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September 30-December 16, 2018
Complicated Territory
Featuring Alex McQuilkin, Erin M. Riley, and Martha Tuttle

Curated by Bridget Donlon
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2-5 pm

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October 21, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm
Complicated Territory
A Curator and Artists tour of the exhibition with Bridget Donlon,
Alex McQuilkin, and Erin M. Riley

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Unsolicited by Riley Untitled (Purple Zip) by McQuilkin
Unsolicited, 2017, by Erin M. Riley; Untitled (Purple Zip), 2016, by Alex McQuilkin

Join exhibition curator Bridget Donlon and exhibition artists Alex McQuilkin and Erin M. Riley for a tour of Complicated Territory. Aspects of the exhibition’s curatorial premise will be discussed, such as parallels between second wave and contemporary feminists and art historical legacies, as well as the ways in which the three artists bring new perspectives to traditions of art making. As the artworks are viewed in relation to one another, the artists will elaborate upon their own work and draw new connections between one another.

Bridget Donlon is a Brooklyn-based contemporary art professional with experience in curating and arts administration and institutions including the Tang Museum, the Guerrilla Girls, Galerie Lelong,
Tate Modern, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and Dieu Donné. Recent curatorial projects have included On Reflection at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and Confluence/Influence in Contemporary Abstraction at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in Long Island City. She curated Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper, a 15 year retrospective of works from Dieu Donné’s residency programs for the Wellin Museum at Hamilton College, which traveled to the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech and the Dedalus Foundation at Industry City, Brooklyn, and was accompanied by a catalog published by Demonico/Prestel.

Alex McQuilkin’s work has exhibited internationally since 2000. Her paintings, videos and sculptures explore themes such as the role of cultural aesthetics in defining female identity and the power structures embedded within artifice. Recent highlights include solo exhibitions in NY and Germany and group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, KW Institute in Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Centre Pompidou in Paris. McQuilkin’s work has been reviewed in the NY Times, The Village Voice, FlashArt, Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from New York University and is currently a professor of art at New York University and The New School.

Erin M. Riley (b.1985, Wareham, MA) is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Their work is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York, NY. Riley received a MFA from Tyler School of Art and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Riley’s work has been exhibited at P.P.O.W Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Dovecot Gallery, Freize London and many others. Riley is a MacDowell Colony Fellow (’10,’18), a past resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Vermont Studio Center, McColl Center for Visual Art, VCCA, Museum of Arts and Design among others. Riley’s work has been published in magazines such as Cultured magazine, Wall Street Journal, and New American Painting and others.

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November 4, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm
Fiber Optics
A panel discussion moderated by Kathleen Flynn with Isa Rodrigues, and artists
Erin M. Riley and Martha Tuttle

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Teeth by Tuttle No SUch Luck by Riley
Teeth, 2018, by Martha Tuttle; No Such Luck, 2017, by Erin M. Riley

Craft traditions are increasingly embraced by artists who adopt handmade forms, updating them with contemporary concepts and content. The panel will discuss fiber, weaving, and other textile art forms and practices as a vital contemporary art form, and investigate the reasons why millennia-old craft continues to inspire artists today. Artists Erin M. Riley and Martha Tuttle each take a different approah to fiber-based art and offer unique, fresh perspectives.

Kathleen Flynn is a NYC based independent art professional and the former Executive Director of Dieu Donné. She has initiated residencies with renowned and emerging artists, introducing them to the medium of hand papermaking with fibers such as cotton and linen and developing exhibitions and programming from the work created. Previously Flynn held various positions at The American Federation of Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at her alma mater of Rutgers University.

Erin M. Riley (b. 1985, Wareham, MA) is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Their work is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York, NY. Riley received a MFA from Tyler School of Art and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Riley’s work has been exhibited at P.P.O.W Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Dovecot Gallery, Freize London and many others. Riley is a MacDowell Colony Fellow (’10,’18), a past resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Vermont Studio Center, McColl Center for Visual Art, VCCA, Museum of Arts and Design among others. Riley’s work has been published in magazines such as Cultured magazine, Wall Street Journal, and New American Painting and others.

Isa Rodrigues is a textile artist and educator from the South of Portugal and one of the founding team members of Textile Art Center in New York City. After receiving her MA in Textile Conservation, Isa moved from Lisbon to New York to work and learn from the ethnographic textile collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Isa has been on staff at the Textile Arts Center since 2009, and is the founder and Director of the Sewing Seeds project. She likes to experiment with weaving and natural dyes, and her best ideas normally appear to her in dreams.

Martha Tuttle (b. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1989) works between painting and textile. Her hand-spun and woven surfaces ask questions about touch, intimacy, and devotional practice. She graduated from Bard College in 2011, and received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting and Printmaking in 2015. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Oracles, (Luce Gallery, Turin, IT) I long and seek after
(Tilton Gallery, New York, NY.), and Cimarron (Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL). She lives and works
in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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November 18, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm
Invisible Structures: A Conversation
Kathy Battista in conversation with Alex McQuilkin

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Untitled (Lavender Bouttoniere) by McQuilkin Untitled(Wainscott Floral Porcelain) by McQuilkin
Untitled (Lavender Bouttoniere), 2017 and Untitled (Wainscott Floral Porcelain), 2017, by Alex McQuilkin

Curator and scholar Kathy Battista will interview artist Alex McQuilkin about her work, which includes painting, video, and sculptural installations that deal with female psychology. They will discuss the legacy of feminist artists in McQuilkin’s practice, as featured in the section on McQuilkin in Battista’s recently published book, New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice (IB Tauris/Bloosmbury).

Kathy Battista is scholar, lecturer, and a curator of exhibitions. She is a faculty member and Founding Director of the MA program in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and a Founder of Art Legacy Planning. She is author of New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice 2018 (IB Tauris) and Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris), which won the Choice Book Award for 2013. She is currently co-editing Creative Legacies: Critical Issues in Artist Estates for Lund Humphries (2019). Kathy is also a curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries, most recently The Art of Fashion, Fountain House Gallery, New York, May 2017; Escape Attempts, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, Feb – March 2017; Democracy: What’s Right What’s Left, Phoenix Gallery, New York, January 2016; and E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria, July - November 2015. She is on the advisory boards of PanOpticon and Eazel and serves on several non-profit committees, including ArtSpace New Haven, Watermill and Friends of Kayany.

Alex McQuilkin’s work has exhibited internationally since 2000. Her paintings, videos and sculptures explore themes such as the role of cultural aesthetics in defining female identity and the power structures embedded within artifice. Recent highlights include solo exhibitions in NY and Germany and group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, KW Institute in Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Centre Pompidou in Paris. McQuilkin’s work has been reviewed in the NY Times, The Village Voice, FlashArt, Art Magazine, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from New York University and is currently a professor of art at New York University and The New School.

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