A.I.R. 2017-2018 Fellowship Welcome Reception

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 by former NY artist member, Stephanie Bernheim in order to support underrepresented and emerging self-identified women artists in New York City. Each year, six artists are awarded a year-long fellowship to develop and exhibit a project at A.I.R.

Please join us in welcoming A.I.R.'s 2017-2018 Fellows on Thursday, September 28th from 6-9pm.

Karen Leo
Daniela Puliti
Dominique Duroseau
Megan Pahmier
Caroline Wayne
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi

A.I.R. is a permanent exhibition space that supports an open exchange of ideas and risk–taking by women artists in order to provide support and visibility. Since 1972, when a group of visionary women artists opened the first gallery space at 97 Wooster Street in Soho, A.I.R. has been leading the way in championing women artists, increasing their visibility and the viability of their endeavors.

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program remains committed to providing support for self identifying women artists in New York City and to encourage artistic experimentation and rigor by providing a space where feminist historical precedence and inter-generational dialogue are at the forefront.

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

PUBLIC PROGRAMS ON GOVERNORS ISLAND 

TAKE BACK YOUR BODY

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS ON GOVERNORS ISLAND
HOUSE 4A NOLAN PARK

TAKE BACK YOUR BODY
Artist Talk: Daria Dorosh
Monday, September 4, 2017, 3pm

With her 1990s work in public art on view, artist and fashion researcher Daria Dorosh will discuss how and why her interest has migrated from public spaces to the body as the site for art.

 

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

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"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.

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"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.

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"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).

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

HOUSE 4A, NOLAN PARK
GOVERNOR'S ISLAND, NY

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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.

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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

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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. 

MODERATOR

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

PANELISTS

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).

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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. 


BIOs

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

JUNE - OCTOBER, 2017

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.