Tuesday, October 28, 8PM: David Altmejd

The Center, 2008
David Altmejd (born 1974) is known for his intricate and highly worked room-size installations and sculptures. Seamlessly moving between a variety of aesthetic modes–from an almost ascetic minimalism in works employing plaster and mirror to works teeming with accumulations of various objects–Altmejd’s work offers carefully wrought meditations on the cycles of life and death, interiority and exteriority, sexuality and spirituality.
David Altmejd has shown widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His major solo exhibition “Flux” just opened this October at the Musee d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris in France.

David received his MFA in 2001 here at Columbia University and his BFA in 1998 at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada.
David will be giving studio visits with Stephen Jackson, Angelica Teuta, Jean-Pierre Mot and 2 other students (tba, lottery ongoing).
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Tuesday, October 21, 8PM: Laurel Nakadate

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Lucky Tiger #35, 2009

Laurel Nakadate is an American photography and video artist living in New York City. Her work engages themes of seduction, power, loss, intimacy and betrayal. She explores the possibilities and limits of sexuality and gender roles. In her most recent work she attempts to trace her genealogy through photographs of distant relatives. Nakadate is also writer and director of the films, “Stay the Same Never Change” from 2009 which was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, and “The Wolf Knife,” from 2011. Nakadate’s work has been shown at MoMA PS1, in a 2005 survey of emerging artists, “Greater New York,” and with a solo show, “Only the Lonely,” in 2011. She received her MFA from Yale University where she is currently a lecturer.



Laurel will be giving studio visits with Cy Gavin and Rachel Stern

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Tuesday, October 14, 8PM: Amanda Alfieri

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Still from 2pacalypse Now, 2013



Project Thug Life Fitness


Amanda Alfieri is a performance and video artist working in New York City. In 2011 she was possessed by Tupac Shakur, an event on which she based the majority of her subsequent work. Alfieri uses her body as the subject of her work, often changing and manipulating it. She is a graduate of Skowhegan School of painting and drawing and Columbia University.
Clifford Owens has said Alfieri is “one of the most interesting and exciting young artists working in New York City. Her work is authentic, unapologetic, “real,” raw, and goose-bump-beautiful. I’m surprised that more artists and curators don’t know about her work, they should. I’m not sure if this artist would claim to be either a feminist artist or a Latina artist, but it seems to me that her work decidedly disrupts both narrow notions of creative and political agency. I think her work challenges viewers to think about ‘the other’ and a woman in ways that are uncommon, unconventional, and uncomfortable. I can think of very few young women (or men) in New York City who make trans-disciplinary art that’s this good.”

Click here for Amanda Alfieri’s Website 

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Tuesday, October 7th, 8 PM: Amber Hawk Swanson


Amber Doll > Tilikum, 2011

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To Hold, Bibbidi Bobbidi (After), large format c-print

Amber Hawk Swanson (b. 1980, Davenport, Iowa) is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City. Hawk Swanson holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Studio Arts, 2006) and is a recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant.

Recent exhibitions and screenings include Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Denny Gallery (NYC), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), and Locust Projects (solo, Miami).Recent residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC, Workspace (NYC), MacDowell  (New Hampshire), Yaddo (New York), Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (NYC), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Maine), Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACA (Florida, curated by Coco Fusco), and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC).

In Amber Doll > TILKUM, Hawk Swanson transforms her identical, life-like sex doll into a replica of a killer whale who lives in captivity and has killed three people. She conducted the ten-day 50-hour transformation alone, but broadcasted it on Livestream to an audience of 33,100 worldwide.

Amber Hawk Swanson’s Website

Performance Artist Censored and Banned on Ustream Because of Doll Nudity

Winners of the Studio Visit Lottery:
Talia Link and Patrice Helmar
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Tuesday, September 30th, 8 PM: Nick van Woert

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Checkout Nick van Woert’s website here!

Informed by his background in architecture and driven by a fascination with antiquity, Nick van Woert claims to “hijack” the art historical past to create his striking, wry sculptures. A strong sense of history—both natural and human—unites his prolific output. He cites Vitruvius, the early Roman architect who was inspired by nature, as a significant influence. Like an urban archaeologist, van Woert combs through the convenience stores, factories, and dumpsters in Brooklyn to source materials for his sculptures, which he then re-presents in elegant works like Home and Garden (2011). In this work, van Woert fills transparent rectangular containers with a colorful assortment of consumer and industrial products—including Kool-Aid, a Dunkin Donuts billboard, salt, and hair gel—and stacks the containers to form two perpendicular walls that look like exposed geological strata.

Nick van Woert (born 1979) is an American artist from Reno, Nevada. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied architecture (BArch) at the University of Oregon and Fine Arts (MFA) at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.

All-Star Cast: Up-And-Comer Nick Van Woert’s Sculptures Get Inside Your Head

Now Showing | Nick van Woert’s ‘No Man’s Land’

Faux-Finished to the Core: Q+A With Nick Van Woert

Jenny Cho and Ektor Garcia won the studio visit lottery, congrats y’all!



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Tuesday, September 23rd, 8 PM: Gina Beavers


Gina Beavers is an artist based in New York known for her sculptural paintings that respond to images from social media. She currently has a solo exhibition, The Re-Animator, on view at Clifton Benevento in New York. Beavers has had recent solo exhibitions at Retrospective in Hudson, NY, James Fuentes in New York City, and Nudashank in Baltimore, Maryland. Beavers received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and her BA from the University of Virginia (1996).  

See Gina Beavers PS1 Studio Visit here.

Read more about Gina Beaver’s work at Blouin Art Info here.

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September 16, 2014, 8PM: Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. 

Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). 
Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).

Winners of the Studio Visit Lottery:
Coby Kennedy and Michael Stablein Jr.
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September 9, 2014, 8PM: Sebastian Black

Sebastian Black was born in New York, NY, in 1985. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College (2007) and an MFA from Columbia University (2012). His has had recent solo exhibitions at C L E A R I N G, Karma, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, and the National Exemplar Gallery, in New York. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles. Exemplified in his trademark, abstracted “Puppy Paintings”, Sebastian’s practice, which also includes sculpture, installation and exhibition texts, approaches Modernist abstraction and contemporary commerce with critical wit.
Read more about Sebastian in the Brooklyn Rail.
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September 2nd, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu-Daniel


Flatland, 2009-2010, drawing with collage and silkscreen

Tomas Vu-Daniel

Tomas Vu-Daniel received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has recently been exhibited in “Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness” at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; “Boston High Tea: Master Print Series” at the Sunshine Museum in Songzhuang, China; and “Organische Abstraction” at the Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Black Ice in New York, Flatlands I and Flatlands II in Milan and Rome, and Opium Dreams at the Museum Haus Kasuya in Yokuska, Japan. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship award in 2001.




Paint on newspaper

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija
was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award.


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May 1st, 2014: 8pm Keltie Ferris

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Keltie Ferris was born in Louisville, KY in 1977 earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design  in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2006.  She lives and works in Brooklyn.  Ferris is known for large paintings that lap, layer upon layer, into glimmering pictorial spaces.  She is a natural born colorist and her surfaces, while densely layered, rarely feel labored.

Ferris has received grants from the Rema Mann Hort Foundation (2006), Jacob Javits Fellowship (2005) and the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for excellence in painting at the Yale School of Art (2005).

Interview with Keltie Ferris at Interview Magazine

Manuscript, 2012

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