EXIT BIENNIAL: The Reconstruction

3/8/2003 – 5/31/2003

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Rob Andrews, Larry Bamburg, Robert Chambers, Derek Coté, Daniella Dooling, Christoph Draeger, Tamara Gayer, Orly Genger, Mariam Ghani, Frantiska and Tim Gilman, Kate Gilmore, Monika Goetz, Lisa Hein and Bob Seng, Drew Heitzler, Lynn Koble, Sean Langlais, Joshua R. Marks, J. Gabriel Lloyd & John J. McGurk, Ted McGurn, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Jenny Polak, Sunsook Roh, Michelle Rosenberg, Anne Rowland, Johnny the Whip Savannah, Ward Shelley, Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua, Peter Simensky, Mark Shoffner and Rebecca Herman, TAG: Laura Lee, Ales Gabrovec, Defne Ayas, Betsy Seder and David Gabrovec, Christian Tomaszewski, Alessandra Lee Michelle Torres, Jade Townsend, Markus Wetzel, Union Gaucha Productions: Karin Schneider and Nicolas Guagnini, Colin Zaug

Exhibition: Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction began with an open call for proposals, bringing in more than 400 submissions. Artists were asked to create an installation as a metaphor for Exit Art’s renovation/reconstruction and its relationship to the new space and neighborhood. The participating artists talked about their concepts and installations on the night of the opening and worked on realizing their projects until the closing. The entire process of installation was open to the public and viewable on Exit Art’s website.


11/22/2003 – 2/15/2004

Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman

Artists: Manuel Acevedo, Andrea Arroyo, Eduardo Cintron, Valeria Cordero, Iliana Emilia, Pilita Garcia Esquivel, Eduardo Gil, Nicolas Guagnini, Linda Irizarry, Claudia Joskowicz, Tamara Kostianovsky, Cristóbal Lehyt, Hermann Mejia, Jose Mertz, Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Maritza Molina, Marcus Morales, Felipe Mujica, Ivan Navarro, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, Lucia Pizzani, Freddy Rodríguez, Milton Rosa-Ortiz, Karin Schneider, Courtney Smith, Christian Torres Roje, Johanna Unzueta, Alex Villar

Exhibition: L Factor was a multidisciplinary arts project that investigated the fusion of Latino language and culture into the mainstream “American” culture of the United States. Exit Art’s aim was to expose how Latin influence has factored in American culture and society by inviting artists to respond to their experience of the Latin influence. The exhibition was itself a method for removing this art from being framed by “border issues” and placing the influence of Latin culture within the paradigm of American culture-at-large, including food, music, movies, television, and political issues. L Factor was about the influence of Latin culture and the resulting hybridizations of language, visual art, music, poetry, and politics.

The Americanization of Latino culture and the Latinization of American culture is at the heart of the hybridization of both Americas.

Events: Video Programs curated by Maria-Christina Villasenor (including Spanglish and Hy-spanic; Quien Es Mas Macho?; Objects and Objectivos; Ich Bin Ein Latino; Rock n’ Espanol); Panel discussions curated by Ed Morales (When Did You Decide to Be a Latino?; What’s Latin About Rock and Hip Hop?; Roundtable with L Factor Curators; Post Latino / New Latino); Music program curated by Jose Ayalo; Literature Program curated by Rene Alegria