Americans in New York
Americans in New York
Past: January 28 → February 24, 2012
Five years after a first exhibition under the same title (“Americans In New York” with Matthew Day Jackson, Marc Ganzglass, Jill Magid, Laurel Nakadate, Mika Rottenberg) and within the same walls, the time has come for a bis repetita. But the same title does not necessarily mean an analogous exhibition, or even a "second season”. The pretext is the same but the similarity ends there. New York, undeniable capital of contemporary art, still offers a reinvigorated and revitalized scene. In this sprawling metropolis where artists hail from all parts of the globe, one thing must be acknowledged: the forces of globalisation that can also be found in the art world, paradoxically offer a wide berth to opposing cultural horizons. It is said that New York is not America, but America needs New York for its global existence. This is what this show will try to demonstrate through a few slices of today’s art steeped in identity. The three guest artists are using the photographic image to tell the tense relationship between the private and the public, between a personal story and a collective history, between politics as a private struggle but also as a commitment for excellence, and the way in which this is transferred towards the cityscape.
Born 1982, Braddock, Pennsylvania, LaToya Ruby Frazier lives and works between New Brunswick, New Jersey, and New York. She explores the psychological connections of intergenerational relationships within her family through photographs and videos that blur the line between self-portraiture and social documentary. Shot in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier’s images capture the after-effects of a retired industrial town’s dramatic decline. Though her focus is self-specific, her work examines the general role that family dynamics play both on a personal level and in society at large.
Born 1970, Baltimore, Maryland, Sharon Hayes lives and works in New York. In her performances, videos, and installations, she examines the intersections between history, politics, speech, and protest. Staging anachronistic and speculative protests, she delivers speeches inspired by the language of politics and the dramaturgy of theater before an anonymous public. She creates interventions that highlight the friction between the collective and the personal, between the construction of fiction and historical fact.
Born 1976, Seattle, Leigh Ledare lives and works in New York. He uses photography, archival materials, texts, and social taboos to interrogate human subjectivity, desire, and the photographic image. He delivers a testimonial of his personal story with an unsettling honesty by exploring his own psychological and photographic relationship with his mother. His work questions boundaries by shattering the framework of the traditional family structure in placing focus on the atypical and unsettling.
Americans in New York — curator : Ami Barak Opening Saturday, January 28, 2012 4 PM → 9 PM