apexart :: ABACA 2008

The Blue Print. From The Ground Up.
Organized by ABACA's Curatorial Studies students

Participating artists: Michael Dal Cerro, Michael Paul Britto, Karlos Carcamo and James Jaxxa

May 16 - May 31, 2008

291 Church St. New York, NY 10013

Opening Reception: May 16, 6-9 pm
Curator Talk at 7pm


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apexart once again partners with high school students from Satellite Academy to present their exhibition The Blue Print. From the Ground Up. The student curators organize all aspects of the project including developing interpretations of artists' work, writing publicity materials, and developing the exhibition theme. Through installation, new media and fine arts, these Curatorial Studies students explore works of art that address different relationships of power in the city. Students connect their personal experience and their life in New York City to visual and architectural manifestations of power and ideology around them. They will closely look at the architecture in their neighborhoods such as East New York, Harlem and the Bronx. Some of the topics explored are:

  • Popular culture and Hip-Hop culture related to city planning and architecture
  • The historical meaning and relevance of architecture
  • Concepts of Utopia

The Student Curators are: Chris Cornwall, Arlene De Jesus, Marcus Gray, Kevohn John, Stephanie Pink, Michael Muniz, Bakisya Oliver, Ricardo Roland, Myriah Torres, Raisa Valerio, Jennifer Villaran, and Kerricia Williams

Eighteen students have participated in a one-semester program that combines daily art classes and professional hands-on experience in exhibition planning with the guidance of artist/educator Bea Schlingelhoff and ABACA director Elizabeth Cavanagh. As part of the curatorial process the students have visited and discussed several current contemporary art exhibitions and have met with artists to learn more about their artistic practice. Students then decide which artists they would like to present in their exhibition, plan the installation of the works of art and the Curator's Talk.