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JEAN PIERRE MULLER 7×7 : COLORBOX & A RED SHOW IN A

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7×7 with ROBERT WYATT | ARCHIE SHEPP | NILE RODGERS | TERRY RILEY | SEAN O’HAGAN | MULATU ASTATKE | KASSIN
EXHIBITION – FEBRUARY 29th TO M ARCH 29th 2016
OPENING RECEPTION – SUNDAY MARCH 6th | 4-8PM
Music Performance @ WhiteBox | Archie Shepp March 29th
Live transmission | Archie Shepp MARCH 6th

Press

Night Flight, “Colorbox” and “A Red Show in A”: Jean Pierre Muller’s “7×7″ art project continues at WhiteBox on NYC’s Lower East Side By Bryan
Le Soir, Rendre Hommage à un Islam Tolérant, by Philippe Manche (March 15, 2016)
The Armory Arts Show, JEAN PIERRE MULLER 7X7 : COLORBOX & A RED SHOW IN A

ColorBox and A Red Show in A are the latest works to emerge from Jean Pierre Muller’s innovative 7×7 project. 7×7 is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between Belgian artist Muller and seven musical luminaries from a variety of contemporary genres; Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley. 7×7 is based on the simple principle that the seven colors of the rainbow correspond to the seven notes of the scale, the seven days of the week (and deities and planets associated with those days) and the seven chakras. Seven sound altarpieces have been created, in an edition of seven, each housing an original music by one of the seven composers. A is Red is Monday, Day of the Moon and of Diana (Robert Wyatt), B is Orange is Tuesday, Day of Mars (Archie Shepp), and so on.

In the summer of 2012, Muller created a full site-specific set for 7×7 at Edinburgh’s Summerhall: 7x7th Street. As its name suggests, this was actually a real street with billboards, signs, small houses, …

A year later, Jean Pierre Muller and Nile Rodgers created An Indigo Night in F at the same venue, an amazing show combining music, live painting and theatre. This acclaimed event was inspired by their collaboration on the 7×7-F-Indigo sound altarpiece.

For WhiteBox, Jean Pierre Muller will present two original shows related to 7×7: ColorBox on the main level and A Red show in A on the lower level.

ColorBox

Isaac Newton divided his color wheel in seven parts: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. White is in the central part of the diagram, because all colors of light mixed together produce white. 7×7  at WhiteBox makes complete sense.

How can we embrace diversity in a world torn by the conflict between standardization and obsession for identity? Muller wishes to pen the color box and celebrate the full spectrum of our lives in their many contradictions. Rather than taking the stance of the artist as a moralist, he embarks us on a journey through the seas of complexity and the skies of hybridity.

Sometimes taking a sound panoramic view on things – drawing lessons from past history, digging into the origins of words, the meaning of symbols – sometimes zooming into our most intimate obsessions, Muller utters a multi-layered cry for life, plural yet deeply personal.

As much a painter as a printmaker, Jean Pierre Muller also uses light, sound and interactivity to make us feel the beat of the world, the rhythm of life. The elements that Jean Pierre uses in his art reflect processes of urban evolution and the way people become connected to each other through common experiences and references. Like streets grown organically over time, these elements interact through juxtaposition and ever increasing layers of complexity and history. They also tell many intertwined stories, much like the intertwined stories of people in a street, who may not know each other but are linked through commonality of space and time.

A Red Show in A

Jean Pierre, together with Robert Wyatt, one of music’s greatest shamans, has expanded and deepened the rich material used for their 7×7-Red-A sound altarpiece. It is a nostalgic salute to Al-Andalusia, when Spain was under Moorish rule and religions coexisted peacefully (at least, this is the way one can dream of it today, when everything concurs to convince us we’re at war with the others). The most powerful symbol of this period is the Alhambra palace in Granada. This golden age ended in 1492 with the Alhambra Decree and the expulsion of all the Jews from Spain. Al-Hamra  means the Red one, in Arabic…

For WhiteBox, the artist has built his own Alhambra, a red temple to house the 7×7-Red-A sound altarpiece, with meaningful columns and whispering walls (with voices by Robert Wyatt, but also Terry Riley, Archie Shepp and Nile Rodgers). Muller has adapted Kazimir Malevich’s emblematic paintings of the Black Square, the Black Circle and the Black Cross into a Red Star of David, a Red Crescent and a Red Cross. These are powerful symbols to initiate a new reflection on hybridity, coexistence, expulsion… and the power of symbols.

Following on from the success of 7x7th Street  and An Indigo Night in F  with Nile Rodgers, Spectrum  and A Red Show in A represent the next stage in a truly international project of ever-growing artistic ambition and cultural resonance.

 

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Jean Pierre Muller is a Belgian Neo-pop artist who makes vibrant assemblages using high and low forms and techniques. In his work, photography, drawing, silk-screen and painting come together and gestural and mechanical interventions meet. His collaborations with musicians offer an interactivity to his paintings, giving his audience new participatory ways of entering his world. Jean Pierre is committed to both his art practice and his role as head of the Printmaking Department at La Cambre, one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Saragossa, the Hanover World Fair, the Royal Festival Hall and, latterly, Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Robert Wyatt was a founding member of the Soft Machine, who along with Pink Floyd helped to transform the late sixties psychedelic scene in the UK into something more lasting. In his long and distinguished solo career, he has been mixing simple and effective keyboard melody lines with poignant lyrics, often filled with personal and political references. He’s simply the most beautiful voice in English music (5 to 6 octaves of range, each octave is of a totally different character), and the long list of his collaborators includes Jimi Hendrix, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, Björk, David Gilmour or Paul Weller.

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Press on Masha Alyokhina introducing Balkans Women’s Museum in Montenegro @ WBX winter benefit event hosted by Artnet

Artnet Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Her Plans for a Women’s Museum Independent Pussy Riot to open ‘women’s­only’ museum Агентство ФрансПресс Les Pussy Riot veulent créer un musée 100% féminin Rolling Stone Pussy Riot Plan to Open ‘Women­Only’ Museum in… Continue reading

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The New York Times – Art Review

A lively, messy scrapbook of a show, “The Last Party” surveys, as per its subtitle, the “Influence of New York’s Club Culture: Mid-70s to Early ’90s.” Presenting photographs, videos, paintings and a re-creation of the Mars Bar, the famous dive… Continue reading

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Intimate Transgressions

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WhiteBox and CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs) present

Intimate Transgressions

On view September 3rd through October 4th 2015
Preview – meet the artists | September 3rd | 6-8pm
Opening Reception – meet the curators + performances | September 9th | 6-8pm

Panel Discussion – The Act of Doing, hosted by Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art – Brooklyn Museum Thursday, October 1st | 7-9pm

Introduction by Marjorie Martay founder of Art W and council member of the Elizabeth A . Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Co-moderated by Fion Gunn and Anita Glesta.
Panelists: Eleanor Heartney / Luisa Valenzuela / Shirin Neshat

Andi Arnovitz | A.N.V.I.L. Art Collective | Niamh Cunningham | Regina José Galindo | Anita Glesta | Fion Gunn | Jusuf Hadžifejzović | Nermine Hammam | Šejla Kamerić | Teresa Margolles Elahe MassumiSusana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Chen Mei-Tsen | Chen Qingqing | Atsuko Nakamura | Gail Ritchie | Yoshiko Shimada | Xin Song | Michael Lisle-Taylor Jelena TomasevicMa Yanling | Gao Yuan

Press

Sinovision English Channel, Intimate Transgressions: Investigating Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 1, by Suzanne Russell

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 2, by Suzanne Russell

Release – August 28th 2015
New York City – Intimate Transgressions is a multimedia exhibition of twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror. The exhibition is presented by WhiteBox and CAPA. The artworks on display react to the transnational issue of violence against women during times of conflict from both a historical and contemporary perspective. As a starting point for Intimate Transgressions, the disturbing situation of the ‘Comfort Women’ during and after WWII is also the project’s central highlight. This open-ended investigation includes performance, installations, and a series of concurrent talks and workshops. The premiere at WhiteBox opens the Intimate Transgressions word tour followed by Beijing on October 25 th , 2015.

The exhibition was conceived by international artist curator Fion Gunn in association with Juan Puntes, WhiteBox Artistic Director. Commenting on the need for such an exhibition, Fion Gunn said:

The opening of Intimate Transgressions on September 3rd, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of Japan signing the armistice with the allied forces during World War II. Researching this historic period and uncovering the disturbing plight of the so called ‘Comfort Women’ made me realize that sexual violence against women during periods of war continues to this day and it is an outrage which is not being eradicated. With Intimate Transgressions, the issue has been raised and dialogue initiated as part of a movement to protect women from such crimes”

The artists involved in the exhibition come from as far afield as China, Egypt, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work is diverse and covers a range of media and styles from drawing and print to installation and video. The cohesion of the exhibition is its desire to initiate a dialogue about conflict and violence against women from a global and shared oppositional stance

Curated by Fion Gunn and Juan Puntes

Contact : press@whiteboxny.org

Educational Film Links on Comfort Women:

Arirang Special “Comfort Women” One Last Cry by Taeyeol Park

‘Comfort Women’  by KRON TV reportage

‘An Uncomfortable Truth’  an fiction film by Jan Ruff O’Herne

Comfort Woman-Wian Bu by James Bang

About “Comfort Women”:

These women principally from Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and other countries occupied by the Japanese, were abducted, forced into sexual slavery and treated with such extreme brutality, that most did not survive the war. Following the end of hostilities their plight was side-lined, no one was held accountable for their sufferings and their story was wiped from Japanese history books by those in power. While the exhibition investigates individual and collective accountability, it is not intended as a documentary of horrors. Rather it will speak of loss and resilience, of sorrow and our shared humanity.

Intimate Transgressions is supported by CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs), the Irish Consulate in New York and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 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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WhiteBox Benefit and Art Auction: Buy Tickets/Preview and Bid

  WhiteBox Benefit Art Auction & WhiteBox and Richard J. Massey Foundation Arts and Humanities Award Honoring Karen Finley   Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 | 6:30-9pm   Your ticket purchase(s) will also be credited to your auction bidding and part… Continue reading

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“The Last Party” The Influence of New York’s Club Culture: Mid 70s – Early 90s

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The Last Party

THE INFLUENCE OF NEW YORK’S CLUB CULTURE: MID 70s – EARLY 90s
A multi-disciplinary show curated by Anthony Haden-Guest

 June 17August 23 | Opening Reception June 17 | 7-11pm

Press

RTHK’s Radio 3, On The Last Party and Karen Finley, by Tracy Quan
Baxter St. Camera Club of New york, Summer Seeing: 10 Must-See Photos in AugustSummer Seeing: 10 Must-See Photos in August, by Patricia Silva
The New York Times, ‘The Last Party’ Celebrates New York Club Culture, by Ken Johnson
Blouin Art Info, Q&A: Anthony Haden-Guest on “The Last Party” and New York Club Culture by Noelle Bodick
ArtNet, David Ebony’s Top Ten New York Gallery Shows for June, by David Ebony
ArtNet, Savor New York’s Club Culture Mingling With Art In “The Last Party” at White Box

The Last Party celebrates the creative ferment that exploded in New York’s club culture in the mid 70s, following Watergate and the Vietnam War. It became a phenomenon whose influence spanned three decades and crossed continents until it waned in the early 90s.

The Last Party is a survey exhibition of fine art, graffiti and street art, photography, video, fashion, and memorabilia that is profiled in Anthony Haden-Guest’s 1997 book, The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and The Culture of the Night. This exhibition will run throughout the summer at WhiteBox. Offsite musical performances and capsule exhibitions will be hosted at ACME and VS Gallery (dates to be announced).

Participating artist include:
Michael Alig
Ida Appelbroog
Gary Azon
Roberta Bayley
Harry Benson
John Cale
Neke Carson
Mike Cockrill
Damen Corrado
Bob Colacello
William Coupon
Jessica Craig-Martin
Ford Crull
Karen Finley
Ron Galella
David Gamble
Cristos Gianakos
David Godlis
Bobby Grossman
Bob Gruen
Michael Holman
Gregory Homs
Curt Hoppe
Henry Jones
Daffyd Jones
Laura Kaplan
Hubert Kretzschmar
Layla  Love
Stephan Lupino
Alfredo Martinez
Taylor Mead
Marc H. Miller and Bettie Ringma
Glenn O’Brien
Toby Old
Tina Paul
Anton Perich
Adrian Piper
Rick Prol
Marcia Resnick
Walter Robinson
Mick Rock
Walter Steding
Linda Troeller
Arthur Weinstein
Wolfgang Wesener
Phil Weaver
Melissa Wolf
Christina Yuin
Phase 2
Music By:

Alexander Dexter-Jones and Harper

Contact: press@whiteboxny.com


 

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Special thanks:

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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

CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS, AND MAIL ART SHOW

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Whitebox Art Center
presents

CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS AND MAIL ART SHOW

Exhibition on view November 1 – 30, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday | 11am to 6pm

Opening, Performances, and Poetry Readings
Honoring GAC. (Guglielmo Achille Cavellini)
Saturday, November 15 | 6 to 10pm

A survey exhibition of Cavellini’s artworks alongside a Mail-Art show exploring the themes of GAC / Cavellini, Ego and Self-Historification. Culled from Archives + Contemporary

Mail Art. Curated by Mark Bloch.

Link to Press Release

Performances by
Mark Bloch
William Evertson from Easthampton, Connecticut
Britta Wheeler as Belinda Powell
Pasha Radetzki from the Republic of Belarus
Giovanni and Renatta Strada from Ravenna, Italy
Jon Tsoi, Father of Blindfold Performance Art Medicine

Poetry by
Steve Dalachinsky | Bonny Finberg | Allan Graubard | Ron Kolm | Valery Oisteanu | Yuko Otomo | Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Music by
Antonello Parisi (piano rhodes) with Michael Gam (bass) and Julieta Eugenio (tenor sax)

Video by
Guglielmo Achille Cavellini | Richard Kostelanetz
Galeazzo Nardini and the Italian Museum | Jennifer Weigel | and others

Cavellini Festival-Parallel Events

From Self-Historification to Selfies: A  GAC fest in New York City-
A celebration of the centenary 1914-2014 of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini
November 14 to 16 2014

Friday, November 14 | 5:30 – 7:30PM
Museum of Modern Art
Analog Network: Mail Art, 1960-1999
An exhibition charting the course of the vast underground international DIY (do it yourself) art by mail movement 1960-1999.

Saturday, November 15 | 12 – 2PM
Richard L. Feigen and Company
“Ray Johnson’s Art World” exhibition on view Nov. 7, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015.

Saturday, November 15 | 3 – 5PM
LYNCH THAM Gallery
GUGLIELMO ACHILLE CAVELLINI / Centennial Exhibition
Works by Cavellini, music and performances

Sunday, November 16 | 9:30AM – 12PM
Katz Deli
New York Correspondence Brunch Meeting
in honor of Cavellini and Ray Johnson, Buster Cleveland, John Evans
and our other late New York mail artists.

Link to Mark Bloch

The programs of Whitebox Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

Whitebox Art Center DCA sponsor

 

Coded After Lovelace

Coded After Lovelace Curated by Faith Holland & Nora O’ Murchú Exhibition on view August 14th – September 2nd 2014 Opening reception Thursday August 14th  | 6-8pm Carla Gannis | Claudia Hart | Olia Lialina | Jillian Mayer | Rosa… Continue reading

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Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open

Whitebox Art Center Readings

Whitebox Art Center hosts

Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open
Select readings by author Phoebe Hoban

Tuesday, June 10th @ 7pm

Press
Link to Art In America Magazine, A Portrait of Lucian Freud: Interview with Phoebe Hoban

Link to review on Publishers Weekly

Reviews
“A first step toward a biographical understanding of a provocative, complex artist.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Biographer Hoban (Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art) returns with a lively, concise biography (part of Amazon’s Icon series) of realist painter Lucian Freud (1922-2011), in which he emerges as a vigorous philanderer, gambler, brawler, and social climber.” —Publishers Weekly

“Art biographer Hoban (Alice Neel, 2010) presents a highly effective, strobe-like brief life of British painter Lucian Freud… A strikingly incisive portrait of an unforgettable rapscallion and provocative artist.” —ALA Booklist

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Klaus Lutz – Film Screening 

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Presented by Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity

in partnership with the Estate of Kaus Lutz, Rotwand Gallery Zürich, and Whitebox Art Center

Klaus Lutz Film Screening

Sunday May 18th 2014 | 4-5:30pm

Swiss-born artist and filmmaker Klaus Lutz, who died in New York in 2009, left a remarkable body of work, characterized by a unique cinematic vision. Shot in 16mm and using animation and multiple exposures, his films are reminiscent of those of Georges Méliès and the 1920s avant-garde, yet they create a universe of their own. Enjoy a selection of his most iconic films, spectacularly projected on a large balloon.

Free admission

RSVP: ZHNY.eventbrite.com 

Reception to follow

Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, May 16-23, 2014, highlights the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture. Building on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement and Zurich’s role as a 21st-century hub for artistic and scientific innovation, the festival features 25 events at venues across the city, and is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH).

Link to Klaus Lutz Film Screening

Caption : “Klaus Lutz In the Universe”, Museum Haus Konstruktiv (installation view), 2012 . Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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FAME : Robert Priseman

Whitebox Art Center presents FAME Robert Priseman On view January 8th – February 2nd 2014 Opening reception Thursday January 9th | 7-9pm Link to images of paintings on view Link to opening reception images Link to Press Release Link to event Link… Continue reading

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FAME – Robert Priseman

Whitebox Art Center

Whitebox Art Center presents

FAME
Robert Priseman

On view January 8th – February 2nd 2014

Opening reception Thursday January 9th | 7-9pm

Link to images of paintings on view

Link to opening reception images

Link to Press Release

WHERE IS AI WEI WEI?

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Where is Ai Weiwei?

Special Exhibition/Film Screening/Performances and Benefit Art Sale – June 7th 2011

6PM Performances
7PM Symposium-moderated by Jerome A. Cohen
8PM Benefit Art Sale

Link to video : Alfredo Jaar

Link to video : Carol Bogart

Where is Ai Weiwei?
Symposium moderated by Jerome A. Cohen (Human Rights lawyer as well as adviser to the US government, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International). This symposium included a broad demographic of influential and informed panelists: Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar; art critic and author (recently wrote article on Ai Weiwei in a summer issue of Art in America), Eleanor Heartney; Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Carroll Bogert; journalist for The Wall Street Journal and personal acquaintance of Ai Weiwei, Melik Kaylan; Russian artist of collective “Komar and Melamid,” Alexander Melamid; and Chinese art specialist, author and professor Joan L. Cohen.