Whitebox Art Center
info@whiteboxny.org
Works in New York, New York United States of America

BIO
Whitebox is a non-profit art space that serves as a platform for contemporary artists to develop and showcase new site-specific work, and is a laboratory for unique commissions, exhibitions, special events, salon series, and arts education programs.

Whitebox offers free and diverse programs for the surrounding communities including Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and international cultural tourism to experience an artist’s work in a meaningful manner.

Whitebox Art Center Vision

Through site-specific exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, lectures, and panel discussions, Whitebox provides the opportunity to experience an artist’s practice in a meaningful way to the surrounding communities of Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and cultural tourism. It is Whitebox’s artistic vision to provide artists with sustained exposure, and create the environment for more in-depth interaction between audiences and artists’ practices. As a non-profit art space, Whitebox aims to be a space for invention. It achieves this by inviting emerging and established artists to respond to its exhibition space with interventions, performances, and developing long-term programming that allows them to develop projects and engage with audiences.

Whitebox Art Center’s History

Whitebox Art Center was founded in 1998. Within its first two years, Whitebox was nominated for “Best Group Show” by the International Art Critics Association for Plural Speech and for a survey of Viennese Actionists, Günter Brus and Hermann Nitsch. During its first decade, Whitebox Art Center built a reputation for producing thought-provoking exhibitions and initiatives that fostered engagement among a broad audience, including neighborhood low-income housing communities and the Bayview Women’s Prison.

The organization of Whitebox is at a pivotal transitional stage; building upon its sixteen year legacy of presenting contemporary art in the spirit of the avante-garde, Whitebox is expanding its mission to incorporate an annual international photography festival and yearlong salon series, increasing sustained support and exposure for artists.
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EVENT

Stand Up Philosophy


Dates:
Sun Mar 29, 2015 15:00 - Sun Mar 29, 2015

Location:
New York , New York
United States of America

WhiteboxLab>Lit Lounge

presents

Stand Up Philosophy – Dejan Lukic

Step Not Beyond / Philosophical Therapeutics for the Lucid

A series of spring workshops on Hallucination
Sunday, March 29 | 3-5 pm
Sundays, April 12 & 26 | 3-5 pm

http://whiteboxnyc.org/event/litlounge-sundays-salon-stand-up-philosophy-ii/

An open and free workshop series focusing on themes central to art and culture. These enlightening lectures will teach you how to look at art with more confidence and an expanded vocabulary. They will speak about the role seduction plays in choosing what we like. A veritable “scholastic-oracular” presentation that is scholarly and enigmatic, rigorous and rarefied, where key terms in aesthetics are defined in a fluid and luminous language. The goal is to take essential experiences which became occluded in contemporary practice as purely practical matters that can be plugged into our lives to better inform our tastes. Inspiration is drawn from art, philosophy, architecture, and anthropology. The mediator, Dejan Lukic holds a Phd in anthropology from Columbia University and has lectured at numerous universities. For more details visit: www.stepnotbeyond.com

On Hallucination

Is it fair to say that superior works of art, literature, philosophy, film, etc., are some kinds of (precise and revelatory) hallucination? To what extent can we address reality itself as hallucinatory? On the other hand, what are the implications of sober hallucination, one that results neither from intoxication nor from any disorder? The Latin root of the term is hallucinari, meaning “gone astray in thought.” Hence, is it not ethically and aesthetically necessary to produce (in this world, our world, gone astray) a work that is equally out of bounds, wandering according to its own impulses? How else can reinvigorated sensations, ideas, and worlds emerge (if not during twilight and dawn)?



EVENT

Underline: Recent Work by Judy Yang


Dates:
Wed Feb 04, 2015 22:10 - Wed Feb 25, 2015

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Whitebox Art Center presents

Underline: Recent Work by Judy Yang

On view February 4th to 25th 2015

Opening reception February 6th | 6-9pm

New York City – Underline is an exhibition presenting recent work by JooYeon Judy Yang, curated by Argentine curator Lucila Gradin. Judy Yang’s work arises from the artist’s own merging of visual traditions wrought from her East Asian lineage and Western experience, evoking coded landscapes and meticulously layered architectural renderings, taking influences from religious myth and social catastrophes, to talk about the political consequences of media manipulation.

In the exhibition there will be two bodies of work in dialogue. On one side Judy Yang will present three large-scale scraped boards from her series “Mistreatment of Life,” developed after the artist’s own first-hand experience of the 2010 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, after which Yang began to question the economy of food and health in our society. On the other side of the exhibition space, seven currency collages from the series “One Nation Banknote” will be displayed, recomposing the idealized iconography of real international currency to reveal an underlying narrative of social catastrophe.

These formally engaging, rigorous and labor-intensive works reference on one hand the vertical spaces and textured expanses of Asian scroll painting landscapes, while simultaneously calling to mind the heavily etched lines influenced by Western print masters.

This collection of pieces demands close examination: a slow, careful review akin to the study of evidence. Such a forensic visual investigation prompts the exploration of different approaches to morality through the highly detailed spaces of an East/West hybrid, filtered through the artist’s deft hand and careful, sensitive rendering.

The title of the show references the crawling television news ticker, which the artist interprets as the bearer of real information in the face of the distracting, manipulated spectacle of the images “breaking” on the screen.


EVENT

CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS AND MAIL ART SHOW


Dates:
Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:00 - Sun Nov 30, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Whitebox Art Center
presents

CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS AND MAIL ART SHOW

Exhibition on view November 1 – 30, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday | 11am to 6pm

Opening, Performances, and Poetry Readings
Honoring GAC. (Guglielmo Achille Cavellini)
Saturday, November 15 | 6 to 10pm

A survey exhibition of Cavellini’s artworks alongside a Mail-Art show exploring the themes of GAC / Cavellini, Ego and Self-Historification. Culled from Archives + Contemporary
Mail Art. Curated by Mark Bloch.



EVENT

PASSPORT: The New Yorker 9th Annual


Dates:
Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:00 - Sat Nov 08, 2014

Location:
New York, NY, United States of America

Check-in and Passport Pickup at Headquarters Whitebox Art Center | 11am – 3pm

Join us for a day-long immersion in New York’s vibrant downtown arts scene. Stops along this self-guided gallery crawl through the Lower East Side and SoHo include art demonstrations and other interactive attractions. Along the way, guests receive artist-designed stamps in their custom-made “passports” to document the journey. The day culminates in a wrap party, featuring culinary experiences curated by Smorgasburg and a silent auction in partnership with Paddle8, benefitting CreativeTime, a New York-based nonprofit arts organization.

PASSPORT : The New Yorker 9th Annual is made possible with the support of event sponsors who contribute to the spirit of the occasion with custom giveaways and interactive opportunities throughout the day and evening.

For more information visit: http://passport.newyorkeronthetown.com/


EVENT

CLICK CLICK CLICK


Dates:
Tue Sep 02, 2014 19:00 - Tue Sep 02, 2014

Location:
New York, NY , New York
United States of America

Whitebox Art Center presents

AS PART OF "CODED AFTER LOVELACE’S" CLOSING EVENT

"CLICK CLICK CLICK"

Click. Click. Click. Copy. Paste. Drag. Drop. These are the new gestures of digital image making. Click Click Click is a survey of contemporary digital moving image practices that span GIFs, augmented performances, green screen keying, collage, appropriation, Processing, 3D renders and more.

Artists in the screening: Morehshin Allahyari, Claudia Bitran, Hannah Black, Gaby Cepeda and Adriana Minoliti, Jennifer Chan, Jennie Cole, Claire Evans, Dafna Ganani, Geraldine Juárez, Nicole Killian, Claudia Maté, Raquel Meyers, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Sabrina Ratté, Tessa Siddle, Giselle Zatonyl

Nicole Killian, Move It, 2013, 30 sec.

Move It is an excerpt from an ongoing investigation into getting the crowd pumped up and moving.

Lorna Mills, Jump Rope, 2011, GIF

Lorna Mills channels and trolls the internet through her assemblage GIFs. Searching the far reaching corners of the world wide web, Mills pulls out the most peculiar, inane, and baffling imagery and then recontextualizes it into her own carefully crafted compositions.

Claudia Bitran, The Zone: Action, 2013, 3:17 min

The Zone is a series of three trailers for movies that do not exist: a Korean horror film, a Latino action film, and a French drama film. In the Latino action trailer, I perform as Macarena de las Heras, a strong and determined woman who has to go through different adventures in order to enter “The Zone.” She rides motorcycles, fights gangsters, tries to get information from the gatas, and shoots guns while running through the desert and making out with hot guys.

Gaby Cepeda and Adriana Minoliti, Conspirativas (series), 2013, GIF

These collaborative images capture an intersection between the artists’ loving interrogations of celebrity culture (Cepeda) and pornography (Minoliti). The result is an image that tackles female sexuality in its vicissitudes.

Claudia Maté, Fill Shapes, 2012, 1:54 min.

Fill Shapes uses Processing and After Effects to make squares and circles dance across the screen in this brightly colored geometric fantasy.

Lorna Mills, Garden Variety (series), 2013, GIF

Lorna Mills, Stress Relief, 2011, GIF

Eva Papamargariti, RandomAccessData, 2014, 4:50 min.

RandomAccessData is a parallel visual and verbal narration between references; it is a stream of information that creates a tag cloud based on random thoughts about post- internet art, radical utopian groups of the ’60s, today’s virtual field, the definitive role of searching and tagging inside the cyberspace, terms like distribution and reproduction of image, constant data flow, internet immersion, real ID vs cyber ID and the notion of auto generated content.

Dafna Ganani, I Dream of I Dream of Jennie, 2013, 3:42 min.

I Dream of I Dream of Jennie is a mediated performance by the artist Dafna Ganani. It references the 70′s American TV series I Dream of Jeannie and uses glitched images of copyrights licenses, biopunked Barbara Eden in her Jeannie costume, dolphins, BIOS homepage to propose a cybernetics fantasy: beings with both organic and cybernetic parts.

Gaby Cepeda and Adriana Minoliti, Conspirativas (series), 2013, GIFs

Hannah Black, Intensive Care/Hot New Track, 2013, 5:36 min

Remixed fragments of what’s allowed to appear on the surface of the world: Rihanna/Chris Brown, US/Iraq, blackness/whiteness, pain/pleasure, money/body. “Love and shame are the theory and the practice.”

Lorna Mills, Garden Variety (series), 2013, GIF

Geraldine Juárez, Love Not Money, 2009, 1:06 min

In 2009, months after the stock market meltdown, i created a personal stock market to track my assets: desires, work, routines, expectations and emotions – and how the way i valued them felt closer to death, money or love.

The video is the output of four weeks of emotional capitalism, where my assets were collected in a notebook and mapped and visualized originally in Processing.

Claire Evans, Digital Decay: Meditation/Disintegration, 2011, 1:50 min

Meditation/Disintegration is an animation of individual video frames saved in incrementally lower file formats hundreds and hundreds of times. Where is the line at which compression ceases to preserve information entirely? The digital image washes away on the tide of its own preservation. The beach ball is the third eye.

Lorna Mills, Splode (series), 2012, GIF

Morehshin Allahyari, The Romantic Self-Exiles I, 2012, 5:06 min.

To build a land; an imaginary home. To push the limits of real and unreal, memory and imagination, locality and universality. To put together my most vivid memories on flat planes or 3D cubes. Inside and outside the empty rooms, rooms without bodies, rooms left behind. A reflection and presentation of emotional attachments. Collective and personal.

Jennie Cole, a device of a special type, 2012, 3:32 min.

a device of special type investigates encounters with text in electronic media, in response to Donna Haraway’s assertion that writing is ‘pre-eminently the technology of cyborgs’. Exploring ideas of transhumanist possibility alongside the manipulations of identity suggested by the internet’s corporate ‘like’, the language in this video is at once page-based, screen-based, illuminated and infiltrated by symbols and logos.

Lorna Mills, Garden Variety (series), 2013, GIFs

Tessa Siddle, Hexenhaus, 2010, 2:47 min.

Hexenhaus is a video fragment from a series of work about domestic ritual and relations between humans, houseplants, and animals. Following the collapse of a relationship a failed banishing ritual is performed with my pet houseplants/familiars. An attempt to convert loneliness into solitude results in only more loneliness.

Nicole Killian, Attention, 2013, 2:53 min.

Attention is a video exploring mall madness and meditation.

Gaby Cepeda and Adriana Minoliti, Conspirativas (series), 2013, GIFs

Giselle Zatonyl, The Harm of Coming into Existence, 2014, 1:57 min.

Zatonyl’s 3D rendered video juxtaposes glittery, soft colors with hard lines forming an imaginative factoy-like space that produces unknown, but assuredly delightful things.

Jennifer Chan, Boyfriend 男友 [Nanyou], 2014, 6:27 min.

BOYFRIEND combines YouTube-captured webcam videos with images of dominant East Asian masculinity. Headlined by a Mandarin cover of Justin Bieber’s pop hit Boyfriend, K-pop stars, J-pop stars, Taiwanese diaspora, and Canto-pop icons, are recut against confessional Asian American “dudes” to deliberate the superficial aspects of performing the archetypal romantic straight male partner in Asian culture.

Lorna Mills, Linguine Primavera, 2013, GIF

Lorna Mills, Kitty Fire, 2011, GIF

Raquel Meyers, 2SLEEP1 ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ 002. MATSAMÖT, 2013, 3:23 min.

Matsamöt is part of 2SLEEP1, a playlist of audiovisual performances in text mode, designed to make you fall asleep. The music interface and the graphics are built up from text symbols (PETSCII). Made by Raquel Meyers and Goto80 using c-64.

Sabrina Ratté, The Land Behind, 2013, 4:56 min.

Traveling on an undefined territory where the illusion of a continuous tracking shot emphasizes an unreachable destination. Through the syncopated editing and multiple transitions, images of the area themselves become traveling entities, creating confusion on the level of the depicted space as much as with the level of its temporality.

Photo caption : Still from Sabrina Ratté’s The Land Behind, 2013, 4:56 min.