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Exhibitions & Events:

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NYCDA & NYSCA Credits
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January 17 – March 27, 2016
Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance
Featuring the work of Alexandra Ben-Abba, Alyssa Casey, Colby Claycomb, Crystal Gregory, Elana Herzog, Joan Lurie, Michael Milano, John Paul Morabito, Armita Raafat, & Cheryl Ann Thomas

Curated by Rebecca Pristoop
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2-5 pm

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January 31, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Disruption in Devotion/Destruction
A Performance by Alexandra Ben-Abba followed by a Curator/Artists Tour with curator, Rebecca Pristoop & artists, Alexandra Ben-Abba, Alyssa Casey, and Crystal Gregory

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Alexandra Ben-Abba, Disruption, 2011/2016; Alyssa Casey, Let go (per teresa a roma), 2012

View the performance Disruption, by Alexandra Ben-Abba and join exhibition curator, Rebecca Pristoop and artists Alexandra Ben-Abba, Alyssa Casey, and Crystal Gregory on a tour of the exhibition Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance. Pristoop will introduce the show, describe its genesis in conjunction with Gregory, and together with Ben-Abba and Casey, discuss the works on view. They will
address the use of craft materials in each piece and consider each artist’s devotion to, or destruction of, traditional craft practices.

Rebecca Pristoop is a New York-based curator and art historian. Since 2005 she has organized exhibitions in alternative and non-profit art spaces in New York City. Pristoop has worked in a curatorial capacity at the Jewish Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Tang Museum and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research and exhibitions. She holds an MA in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Alexandra Ben-Abba is a New York-based artist originally trained in glass and ceramics. Her work employs performance, video, and interactive installation as means to engage with process. Ben-Abba holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She had a solo show at Slag Gallery in 2014 and her honors include a grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Bronfman Scholarship to the Pilchuck Glass School, and others.

Alyssa Casey is enamored with all things paper. At UC Berkeley, she majored in Fine Art and Biology and minored in Geography. From there, Casey went on to study with papermaking masters Victòria Rabal in Capellades, Spain, Roberto Mannino in Rome, Italy, Professor Kamori in São Paulo, Brazil, and Paul Wong of Dieu Donné Papermill in New York. In 2012, Casey completed a residency at the Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, a living museum of papermaking in Capellades, Spain, where she experimented with over beaten abaca, cotton, pine, and sisal, taught a three day paper casting workshop, and compiled an online archive of the antique papermills of the region. She currently lives in Berkeley, California where she is part of the Bay Area based art collective “sub set.”

Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates textile structure through a variety of materials. She was granted a Full Merit Scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA from its Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 Gregory was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and moved to Amsterdam as an Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art. She has shown in galleries nationally and abroad and has received residency fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and La Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. Gregory lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at Tyler School of Art in the Fiber and Material Studies Department.

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February 28, 2016, 1:00-2:30pm
Material/Gender/Labor
A Panel Discussion moderated by Shannon Stratton with presentations by Crystal Gregory, Michael Milano, & John Paul Morabito

Seating will be limited
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Milano: Pleats Image Morabito: Among the Many Image
Michael Milano, Pleats, 2015; John Paul Morabito, Among the Many, 2013 (video still)

The panel discussion will focus on the gendered associations enmeshed within materials and craft practices. In conversation with Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, the artists will discuss their work in relation to the historical continuum that has assigned gender and meaning to their chosen materials and form of labor. The artists will consider the changing gender roles associated with fiber arts as its locus shifted from the handmade to the industrial, and describe their own reasons for engaging with these practices and materials.

Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates textile structure through a variety of materials. She was granted a Full Merit Scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA from its Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 Gregory was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and moved to Amsterdam as an Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art. She has shown in galleries nationally and abroad and has received residency fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and La Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. Gregory lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at Tyler School of Art in the Fiber and Material Studies Department.

Michael Milano is an artist and writer, living and working in Indianapolis. He received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Devening Projects, Roots & Culture, Threewalls, Trunk Show, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is also a member of the artist collective/study/exhibition space Adds Donna.

John Paul Morabito is an interdisciplinary artist working through the intersection of contemporary art and hand weaving. His work has been exhibited at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and the Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine. Collections include the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montreal, QC, CA. Publications include Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine and American Craft Magazine. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito teaches in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design. Specific research interests include fiber/material studies and artist-run organizations. For twelve years Stratton served as the founder and director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based contemporary arts organization that presents exhibitions and public programs, and provides grants and resources to artists and other organizers. Her writing on craft has been included in Collaborations Through Craft, (Berg Publishing, 2012) and From Craftivism to Craftwashing, (Bloomsbury, 2015). Stratton received a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies as well as an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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March 13, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Destruction: Objects & Materials
A Panel Discussion moderated by Rebecca Pristoop with presentations by Alexandra Ben-Abba, Elana Herzog, & Armita Raafat

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

Rafaat Image Herzog Image
Armita Raafat, Untitled, 2012 (detail); Elana Herzog, Untitled (Purple Jacket), 2008

The work of Alexandra Ben-Abba, Elana Herzog, and Armita Raafat denies craft objects and ornamentation their traditional function. Ben-Abba shatters glass vessels, Herzog tears apart fabrics, and Raafat breaks down the geometric modules in muqarnas. This panel discussion will focus on the shared choice among these artists to deconstruct craft objects and reveal the physical qualities inherent to the materials used to make them. Where does this impulse to deconstruct come from, why do these artists deny such objects their traditional functions, and what it is about these craft materials in particular that motivate their practice?

Alexandra Ben-Abba is a New York-based artist originally trained in glass and ceramics. Her work employs performance, video, and interactive installation as means to engage with process. Ben-Abba holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She had a solo show at Slag Gallery in 2014 and her honors include a grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a Bronfman Scholarship to the Pilchuck Glass School.

Elana Herzog is an installation artist who has been the subject of museum surveys and solo exhibitions in over 20 cities in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. She recently completed an installation at the Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates, and in September 2015 presented the solo exhibition, SHIFT; The Angel Of History, at Studio 10, Brooklyn. Herzog is the recipient of numerous awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and two NYFA Artist Fellowships. She has held residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia, the Farpath Foundation in Dijon, France, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in New York. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Alfred University.

Armita Raafat creates abstract sculptures and site-specific installations that bring together intricate structures and patterns inspired by Islamic architecture and ornamentation. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Recent exhibitions include, “Sampling,” Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York and “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society,” The Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University. She has been awarded grants and residencies by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Peter S. Reed Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and currently holds a studio residency with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Raafat holds a BFA from Al-Zahra University, Tehran and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rebecca Pristoop is a New York-based curator and art historian. Since 2005 she has organized
exhibitions in alternative and non-profit art spaces in New York City. Pristoop has worked in a curatorial capacity at the Jewish Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Tang Museum and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research and exhibitions. She holds an MA in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

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