana.

Laina Dawes is the author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points Books, 2012). A music and cultural critic, her writings and photography can be found in various print, online publications and radio programs, such as The Wire (UK), Fader, Decibel Bitch, MTV Iggy, NPR, Cuepoint (Medium) and Bandcamp.  Laina has been invited to several colleges and universities as a guest lecturer and has spoken at a number of music and academic conferences in Canada and the United States. She also served as an adjunct Lecturer at Eugene Lang College / The New School. This fall, Laina will start her second year in Columbia University’s Ph.D. program in Ethnomusicology.

Michelle Young Lee (b. 1981, Los Angeles California) is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Her works have been featured in international exhibitions, festivals and magazines including Hearing Landscapes Critically at Harvard University, Boston, MA; 80 WSE Gallery, NYC, New York;  the Pingyao Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; 2013 Philosophy and Arts Conference,  NYC, New York;  Boda Center for Visual Arts, Seoul, South Korea; Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao Spain; Schindler House/MAK Center, Los Angeles, California; Wolgan Sajin: Monthly Photo Magazine Korea and Glamour Magazine, France.  Lee received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2006 and MFA from New York University in 2013. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Candace Williams’ poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, Lambda Literary Review, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press), among other places. Her first collection, Spells for Black Wizards, won the Atlas Review’s 2017 Chapbook Series. She’s earned an MA in Elementary Education from Stanford University, a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, and scholarships from Cave Canem. She's performed, presented, and taught workshops at the Obie-winning Bushwick Starr Theater, the New Museum, Dixon Place, Eyebeam, and the Museum of Arts and Design.

Ofri Cnaani: Drawing of Drawing Sessions

As part  of A.I.R at Governors Island, Cnaani will present a new participatory performance on Saturday, June 17th at 1pm. Join us at House 4A, Nolan Park, Governors Island!


Drawing of Drawing Sessions is a participatory performance rooted in the conventional method of a plein-air landscape drawing session. In the picturesque setting of Governors Island every session will begin with one person sitting outside drawing the landscape; only a few meters behind, a second person will sit, working on a drawing of a person drawing a landscape; a short distance beyond the second, a third is seated, forming a line of drawers of drawers, turning the natural mise-en-scene into a pedagogical mise-en-abyme.

The first performative session is an hour and will include several canonical drawing assignments.  After each assignment, the first in line will move to the end, turning the performance itself into a drawn human line that is constantly moving through its surroundings.

This transdisciplinary investigation challenges the conversation between the concepts of skill, expertise, art training, and the act of seeing.

A.I.R. at Governors Island


A.I.R. is pleased to announce its fourth season of activities on Governors Island. Located at House 4A, Nolan Park, the program will include exhibitions, artist talks, performances, screenings, and will host the inaugural A.I.R. Summer Residency.


Inaugural Summer Residency
The A.I.R. Summer Residency is an eight-week program which offers an opportunity for artists aligned with A.I.R.’s mission, working in all disciplines, to advance their work in an immersive studio environment. On July 29th and 30th, and September 16th and 17th, visitors are invited inside the resident’s studio spaces for our open|STUDIOS weekend. The residency will culminate in an exhibition and a program curated by Patricia Margarita Hernandez and Alexis Wilkinson.

The artists participating in the inaugural A.I.R. Summer Residency are:
Sarah Anderson
Ofri Cnaani
Mira Dayal
Rachel Guardiola
Emily Oliveira
Macon Reed
Barb Smith
Victoria-idongesit Udondian
Allison Wade

The house will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12-5pm from June to October. A.I.R. will hold artist talks, performances, and screenings every Saturday throughout the season.

Two-day Quilting Bee

Join us at A.I.R. for a two-day quilting bee, Friday & Saturday (June 2 & 3), in support of a new project by former Fellowship artist, Rachel Farmer.

In progress, one of the eight ceramic figures for Ancestors Traversing Quilts, 2017

In progress, one of the eight ceramic figures for Ancestors Traversing Quilts, 2017


Drop-in anytime between 12-6pm and Rachel will teach you the basics of hand-tying a quilt using a needle and yarn. Then apply your new skills to help complete two quilts.

As a 2013-14 Fellow, Rachel created a site-specific work on Governor’s Island, combining her ceramic sculptures (of ancestral pioneer women) with a quilted landscape. She is expanding this idea for a new installation at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (July –early September), which follows two women helping each other climb a mountainous quilted terrain.

Rachel Farmer is a Brooklyn-based artist, originally from Provo, Utah. Her art encompasses a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, photography and video. She was awarded a 2013 – 14 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, which culminated in a solo exhibition. Group exhibitions include Torn and Fired: new work in collage and clay, curated by Jason Andrew (Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn), Illegitimate and Herstorical, curated by Emily Roysdon (A.I.R. Gallery, NY), #throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday, juried by Scott Chasse and Hrag Vartanian (Calico, NY), and Land + Place + Performance, curated by Laura Allred Hurtado (Granary Art Center, UT). Her work is included in the Feminist Art Base (digital archive, Brooklyn Museum) and in the collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Rachel was a resident artist, through the Artist Studios Program, at the Museum of Arts & Design from February – May 2016. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

For more information on the artist, visit rachelfarmer.com


Join us at A.I.R. for OLD NEWS / NEW RULES a screening and performance on Sunday, May 21st at 7:30 pm. Organized by Fellow Eleanor King, the event features artists Tiffany Joy Butler, Miatta Kawinzi, Shadi Harouni, Divya Mehra, Joiri Minaya and Elise Rasmussen.

OLD NEWS / NEW RULES is held in conjunction with King's A.I.R. Fellowship.

This event is cosponsored by LADIESKUNST intersectional feminist union. Join LADIESKUNST today!

Divya Mehra, The Importance of Being Earnest, 2009, Video, color, stereo, 00:02:41. Image credit: Divya Mehra

Divya Mehra, The Importance of Being Earnest, 2009, Video, color, stereo, 00:02:41. Image credit: Divya Mehra


The videos and performances in OLD NEWS / NEW RULES present reframed narratives that question accepted notions of neutrality and upend common assumptions. The artists are front and center, often using their own bodies in the work. They defiantly tackle challenging content using humour, absurdity, and joy to expose and critique pressing issues.

Elise Rasmussen’s She Doesn't Get the Rules is a performance lecture that explores the role of the muse and questions whether the avant-garde can be considered radical under a patriarchal capitalist system. Channeling the surrealist technique of automatism, Rasmussen manually moves through more than 300 PowerPoint slides of imagery from pop culture and art history.

With a nod to Marina Abramovic’s performance Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful, Miatta Kawinzi's Art M.B.F. (Art Must Be Formal) is a playful/serious interrogation of formalism with the understanding that contemporary art codes are not neutral even when it is claimed otherwise.

In The Importance of Being Earnest, Divya Mehra presents a darkly humorous juxtaposition of her lip-synching Disney’s hit “A Whole New World” to a background of found photographic images that create an unsettling picture of a racist, unjust, and cruel society.

Tiffany Joy Butler's Culture Control: Exploring Another World concentrates on the beliefs of metaphysical experiences while reinterpreting primitiveness versus assimilation in our advanced and “evolved” society. When one describes the act of discovering another world, this new world is represented as the Other.

Siboney by Joiri Minaya documents the process of copying the tropical pattern of a found piece of fabric on a museum wall with juxtaposing subtitles. It explores the collection of the museum Centro León in Santiago, D.R., with focus on a painting by Vela Zanetti of a dancing mulatta. Minaya herself transforms the mural to the soundtrack of the song Siboney as adapted by Connie Francis.

Shadi Harouni's The Lightest of Stones was shot in an isolated black mountain pumice quarry in Iranian Kurdistan. The men in the film, whose own work at the quarry has been rendered profitless by the trade sanctions against Iran, critique and empathize with the artist’s futile attempt to carve through the mountain by hand, while also chatting about labor, ISIS, dragons, and Jennifer Lopez.

Hybrid Documentary

Join us at A.I.R. for Hybrid Documentary (blurring the real and the imaginary), a conversation between photographer Maxine Henryson and filmmaker Shanti Thakur on Saturday, May 20th from 4:30-6pm.

Each artist will show excerpts from their work and discuss blurring the real and the imaginary in hybrid documentary projects.

Hybrid Documentary is being held in conjunction with Maxine Henryson’s second solo exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery Contrapuntal. The exhibition will be on view through May 21st.

Shanti Thakur, Seven Hours to Burn, 1999, film still

Shanti Thakur, Seven Hours to Burn, 1999, film still



Shanti Thakur's visually poetic films have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums around the world. Screenings include:  Cannes Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Flaherty Seminars and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Thakur’s films explore how we perceive each other and ourselves through the lens of history, memory and identity. Working easily between documentary, experimental and narrative modes, her films Red Tulips, A Story About Forgetting, Sky People, Kairos, Seven Hours to Burn, Two Forms, Circles and Domino have won 26 awards.  Her films have broadcast on the Sundance Channel and PBS, as well as in 22 countries.

Be it short or feature length, she works as director, writer, editor and producer. Thakur has received support from the National Film Board of Canada, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the Independent Film Project (IFP) in New York and the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She is Associate Professor in the MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, City University of New York. 

Maxine Henryson photographs the atmospheres and color tonalities of contrasting cultural landscapes. She experiments through the lens creating a complex conjunction between personal (subjective) reality and transparent (observed) reality. Her projects trace evidence of divinity, rituals, memory, and history in the West and the East.

Henryson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the former Celanese Photography Collection, Frankfurt; the Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; and the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont.

Recent solo exhibitions include Contrapuntal, currently showing at A.I.R. Gallery (2017) and Ujjayi’s Journey, A.I.R. Gallery, New York (2014). Her work has been exhibited internationally, selected group exhibitions include Unscharf, Nach Gerhard Richter at the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2011) as well as Marvelous Reality/Lo Real Maravilloso at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and Lives of the Hudson at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (both 2009). Her photography is the subject of three monographs: Ujjayi’s Journey (Kehrer, 2012), Red Leaves and Golden Curtains (Kehrer, 2007), and Presence (Artist Publications, 2003).

Maxine Henryson has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery, New York since 2012.