Ghada Amer, Stephan Balkenhol, Louise Bourgeois, John Currin, Yayoi Deki, Tom Friedman, Jim Hodges, Izumi Kato, Hideaki Kawashima, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Mitsuhito Okamoto, Chris Ofili, Wilhelm Sasnal, Cindy Sherman, David Shrigley, Aya Takano, Fred Tomaselli, Kara Walker, Keisuke Yamamoto and Lisa Yuskavage
Robert A. F. Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University
The work of Robert A. F. Thurman—renowned scholar, riveting speaker, and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, and culture—has been instrumental in making Tibetan Buddhism accessible to Western audiences. In 1997 Time magazine selected Prof. Thurman as one of its twenty-five most influential Americans, describing him as a "larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America." In this lecture, Prof. Thurman will discuss the Buddhist view of art and how it emanates from Buddhahood itself. Specifically, he will examine enlightenment in mind and body, Tantra, mandalas, creation-stage-visualization meditation, and the difference between liberative art and technologies of control.
Mariah Robertson: Nudes, Still Lives, and Landscapes
November 3- December 8, 2007 Opening Reception Saturday November 3rd, 2007, 6-8pm
In Mariah Robertson’s exhibition Nudes, Still Lives, and Landscapes, the conceptual artist revisits early photographic techniques to question the transparency of viewing the present. Techniques like ambrotype, solarization, and photocollage threaten to disappear in the wake of digital photography. In using what Robertson calls “alternative historical practices,” her uncanny black and white photographs read as contemporary critiques on the subjective nature of looking. If classical still life photography dictates that the technique be crystal-clear and the objects presented be mute subjects, Robertson deftly, and with a sly sense of humor, appropriates the standard tropes of still life photography to critique what we view as normal, innocuous, and natural. In decisively reaching for conceptual tactics of appropriation and reframing, the deadpan, seemingly “normal” photographs of nudes, still lives, and landscapes become charged fields of looking, full of interference from an unstable past.
Step it Up! 2
A Call for Federal Action on Climate Change
Saturday November 3
Rally 12noon - 2pm in Washington Square Park
US Representative Anthony Weiner, US Representative Yvette Clarke, Lt. Governor David Patterson, NYU Physicist Emeritus Martin Hoffert, Environmental Defense scientist James Wang, young leaders from NYC and two bands: Peter and J, The Woes.
Last April 14th, 3,000 New Yorkers gathered in Battery Park to send Washington a clear message: cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050! The event, named Sea of People by Solar One organizers, was the largest of over 1,000 such events that were taking place in all 50 states on the Step It Up national day of climate action. The event received considerable press and was successful in pushing this ambitious but achievable and necessary goal onto the national agenda. Just one week later, 2 top-tier presidential candidates endorsed this goal. You can view highlights of the day here.
The Miami-based TM Sisters (Tasha and Monica López de Victoria) fuse elements of video and performance art with interactive video game technology. For Performa07, the artists will present their work Things Will End Before They Start. Using a play of innovative postures and expressions against a digitally simulated backdrop, the performance encourages interaction with the audience through the release of emotional and spiritual energy.
The TM Sisters’ practice embraces a do-it-yourself ethic, reflecting their roots in previous independent endeavors such as throwing concerts, creating fanzines, and sewing clothing. Home schooled together as children in Florida, the sisters were raised around intense psychological and spiritual discussions regarding behavior, relationships, and truth.
Presented in collaboration with the Moore Space (Miami). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the date and title of the event in your subject heading.
Image Details: Burning Stubble (2004) by Beth Dow | platinum palladium print | 16" x 16" | edition of 25
Fieldwork: B+W Photographs by Beth Dow
Opening Reception: Friday November 2nd | 6pm - 8pm
Please join us on Friday November 2nd, from 6pm-8pm, at an opening reception for Beth Dow's exhibition of black and white photographs, Fieldwork. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday December 8th, 2007.