Fall Events at The 8th Floor
Our Fall Events Program for
Between History and the Body
Left: Firelei Báez, Zafa Fukú (April 30th, 2012), 2015, acrylic and ink on yupo paper, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Right: Saya Woolfalk, Untitled #5 from the ChimaTEK series, 2015, mixed media collage on paper, 45 5/8 x 32 3/4 inches. © Saya Woolfalk, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation announces a series of artist performances and artists conversations, led by the Foundation’s Artistic Director and exhibition curator Sara Reisman. This series will run concurrently with its current exhibition Between History and the Body at The 8th Floor, located at 17 West 17th Street, New York City. All conversations and performances are free and open to the public.
Our present exhibition Between History and the Body is on view through October 16, 2015, and looks closely at the ways in which cultural identity is defined, how it is used as a force of exclusion, and how it works as a unifying and transformative energy among artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. The exhibition is the second in a series centered on the newly focused mission of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with an emphasis on art and social justice.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Brendan Fernandes, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, and Saya Woolfalk in conversation with Sara Reisman
The conversation will explore how voice, gesture, and choreography figure into each artist’s practices. Working across diverse media including video, collage, sculpture, and photography, each artist addresses gesture as a preconditioned cultural construct to be transcended. Fernandes and Estévez both demonstrate the nuance of voice and pronunciation as signifiers of class and cultural identity. In Woolfalk’s ChimaTEK series, she has created a parallel culture in which ordinary limits imposed by racism, sexism, and ethnocentrism no longer apply.
Friday, September 18, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Jeffrey Gibson, Firelei Báez, and Jean-Ulrick Désert in conversation with Sara Reisman
Artists will deconstruct Native American and Afro-Caribbean cultural heritage, symbolism, and histories of displacement resulting from colonial rule. Báez and Gibson present critique of hegemonic and unfair legislation affecting everyday life in colonial America and the Caribbean, while Désert considers the conflation of tribal identity with super fandom in European sports culture.
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Performance by Shaun Leonardo
Leonardo’s performance builds on his commemorative drawings of slain African-American men (Eric Garner (drawings 1-6), 2015, and Michael Brown (drawings 1-6), 2015, that are on view in the exhibition. Leonardo’s hands-on performance guides audience members through a narrative that reinforces the imbalance of power implicit in our culture’s policing. Participants and onlookers are instructed on how to survive everyday infractions.
Saturday, October 17, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Performance by Clifford Owens
Drawing on his Anthology project staged at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in 2011, Owens will restage a selection of performance scores developed with fellow African American visual artists that highlight the vulnerabilities and power of the human body.
About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an exhibition and events space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin, dedicated to promoting cultural and philanthropic initiatives, and to expanding artistic and cultural accessibility in New York City. The 8th Floor is located at 17 West 17th Street and is free and open to the public. Schools groups are encouraged. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday by appointment. the8thfloor.org
About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org
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The 8th Floor
August 26, 2015