“As part of a research project supported by the CUNY Adjunct Incubator, Anita Cheng, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hunter College and Brooklyn College, CUNY is designing public interest graphics about current legislative issues before the New York City Council to be shown on broadcasts, events, and social media platforms with parallel goals of public application for civic education processes, and curriculum development.” – Read full article here.
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December 7 – January 25, 2020
Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present CLEANER, a solo exhibition by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. A video work of cinematic scale, CLEANER traces the creative awakening of a maintenance worker. Her movements are framed within the routines of manual labor, yet set against the hermetic work environment of the tech economy. The film, shot on location at the headquarters of Kickstarter, while the artists were residents there in 2018, juxtaposes the physicality of traditional labor with the abstraction of technological work through its use of soaring camera movement, precise framing, and choreography inspired by everyday gestures. The building’s panoptic architecture, the young employees on sofas with laptops, and the opulent finishes of the offices are set against the repetitive motions of the cleaner’s work.
The film is the second installment of the McCoys’ WORKSTATIONS trilogy. The first film, BROKER, was shot in 2016 in a luxury apartment in the United Nations Trump Tower four months before the American election. In CLEANER, the McCoys shift their attention from domestic to work space, examining the aforementioned themes through the eyes of a lone female worker, in this case a Polish immigrant played here by the dancer and actor Magdalena Kaczmarska. With original music by composer and producer Lori Scacco and choreography by Hillary Ramos, the McCoys construct a sonic and visual terrain that encompasses both the interior potentiality of creative life and the hard surfaces of the work site. (The forthcoming final chapter, QUITTER, leaves both domestic and work space behind to find out what remains of life if you subtract lifestyle).
This loosely narrative work exposes the tight grip of corporate social space and the precarity inherent in all forms of work today. We see the cleaner evolve from marginal/anonymous/invisible to central/personal/crucial, and back. She’s the ultimate “creative” with a dayjob, using her 9-5 to support her real work, both by cleaning and by illicitly holding parties in her office building. Hilariously, her “day job” is in a creative zone where people supposedly do interesting work (while laying around like zombies), and whose supermodern workspace (clean lines!) is well suited to intervention and improvisation. It’s so blank (blank slate) as to be useful as a stage upon which she can build a creative persona. Coincident to the timing of this exhibition, Kickstarter itself is currently embroiled in an, as yet, unsuccessful attempt to unionize its workforce, underlining the similarities rather than the differences between contemporary labor and its previous manifestations.
Accompanying the film installation, the McCoys also present a new series of works entitled Spills. In these cast metal sculptures, debris from the tools and comforts of the modern office job are congealed into complicated masses. These artifacts present the viewer with an urban archeology of the small elements that, even in the digital economy, just won’t disappear.
The works of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy have been widely exhibited in the US and internationally – including a recent project at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the British Film Institute-Southbank, London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2011, they received a Guggenheim Fellowship. This work was supported by the Tow Foundation.Read More »
“Filmed in an apartment on the seventy-seventh floor of Trump World Tower and initially exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, New York, in October and November 2016 (overlapping with the US presidential election), Jennifer and Kevin McCoy’s video BROKER examines the pathological underpinnings of “superluxury” dwelling and its place within the broader culture of capitalist achievement.1 The twenty-six-minute-long looping video centers on the activities of a high-end real estate broker, played by Gillian Chadsey, who appears trapped in a never-ending tragicomedy. Each morning she meticulously prepares for a client walk-through that will invariably leave her in a state of disarray. The first part of her daily ritual involves carefully reciting the sumptuous details of the residence and its furnishings and appliances. At one moment, she enters a trancelike state while various marketing platitudes spill from her lips to the sounds of a vexingly placid score composed by musical artist Lori Scacco. “Influencing others isn’t luck or magic, it’s a science,” her auto-tuned voice sings. “There are proven ways to help make you more successful as a marketer or politician.” Throughout the video we are provided glimpses of the apartment from the point of view of cameras embedded throughout the space—components of an elaborate security system. One of them even captures the character of the broker from inside the designer fridge, as she carefully adjusts bottles of “Pellegrino sparkling” and “Evian flat.” Nothing in this environment exists separately from the value bestowed upon it by its brand or perceived luxury.” – Read the full article hereRead More »
Interview by Artnet News with our professor Patricia Cronin and her partner Deborah Kass
“New York artists Deborah Kass and Patricia Cronin are easily one of the city’s most politically engaged art-world power couples—and their mutual love of politics is, in fact, how their romance began.
Both artists have long been passionate about advocating for the rights and representation of women in creative circles and beyond, exploring feminist themes in their respective work, from public sculptures like Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage—a bronze mortuary sculpture conceived before gay marriage was made legal in the United States—to Kass’s subversive Pop paintings, like her famous self-portrait in the manner of Warhol’s Liz.” – from news.artnet.com.
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Brooklyn College Art Department
Woody Tanger Auditorium | 12:30 pm | Tuesday, December 3, 2019
12:30 – Opening Remarks – Professor Jennifer Ball
12:35 – Contemporary Video and Photography
1:25 Rachel Ninomiya
1:25 – The lives of objects, then and now
2:15 Roberto Panetta
2:15 – Patron and Subject
3:00 Viviane Chevallier
Please join us in the Art Department for some refreshments following the symposiumRead More »
November 19, 2019 from 12:30 to 3:30Read More »
07 November 2019
6:00PM – 8:00PM
“Join us at CIMA as artist Patricia Cronin and Guggenheim Museum Senior Curator Vivien Greene discuss Cronin’s work as it relates to Marino Marini: Arcadian Nudes, exploring topics including feminism, public art, and antique sources. The program is sponsored by CIMA and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, with which we have an Affiliated Fellowship.
Join us at the Center for Italian Modern Art, for an artist talk with Patricia Cronin (CRF 2009, former Board Director) and curator Vivien Greene (DG 2016). The pair will discuss Cronin’s work as it relates to CIMA’s exhibition of Marino Marini sculpture, and explore topics including feminism, public art, and antique sources.
Patricia Cronin is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work examines issues of gender, sexuality, and social justice. Her work, which focuses on lesbian visibility, marriage equality, feminist art history, and the international human rights of women and girls, has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and internationally. It is also in many permanent public collections, including the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, both in Washington, DC. The recipient of numerous fellowships and honors, Cronin has been the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. She is Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, CUNY.”Read More »
October 30th – November 30th
Our Alumni Elizabeth Glaessner and Rose Nestler are happy to announce their 2 person show “Power Walking” is up at Public Gallery in London until the 30th of November.
They worked in dialogue to create this new series of works exploring themes of metamorphosis, finding elasticity in mythical figures and historical narratives.
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