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.
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.
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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.
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.
View Jacolby Satterwhite’s Art 21 New York Close-Up here.
Bulglar Alarm, 2008, Pine wood, glue, nails
Until the end of the 19th century house-builders and stair carpenters occasionally included a passive “alarm” system in the homes they built—a “trip-step” rising a few inches higher than the other steps—that would cause an unwary and unknowing intruder to stumble in the night and awaken slumbering occupants. The idea was adapted from an earlier military defense strategy used by medieval stone masons who constructed uneven steps in castle stairwells hoping to thwart invading foreign armies.
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Utilizing photography, film, video, writing, audio, and drawing, Matthew Buckingham’s work questions the role of social memory in contemporary life. His projects create physical and social contexts that invite viewers to reconsider what is most familiar to them.
He has presented solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum; Camden Arts Centre, London; the Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, among others.
His work is included in the collections of K21, Düsseldorf; The Museum of Modern Art, New York ; Tate Modern, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
He has been a resident at Artpace, San Antonio; the DAAD, Berlin, The Freund Fellowship, St. Louis; IASPIS, Stockholm and received fellowships from Apparatus, Art Matters, the New York Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
He taught at the Malmö Art Academy of Lund University, Sweden, from 2003 to 2010 and was appointed Associate Professor of Visual Art here at Columbia University in 2013.
JJ PEET (born 1974) utilizes a multitude of processes including ceramics, drawing and video in the investigation of current affairs, civil protests, class and power.
He was recently in the show “Satan Ceramics” at Salon 94 in New York and is preparing for an upcoming solo exhibitions next year at the Contemporary Austin titled “BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_”.
He received his M.F.A. from Yale University and is a former artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch where he know teaches as a visiting artist. His work is represented by Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles and On Stellar Rays, New York. JJ teaches Contemporary Ceramics at Columbia University.
JJ will be giving studio visits with August Vollbrecht and Jenny Cho.