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Tonight & also tonight

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Join Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski, and me on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side for a very speZial event featuring LIVE PRINTMAKING at Artists Image Resource and a very special performance showcase from members of Cyberpunk Apocalypse. 6–10 p.m. & enjoy local food from Brassero Grill, Dozen Bake Shop, Franktuary, and printmaking activities. Live voting for our Playground Project Photo Contest (see below) will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m., so be sure to get there in time to cast your votes!

ContestContestContest! The Playground Project now extends beyond the museum walls to inspire you to gather, socialize, and play freely at some of Pittsburgh’s most unique public spaces—playgrounds! Snap some pics, share them with us on Twitter using #playpics, and you’ll see your work exhibited the night of September 20 at Artists Image Resource where attendees will be able to vote for their favorites. Any advance Twitter buzz your photos receive will be factored into the winning tallies, so get your photos up early and get folks talking! Zwitscher it!

Before heading to the North Side, don’t miss ALIEN SHE (curated by Astria Suparak + Ceci Moss)! 6–8 p.m.: Opening Reception with artists Ginger Brooks Takahashi (Pittsburgh), Tammy Rae Carland (Oakland), Miranda July (Los Angeles), Faythe Levine (Milwaukee), Allyson Mitchell (Toronto), L.J. Roberts (Brooklyn), Stephanie Syjuco (San Francisco); Archival Materials from: dumba collective; EMP Museum, SeattleInterference Archive; Jabberjaw; the Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU; and many personal collections. Collaborative Projects and Platforms include: Counterfeit Crochet Project, Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), General Sisters, Handmade Nation, Joanie 4 Jackie, Learning to Love You More, LTTR, projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project, Sign Painters and more.

Tonight! Gertrude Quastler (1909–1963): Some forgotten drawings

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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A small exhibition of an unpublished group of drawings by Vienna-born Gertrude Quastler (1909–1963). These evidently private sketches, executed on Long Island towards the end of her life (from around 1958, when she was progressively debilitated by chronic illness), are a parallel to the joyous art for which she is best known. In this group of 75 drawings shown at Pittsburgh’s Brillobox, which gravitate between a near-hysterical playfulness and a darkly neurotic outlook, a modern 20th-century realism can be discerned

Opening reception:
Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 7–10 p.m.
Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
On view through January 2014

Other times by appointment or by announcement.

—Daniel Baumann and Graham Shearing, curators

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Cara Erskine and Corey Escoto @ Apartment Talks

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Apartment Talk #14: Cara Erskine and Corey Escoto

On May 21st we hosted enlightening talks by Pittsburgh-based artists Cara Erskine and Corey Escoto, both of whom relocated here some years ago and have since been very active in the local (as well as national) art scene. They drew a big crowd of supporters who stuck it out despite stifling heat, and even dared prolonging the proceedings with some great questions.

Cara presented her sculptures, paintings, and collages that take formal and conceptual cues from sports, pop culture, and feminism. Highlighting some of her works that examine perceptions of gender and identity, Cara discussed the public reception of sports icons like Billie Jean King, a recurring figure in her work. Cara also described the important role that construction plays in the materiality of her work and her overall artistic process, from tiny collages to large-scale paintings. Cara earned her MFA from Yale School of Art in 2002 and has exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Front Room, Cleveland, OH; and has had solo exhibitions at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN; and Stanford University, Stanford, CA. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Robert Morris University, and her art criticism has appeared in Dis Magazine. See more of Cara’s work on her website.

Corey talked about his body of experimental, large format analog photographic works created with a recently discontinued Polaroid format. Expanding the zone of instantaneous image production, Corey constructs enigmatic spaces that compress and invert idea, image, and object. These 4×5 instant film prints are unique, multi-exposure proofs created through a process of hand-cutting and registering a series of light-blocking stencils to selectively and sequentially expose the film. As an extension of this process, his sculptures are reverse engineered objects born out of the Polaroids—reifying the cycles, grey areas, and nuances of invention and production. Corey was born in Amarillo, Texas, and his work has been included in many national and international exhibitions at venues such as the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; FRAC Nord-Pas De Calais, Dunkerque; Galerie de Kunstler, Munich; 7 Days Brunch, Basel; and Regina Rex, Queens, NY. See more of Corey’s work on his website. See also Art21′s blog, featuring a 2009 interview with Corey.

 

 

See you at MOCA Cleveland this Friday!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

 

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If you happen to be in the Cleveland area this weekend, you have to check out MOCA Cleveland!

Since its reopening last year, with a sharply elegant new building designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, the museum of contemporary art has hit the ground running. Artist commissions such as David Altmejd’s sprawling vitrine installation The Orbit, and Kate Gilmore’s new sculptural installation and video Love ‘em, Leave ‘em are particular highlights of MOCA’s “investment in producing new projects with artists, new artwork and new culture,” to quote chief curator David Norr.

Another refreshing aspect of the museum’s programs are the thoughtful group shows through which the curatorial team have been able to explore current tendencies and preoccupations of contemporary art practice. Assistant curator Rose Bouthillier’s current exhibition Dark Stars  is a tightly composed and deeply intelligent instance of this. Bouthillier details the focus of the exhibition in her curatorial statement: “Dark Stars considers time as a subject in contemporary art, exploring how objects and images bring the past into the present. The exhibition’s title refers to the phenomenon of a dead star’s light continuing to travel through space, appearing to remote viewers long after it has gone dark. Works by Carol Bove, Michael Byron, Annie MacDonell, R.H. Quaytman, and Cerith Wyn Evans convey a similar sense of duration and delay.”

A highlight of the exhibition is Canadian artist Annie MacDonell’s The Shape of Time, Revisited (2012) in which she restores the wooden hand of an antique fortune telling mannequin while meditating on George Kubler’s 1962 text The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things. “However fragmentary its condition,” intones MacDonell in the video aspect of her project, “any work of art is actually a portion of arrested happening, or an emanation of past time. It is a graph of activity now stilled, but a graph made visible like an astronomical body, by a light that originated with activity…” Dark Stars is an example of the way in which an inspired curatorial theme can invigorate a single work, elucidate its connection to other seemingly disparate practices, and create spaces for dialogue with a broader discourse. Bouthillier has a marvelous way of making it seem as simple as that.

This weekend marks the opening of another exciting group exhibition, Realization is Better than Anticipation, co-curated by Bouthillier and Megan Lykins Reich, director of programs and associate curator. Regionally focused, with emerging and established artists in and around Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh, this exhibition promises to be an exuberant consideration of art-making, or as Bouthillier and Lykins Reich put it: “‘realization’ is taken as equal parts practical (doing, constructing) and alchemical (magical, transformative).”

The opening party (featuring cocktails, live music, and performances) is this Friday June 28th, 7–10 p.m. See you there!

 

Belfast Punk Night @ Apartment Talks

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Apartment Talk #13: Belfast Punk Night

On May 13th, in collaboration with CMU School of Art, we hosted a Belfast punk event that had been percolating for over a year. I had been wanting to screen a documentary on the subject by John T. Davis, called Shellshock Rock (1979), since Duncan Campbell told me about how influential the film had been for him, but it took ages—and a circuitous train of a million emails—for me to get my hands on a copy. Around the same time as the DVD arrived from the UK, someone posted the whole thing on YouTube. So enjoy with unearned ease, but feel sorry you missed out on the dance party. That’s right: after the screening, DJ John Carson spun some records and people danced. An Apartment first (I think). (more…)