THE BUILDING SHOW
2/17/2007 – 3/31/2007
Curator(s): Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman
Artists: Scott Andresen, Kenneth Grady Barker, Joseph Burwell, Nuno Cera, Jerstin Crosby and Lump Lipshitz, John Enxuto, Peter Eudenbach, Barbara Gallucci, Elaine Gan, Patty Harris, Peter Hildebrand, Heidrun Holzfeind, Emily Katrencik, Noah Loesberg, Naeem Mohaiemen with Gensler + Gutierrez, Heidi Neilson, Quintin Rivera Toro, Chuck Sehman, Caridad Sola and Mary Mihelic, Tim Spelios, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor, Glen Walls, Seth Weiner, Marion E. Wilson, Xing Danwen, Yarisal & Kublitz
Exhibition: Buildings have become iconic figures of cities and countries; these architectural wonders are either loved or despised by their neighbors, visitors and passersby. Oftentimes buildings have deeply rooted historical significance: they form skylines that are embedded into our vertical memory and hold infinite stories within their walls. Other times, buildings are surrounded by controversy, neighborhoods are rezoned, gentrification causes displacement and old buildings are torn down and quickly rebuilt for new uses. In homage to these vertical symbols, Exit Art presented The Building Show, an exhibition featuring twenty-six conceptual, realistic, personal, intimate and analytical artworks that were defined by the artists’ personal relationships to existing structures.
KILLING TIME: An Exhibition of Cuban Artists from the 1980s to the Present
Curators: Elvis Fuentes, Yuneikys Villalonga, and Glexis Novoa
Artists: Francis Acea, Pavel Acosta, Jairo Alfonso, All Stars Team, José Luis Alonso Mateo, Alexandre Arrechea, Arte Calle, Magdiel Aspillaga, Juan Pablo Ballester, James Bonachea, Ricardo Brey, Saidel Brito, Tania Bruguera, La Campana Group, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Consuelo Castañeda, Nilo Castillo, Sandra Ceballos & Espacio Aglutinador, Raúl Cordero, Arturo Cuenca, Ángel Delgado, Felipe Dulzaides, El Soca & Fabian, Enema Collective, Henry Eric, Antonio Eligio Fernández “Tonel”, José A. Figueroa, Coco Fusco, Carlos Garaicoa, Fernando García, Pavel Giroud, Alejandro González, María Elena González, Juan-si González, Abdel Hernández, Hexágono Group, Tony Labat, Francisco Lastra, Glenda León, Alejandro López, Rafael López Ramos, Janler Méndez, Manuel Mendive, Beverly Mojena, Maritza Molina, Glexis Novoa, Antonio Núñez, Ernesto Oroza, Cristina Padura, Alain Pino, Humberto Planas, Segundo Planes, Provisional Group, Aldo Damián Menéndez, Ernesto Pujol, Rigoberto Quintana, Ritual Art-De Group, Rubert Quintana, Fernando Rodríguez & Francisco de la Cal, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Joel Rojas, Yali Romagoza, Lázaro Saavedra, Leandro Soto, Ezequiel Suárez, T&T, José Ángel Toirac, César Trasobares, Hárold Vazquez, Aaron Vega Granados, Liudmila Velasco & Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, José Ángel Vincench, Ramón Williams
Exhibition: Killing Time focused on the work of over 70 contemporary Cuban artists that approached the subject of time. “The Revolution has been a symbolic intervention on Cuban Time. In return, time has shaped discourses of and on the Cuban Revolution,” said the curators. Time patterns: Rewriting History, Productive Journey vs. Free Time: From Diversion to Subversion, and Aging and Decaying: An Archaeology of Utopia, were some of many subjects explored in different media, including performances, installations, photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, sculpture, murals, prints and ephemera. This exhibition spanned from the late 1970s to the present, and provided a timely context for Cuban artists whose work had little or no exposure in the United States. Many of these artists metaphorically recorded some of the tensions in the cultural, social and political landscape of the past three decades, and were often dismissed by the official discourse on the Island or stereotyped by narrow conceptions of identity. A special section of the exhibition featured the origins of Performance and Conceptual art in Cuba, through original works and documentation materials never before shown in the United States.
Events: May 13, 2007, a panel discussion with Glexis Novoa, Rafael Lopez Ramos, Ruben Torres Llorca, Maria Magdalena Campos Pons, Tania Bruguera, and Leandro Soto; a Cuban dinner provided by Havana Nights; and live performances by Tania Bruguera, Juan-Si Gonzalez, Alejandro Lopez, Maritza Molina, El Soca and Fabian Leandro Soto; June 16 and June 23, 2007, Tropical Area, an evening of performances by the Trickster Theater featuring works by Rob Andrews, Eun Woo Cho, Saeri Kiritani, Julia Mandle, Oleg Mavromatti, Jolie Pichardo, Pasha RA, Boryanna Rossa, Rafael Sanchez with Jesus Sendòn and Aki Sasamoto
Publication: The catalog for Killing Time, placed in a unique box, includes a 74-page book with four essays in English and Spanish by the curators (Elvis Fuentes, Yuneikys Villalonga and Glexis Novoa) and Exit Art Co-founder/Cultural Producer Papo Colo; a DVD with video documentation of the exhibition; a DVD of the Trickster Theater performance Tropical Area; color reproductions of each of the artists’ works.
8/4/2007 – 8/31/2007
Curator(s): Jaishri Abichandani
Artists: Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Fariba Alam, Mouna Andraos, Siona Benjamin, Anjali Bhargava, Anna Bhushan, Mareena Daredia, Sharmila Desai, Chitra Ganesh, Asha Ganpat, Mariam Ghani, Rajkamal Kahlon, Emily Jacir, Mona Kamal, Jesal Kapadia, Sarita Khurana, Swati Khurana, Yamini Nayar, Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Carol Pereira, Sreshta Premnath, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri, Sadia Rehman, Prerana Reddy, Ela Shah, Asma Ahmed Shikoh, Shahzia Sikander, Sonali Sridhar, Anahita Vossoughi, 6 + women’s art collective, and SAFED STUDIO
Exhibition: As the art world celebrated the work of women artists, and as SAWCC (the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective) commemorated their 10th anniversary, this exhibition at Exit Art contributed to the spectacle in SAWCC’s truly collective fashion. Sultana’s Dream, curated by Jaishri Abichandani, founder of SAWCC, featured collaborative works and participatory projects that were produced through a process of dialogue between at least two South Asian women artists across disciplines that included visual art, writings, dance, film, music, etc. Sultana’s Dream included the work of established South Asian women artists such as Shahzia Sikander and Chitra Ganesh, as well as emerging or lesser known South Asian women artists selected from an open call for submissions. Including over 30 artists of Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Nepali, Afghan, Kuawaiti and Iranian descent, Sultana’s Dream showcased the spectrum of South Asian women’s intellectual and aesthetic perspectives.
Events: August 4, 2007, preview reception with wine compliments of Billimoria Wines and Krait Beer and benefit party featuring DJ Rekha and DK aka Bollygirl; August 9, 2007, experimental film and video program co-presented by 3rd I New York Film Collective and curated by Prerana Reddy, former SAWCC Board Member and Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Ar; August 16, 2007, literary panel co-presented by the Asian American Writers Workshop and curated by Anjali Goyal, SAWCC Board Member and Programs Coordinator at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; August 23, 2007, visual artists and curators panel organized by SAWCC Board Members Mareena Daredia and Sadia Rehman of Bose Pacia Gallery
9/20/2007 – 11/17/2007
Curator(s): Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
Artists: Jamie Allen, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Kelly Dobson, Aaron S. Davidson, Melissa Dubbin, Arthur Elsenaar, Flash Light, Erik Guzman, LoVid, Brendan McGillicuddy, Bryan Mesenbourg, Arnaldo Morales, Marco Roso, Remko Scha, Simon Schiessl, Gregory Shakar, Luke Stettner, Hap Tivey, Seth Weiner, Revel Woodard
Exhibition: Electricity is one of life’s most fundamental forces; it courses through our bodies and powers our computers. Today, the shortage and high cost of electricity is a pressing issue. The rethinking of energy production and consumption is imperative as we face depleted natural resources, environmental damage, and exponential population growth.
Electric Lab was dedicated to experimentation and art-making practices within the ranges of electricity. Artists were asked to suggest new ways to access electricity and explore its power. This exhibition was inspired by and dedicated to the scientist Nikola Tesla, who desired free access of electricity for all.
Events: October 11, 2007, music with Koen Holtkamp, Byron Westbrook, and Scott Mou; October 18, 2007, a night of electricity inspired music with DJs Crunc Tesla, Prince Language and Brennan Green; October 25, 2007, live performances by LoVid and Jamie Allen with Nikola Tesla; November 1, 2007, performances by The Loud Objects and dance performance with Ben Margolis and Jenny Torino’s neuromuscular stimulators.
Publication: Unique box includes 38-page saddle-bound catalog with exhibition texts and curatorial statement by Exit Art Co-founder/Artistic Director Papo Colo; DVD with video documentation of the exhibition; an Electric Lab exhibition poster; and full-color images of each of the artists’ works.
12/01/2007 – 01/26/2008
Curator(s): Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
Artists: Jakob Boeskov, Margot Herster, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Fawad Khan, Ellen Lake, Rebecca Loyche, Guerra de la Paz, Francesco Simeti, Nick Waplington
Exhibition: Love/War/Sex considered the conflation of those basic human instincts — a toxic combination manifested in images and stories coming out of Iraq. This exhibition connected longing with violence and love with war, imagining the business of war in all its sensual manifestations. The installation of Love/War/Sex, conceived by Papo Colo, was an innovation in exhibition design and presentation, in part for its inclusion of real weapons of war. Choosing these objects, these “readymades”, and applying their historical contexts to the exhibition, created an environment that provoked, surprised, assaulted and confronted the viewer with the real tools of war.
Publication: Unique box includes 38-page saddle-bound catalog with exhibition texts and curatorial statement by Exit Art Co-founder/Artistic Director Papo Colo; DVD with video documentation of the exhibition and Cannon Dialogues, a performance by Trickster Theater; a Love/War/Sex exhibition poster; and full-color images of each of the artists’ works.