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Lighting the Shadow: Poetry & Art of Rachel Eliza Griffiths Transcending Cultural & Aesthetic Boundaries A Walkthrough with Curators & Artists of the Exhibition

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May 10 – July 12, 2015
New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture
Featuring the work of Claudia Alvarez, Afruz Amighi, Rina Banerjee,
Christian Ruiz Berman, Sanford Biggers, Cui Fei, Leonardo Drew, Rashawn Griffin,
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Wenda Gu, Ginny Huo, Tamiko Kawata, Iván Navarro &
Courtney Smith, Kambui Olujimi, Cecilia Paredes, Soo Sunny Park, Yinka Shonibare,
Nari Ward, and Ishmael Randall Weeks

Curated by Jan Garden Castro & Eileen Jeng
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 10, 2:00-5:00 pm

New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture Cover
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May 17, 2015, 2:00-3:30 pm
Lighting the Shadow: the Poetry & Art of Rachel Eliza Griffiths
A poetry reading and discussion with Rachel Eliza Griffiths & Jan Garden Castro

Seating will be limited
RSVP 718-937-6317 or rsvp@dorsky.org

Griffiths: Black Unicorn Study: A Possible Lyric, 2015
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Black Unicorn Study: A Possbile Lyric, 2015

Rachel Eliza Griffiths will read selected poems from her newly released book, Lighting the Shadow. Griffiths will then discuss recurrent themes of race, gender and history in both her poetry and visual art. Following the artist’s presentation, exhibition co-curator, Jan Garden Castro, will interview Griffiths to discuss her poetic and artistic practices.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She received her MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware and the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, The Millay Residency, and others. Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York. See also rachelelizagriffiths.com.

Jan Garden Castro is author of The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne, and The Last Frontier. In addition to seventeen cover stories in Sculpture Magazine, her essays have appeared in The Nation, American Poetry Review, American Book Review, and many anthologies, periodicals, and artist monographs. She has curated traveling exhibitions for International Arts & Artists and the Jane V. Zimmerli Museum, lectured at institutions including The Saint Louis Art Museum, Storm King Art Center, the University of Hawaii, Tampa University, the Maryland Institute, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her awards/fellowships include two National Endowment for Humanities fellowships and the Camargo Foundation. Castro’s interview with Griffiths has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire (V. 14, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2014). See also jancastro.com.

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June 7, 2015, 2:00-3:30 pm
Transcending Cultural & Aesthetic Boundaries
A discussion moderated by Michelle Yun with presentations by Rina Banerjee,
Cui Fei, and Kambui Olujimi

Seating will be limited
RSVP 718-937-6317 or rsvp@dorsky.org

Olujimi, Fei, and Banerjee Images
From left: Kambui Olujimi, Untitled (from Mourners, series), 2010; Cui Fei, Tracing the Origin VIII, 2010-present; Rina Banerjee, She was now in western style dress covered in part of Empires’ ruffle and red dress, had a foreign and peculiar race, a Ganesha who had lost her head, was thrown across sea until herself shipwrecked. A native of Bangladesh lost foot to root in Bidesh, followed her mother full stop on forehead, trapped tongue of horn and grew ram-like under stress, 2012

Michelle Yun, and exhibition artists Rina Banerjee, Cui Fei and Kambui Olujimi will discuss issues of cultural identity and aesthetic conventions in relation to their works in the exhibition. The panel will explore imagery, symbolism and the unique use of materials in these artists’ practices.

Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum where she manages the museum’s initiatives in modern and contemporary visual art by Asian and Asian American artists. Appointed in 2012, Yun specializes in Chinese Contemporary Art and diaspora artists. Yun is currently co-organizing a retrospective exhibition for the modernist painter Zao Wou-ki scheduled to open at Asia Society Museum in the fall of 2016. Yun previously served as Project Director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and managed the artist’s mid-career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that travelled to the National Art Museum of China in Beijing as part of the cultural Olympiad in 2008. She was formerly a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and has organized numerous independently curated exhibitions.

Rina Banerjee was born in 1963 in Kolkata, India and lives and works in New York City. She studied Polymer Engineering at the Case Institute of Technology in Ohio, 1993 and Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art, Yale University, 1995. Banerjee’s work is featured in numerous collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles; Art, Design and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, New York. Rina Banerjee: Tropical Urban is on view at Jacob Lewis Gallery through June 6, 2015. See also rinabanerjee.com

Cui Fei was born in Jinan, China in 1970 and is based in New York City. Cui Fei utilizes natural materials, such as tendrils, leaves, thorns and sand, and arranges them in calligraphic formations. Cui received her BFA in painting from the China Academy of Fine Arts and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Cui has been cited in various publications, including Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She has received grants and awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, NYFA Fellowship, BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and was selected into the Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. See also cuifei.net

Kambui Olujimi was born in 1976 and lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY and MFA from Columbia University, NY. He had museum solo exhibitions at de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California, 2008; Art in General, New York, 2010; Apexart, New York, 2012; and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2014. His works have been featured in group exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, among others. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. See also kambuiolujimi.com

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June 21, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm
Walkthrough with Curators & Artists of the Exhibition
With Jan Garden Castro, Eileen Jeng, and artists Afruz Amighi, Soo Sunny Park,
and Tamiko Kawata

RSVP 718-937-6317 or rsvp@dorsky.org

Soo Sunny Park, Afruz Amighi, and Tamiko Kawata images
From left: Soo Sunny Park, Painted Space: Long Dress, 2000; Afruz Amighi, Crowns, 2014;
Tamiko Kawata, Vertical Wave, 1988

Exhibition curators Jan Garden Castro and Eileen Jeng and artists Afruz Amighi, Soo Sunny Park, and Tamiko Kawata, will conduct a tour and conversation of New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture. As they walk through the exhibition, they will discuss common themes that emerge among the diverse works of art in the show. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with the curators and artists as they address the ideas and issues raised by the exhibition.

Jan Garden Castro’s books include The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, Sonia Delaunay: La Moderne, and The Last Frontier. Her work includes publications in Sculpture Magazine, The Nation, American Poetry Review, and American Book Review. She has curated exhibitions for IAA (International Arts & Artists), the Jane V. Zimmerli Museum, JAMA (Japan Association of Art Museums), and ICPNA (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano – Lima) and lectured at many institutions. Castro has received two National Endowment for Humanities fellowships and a Camargo Foundation fellowship. See also jancastro.com

Eileen Jeng is an independent curator and writer as well as the Operations Manager at RxArt in New York. She contributes to Two Coats of Paint, and her recent exhibitions include From Within the Flesh of the World: Adam Frelin and Rena Leinberger at Radiator Gallery and Suddenly, There: Discovery of the Find at Garis & Hahn, among others in New York. She was involved in various other projects, including Out to See at the South Street Seaport and FLOAT at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Previously, she was the archivist at Sperone Westwater and the research assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago. She earned an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Art History and Advertising from Syracuse University.

Afruz Amighi was born in Tehran and currently lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from New York University in 2007 and a BA in Political Science, Barnard College at Columbia University, New York, NY in 1997. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Isabelle Van Den Eynd Gallery, Dubai, 2010; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 2014, OMI International Arts Center, Ghent, 2014; and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, 2014. Her work was exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 2013 and museum group shows organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, 2012; at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2010; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2009. Amighi’s work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Cleveland Museum of Art; YARAT Foundation, Azerbaijan, Bristol Museum, UK; and the Devi Art Foundation, New Dehli, India. See also afruzamighi.com

Tamiko Kawata was born in Kobe, Japan. Kawata received her BA in Sculpture from Tokyo University of Education and moved to New York in 1961. Kawata has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries worldwide. Kawata was awarded a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2006. She participated in numerous exhibitions, including a solo show at the Hudson Guild Gallery, New York in 2003. Her work can be found in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design, New York; LongHouse Reserve, New York; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; and Lafcadio Hearn/Yakumo Koizumi Art Museum, Matsue. See also tamikokawata.com

Soo Sunny Park was born in Korea and moved to the United States at the age of 11. Currently based in New Hampshire, she is the Chair of the Art Department and a Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College. Park uses a range of materials from chain link fencing to light-sensitive materials that produce rainbow-like effects. Her art draws on processes in sculpture, mixed media, and drawing and is notable for its attention to the effects of changing light. Her solo exhibitions include Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas and the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. She currently has work exhibited in the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates. See also soosunnypark.com

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July 20 – August 28, 2015
Peep Holes / Private Eyes
Featuring the work of Ashley Caferro, Sam DeMonte, Christian Little, & Erik Schoonebeek

Curated by Jan Garden Castro & Eileen Jeng
Closing Reception: Friday, August 28th, 2015, 4-6 pm (with Alumni Talk at 5 pm)

Peep Holes/Private Eyes postcard front

Peep Holes/Private Eyes postcard back

The Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz is pleased to announce PEEP HOLES / PRIVATE EYES, a group exhibition of artwork by selected alumni from the SUNY New Paltz Painting and Sculpture programs hosted by Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in Long Island City, NY. 

In this day and age it’s hard to not be a peeping tom. We are all voyeurs, we no longer scale trees to catch a modest glimpse of a bra unclipping. Today our viewing pleasures have grown sophisticated. Our hungry gaze is insatiable, filtered by megapixels as we dive deep into the web to catch illicit views of other's lives and psyches.  
PEEP HOLES / PRIVATE EYES features four artists on their individual voyeuristic mission, questioning the nature of the "human lens" today, and asking: Is our gaze that of perverse sensation seeker, or that of the tender witness?

Opening a dialogue about internal and external perceptions, Ashley Caferro (BFA ‘12) challenges the idea of the public and private self through the use of body casts and videos. (http://n02123586.wix.com/ashleycaferro

Drawing on the kitsch genres of horror and burlesque, Sam DeMonte (BFA ‘14) re-imagines her past (both fictitious and real) and creates new memories in the form of sculpture, installation, video and performance. (www.samdemonte.wix.com/artist)

Employing a uniquely honed skill set, Christian Little (BFA ‘05, MFA ‘15) paints wildly mannered, figure-based scenarios that are informed by class structure and draw on obsolete commercial illustration. (http://christianlittle.tumblr.com/

Making use of found surfaces and graphic line, Erik Schoonebeek (BFA ‘06) infuses a psychological narrative into his paintings by personifying objects and objectifying the figure. He is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, NY. (www.baileygallery.com )

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