IPCNY - LIVING IN AMERICA: AN EXHIBITION IN FOUR ACTS
International Print Center New York announces Living in America: An Exhibition in Four Acts, an online and in-person exhibition curated by Assembly Room that will unfold over the course of the fall season. Organized into four thematic “acts”—Outrage, Love, Hope, and Care—Living in America explores the transformative power of art in times of crises.
Featuring artists Mildred Beltré, Vanessa German, Mark Thomas Gibson, Elektra KB, Yashua Klos, Narsiso Martinez, Azikiwe Mohammed, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Africanus Okokon, Karen J. Revis, Swoon, William Villalongo, and Dáreece J. Walker. Living in America presents a wide range of practices and spotlights the relevance and adaptability of print formats during political upheaval and resistance. Works include conventional printmaking, mixed media incorporating found printed matter, and those informed by reproduction and dissemination. New work is shown here for the first time by Elektra KB, Yashua Klos, Azikiwe Mohammed, and Africanus Okokon, as well as a site-specific stencil installation by Nontsikelelo Mutiti.
“These artists bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage each other and their local communities as collaborators and subjects,” says Assembly Room. “As the public struggles to renew America, artists are paving the way and showing us how to channel our outrage, inspire love, live in hope, and act with care.”
Act I: Outrage presents artists channeling rage, pain, and despair into their work; Act II: Love explores love as a radical approach to building a more inclusive society; Act III: Hope illuminates forgotten histories and imagines new futures; and Act IV: Care considers artistic practices that center care as acts of self-preservation and political action. In IPCNY’s Chelsea exhibition space, Acts I and II will open to the public on September 30. After a brief “Intermission,” the gallery will open a new installation comprising Acts III and IV on November 11.
ONLINE PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Each act of Living in America will be launched by an Online Public Program with artists in conversation with Assembly Room, all free and open to the public on Zoom.
Tuesday, September 29, 7–8 pm
Artists Elektra KB and Karen J. Revis, and independent curator David Platzker, in conversation with Assembly Room
Tuesday, October 20, 7–8 pm
Artists Mildred Beltré, Azikiwe Mohammed, and Dáreece J. Walker, in conversation with Assembly Room
Tuesday, November 10, 7–8 pm
Artists Yashua Klos, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and Karen J. Revis, in conversation with Assembly Room
Tuesday, December 1, 7–8 pm
Artist Vanessa German in conversation with Assembly Room
CURATED BY ASSEMBLY ROOM
Assembly Room is a curatorial platform founded in 2018 by curators Natasha Becker, Paola Gallio, and Yulia Topchiy to empower female-identifying curators living and working in New York City, and beyond. Through collaboration and partnership, they advocate for racial and gender equality in the arts, provide opportunities for professional enrichment, and offer compelling art, exhibitions, and public programs.
Living in America is supported, in part, by Keris Salmon and Frank Williams, and the IFPDA Foundation. Support for all programs and exhibitions at IPCNY is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by Foundations including the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Jockey Hollow Foundation, PECO Foundation, Travelers Foundation, and NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund from the New York Community Trust, along with major individual support.
Installation view of Living in America: An Exhibition in Four Acts, 2020. Photo by Elisabeth Berezansky for IPCNY.