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).


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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

[to be titled], 2014

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

(*), 2012

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April 29th, 2014: 8pm Deborah Kass in conversation with Gaby Collins-Fernandez

Day After Day, 2010

Deborah Kass, born 1952 and received her BFA in Painting at Carnegie Mellon University, and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.  Her work employs the visual motifs of post-war painting to explore the intersection of politics, popular culture, art history and personal identity.

Kass’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, among others.

Read more about Deborah on Hyperallergic

Daddy, 2007


Double Double Yenti (My Elvis), 1993


 Gaby-Collins Fernandez was born and raised in New York City. She received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MFA from Yale University in 2012. In 2013 she received a Rema Hort Mann Foundation award. This fall she will be in a group show about mermaids and tides curated by Jarrett Earnest at Diet Gallery in Miami.

First Blue Velvet Piece, 2012

Blue Burlap Stacked Piece, 2013


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April 22, 2014: 8pm Joan Jonas

Mirror Check, 1970

Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York. She received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in 1958, studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University in 1965.

A pioneer of video and performance art, Jonas belongs to a group of artists whose use of live action and video beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s gave rise to contemporary genres of video and performance art, which are embraced by younger generations of artists. From her seminal performance-based excercises of the 1970s to her later televisual narratives, Jonas engages viewers in an elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity. Employing an idiosyncratic vocabulary of ritualized gesture and symbolic objects that include masks, mirrors, and costuming, she explores the self and the body through layers of meaning.

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Vertical Roll, 1972

View Volcano Saga and Lines in the Sand 

Read about Joan Jonas being selected to represent the US in the Venice Biennale: New York Times

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April 8th, 2014: 8pm Ryan Johnson

Cart (Red), 2006

Ryan Johnson was born in 1978 in Pakistan.  He grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and graduated from Jakarta International School.  He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Columbia University.

Through his playful use of materials, Johnson’s work creates a theatrical tension between ‘stuff’ and its implied function.

He has been exhibited at Sikkema Jenkins and Co, Suzanne Geiss Company, White Flag Projects, Saatchi Gallery, Horton Gallery, and many more.

One Point Perspective, 2010

Sentinel Orange, 2008


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March 25th, 2014: 8pm Arthur Jafa

Daughters of the Dust, 1991

Arthur Jafa born 1960, in Mississippi, and studied Architecture and FilmHoward University in Washington, D.C.  Jafa is a cultural critic/worker, visual artist and African diasporic organic intellectual.  He often uses film to investigate issues surrounding black cultural politics and black cultural nationalism; is known for his longterm quest for an “authentic” black cinema. In his words “the idea(s) is obvious, the implementation is not.”

He is the director of Slowly This (1995), Tree (1999), and Deshotten1.0 (2009). His cinematography credits include Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991), John Akomfrah’s Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993); Spike Lee’sCrooklyn (1994), and Manthia Diawara’s Rouch in Reverse (1995).

Arthur Jafa’s essay “69″: http://www.blackculturalstudies.org/a_jafa/69.html

Deshotten (1.0) 

Lecture at M.I.T : http://mit.tv/YiRxqB

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March 11th, 2014: 8pm Matthew Day Jackson

Everything Leads to Another, 2011

Matthew Day Jackson was born in Panorama City CA, 1974, and graduated with an MFA from Rutgers University in 2001, following his BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and in 2009.  He received his NHRA License, from Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, in Gainesville, FL. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jackson works in a multidisciplinary practice of sculpture, painting, collage, photography, drawing, video, performance and installation. His work explores a concept that he terms ‘the Horriful’, the belief that everything one does has the potential to bring both beauty and horror.

The Immeasurable Distance Between Eye and Fingertip, 2008

Chariot, 2008


Body Pressure, 2008

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MDJ Racing <— Check that out!



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