Whitebox Art Center
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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

R. B. SCHLATHER: OPERA: ORLANDO


Dates:
Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:00 - Mon Apr 27, 2015

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Open rehearsals | April 8th - 23rd | 12pm-7pm;
General rehearsal | April 24th | 7pm;
Theatric presentations | April 26th & 27th | 7pm

New York City – Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present the work of opera director R. B. Schlather in his second feature with WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge. For two weeks, Whitebox’s main exhibition space will act as a laboratory hosting the second opera in the George Frideric Handel trilogy, culminating in two theatric presentations of Handel’s Orlando, an 18th century baroque opera. This theatric installation draws from the opera seria or “serious opera” of Orlando (1733), based off of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso.

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge and R. B. Schlather continue to respond to the changing landscape of operatic performance in New York City and around the world by staging this work in an untraditional opera venue. As a laboratory, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals, from April 8th to the 23rd, prior to the General Rehearsal on April 24th at 7pm and the final presentations on April 26th and 27th at 7pm. A talk moderated by Joseph Cermatori will be held after the performance on the 27th. This program will be free and open to the public daily from 12pm to 7pm, excepting April 14th, 18th, and 25th. For the final performances, the opera will be enacted live with an orchestra, in Italian, utilizing new technologies with projected English subtitles.

Orlando follows R. B. Schlather’s innovative exhibition of Handel’s Alcina, performed in September 2014 at Whitebox Art Center. Handel based Alcina on Ludovico Ariosto’s best-seller Orlando Furioso, and composed two other operas derived from this epic poem: Orlando (1733) and Ariodante (1735). Esteemed classical music critic Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times praised Alcina for its open demonstration of operatic art form and process, describing it as “a valuable project that deserves enthusiastic support.” Orlando stays true to the structure of WhiteboxLab, remaining free and open to the public for rehearsals with an online video stream, capturing the unfolding rehearsal process. The opera series continues to spark questions of the dissolution of the opera institution in the contemporary cultural climate, through the development of a site-responsive baroque opera production.

In Orlando, Handel uses 18th century theatrical conventions of madness to write some of his most genre-defying dramatic vocal music, and one of his greatest scores. Orlando centers on the title character of Aristo’s Orlando Furioso, delving into Orlando’s battle with his unrequited love for the Queen of Cathay, Angelica, and his ensuing madness. Handel’s opera was based on the theatrical adaptation L’Orlando, alternately titled “The Madness of Jealousy,” written by Carlo Sigismondo Capeci and produced in Rome in 1711. In Handel’s version of Orlando, breaks from form create psychological and tonal ambiguities that depart significantly from traditional opera seria. These subleties of tone and formal disruptions unite with 18th century theatrical convention of madness, making way for a powerful and highly experimental score.

Orlando, a knight famous for chivalry, vacillates between obsessive love for the princess Angelica and heroic glory urged by his magical protector, Zoroastro. Angelica has fallen in love with the mysterious prince, Medoro, whose battle wounds she healed while he was in the care of the shepherdess Dorinda. Dorinda has also fallen in love with Medoro, who is torn between union with a noblewoman and the affections of a peasant while increasingly becoming the source of Orlandoʼs jealousy and violence. The opera develops as Orlando struggles with his love for Angelica that remains unfulfilled and leads him to increasingly hysterical behaviors, as the others navigate their own romantic knots.

R. B. SCHLATHER is an American opera director based in New York City. Recent directing credits include Norma at Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Alcina at Whitebox Art Center WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, Lizzie Borden at Tanglewood Music Festival, Werther at Opera Company of Brooklyn, Treemonisha for New York City Opera Education, Some Call Refuge at Vaudeville Park, The Arianna Project for lauded early music group Musica Nuova, a concert with Nico Muhly and Gotham Chamber Opera at multimedia art cabaret (le) Poisson Rouge, and I. Were., a pastiche created with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and dramaturg Joe Cermatori for the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. He makes his American company debut directing a site-specific production of Philip Glassʼ In The Penal Colony for Boston Lyric Opera in 2015. Schlather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in Drama, from Ithaca College, where he graduated with special honors in Theater Arts.
R. B. Schlather’s production is part of Whitebox’s emreging program, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, which aims to create sustained and in-depth exposure for artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience artists’ practices.


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/