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585,000 m2 – History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest A Mixed Media Exhibition

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WhiteBox Presents
In association with The Balassi Institute- Hungarian Cultural Center

585,000 m2
History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest
A Mixed Media Exhibition

April 7-21, 2016

OPENING – Thursday, April 7 | 6-8pm

Participating Artists
Zsuzsi Flóhr, Zsófia Szemző, Márton Szirmai, Dániel Halász, István Illés, Levente Csordás in collaboration with Miklós Mendrei and Benjamin Kalászi, Balázs Varjú Tóth, Mátyás Csiszár along with Csaba Kalotás (music) and Éva Szombat (photo).

 

585,000 m2 examines the symbolic spaces and the inscriptions of history -from the pre-World War 2 period to the present-found in the Jewish Quarter in the 7th district of Budapest, through visual art statements. The title is a reference to the massive surface area of the Quarter, a dense urban neighborhood overflowing with signifiers.

The curators invited nine young Hungarian artists to reflect upon particular buildings and discover the stories behind them, in their own artistic tone, using mostly visual media to mediate between past and present, history and art, artist and society. The conceptual installations and mixed media works operate as visual manifestos to alert the audience to both the history-defying existence of the Quarter itself, where Jews and non-Jews now once more converge, and the revival of cultural, religious, and social life rooted in the history of cohabitation before and after the Shoah.

The diversity of the Quarter is mirrored by the variegated techniques of the participating artists. Coming from different fields of contemporary arts, the most important intersection of the contributors is the Quarter itself, the space that beyond a geographical location operates as an irreducible excess. This excess contains the survival and revival of those marked for death but also the unquantifiable violence unleashed on the area and its inhabitants during World War 2, as well as, more recently, of the co-existence of traditional and experimental cultural life. Through the past decade the Quarter transformed itself and became the place that it is today, forming the identity of another generation of young Hungarians, among them the artists who now propose their statements, drawing on both cultural and personal memory.

Mixing archival and present-day frames with individual video installations, the exhibition invites the audience to step into the Quarter, to experience its bustling religious and cultural life and the artists’ transformative vision of this life. The video installations focus on individual buildings, their functions today, and on how the stories that can be told about them give rise to a vision of the Quarter. They also document, without looking away, the radical interventions to which it was subjected by the perpetrators of the Shoah, leaving an indelible mark on private and public spaces alike. Each installation provides a unique and idiosyncratic portrait of the spaces, showing the effects of time and how the present faces, accepts, and adopts the past.

Curated by:
Andrea Ausztrics, Historian and Media Artist
Zita Mara Vadász, Curator, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York

Contact:
press@whiteboxny
Presented by Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center and WhiteBox, in association with Tom Lantos Institute, the Consulate General of Hungary in New York, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, the Hungarian National Tourist Office in New York.

The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts

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Video Interview – YU LIK WAI: IT’S A BRIGHT, GUILTY WORLD

Renowned Hong Kong-born, Beijing-based filmmaker Yu Lik Wai is having his debut New York solo exhibition at WhiteBox, showcasing a series of dark, fictional realities located not far from the truth. SinoVision Journal reporter Lani Nelson has the story.

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Underline : Recent Works by Judy Yang

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Whitebox Art Center presents

Underline: Recent Work by Judy Yang

On view February 4th to 24th 2015

Opening reception February 6th | 6-9pm

New York City – Underline is an exhibition presenting recent work by JooYeon Judy Yang, curated by Argentine curator Lucila Gradin. Judy Yang’s work arises from the artist’s own merging of visual traditions wrought from her East Asian lineage and Western experience, evoking coded landscapes and meticulously layered architectural renderings, taking influences from religious myth and social catastrophes, to talk about the political consequences of media manipulation.

In the exhibition there will be two bodies of work in dialogue. On one side Judy Yang will present three large-scale scraped boards from her series “Mistreatment of Life,” developed after the artist’s own first-hand experience of the 2010 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, after which Yang began to question the economy of food and health in our society. On the other side of the exhibition space, seven currency collages from the series “One Nation Banknote” will be displayed, recomposing the idealized iconography of real international currency to reveal an underlying narrative of social catastrophe.

These formally engaging, rigorous and labor-intensive works reference on one hand the vertical spaces and textured expanses of Asian scroll painting landscapes, while simultaneously calling to mind the heavily etched lines influenced by Western print masters.

This collection of pieces demands close examination: a slow, careful review akin to the study of evidence. Such a forensic visual investigation prompts the exploration of different approaches to morality through the highly detailed spaces of an East/West hybrid, filtered through the artist’s deft hand and careful, sensitive rendering.

The title of the show references the crawling television news ticker, which the artist interprets as the bearer of real information in the face of the distracting, manipulated spectacle of the images “breaking” on the screen.

Curated by Lucila Gradin

 Link to Press Kit

Now You See : New Chinese Video Art From the Collection of Michael I. Jacobs

Whitebox Art Center presents 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 19th 2014 Link to event Link to Press… Continue reading

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Now You See

Cheng Ran, The Sorrows of Young Werther, 2009. Video still. Courtesy the artist.

Whitebox Art Center presents

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 19th 2014

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

Link to press release

This exhibition made possible by Paul and Moya Coulson.
Additional funding provided by Robin Kellner Sicher and John Sicher
Lawrence Graev and Anthony Orphanos.

Image courtesy of the artist Cheng Ran

Outside In

Fixed-Balls

Chinese Art Collection of Andrew Rayburn and Heather Guess

Curated by Barbara Pollack

Opening October 3 | 6 – 8pm

On view through through October 6