Summer Mixtape Volume 1


Martin Basher, Colby Bird, Tyler Coburn, Corey D’Augustine, Sarah Davis, Jason Duval, Cacy Forgenie, Donna Huanca, Rashid Johnson, Jayson Keeling, Joyce Kim, Dorota Kolodziejczyk, William Lamson, Kalup Linzy, Jeffrey Lopez, Marisa Olson, Rosemarie Padovano, Alyssa Pheobus, Thabiso Phokompe, Fay Ray, Ted Riederer, Jacolby Satterwhite, Xaviera Simmons, Nick Stillman, Thomas Torrescordova, Lan Tuazon, Yuh-Shioh Wong

Long after the cassette tape has become an obsolete relic of a clumsier analog era, the essence of the mixtape lives on through CDs and MP3 playlists. Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition paid tribute to this vital form of popular expression with a group exhibition that compiled some of the hottest work from the New York area that the curators had seen all year.

The curators looked back through previous calls for submissions, canvassed other curators and artists for recommendations, visited dozens of artists’ studios, and saw hundreds of shows to wind up with the 27 artists that make up Summer Mixtape Volume 1. The works in the exhibition covered a vast array of themes and mediums, mirroring the diverse mix of sights, sounds and cultures on the streets of New York. The show also featured a jukebox programmed specifically for the exhibition that included mixtapes and cover art produced by the artists and some special guests.

Audio mixes are still made for long road trips, disc jockey sets, as mood-setters for parties, as surrogate love letters, and as outlets to hear the latest hip-hop hitting the streets. Yet despite its cultural ubiquity, the mixtape remains a durable emblem of the counter culture. Drawing on these influences, Summer Mixtape Volume 1 materialized the mixtape’s spirit of appropriation, customization, unabashed nostalgia and relaxed fun.


Herb Tam, Associate Curator, and Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator


Friday, August 1, 7 – 9pm
Performances by artists Nick Stillman, Donna Huanca, and AIDS-3D
and a Summer Mixtape jukebox listening session

“The Best Art Today”:
With sonic contributions by artist Corey D’Augustine and noise band Knyfe Hyts, artist and Artforum critic Nick Stillman delivered a slide lecture on the best art today.

Donna Huanca and AIDS-3D present:

The sun rises on a devastated Earth.
The last children of Eve struggle to maintain their digital
lifestyles. Global trade has long since ground to a halt, and our
infastructure lays in ruins. The old systems of power have collapsed
and from these ashes, a new society rises, a network of love.
Starring Helga Wretman as:
An average girl of the not-so-distant future.
Installation by,

Donna Huanca, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas.
All we have left is each other.

Tuesday, August 5, 7 – 9pm
Video mixtape by Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art, and a video mixtape by artist Colby Bird

Colby Bird presented “From Viennese Actionism to the Triumph of Vince Young” with material by:
Otmar Bauer, Carla Edwards, Nils Ericson, Insane Clown Posse/Twiztid, Seth Price, Mariah Robertson, The Texas Longhorns, Josh Tonsfeldt, Hype Williams, Xtreeme Films LLC, and viral video from anonymous sources

Prerana Reddy presented:
“Mashup Worldwide – An International Video Mixtape Journey”
Reddy’s program is a compilation of artist and amateur videos that combine originally produced video content with popular audio and video samples, sometimes utilizing commercial gaming and animation technology, or novel video mixing/scratching software.

Side A included artists videos from: Eboman who utilizes submitted video tracks and combines them with live video scratching techniques; Swati Khurana who creates evocative Bollywood movie mashups that explore Diaspora experiences of desire and gender identities; Nina Paley, who sets her animated tales from the Hindu epic Ramayana against 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw; and Richard Wilson whose “the problems with infinity…” is a Quicktime movie that turns the Mac pointer icon into a the star of its own psychedelic musical. More TBA.

Side B featured lo-res amateur mashup videos selected/remixed to demonstrate how video sharing technology allows for playful international dialogue around pop culture phenomena including various versions of: “The Bird Flu Dance” to Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat.” Technical Assistance provided by Jawad Metni /

Tuesday, August 12, 7 – 9pm
Analog Cine Mix, a night of 16mm film from the 1950s to today

Big Bug Attack, Martha Colburn (3:00, 2002, color, sound)
What the Water Said, Nos. 1-3, David Gatten (16:00, 1997, B/W, sound)
Our Lady of the Sphere, by Larry Jordan (10:00, 1969, color, sound)
Runaway, Standish Lawder (5:25, 1969, color, sound)
Les Tournesols, Rose Lowder (6:00, 1982-1983, color, silent)
Glimpse of the Garden, Marie Menken (5:00, 1957, color, sound)
Garden Path, Mary Beth Reed and Stan Brakhage (7:00, 2001, B/W, silent)
Dancin’ Monkey, Nat Zeller (10:00, 1960s, B/W, sound)
and possibly more

Organized by Lauren Rosati.


Summer Mixtape Volume 1, 2009
Unique box includes:
– 30-page saddle-bound catalog with exhibition texts and curatorial statement by Exit Art Assistant Curator Lauren Rosati
– Exhibition postcard
– Full-color images of each of the artists’ works