Tuesday September 8th, 8pm: Michelle Abeles


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Michele Abeles’s studio constructions combine common objects—wine bottles, terra-cotta pots, newspapers, and printed fabrics—with nude males. Abeles’s props are familiar and generic, even bland, with minimal symbolic or narrative associations. Her models, cast via Craigslist ads, are also positioned like props, often posed so their bodies are truncated by the frame. Titles such as Red, Rock, Cigarettes, Newspaper, Body, Wood, Lycra, Bottle, which inventory the objects in the photograph, further emphasize the pictures’ generic quality.

In Abeles’s photographs, space appears flattened, and scale and spatial relationships are often confusing. A lot of the trickery occurs in the camera or in the studio—for some pictures, the artist placed colored gels over Plexiglas in front of her lens to produce geometric and fragmented layers that mimic digital post-production manipulations. In 2012, responding to the way images are consumed in the media-saturated 21st century, Abeles began making photographs employing digital tools. These works refer to how we view images today: often on a computer screen, a flattened space cluttered with layered windows. #4 recalls the swipe mechanism on an iPad or iPhone, a cropped image on the left suggesting a picture in mid-swipe. In response to the endless recirculation of images in mass culture today, Abeles has used elements of her older photographs to make new work, as in Progressive Substitution Drills, in which a rock, printed fabric, and newspaper scrap from earlier photographs appear. In her work, Abeles layers and builds space, drawing attention to the space between things and, ultimately, the space between pictures.

Michele Abeles was born in 1977 in New York. She received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and an MFA from Yale University in 2007. Abeles lives and works in New York City.

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Tuesday, April 28, 8PM: Ella Kruglyanskaya

Ella Kruglyanskaya’s paintings and drawings employ fashion, facial expression, and full figured women in tense, exuberant compositions. Figures and faces, depicted as prints on the fabric of subject’s clothing, play out nested psychosocial dramas. Her paintings use push and pull on all levels: the foreground flips to background, the picture plane is taught, two sets of eyes lock, or a purse string tugs on an arm.

Ella Kruglyanskaya was born in 1978 in Riga, Latvia. She received her MFA in painting from Yale in 2006, and her BFA in painting from Cooper Union in 2001. She has had recent solo shows at Studio Voltaire in London, at Kendall Koppe in Glasgow in 2013, and at Gavin Brown here in New York in 2013. She has attended residencies at the Abrons Art Center in New York, and Studio Voltaire in London.

Ella will have studio visits with Jenny Cho and Rachel Stern.


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Tuesday, March 31, 8PM: Chitra Ganesh!


The Dazzle, 2006


Playboy, 2011

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist whose drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations suggest and excavate buried narratives typically absent from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh graduated from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature and ArtSemiotics, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002.

She has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York University, Headlands Center for the Arts, Smack Mellon Studios, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. Her works have been widely exhibited across the United States including at the Queens Museum, Asia Society(New York), Berkeley Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (California), and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, with solo presentations at PS1/MOMA (New York), and The Andy Warhol museum (Pittsburgh). Ganesh is the recipient numerous awards and fellowships including the Art Matters Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation for Painting and Sculpture, and a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts. 

You can see her solo exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum until July 12th.



Studio Visits: Julia and Filip


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Tuesday, March 10, 8PM: Nick Mauss

Installation view of current show at 303 Gallery, Chelsea
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Nick Mauss (b.1980, USA) lives in New York and works at the interstices of different media. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and teaches in the MFA program at Bard College, New York. Mauss has had recent solo exhibitions at Independenza Studio, Rome; Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; 303 Gallery, New York; and MD72, Berlin. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Artists Space, New York. He was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and his writing has been published in ArtforumMAYPeep Hole, and MAP. His solo exhibition at 303 gallery on Chelsea just opened past this Sunday and is on view until April 11.



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Tuesday, March 3, 8PM: Jordan Wolfson

Female Figure, 2014

Raspberry Poser, video still, 2014

Jordan Wolfson’s work ranges from video, to installation, to still images. He creates arresting and provocative images, pulling on the languages of advertising, cartoons, computer generated imagery, and the internet. David Zwirner presented Wolfson’s first solo exhibition here in New York in March of 2014, which included the much discussed “Female Figure”, an uncanny robot engineered to search for eye-contact with the viewer, and to dance in a looped sequence of complex, seductive, and realistic movements. Wolfson’s work was included in the 6th Glasgow International in 2014 and he has had solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery in London 2013, REDCAT Los Angeles, and the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. He received the prestigious Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation in 2009. Wolfson lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Jordan will hold studio visits with Sam Cockrell and Sondra Perry.
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Tuesday, February 17, 8 PM: Nicole Eisenman & A.L. Steiner as Ridykeulous



Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner together form the curatorial initiative Ridykeulous. Founded in 2005, Ridykeulous mounts exhibitions and events primarily concerned with queer and feminist art. Using humor to critique the art world as well as culture at large, Eisenman and Steiner reinvent language to reflect their sensibilities and concerns.

Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965, Verdun, France) lives and works in New York City. Her work spans the absurd and abject to the introspective and irreverent, drawing on sources as varied as the iconography of classical myths and popular culture in general. Her paintings and sculptures vacillate between the depiction of a world rooted in the visual language of art history and a forthright, comedic, and critical meditation on contemporary life.
Eisenman was recently awarded the Carnegie Prize for her work in the 2013 Carnegie International. Recent solo exhibitions appeared at the Berkeley Art Museum, Studio Voltaire, London, The Tang Museum, and Kunsthalle Zurich. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in institutions such as the New Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Eisenman is the recipient of several awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Grant, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. Her work is in the collections of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

A.L. Steiner (b. 1967, Miami) lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-founder/organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists.
A.L. Steiner utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, lecturing, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer eco-feminist androgyne.
Steiner is Assistant Professor at University of Southern Caifornia Roski School of Art and Design’s Master of Fine Arts Program and Visiting MFA Faculty at Bard College in New York.
Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Creative Time Summit in New York, P.S.1/MoMA, the TATE Modern in London; among others. Her work is included in such public collections as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Marieluise Hessel Collection, New York. A.L. Steiner’s work is represented by Deborah Schamoni Gallerie in Munich and Koenig & Clinton in New York.

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**Thursday**, February 19th, 8 PM: Aki Sasamoto


PERFORMANCE IS A CRAFT and not a right, as some artists and related others would have audiences think. Artist/performer Aki Sasamoto, however, is a rare example of someone for whom performance is both craft and right, and her latest show… is yet more proof of her uncommon expertise over this slippery medium. — Jennifer Krasinski, Artforum

Aki Sasamoto works in sculpture, performance, dance and whatever other medium it takes to get her ideas across. In her installation/performance works, Sasamoto moves and talks inside the careful arrangements ofsculpturally-altered objects to activate the bizarre emotions behind daily life.  Her works appear in gallery spaces, theater spaces and in odd sites. These works have been shown at the Kitchen, Chocolate Factory Theater, Soloway, Whitney Biennial 2010 at Whitney Museum, Greater New York 2010 atMOMA-PS1, New York; Mori Museum, Take Ninagawa, YokohamaTriennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; and numerous other international and domestic venues. She has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, mathematicians and scholars. She is also a co-founder of the nonprofit interdisciplinary organization, Culture Push Inc.

Sasamoto received her BFA for Wesleyan University in 2004 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2007.  She is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at the Mason Gross School of the Art at Rutgers University.





Studio Visit Lottery Winners:

Vivian Vivian Qin
Lynn Spanke


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Tuesday, February 10, 8 PM: Mary Ellen Mark

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Mary Ellen Mark has created an extraordinary body of work of the course of prolific career that spans over four decades.  Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography.  Most recently, Mary Ellen received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House as well as the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organization.  She has received many awards over the years, not least among them an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Guggenheim Fellowship three National Endowment of the Arts grants, and three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.  She has published 18 books including, most recently, Prom in 2012, and Man and Beast: Photographs from Mexico and India, in 2014.  She has exhibited worldwide.

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Tuesday, February 3, 8 PM: Andrea Zittel


2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts

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Andrea Zittel was born in Escondido, California. She received a BFA in painting and sculpture from San Diego State University in 1988, and an MFA in sculpture in 1990 from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Zittel’s sculptures and installations transform everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Blurring the lines between life and art, Zittel’s projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wearing a single outfit every day for an entire season, and constantly remodeling her home to suit changing demands and interests, Zittel continually reinvents her relationship to her domestic and social environment.

She has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art at Altria and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. Zittel has been included in numerous group shows at renowned institutions in Germany, the U.S., Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland. She has received awards such as the AICA Award for Best Architecture or Design Show in 2007, the College Art Association Distinguished Body of Work Award in 2006, and the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2005. Zittel lives in Joshua Tree, California and New York.

Andrea Zittel is currently a Visting Critic at the MFA Visual Arts Program here at Columbia University.

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**Thursday**, January 29th, 8PM: Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite was born in Columbia, South Carolina. His expansive art practice combines video, performance, dance, 3-D Animation and drawing to weave narratives that address family and memory, body and desire. The worlds he creates on screen are sometimes exuberant, sometimes unsettling, and always dazzling.
Satterwhite was represented in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and at the Studio Museum’s recent exhibitions, When Stars Begin to Fall and Radical Presence. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC, OhWOW Gallery in LA, and Recess Activities and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York. Jacolby has attended residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, the Center for Photography in Woodstock. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, the Art Matters Grant, and a Queer Arts Mentorship Fellowship. Jacolby Satterwhite lives and works in New York City.
Studio visits will go to Jonah King and Ilana Harris-Babou.

View Jacolby Satterwhite’s Art 21 New York Close-Up here.

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