MODA CURATES 2019
Reception: Friday, March 29, 6-8 pm
March 30 - April 14, 2019
MODA Curates is an annual opportunity offered by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students’ theses. MODA Curates Fellows Pujan Karambeigi will organize I Can/I Cannot/I Cannot Venture Myself and Alessandra Gomez will organize the performance program, Into Darkness.
I / I CAN / I CANNOT / I CANNOT VENTURE MYSELF
Curated by Pujan Karambeigi
In her first solo exhibition in North America, the conceptual artist Alice Creischer (Gerolstein, Germany, b. 1960), shows a recent body of work that encompasses video, photo collage, text and sculpture. Through her artistic practice, curating, and writing, Creischer has become a crucial voice of an institutionally critical practice that struggles for a language to simultaneously analyze and criticize, comment and intervene on the socio-economic fabric enveloping her. The exhibition I / I CAN / I CANNOT / I CANNOT VENTURE MYSELF stages the slow rise of Neoliberalism and its imperatives of creative destruction to liberate individuals from governmental checks so they venture their dreams and sell them on the free market. However, Creisher suggests to localize this seemingly monstrous and ghostly enemy instead of hallucinating about the (im-)possibilities of an exodus and daydreaming about the all-encompassing Neoliberalism that has obliterated the quest for an outside. It is about pinning the Neoliberal counter-revolution down to concrete words and events, to define the enemy and regain the ability to struggle.
Wallach Art Gallery Artist Talk: Alice Creischer, Saturday, March 30, 1 pm
Into Darkness: exploring me and finding you
Curated by Alessandra Gomez
Eiko Otake & DonChristian
Into Darkness: exploring me and finding you features experimental choreographers reimagining darkness as a conceptual framework to explore new identity formations connected to East Asia. Ranging from Japanese butoh “dance of darkness” to transcultural experiments in mourning, the program consists of new performances by Aurelius Carson (Douglas, GA, b. 1973), Dean Moss (Tacoma, WA, b. 1954), Eiko Otake (Tokyo, b. 1952) and DonChristian (Germantown, PA, b. 1989). Otake and DonChristian reflect on trauma and violence through corporeal expressions of mourning rooted in sustained slowness; Carson considers the aesthetic, cultural, and social (im)possibilities in dance history; and Moss investigates the experience of assimilation and fluidity of self. Together, these artists blur social and geographical boundaries in their work, resisting the notion of a fixed identity. Into Darkness celebrates their current contributions to the field of contemporary art and probes darkness as a source of uncertainty, empowerment, and freedom.
March 29, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Eiko Otake and DonChristian
Presented at The Small Square (located outside of The Lenfest Center for the Arts)
April 9, 6:30 pm
your marks and surface
Presented at The Forum (across the street from The Lenfest Center for the Arts)
April 13, 12 - 3 pm and 5 - 6 pm
Presented at The Wallach Art Gallery
Presented alongisde the 2019 First-Year MFA Exhibition, for which Visual Arts MFA students present their newest works-in-progress.
Pujan Karambeigi, Alessandra Gomez
I / I CAN / I CANNOT / I CANNOT VENTURE MYSELF is made possible in part with the support of IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)/