Whitebox Art Center
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BIO
At the outstart of its fourteenth year, WBX's mission continues to follow the core of its original mandate which is to present broad ranging contemporary art forms by innovative artists and curators whose efforts to exhibit thought-provoking, intellectually and visually challenging art is many times overlooked and, at times, question the more popular, media and market-oriented focus of other New York contemporary arts venues. WBX's purpose sets it apart from other organizations by not exclusively focusing on artists nor is it strictly a curator-based exhibition space. In this capacity, WBX has developed a multi-purpose direction allowing it to examine and present the contemporary arts from within their culturally specific contexts while providing a forum in which, aside from the general public, youth, students and seasoned arts professionals can explore, learn and engage with new ideas. The subsequent exhibitions and other programs arise from today's complex issues and multilayered elements that influence and impact everyone culturally and that are associated to other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and the politics and transformations resulting from a global consumer marketplace. WBX has become known as a venue in which the general public, students and arts professionals can meet, dialogue and exchange ideas that are socially and culturally transformative. As such, White Box has gained peer recognition for being a welcome haven, one that sponsors and endorses open and flexible approaches while embracing a global focus in the selection of its collaborators, partners, curators and artists.
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EVENT

Robert Priseman: Fame


Dates:
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:00 - Sun Jan 26, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present FAME, an exhibition of paintings by Robert Priseman, on view through January 26. FAME brings together 70 haunting portraits of some of the 20th century’s most famous celebrities known for their tragic, premature deaths. Rather than use blank canvases, Priseman paints the portraits over miniature antique Christian icons that he purchases through online auctions on e-bay. Collectively, the images pose the question: what does it mean to be famous, to be iconic, in today’s society?

FAME both literalizes and deconstructs the notion that celebrity has replaced religion, drawing parallels between the immediacy of tabloid culture in the internet age, and the perceived presence and efficacy of the holy figures evoked in the icons. Priseman’s process of painting modern stars over ancient saints is also an act of effacement as much as it is one of substitution, a gesture that suggests “a simultaneous derituralising and remooring of religiosity” in the form of today’s celebrity culture, according to Michael Bailey of the University of Essex.

Priseman began his career as a portraitist, and eventually developed an interest in man-made interior spaces, particularly those associated with trauma. In a series of etchings entitled Modern Means of Execution and paintings entitled American Execution (both 2007-2008), Priseman depicted execution chambers, electric chairs and gurneys in precise detail and glowing color, all empty of human presence, but charged with the traces of past violence and the potential for more. FAME unites Priseman’s continuing exploration of death and memory with his ongoing interest in portraiture. The resulting body of work constitutes a moving contemplation of spirituality, fantasy and mortality in contemporary popular culture.

Robert Priseman has participated in the recent exhibitions, Francis Bacon to Paula Rego, a survey of British painting from the last 50 years at Abbot Hall Art Gallery (2012), and New East Anglian Painting at the Ipswich Art Museum (2012). He was included in curator Michael Peppiat’s recent publication, Interviews with Artists 1966-2012 (Yale University Press, 2012). Priseman’s work is held in a number of international collections, including the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, The Mead Art Museum, The Royal Collection, The Wellcome Collection, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Swindon Art Gallery, and the Schneider Museum of Art. Born in Derbyshire, UK, he studied Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Essex.

FAME is curated by Tony Guerrero, Executive and Artistic Director of Whitebox Art Center. The exhibition issponsored by Elena Dranichnikova, Andrew McGrahan, Shona McGrahan, Ally Seabrook and Eliza Kentridge.


EVENT

DownTown Ensemble performance


Dates:
Wed Jun 26, 2013 20:00 - Wed Jun 26, 2013

Location:
New York City, United States of America

DownTown Ensemble performance
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 8pm
Performers: George Quasha, Daniel Goode, Alex Waterman, Bill Hellermann, Leyna Marika Papach, Jon Gibson and Charles Stein.


EVENT

S.E.M. Ensemble performs Music of Extended Duration — Many Many Women by Petr Kotik on text by Gertrude Stein


Dates:
Wed Jun 19, 2013 19:00 - Wed Jun 19, 2013

Location:
New York City, United States of America

S.E.M. Ensemble performs Music of Extended Duration — Many Many Women by Petr Kotik on text by Gertrude Stein
June 19, 2013, 7pm - midnight
Performers: Kamala Sankaram & Sadie Dawkins Rosales (soprano), Patrick Fennig (countertenor), Daniel Neer (tenor), Kelvin Chan (baritone), Steven Hrycelak (bass), Petr Kotik & Martha Cargo (flutes), Thomas Verchot (trumpet), William Lang & James Rogers (trombones)


EVENT

Annabel Daou: FORTUNE


Dates:
Thu Jun 13, 2013 17:00 - Thu Jun 13, 2013

Location:
New York City, United States of America

FORTUNE: Annabel Daou will be reading fortunes for $10 at the front window of White Box.


EVENT

FIAF: World Nomads Tunisia


Dates:
Sat May 04, 2013 00:00 - Sat May 18, 2013

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Exhibition and conference as part of New Museum's IDEAS CITY 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday May 4, 5 - 8pm
Women of Tunisia Conference: Tuesday May 7, 1pm