On view May 5th-July 21st, 2017
Opening Reception on May 5th, 2017 from 5:30-8:00pm
Violence – and the threat of it- is a pre-political manner of communication and control. Since the beginning of time, man has depended on weapons to impose hierarchy of some kind in his surroundings and society (and fundamentally to undermine equality).
From the axe over 1.5 million years ago to today’s killer drones, mankind’s use of weapons has been varied and incredibly inventive. Weapons have changed history and helped in the rise and fall of civilizations. For example, gunpowder, a Chinese invention, led to the development of cannons and guns—revolutionizing warfare in the Middle Ages and beyond. In the last century aerial weapons and the atomic bomb altered the course of the second world war and of the globe’s history; shifting the way battles are fought and won, and leading to the unmanned aerial vehicles used nowadays. (more…)
On view from March 20 through June 02, 2017
This show explores the world of imagination residing in the playfulness of imagery as it pertains to dreams. Legends, myths, and children’s fantasies as seen in Elysiac imagery rendered with seeming innocence while simultaneously containing biting commentaries. (more…)
On view from February 2, 2017 – March 31, 2017
The architecture and art of the urban space can be used to control the lives of its inhabitants; they can restrain their movements and install hierarchies beneficial to those in power. The eleven artists in Politicizing Space critique and subvert these purportedly aesthetic and artistic gestures by reinterpreting the symbolic mechanisms of control. Also under consideration is the age-old question of the balance of power between the art object and the viewer and the inherent competition for the domination of the given locale.
December 7, 2016, 5:30-7:30
Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos
Jonathan Santlofer, artist, novelist, Director of the Center for Fiction’s Crime Fiction Academy.
Carter Ratcliff, art historian and critic, author of the crime-saturated novel Tequila Mockingbird.
Richard Vine, managing editor of Art in America magazine and author of SoHo Sins, a murder mystery set in the New York art world of the 1990s.
David Rodgers, performance artist, leader and chief actor of the International Center of Photography’s tour of Weegee murder sites. (more…)