• UPCOMING:

    NEVER ON OUR PLATE

    An interactive meal by Alexandra Ben-Abba @ A.I.R. Gallery

    Exhibition @ Repair the World curated by Rebecca Pristoop

    THE MEAL
    Friday October 7, 2016
    7p, dinner @8
    A.I.R. Gallery
    155 Plymouth Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    THE EXHIBITION
    Thursday October 20, 2016
    6-9p
    Repair the World
    808 Nostrand Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11216

    Tickets for the meal must be purchased in advance for $10 https://goo.gl/94evyK

    Exhibition remains on view @ Repair the World through November 4, 2016

    Through a series of participatory Shabbat dinners artist Alexandra Ben-Abba evokes the uncertainty, aggression and helplessness often felt during times of conflict. By serving culturally specific food on hazardous dinnerware she brings the realities of discord to unaffected communities. For the third dinner in her series the artist focuses on the international refugee crises by reflecting upon her own history as a Jewish descendent of displaced people. The meal will consider historical and contemporary displacement through interacting with a new set of dinnerware and recipes sourced from places where Jews have been outcast. The dinner will highlight the lack of material comfort refugees endure.

    This event was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's #MakeItHappen initiative.

    Additional support from Asylum Arts.
    Nourished by OneTable.

    We thank A.I.R. Gallery for hosting the meal

  • Past

    Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance

    Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance exhibits artworks created as a result of formal investigations into the materials and methods historically affiliated with craft. Artists exhibited are those whose intense study of traditional means for producing functional objects, or whose extended relationship with such objects and ornamentation, has led them to a place of intimate inquiry into their chosen materials. Through their work, each artist makes visible the physicality of de/construction and the visceral effects of their actions. In their making, the artists also carve a space for the re/consideration of the socio-historical constructs of traditional craft production.

    Curated by Rebecca Pristoop

    January 17th through March 27th

    D O R S K Y G A L L E R Y

    C u r a t o r i a l P r o g r a m s


    11-03 45th Avenue

    Long Island City, NY 11101

    (718) 937-6317

    (718) 937-7469 (fax)

    registrar@dorsky.org

    Israeli Glass 2015

    The exhibition displays the works of 62 selected local artists from the last four years. This is the third time that the Eretz Israel Museum is holding such an exhibition (in 2007, and in 2011) in an effort to survey the local glass scene and draw an updated picture of the contemporary artistics expression in glass.

    The scope and diversity of the works display innovative approaches and involvement in contemporary art issues, as well as the creative and imaginative ways glass is being exploited by Israeli artists as a medium for artistic expression.

    Curator: Henrietta Eliezer Bruner

    Closes: June 20, 2015


    Always on Our Plate

    Solo Exhibition
    January 16 - 22
    Exhibition Opening and Performance: January 17 7pm

    S L A G Gallery
    56 Bogart Street, Ground Floor
    Brooklyn NY 11206


    Fragile Territories

    Fragile Territories brings together artwork by three Israeli artists of the same generation who explore their complex relationships to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While each artist moved to the United States to pursue her own artistic exploration, it is the home she left behind that beckons her full attention. Individually, the artists wrestle with poetic notions of faith and loss while enacting artistic processes that question the division between personal identity and national responsibility. Together, they represent a growing community of Israeli expats struggling to unpack the meaning and significance of this inheritance. Through diverse materials and processes each artist grapples with the loss of security and rightness within Israel’s national history as it intersects with a thinly veiled private life.

    Exhibition Opening: July 20 7-11pm
    New Regulations Performance: 7-9pm
    Music: 9-11pm

    Closing Reception Sunday August 4th 4-7pm
    Artist talk 5pm

    LaunchPad
    721 Franklin Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    646-494-7211

    www.facebook.com/events/488198181249532?

    Hebrew Press: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4407017,00.html

  • TEACHING

    “Body As Site” - Glass and Metal Mix-Media
    Rhode Island School of Design

    Body as Site, a glass and metals Mix Media course, establishes an understanding of how to conceptualize, develop, and articulate the body as site and/or objects of adornment. Investigations in the materials of glass and metal as well as exploration of their properties, will be our primary focus. Utilizing and experimenting with methods of production will be a critical component of this course as illustrated through weekly in-class demonstrations and lecture presentations. Students learn ways to combine the two materials and develop their own ideas to culminate in mixed-media objects that illustrate technical and conceptual understanding.
    Historic and contemporary examples of sculpture, systems of adornment and performance are presented in image based lectures, short readings and videos. Using a hands-on approach and independent investigation, through a series of conceptual exercises, research, and model making, students sharpen, provoke, and hone the use of material combination as an artistic medium to articulate the boundaries of function, space, and utility in relation to the body.

    Designed and Taught by Alexandra Ben-Abba and Mariah Tuttle

    bodyassite.blogspot.com

  • CURATING

    Performance Video: Private/Public Body

    Curated by Alexandra Ben-Abba Greenpoint Film Festival 2013

    Sunday 9/22 @ 6:45pm followed by panel – 67 West St

    Private/Public Body features contemporary video work by visual artist. Residing between the public and the private, artists in the program choose to use the human body as a focal point of their frame. They create installations or events that explore the personal within the public sphere. Naomi Safran-Hon and Katayoun Vaziri talk in two different languages, they create an honest piece that deals with the effect of political decisions on personal relationships. Three short pieces by Courtney Lockeme presents us with a humorous, tasteful and honest artist that brings to the public realm intimate moments of herself in her personal space. K Laub takes on a persona of a simple American person, this genderless person talks about existential questions such as loneliness, money and death in way that doesn’t leave us indifferent. Habby Osk creates clean and minimalistic videos that deal with human interactions, the generalization of these actions creates space for diverse interpretations. Looking at their own image, or at a generalized body they all share their ideas and by doing that comment on public issues.

    Panel with the artists Courtney Lockeme, Katayoun Vaziri and Habby Osk, moderated by Curator Alexandra Ben-Abba

    http://greenpointfilmfestival.org/films-2013/performance-video-privatepublic-body/


    Body and Material
    A video program curated by Alexandra Ben-Abba Greenpoint Film Festival 2012

    Since the 70’s artists have been using video to document events and interactions they have with materials and audience. The video documentation of performances alongside the development of technology generated a new genre of time based - moving image work. While his work parallels to experimental film it is unique in its approach to the human body and materials. This hour-long program offers a collection of short video works made in the past few years.

    The program will be followed by a panel with artists Liz Collins, Amy Jenkins, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Naomi Safran-Hon, Tal Gur, Tamar Ettun, Brett Swanson & Alexandra Ben-Abba


    The Body Show
    A spring exhibition at the Gelman Galler at
    Rhode Island School of Design opening March 24th 2011

    Your body is not itself. Nor, I should add, is mine. It is under siege from the pharmaceutical, aerobic, dietetic, liposuctive, calorie-controlled, cybernetic world of postmodernism....The body is at once the final point of resistance to the global imperatives of postmodernism and the first to be affected by them.
    —Nicholas Mirzoeff

    The body is not only a physical structure. It is where our psychological and spiritual selves reside. Artists have explored the body since ancient times. Representational figurative work, however, is not enough to describe the complexities of the twenty-first century body. The Body Show presents contemporary artists who engage the body as both subject and object, pushing its boundaries, manipulating its appearance, and redefining its structures to understand our postmodern existences. Working in a variety of mediums—from sculpture to photography to digital media, drawing, and embroidery—they bring various perspectives to themes such as identity, mortality, and fragility to create a survey of the body as represented in art today.

    Curated by Alex Ben-Abba, MFA Glass, 2011
    and Beth Weaver, Graphic Design, 2012

    thebodyshow.blogspot.com