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

China: June 4, 1989


Dates:
Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:00 - Tue Jun 10, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Whitebox Art Center and Asian American Arts Centre present

China: June 4, 1989

The 25th Anniversary Exhibition in Commemoration of Tiananmen Square

Opening Celebration Sunday, June 1st | 11-6pm
Exhibition on view June 1st – 10th 2014

Vito Acconci | Luis Cruz Azaceta | Betty Beaumont
Luis Camnitzer | Mel Chin | Agnes Denes | Lotus Do
John Duff Leon Golub | Billy Harlem | Edgar Heap of Birds
Ava Hsueh | Kunio Izuka | Ik Joong Kang | Donald Lipski
Liliana Porter | Rumiko Tsuda | Daniel Georges | Dolly Unithan
Martin Wong | Sofia Zezmer | Zhang Hongtu

New York City – In collaboration with Whitebox Art Center, Asian American Arts Centre presents China: June 4, 1989, an exhibition on the lower level exhibition space of this non-profit institution. The exhibition features works from artists that were part of the original 1989-90 exhibition, in commemoration of the events at Tiananmen Square. Alongside these works, there will be a wall of clippings displaying news articles and mementos for those who want to learn exactly what happened – many in Chinese.

The original exhibition, which accumulated over 300 artists at Blum Helman Warehouse in SoHo, then later at PS 1 in Long Island City, eventually encompassed 174 standing panels (doors) linked to form a freestanding expandable wall. Over 80 small works were also on display. Artworks represented artists from Argentina, Sweden, Britain, Italy, France, Greece, Japan, and Korea. Each piece reflects the artist’s response to this social crisis from their own artistic and cultural stance, articulating peoples’ outcries in vivid multimedia formats. Multiple perspectives are gathered, reflecting a diverse response to expanding political horrors.

Curator Robert Lee states ”As the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student massacre approaches, the erasure from history of this incident in China seems complete. For the peoples of every other nation in the world, however, the Tiananmen Square Massacre remains an open question. As a political question, censorship throughout China and the demands of Chinese citizens, like the Tiananmen Mothers, awaits recognition by China. As a human question, the tragedy and premeditation of this incident is incalculable, impacting China as well as the world. The humanity of the students was clear, and their murder by authorities an incalculable outrage. Yes, they shot the students. A horror magnified a thousand times by the media for the watching world. It focused and transformed the clash of Chinese political destinies into a televised drama of global proportions, imprinting itself on the human imaginary in epic dimensions. Never before was such violence turned into a spectacle, with weeks to prepare a global viewership, for the unspeakable to become suddenly reality.”

This exhibition serves to recognize this human tragedy, this global trauma, a human spectacle of incalculable proportions, buried and awaiting resurrection. The reverberations are still echoing throughout the world, in the hearts of the people who were there, concretely and vicariously; they watched and saw. Their grief and outrage and humanity are brought to the forefront here, with this exhibition acting as an archive for Tiananmen Square. In addition to the media event this moment became, these artworks depict the public response and feeling that was felt around the world. While creating work from a place of empathy, each also needed to evoke the gravity of the event. Although the styles and media vary, the overall goals of the artists are unified: to do Tiananmen Square justice as well as offering a space for commemoration.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a special screening of “Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice”, a documentary provided by Human Rights for China that consists of footage shot by the Tiananmen Mothers – a group of family members of those killed during the violent crackdown of the 1989 Democracy Movement. The documentary will be on view during the opening and closing receptions, at which time light refreshments will be available.

AAAC and Whitebox Art Center welcome student groups, educators and the general public to the exhibition space in their visit to the Lower East Side.
http://www.manhattandigest.com/2014/05/20/art-china/

Curated by Robert Lee
Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org AAAC Contact: rlee@artspiral.org & lee.aleta@gmail.com
http://www.artspiral.org/


EVENT

Now You See


Dates:
Sun May 25, 2014 11:00 - Sun Jun 15, 2014

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

Now You See
New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs

Opening reception Wednesday May 28th | 6-8pm
Exhibition on view May 25th – June 15th 2014

Shiyuan Liu | Li Ming | Cheng Ran | Chen Xiaoyuan | Hu Xiaoyuan
Wang Xin | Kan Xuan | Sun Xun | Lu Yang | Liang Yue | Jiang Zhi

New York City – Now You See is the first exhibition in New York to survey the work of young Chinese video artists, through the eyes of the collector Dr. Michael I. Jacobs, who has been collecting Chinese video art in depth since 2010. The exhibition, drawn from his collection, brings together 21 rarely seen works by 11 young artists, mostly born in the 1980s, and includes multi-screen projective installations, animations, single screen projections and monitor works.


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)