March 31, 2011

Spring Exhibitions

Columbia University School of the Arts

Curated by Anna Craycroft (’04SOA)

Artists in the show are Korakrit Arunanondchai, Julia Benjamin, Sebastian Black, Robin Cameron, Nathan Catlin, Lea Cetera, Caitlin Cherry, Lisa Cobbe, Jeremy Couillard, Ernst Fischer, Ben Hall, Mira Hunter, Kristina Lee, Alexandra Lerman, Molly Lowe, Mudboy (R. Lyon), Irini Miga, Susan Morelock, Claudio Nolasco, Bea Parsons, Jordan Rathus, Corey Riddell, Sandy Smith, Maria Stabio, Ian Warren, Matthew Watson, and James Yakimicki.

Common Love, Aesthetics of BecomingApril 26–June 11, 2011Wednesday–Saturday, 1–5 pm

Opening reception: Tuesday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 pm

Special performance by Ronnie Bass (’07SOA) and Gandalf Gavan (’05SOA)

Four students in Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program (MODA), working in collaboration with Professor Kaira M. Cabañas, serve as curators: Alexander Benenson, Kristen Chappa, Donald Johnson-Montenegro, and Tomoko Kanamitsu.

They have selected work by fifteen recent graduates of Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program: Dave Arnold (’97SOA), Ronnie Bass (’07SOA), Guy Ben-Ner (’03SOA), Sean Dack (’02SOA), N Dash (’10SOA), Marc Handelman (’03SOA), Tim Hyde (’05SOA), Will Kwan (’04SOA), Mads Lynnerup (’08SOA), Yasue Maetake (’06SOA), Gabriel Martinez (’09SOA), Gedi Sibony (’00SOA), Mika Tajima (’03SOA), Cristian de Vietri (’09SOA), and Rona Yefman (’09SOA).

Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming offers an unconventional exploration of love. Rather than conceptualize love as a romantic gesture, Common Love, inspired by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s 2009 book Commonwealth, resituates love within contemporary sociopolitical discourse. The works included in the exhibition explore love as a way to participate in the production of a contemporary world where physical, cultural, and virtual space is shared. Shed of its conventional packaging, the transformative power of love can be identified in the work of the fifteen artists included.

The exhibition is accompanied by Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming, edited by Kaira M. Cabañas. Published by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, the catalogue includes contributions by Professor and Chair of the Visual Arts Program Gregory Amenoff, Art History and Archaeology Professor Robert E. Harrist Jr., and the exhibition curators.

Related Event:Common Love: Video ProgramSaturday, May 7, 7 pm Lifetime Screening Room, 511 Dodge Hall, Columbia University

Featured artists include Ronnie Bass, Guy Ben-Ner, Will Kwan, Mads Lynnerup, and Rona Yefman. Organized in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts.

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