Unsolicited Exhibition Program Past Selected Proposals
Light in Wartime
June 7 - July 28, 2018
Organized by: Rola Khayyat
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Light in Wartime explores the use of light both metaphorically and technically, in the context of photography during times of war. It features an array of photographic methods that reflect the blackout darkness and violence consistent with a city under siege.
January 18 - March 17, 2018
Organized by: ANGL Collective
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Rendered Cities examines the visual language and ideology behind the marketing of luxury property and development plans. Transforming the exhibition space into a construction site, the project highlights the peculiarity of digital architecture which is transforming cities worldwide.
September 7 - October 21, 2017
Organized by: Katherine Rochester
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Fellow Travelers initiates an encounter between people displaced by the deterioration of neo-liberal policies around the world. With elements of Afrofuturism, science fiction, and cosmology, it affirms that art is a tool for crossing boundaries and providing a refuge for voices of dissent.
Promises to Keep
June 8 - July 29, 2017
Organized by: Rabbya Naseer
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Promises to Keep confronts the rarity with which performance art is exhibited in Naseer’s native Pakistan. She presents the work of ten female Pakistani artists, addressing how women specifically use the medium to engage in self-representation and socio-political issues.
January 19 - March 18, 2017
Organized by: Emily Falvey
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Animal Intent tracks how animal culture is used as a point of departure for a range of artistic practices focused primarily on interspecies communication. The exhibition questions whether creative labor is strictly a human trait.
Botany under Influence
September 8 - October 22, 2016
Organized by: Clelia Coussonnet
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Botany under Influence explores systems of meaning that have been impressed upon nature, flora, and seeds throughout eras of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization. The exhibition reveals how the exportation of natural resources has affected power structures and cultural behavior.
Fencing In Democracy
June 2 - July 30, 2016
Organized by: Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey
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Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey bring together artists, architects, and activists who have re-imagined designs for the US-Mexico border wall or fought its construction, addressing the role of art and architecture to draw attention to important issues of eroding democracy.
January 21 - March 5, 2015
Organized by: Shona Kitchen, Aly Ogasian, and Jennifer Dalton Vincent
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Setting Out explores how the nature of expeditions has translated into the modern day with archaeologists, engineers, scientists, and artists exploring a variety of realms, geographical and beyond, while maintaining the same eager hunger to uncover the unknown as the world travelers of early expeditions.
Life After Death and Elsewhere
September 10 - October 24, 2015
Organized by: Tom Williams and Robin Paris
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Life After Death and Elsewhere is conceived and organized in collaboration with prisoners on Death Row in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition focuses on designs by the prisoners for their own memorials, which take various forms.
Profiled: Surveillance of a Sharing Society
June 4 - July 25, 2015
Organized by: Mary Coyne
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Despite opposition to the post-Patriot Act surveillance programs adopted by government agencies, individuals continue to engage with social media platforms, sharing personal information online. Profiled observes the dichotomy between an over-sharing society and government and military secrets.
FOOT NOTES: On the Sensations of Tone
January 14 - March 7, 2015
Organized by: Alastair Noble
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Inspired by the musical theories of the nineteenth century German doctor and physicist Herman Helmholtz (1821-1894), Foot Notes: On the Sensations of Tone will examine how sound is an integrative principle in human and natural environments. Multi-media works and sound projects will map journeys, emotions, and memories.
September 10 - October 25, 2014
Organized by: Yael Messer and Gilad Reich
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The use of privately owned satellites and drones have grown exponentially in recent years – both for military and civil use – watching over an ever-expanding geography and people. Decolonized Skies re-conceptualizes the air space as ‘commons,’ reclaiming the sky through social and collaborative practices.
The Hidden Passengers
May 22 - July 26, 2014
Organized by: Avi Lubin
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Through the work of eight international artists, The Hidden Passengers investigates the relationship between science and art and argues that by adopting scientific practices and tools, art finds a way to participate in the world.
January 16 - March 1, 2014
Organized by: Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams
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Private Matters presents a group of artists who, through individual strategies of sharing various kinds of secure information with the audience, blur the boundaries of the public and private.
Death of a Cameraman
September 12 - October 26, 2013
Organized by: Martin Waldmeier
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In the wake of the Arab uprisings, the anonymous cameraman has emerged as a powerful new figure in the politics of representation. Death of a Cameraman explores the complex space between the camera and eye and between documentary, documentarists, and the documented.
May 23 - July 27, 2013
Organized by: Kari Cwynar
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This exhibition researches laughter as a destabilizing force, and will use a 6-month laughter epidemic in central Africa as its anchor.
January 17 - March 2, 2013
Organized by: Ola El-Khalidi
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Open Sesame invites artists to respond to stories collected from families from Kuwait who were forced to leave their homes during Saddam Hussein's regime, moving to Jordan, Egypt, and the USA.
UNREST: Revolt against Reason
September 12 - October 27, 2012
Organized by: Natalie Musteata
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UNREST: Revolt against Reason presents an international group of contemporary artists who tackle issues of inequality, conflict, and instability in recent history. The impetus for this exhibition begins with the wave of uprisings in Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, and Morocco.
A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a Distance
January 11 - March 10, 2012
Organized by: Mark Feary
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A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a Distance is an attempt to envision a state and culture that is shrouded in secrecy and is both the producer and victim of oppositional propaganda mechanisms. The exhibition seeks to develop a picture of what North Korea might be, in the absence of reliable, unbiased information of a nation that operates in exile from the international community.
The Walls That Divide Us
November 9 - December 22, 2011
Organized by: Miguel Amado
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The Walls That Divide Us addresses the post-Cold War proliferation of nation-state and city separation barriers across the globe as symbols of dissent in contemporary politics. Featured artists examine the ideology of wall building as a means of dividing land and people to establish sovereignty. Selected works explore the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall, phenomena including imperialistic enterprises and migration, and current zones of conflict such as the U.S.-Mexican border and the Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Change the Channel: WCVB-TV 1972-1982
January 12 - March 5, 2011
Organized by: Gary Fogelson and Michael Hutcherson
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This exhibit's collection of original footage, press, and viewer correspondence encourages visitors not only to consider WCVBTV's impact from 1972-1982, but also to ponder the question, how might this happen again? Could the story of BBI's creation and dissemination of innovative programming inspire others in a position to impact an equally large audience?
You can't get there from here but you can get here from there
September 15 - October 30, 2010
Organized by: Courtenay Finn
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Some books capture you in the first line, others draw you in slowly, and then there are those books that you cannot penetrate. Each book has a unique way for a reader to enter and exit. Yet what makes all the difference is that every book contains the possibility for transportation.
The Incidental Person
January 6 - February 20, 2010
Organized by: Antony Hudek
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The exhibition argues that the Incidental Person stakes out a new position, outside of the 20th-century triad Joseph Beuys-Marcel Duchamp-John Cage. Unlike the latter, the Incidental Person does not seek to solve the art-life or mind-body problems. Instead, she or he fails to see them as problems at all, since for the Incidental Person art, life, mind, and body cannot be understood in opposition to one another.
AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence
November 4 - December 19, 2009
Organized by: Sandra Skurvida
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Avant-Guide to NYC maps the art environment of New York of the twentieth century, reconnecting historic sites to their present functions. Marcel Duchamp's studio, Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century, and Group Material, where are these places, and what are they now, in the constantly shifting cultural fabric of New York? The exhibition presents artists' works produced in response to the sites.
Perverted by Theater
October 22 - December 6, 2008
Organized by: Franklin Evans and Paul David Young
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Cognizant of the critique of Fried by postmodern theory and contemporary art discourse, Perverted by Theater gleefully inverts FriedÍs thesis, purposely selecting art for its theatricality and installing it in an environment molded by theater, to evoke temporality, the subject/object relation, the audience, the presence of the actor, the performance text, and the implication of dramaturgical concepts such as character, story, and plot structure.
September 5 - October 11, 2008
Organized by: Harley Spiller
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SCRAWL consists of close to 100 different handmade pronouncements collected from the streets and subways of New York City over the past 25 years. The works on exhibition range from scary to silly, from terse suggestions to indecipherably complex amalgams of mathematical figuring, philosophical posturing, and political ranting. Whether the ideas are impeccably presented in uniquely beautiful calligraphy, or scribbled, illegible palimpsests, the creators all seek to have their ideas recognized, many silently urging their fellow New Yorkers to right wrongs both personal and universal.
November 17 - December 22, 2007
Organized by: Sarah Lookofsky and Lillian Fellmann
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As real estate prices have skyrocketed throughout cities of the world, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain a place. Some artists' responses to this situation mirror those of many practitioners in the sixties and seventies who moved to the margins to seek out an abandoned or still undeveloped site to live and work on an expanded scale. By contrast, no piece in LAND GRAB has involved a real estate transaction or finding that prime location.
Stalking with Stories: The Pioneers of the Immemorable
September 19 - November 3, 2007
Organized by: Antonia Majaca and Ivana Bago
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Every new telling of a story perfects its narrative but also rearranges, edits and moves it further from its original, authentic plot. What do we remember? How do we remember and retell stories of the past? How do we project them into the future?
Let Everything Be Temporary, or When Is The Exhibition?
January 10 - February 17, 2007
Organized by: Elena Filipovic
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This exhibition brings together the work of a group of artists that consistently and very differently explore temporariness and, more specifically, the possibility of temporal instability in the work of art. This is manifest not so much as a subject, but rather as a constitutive element, shaping the artwork's fragility as well as the indeterminacy of an exhibition visitor's experience of it. Whether primarily motivated by the political, aesthetic, economic, or the intimate, these objects literally perform their temporal questioning.
neo-con. Contemporary Returns to Conceptual Art
September 6 - October 14, 2006
Organized by: Cristiana Perrella
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Re-enacting (with a twist) famous conceptual works, the artists in neo-con level and humanize, by quirky humor and down-to-earth sensibility, the key principles of Conceptualism like the favoring of ideas over object-making, the dematerialization of the art object, the production of work in collaboration and often without a studio.
One Brief Moment
January 11 - February 18, 2006
Organized by: Mark Soo
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Selected artists will review the apexart archive to interpret, speculate, add to and imagine their own understanding of what specific past events at the gallery might have been like.
If It's Too Bad To Be True, It Could Be DISINFORMATION
October 19 - November 26, 2005
Organized by: Mercedes Vicente
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Exploring the complex relationship between mass media and global corporate culture, this exhibition explores the strategies of grassroots activism (installation, poster, video, radio, and internet art) to demand freedom of information rights and bring forward what is being omitted.
Building the Unthinkable
September 8 - October 9, 2004
Organized by: Christian Stayner
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If the atomic bomb threatens total destruction, the work in Building the Unthinkable then shifts attention to its productive element. This exhibition examines contemporary artistic and architectural production responding to an unlikely inspiration.
January 7 - February 7, 2004
Organized by: Craig Buckley
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Architecture and planning have often been privileged as sites for utopian projection. Adaptations looks at small-scale forms of independence and the context in which they have emerged to consider the potentialities they hold and the limits they encounter.
Walking in the City
January 4 - February 1, 2003
Organized by: Jill Dawsey and Melissa Brookhart Beyer
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Walking in the City examines the work of Valerie Tevere, Alex Villar, Simon Leung, and Kim Soo-ja and highlights the way they engage with the historic strategies of resisting and negotiating regulated space developed by Valie Export, Yayoi Kusama, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
Shadow Cabinets in a Bright Country
September 6 - October 5, 2002
Organized by: Ted Purves
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Invites a selection of artist collaboratives to create projects that seek to fill holes left in the social sphere by the retreat of government interest and support.
January 4 - January 26, 2002
Organized by: Kelly Taxter
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Artists who have subverted the original purpose of certain machines, technology, and objects of everyday use emplay materials intended for industrial applications and assembly-line economy, the artist designs for them a new function: to produce unique sounds and images. Four performances held during the course of the exhibitions.
September 7 - November 3, 2001
Organized by: Euridice Arratia
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An exhibition of artists whose works explore the human fascination with sports, the pervasiveness of contemporary sports culture and its richness for metaphorial play.
Making the Making
January 5 - February 3, 2001
Organized by: Charles Goldman
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Making the Making, an examination of artists who create simple machines not as artwork, but to assist them in making their work, using mechanical practices that were in existence long before photography or the computer.
Errant Gestures: Visual and Verbal Correspondances
September 7 - October 7, 2000
Organized by: Susette Min
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Explores how select artists reveal, defamiliarize, or create manifold language systems in and through different media, featuring artists who collide words and images into disarray only to reveal a structure and texture of particular language systems.
January 6 - February 5, 2000
Organized by: A.S. Bessa
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In writing, the expression 'double space' is used to define the maximum standard distance between two lines in a text. Poetically, though, the term is rich in ambiguities due to the intrinsic power of the words 'double' and 'space.' Double Space explores the ideas related to space in text, the architectural properties of writing, and the concept of text as a construction.
The Production of Production
September 9 - October 9, 1999
Organized by: Tim Griffin & Bennett Simpson
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A diverse selection of works articulates the vast networks that impel production, and the interactions that affect what is produced. Ultimately the constant collision and convergence of productive contexts affects what art is and what it can be.
January 8 - February 6, 1999
Organized by: Alice Smits
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We are not avoiding the objects in this show; instead, they are avoiding the way we only see them as a mean to a human end. They refuse to be incorporated in our rational systems of classification and want to be seen, caressed and listened to.
Remembering Times Past
September 9 - October 10, 1998
Organized by: Irena Popiashvili
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Conceived in regards to the shifting realities of life in the former USSR, the show presents eight artists whose work addresses realities from the recent past and offers various perspectives on the assimilation of time into consciousness and the expression of that process through art.