The Ear’s tightly curated selection of performances takes top marks for creativity and the willingness to push boundaries. Curators Oya Damla & Polina Riabova have assembled a cohort of artists taking risks, showcasing a variety of creative impulses in this Spring open weekend of performance art. Doors open at 7:30 on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 to bring immersive installations and thoughtful, daring performances to visitors. With a $10 suggested donation, these performance showcases make for affordable opportunities to experience cutting-edge contemporary performance art at a rising performance art venue.
Themes of public and private, identity, materiality and labor intertwine in this variety of performances. Ranging from sound to choreography to projection mapping and beyond, artists on view are stars in their field and have shown in a variety of venues. The Queens Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Brooklyn Museum, and Knockdown Center have all played host to these innovative and forward-thinking performance artists, among other locations. Unforgettable and unrelenting, the rising stars of performance art are all assembled for this Spring opening spectacular.
Tickets and further details are available at the event site. See you there!
There is much to uncover in the diverse and precise artistic practice of artist Marguerite Elliot. Her career spans decades of women’s art herstory along the faultlines of second-wave feminism on the West Coast. Elliot’s career incorporates a vibrant interdisciplinary practice as an artist, welder, author, curator and video producer. Previously based in LA, Elliot now lives and works in Marin County in the northern San Francisco Bay Area. She was a pivotal founding member of the renowned LA-based Woman’s Building, the premier center for Feminist art, that operated for 18 years beginning in 1973. Recently, the world-renowned Getty Research Institute was awarded funding to preserve archives related to the Building, and on April 22nd Elliot will be honored alongside other women pioneers at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In addition to her work teaching art at the LA Woman’s Building, she also taught at the Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the United States, including in a prestigious exhibition, Committed to Print, that dealt with about social issues – including feminism – at the renowned Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY.
Elliot has been and continues to be a formidable artist spearheading developments in West Coast feminism while also serving as an incredible force for social critique and pioneering postmodern artworks created from metalworking and steel. Her vibrant presence as a Founding Member of the LA Woman’s Building informed the community’s incredible impact, exerting a presence that could be felt over the life and cultural scene in the greater Los Angeles area. A welder and sculptor, Elliot regularly creates large-scale artworks that require a precise and exacting skill set and complete mastery of metalworking methods. Working in steel from an early period of her practice, Elliot was a trailblazer not only for a cohort of women sculptors but she has also purposed her artwork into a means of addressing hot-button topics such as nuclear proliferation, environmental preservation and homelessness.
In addition to sustaining a demanding art studio practice, Elliot has steered feminist art history and theory with her incredibly thorough the comprehensive publication, “The Woman’s Building and Feminist Art Education, 1973-1991: A Pictorial Herstory.” Edited by Elliot and Maria Karras and published by the Otis College of Art & Design, provides an in-depth look into the remarkable influence the LA Woman’s Building sustained as a force for change as a part of the greater second-wave feminism movment. Outlining how the Woman’s Building steered the career trajectories of artists and changemakers such as Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro and many, many more, this tome holds a pivotal place in defining women’s impact in the Modern Art canon. Elliot’s position as a guest of honor at the Getty to honor her legacy as part of this group of powerful and unrelenting women on April 22nd is well-deserved and long overdue.
Elliot’s work is decisive and, frequently, physically demanding. With a carefully developed skill set that encompasses the punishing and technically precise requirements that welding requires, Elliot not only operates within a formally precise artistic lexicon, she applies her artistic acumen toward realizing socio-political change and working toward a common good.
Currently practicing across small and large-scale welded and mixed media sculpture, she exhibits a keenly psychological and insightful approach to her artworks. Elliot’s artwork titles, such as “Where Did I Come From” and “Saved for Eternity” also assume an autobiographical, yet ambiguous, approach. Continuing to pursue abstraction, Elliot continually digs deeper into her iconography to produce precisely rendered forms that resonate with viewers in an introspective and, often, personal significance. Viewers of Elliot’s work can ponder the meaning of eternity and the now within her practice: space and time seem to collapse under the significance of her keen and philosophical vision.
Elliot’s works have been shown in countless solo and group exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, and they are held in numerous public and private collections including New York’s MoMA. Elliot’s exhibitions have been reviewed in major art publications including the Los Angeles Times, the NY-based Village Voice, Art Week, and the Washington Post. She is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Elliot’s curatorial experience includes private, non-profit, and municipal galleries In Los Angeles and San Francisco and she is currently head of Elliot Art Productions, a company that works with artists to market their art and specializes in creative, promotional videos for artists. Upcoming exhibits include at North Bay Investment Partners in Berkeley, and the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA, and her studio in Fairfax welcomes visitors by appointment.
Valentine’s day promises to bring vivid red and pink hues to the forefront, and nowhere are these bright inviting tones more welcome than at Le Board for the opening reception of works by Indira Cesarine in Indira Cesarine x NEON. Opening Thursday, February 14 from 5-8 pm, and on view through April 13 at 800b 5th Avenue, the exhibit presents original neon artworks by Cesarine, and signals the inauguration of Le Board’s artist in residence program in partnership with Untitled Space. Curated by the renowned Jenny Mushkin Goldman, of KIN + GOLD, Indira Cesarine x NEON features stunning recent neon compositions by the artist. Opening night also includes carefully crafted cocktails by McQueen and The Violet Fog and Mi Campo, and even a surprise experience by Receptra Naturals.
Displaying Cesarine’s perceptive eye toward feminist topics and witty wordplay, Indira Cesarine x NEON proves to be a formidable survey of contemporary neon installation artworks dealing with activism and social justice. Considering the weight of words both heavy and light, these neon expressions give voice to contemporary issues while engaging directly with contemporary culture. Under the precise eye of Mushkin-Goldman, Indira Cesarine x NEON allows Cesarine’s works to shine and reach a whole new array of visitors.
Sponsored by Le Board, a Part French-part Greek, New York living brand founded by John Aghayan and creative directed by Sofia Karvela, this partnership is sure to light up a brand new experience for art lovers and those who live inspired by culture, fashion, and fine art.
For more details about the event and to RSVP please visit the event page.
BOUND/LESS, opening at 222 Bowery on Tuesday, February 12th from 6-8 pm, features a selection of artists presented by Arcilesi|Homberg Fine Art. For one night only, artworks contemplating the many facets of love and its endless scope will be presented, alongside music, wearable art and refreshments on the Bowery right across the street from the New Museum.
Works by Vincent Arcilesi, Eileen Coyne, Maria Dimanshtein, Jun’Ichiro Ishida, Carolyn Oberst, Arlene Rush, Margaret Withers and more populate the historic space. From the gestural figurative to the geometric abstract, love in all its forms is present for visitors to explore. The show features a plethora of artists brought together to honor love in all its splendor. Featuring a majority women artists in this exciting group exhibit, don’t miss the only chance to witness all this magnificent, loved-themed art in one space!
BOUND/LESS takes place from 6-8 pm at 222 Bowery on Tuesday, Feb 12th produced by AHA Fine Art.
The art world calendar is kicking into high gear- but don’t fret, we’ve pulled together a guide to help you navigate the zoo that is local and international art events happening from Feb 6-10. Call it an extended weekend survey. Take a look at the below, in NYC and beyond!
Mexico: Art Rising
This week in the zoo that is the art world, Mexico takes front and center as ZONAMACO Mexico opens in Ciudad Mexico (on view through Feb 10). Featuring the best and brightest in emerging talent, ZONAMACO Mexico is rapidly rising as a reliable barometer for art world trends and artists to watch on the international stage (with a focus, of course, on talent engaging with Latin America.)
Meanwhile, Frida Kahlo opens at the Brooklyn Museum on Frida(y), Feb 8 (yuk yuk). The retrospective marks a watershed moment for Kahlo, who went back and forth from Mexico to New York City during periods as an emerging artist. Tickets for the first few opening days caught fire – watch this space for our ANTE. review in mid-Feb!
Don’t fret if you’re stuck in the City this week without tickets to Frida – or even if you managed to snag some, know that there is plenty to occupy your time!
Starting on Thursday, 2/7 MIRROR|MIRRORhosts an artist reception from 6-8 pm (RSVP is required, firstname.lastname@example.org). Featuring February James and Shona McAndrews, the exhibit is organized by LatchKey Gallery in collaboration with Select World’s S 12 Studio. On view by appointment through February 15, 2019, MIRROR|MIRROR explores two artists whose depiction of women offer a counter narrative to beauty norms and standards.
Located at the prestigious Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center / 2 W 13th St, NYC), the opening reception for the exhibit takes place Thursday, 2/7 from 6-8 pm and will be attended by the exhibiting artists including The artists in this exhibition include Morehshin Allahyari (IR/US), Scott Benesiinaabandan (CA), Matias Brunacci, Yu Hong(CN), Francois Knoetze (ZA) and Erin Ko (US) & Jamie Martinez (CO/US) in a joint project, who – intriguingly – create a journey to the afterlife inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Saturdayand Sunday are dominated by talks and performances, with Saturday hosting the bulk of the fare.
Saturday 2/9 events include at artist talk at Lesley Heller Gallery in conjunction with Jim Osman’s The Walnut Series at 2:30 PM.
DUMBO plays host to Smack Mellon‘s artist talk, “Bonnie Collura: Prince & Rachelle Mozman Solano: Metamorphosis of Failure”: free & taking place from 4-5pm, while over in Long Island City, Queens, SculptureCenter hosts viewings into the Late Night of current exhibiting artist Banu Cennetoğlu’s Moving Image Work (RSVP required; entry from 6-10 pm with event ending midnight).
While Sunday is a mostly slow day, there is an intriguing, Chinese New Year-appropriate event at Pearl River Mart featuring a performance by Arlan Huang & Mee Mee Chin: “Cantonese Opera Makeup” for “Closing Distances”, free 1-3 pm at Pearl River Mart Gallery.
Enjoy your long, extended-art-weekend in NYC and beyond!
On the afternoon of Saturday, Feb 2nd, United Palace theater will host Unity Earth: Liftoff, a creative performance event supporting world peace. The stunning, interdisciplinary range of performances – helmed by Creative Director Rhiannon Catalyst – features legendary talents Akim Funk Buddha and Kristin Hoffmann, as well as international talent including British Reggae legend Pato Baton, and Chinese chanting artist Mystic Voice. Part of United Nation’s World Interfaith Harmony Week, Unity Earth at United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th St.), Sat 2/2 from 3-6:30 pm, will both stun and delight audiences.
Unity Earth is an ongoing, multi-year initiative to present engaging, interdisciplinary events to promote world peace on an international scale. Catalyst, the event’s Creative Director, has produced events ranging from Figment Festival to Creative Tech Week and the Winter Music Conference. Her experience lends an eclectic, mesmerizing eye to the potential for creative wonder to promote intercultural understanding and respect.
Promoting messages from social justice and environmental awareness to healing and artistic expression, Unity Earth: Liftoff this Saturday, February 2nd will bring a portal of wonder to anyone open to the siren’s call.
Wenesday, Jan 30th from 6-9 pm marks the opening of the exhibition HERE, DATA by Gabrielle Mertz at SL Gallery (335 West 38th Street, New York, NY).
An exhaustive look into the various ways in which data pervades our everyday lives, HERE, DATA re-imagines pathways by which these unseen interventions can be translated into an experiential, participatory artworks. Mertz possesses the uncanny ability to convey the process by which data gets transferred into stunning visuals and installation. Works that appear to be abstract and subjective actually express data sets, in some cases taken in real-time, augmenting and imaginatively capturing the nuances of the world surrounding us. A world that mostly remains invisible comes to life in HERE, DATA.
On view through March 22, 2019, HERE, DATA brings news and film media into the physical realm. While some works are on view in the gallery itself, more works can be accessed via cell phone/tablet. Part of the artist’s Album series, these digital works bring an intimate, carefully structured viewing experience to the visitor.
Mertz is a New York-based visual artist and choreography who works across sound, light and installation. Her site-specific works have been exhibited in the US and abroad in Europe at a variety of venues such as the New Museum Ideas City, Cultural Center of Krakow, Rialto Center for Performing Arts and more. HERE, DATA remains on view at SL Gallery (335 West 38th Street) through March 22, 2019 – for further information, please contact Tony Long at the Gallery, or visit our website www.sl.gallery/