READING AND DISCUSSION

Join us at A.I.R. for a reading and discussion on Saturday, April 1st at 4pm. Organized by Fellow Elizabeth Hoy, the event will feature three wonderful writers: Miriam Atkin, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, and Rachel Levitsky, each of whom deal with the visual arts in some facet of their work.

This event is being held in conjunction with Hoy's first solo show in NYC. Why does it end here? is on view at A.I.R. through April 16th.

Elizabeth Hoy, National Priorities, Mixed media sculpture, 40 x 26 x 18 inches

Elizabeth Hoy, National Priorities, Mixed media sculpture, 40 x 26 x 18 inches

 


BIO's

Miriam Atkin is a writer and performer based in New York City. Her work has been largely concerned with the possibilities of poetry as an oral medium in conversation with avant-garde film, music, and dance. Miriam has contributed essays and reviews to Haunt journal, Art in America, and ArtCritical, and her poetry has appeared in The RecluseBoog City Reader, and This Image journal. She was a 2014 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and is a member of KAF, a performance and publishing collective. Miriam is a PhD candidate in English Literature at CUNY Graduate Center.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, 1980) is an artist chiefly concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany working in the mediums of scholarship, diorama, corporeal wisdom, archival gesture, and language. Greaves has been published in About Place JournalThe Recluse, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She lives and works in New York City where she is young mother of The Florxal Review—a global journal of postcolonial ethnobotany foregrounding black femme plant life—and where she is completing work on The Bulletin of Wilderness and Academy: an introductory conclusion to unschoolMFA forthcoming from Organic Electric Industries. Galleries of her documentary photography and Afrofuturist dioramas are viewable on Instagram via @TerraBot and @SuperModelStudioPractice respectively.

Rachel Levitsky is the author of several chapbooks and three full length volumes of poetry and prose, Under the Sun (Futurepoem 2003), NEIGHBOR (UDP 2009), and The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem 2013). In 1999 she started Belladonna Series, salons and readings that featured feminist avant garde writers. In 2009, Belladonna morphed into Belladonna* Collaborative (www.belladonnaseries.org), a multi-headed hydra of which she is one part.

Dialogue with Phong Bui and Susan Bee

 

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and former curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, from 2007 to 2010. He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the monthly journal the Brooklyn Rail, the publishing press Rail Editions, and the Rail Curatorial Projects, as well as the Host/Producer of “Off the Rail” on Art International Radio. He is a board member of the Third Rail of the Twin Cities, the Miami Rail, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Anthology Film Archives, and the International Association of Art Critics United States Section (AICA USA).

In 2006, Bui won the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Eric Isenburger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. In 2014, he was the keynote speaker of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was Art in General’s Visionary Honoree. In 2016, he was given the Esther Montanez Leadership Award by Fountain House Gallery.

Susan Bee is a Brooklyn-based artist and A.I.R. member since 1996. She has had solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, Southfirst Gallery, and Accola Griefen Gallery in NY. Bee has published 16 artist's books and collaborated with poets including Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky, Johanna Drucker, and Jerome Rothenberg. She is the coeditor with Mira Schor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Bee received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2014. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event is being held in conjunction with Susan Bee's eighth solo show, Pow! New Paintings, at A.I.R. Gallery.

To view photos and audio of the event, please click here.

CLOSED / #DayWithoutAWoman

 

As an act of non-compliance, the gallery will be closed today, March 8th, to protest on International Women's Day. #DayWithoutAWoman is intended to highlight the economic power and significance of women while calling attention to many injustices endured by women and gender roles.

We apologize for the inconvenience. The gallery will re-open on Thursday, March 9th.

PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

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

 

PANELIST BIO'S

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.

A.IR. National Artist Erin Wiersma & Alumnae Artist Nancy Morrow in "Infrastructure:

We're excited to see the work of A.I.R. artists Erin Wiersma and Nancy Morrow featured at our neighbor SEMINAR Gallery here in DUMBO! The exhibition, Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country showcases the work of the first artists of the residency program Two Coats of Paint, a program which joins artists working across the United States. This timely exhibition curated by Sharon Butler and Rachel Farber seeks to collectively investigate "our nation, illuminating the structural relationships among three elements – Land, Mind, and Country."

The opening reception is Thursday, February 2nd, at neighboring SEMINAR Gallery from 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through February 26, 2017. 

Erin Wiersma, Examen, 6/13/2016, 2017, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 12 inches

 

Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country will be on view at SEMINAR Gallery, AICAD, 20 Jay Street, suite M10, Brooklyn NY through February 26th. Be sure to check it out!

 

Nancy Morrow, Dive, 2010

 

Bailey Scieszka / Performance

Join us at A.I.R. for The Soft Side of Hardcore starring Old Put the Clown, a performance by Bailey Scieszka on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm. This program is organized as part of the 12th A.I.R. Biennial: Sinister Feminism, curated by Piper Marshall with Lola Kramer. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Photo by Nicholas Calcott

 

Screening of "Little Deaths" at A.I.R.

Join us on Thursday, January 12th at 7 pm for the first New York screening of "Little Deaths" at A.I.R. Gallery. "Little Deaths" by Shanti Grumbine and Julia Oldham is a collaborative video project created during a residency at Opossum House in Eugene, Oregon.

 

About "Little Deaths"
"Little Deaths" is a short series of performative video vignettes in which artists Shanti Grumbine and Julia Oldham repeatedly attack, maim and murder each other in good humor. Referencing cinematic tropes from sources ranging from Twin Peaks to Charlie Chaplin's slapstick comedies, the two women explore Freud's ideas about the Death Drive and the Repetition Compulsion where traumatic events become ritualized and repeated in hopes of finding relief in the peaceful inorganic state before birth. The title "Little Deaths" also borrows from the French term "petite morte" meaning "orgasm" as a way of highlighting the accumulation of our daily losses and expenditures of life force. Together, Grumbine and Oldham reframe and exorcise the cultural representations of death that are subconsciously internalized in the body, using humor, repetition, and ritual.

About Opossum House: 
Named for the opossums who peer into the studio windows at night, Opossum House is a place for art, science, and experiments of all kinds. The Opossum House studio, lodge, and screening parlor is in Eugene, Oregon. We host yearly artist residents and seasonal art and music events. Founded by Julia Oldham (video artist) and Eric Corwin (physicist) on December 1, 2012.

About the Artists:
Julia Oldham's work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA; PPOW in New York, NY; The Drawing Center in New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of Art in the Bronx, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Espaço3 in Lisbon, Portugal; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; the Dia Foundation at the Hispanic Society in New York, NY; the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and Nunnery Gallery in London, UK; and she was included in the 2016 Portland Biennial curated by Michelle Grabner. Her work has been supported by Artadia, the Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY; Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, NY; Outpost Artist Resources in Ridgewood, NY; Artists in Residence in the Everglades, Miami, FL; Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY; the Oregon Arts Commission in Portland, OR; and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL. Julia Oldham also works in collaboration with New York-based artist Chad Stayrook. Together they are known as Really Large Numbers. She has a solo show opening on January 13 at ThisFridayor NextFriday in DUMBO, Brooklyn and a two person show opening on January 15 at the Art Gym in Oregon. 

Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. She has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony, Ucross, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Foundation, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Women’s Studio Workshop and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Fellowships and grants include the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant, A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, and the LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y. Select exhibition venues include The Bronx Museum, CCA Sante Fe, A.I.R. Gallery, Magnan-Metz Gallery, Planthouse Gallery, and IPCNY. For the year of 2017, she is an artist in residence at the RAIR Fellowship Program in Roswell, New Mexico. Her work is currently included in the group show “Disarming Geometries” at the Dorsky Gallery, LIC, opening January 15, and will be on view at Smack Mellon for her solo show, “Zeroing”, opening March 11 as well as in the group show “History of the Present” at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY opening March 16. Shanti received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Release of the A.I.R. Community Cookbook!

A.I.R. Gallery Community Cookbook
Dina Kantor

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In 2014 Dina Kantor was selected as an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow. As part of the program, fellows are asked to create a community project. At the time, Kantor had just begun a new body of work about community cookbooks and their relationship to identity (still in progress), so she took the opportunity to create a community cookbook for the gallery.

The resulting cookbook studies how the food we make and share with family, friends and our communities plays a large role in our identities.

Besides being a collection of recipes and tips that were contributed by members, staff, fellows and other artists affiliated with A.I.R., the book also includes photographs exploring the identities of the artists who shared them. Kantor photographed the artists in their studios, examining the links between creativity in the kitchen and in their art practice.

The cookbook is softcover, 8.5˝ x 11˝, with 152 pages, 82 recipes and 80 color photographs.
It is available for purchase through Blurb for $40 by clicking here.
In true community cookbook style, a portion of the sales will be donated directly back to A.I.R. Gallery's Fellowship program.

For more information on Dina Kantor, visit www.dinakantor.com.