Past Exhibitions

Jane Benson: The Splits

March 6 through April 16, 2011

The Splits is a new collaborative performance project by Jane Benson. The world premiere of The Splits will gather together ten musicians, composer Matt Schickele, and an ensemble cast of rigorously altered instruments for a multi-media event centered on acts of cutting and splicing, regeneration and proliferation.

The West at Sunset

December 9 through February 20, 2011

The Abrons Arts Center is proud to present The West at Sunset, a multidisciplinary group exhibition in response to a masterwork of spiritual literature, Rene Daumal’s 1952 novelMount Analogue.

Yonamine: Dipoló

November 12 through December 4, 2010

Yonamine’s socially committed voice stands as a critical inquiry into the signs, ideas, and practices that constitute the ideological landscape of the global age. His output addresses the relationship between contemporary African iconography, colonial history, and identity politics. Bringing together his native country’s mythologies and Western narratives, he examines both the traumatic experience of Angola’s everyday life and the fragmented collective unconscious of a diasporic world.

Tania Candiani: From Confections To Floor Patterns

November 12 through December 4, 2010

Candiani’s community-driven practice examines the political condition of social groups in consumer society, from women to immigrants. In performances and participatory projects, she brings together the representation of the female body, craft traditions such as textiles, and high culture references in the form of texts in order to address the value systems and behavior patterns that generate collective identity. Her output comments on the ideological apparatus that frames class inequality and responds to the effects of capitalist principles in shaping the dominant vision of the world.

Rick Cary: Credo

September 30 through November 5, 2010

The photographs in Credo document moments in the religious lives of a small Pentecostal congregation and their pastor Reverend Jimmy Morrow at the Church of God in Jesus’ Name Only in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Mary Valverde: Variations On Notes

September 30 through November 6, 2010

In this exhibition Valverde references such form generating patterns as Metatron’s Cube, The Flower of Life, and the The Vesica Piscis. Rendered and altered through a lively collage of materials such as chalk, string, aluminum tape, washers, pennies, and colored fabric, these patterns are transformed into mysterious constructions which point to a cosmic search for beauty in the unknown.

Amplify: Creative & Sustainable Lifestyles In The Lower East Side

August 5 through September 15, 2010

AMPLIFY: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles in the Lower East Side is an exhibition of sustainable community design — including neighborhood gardening initiatives, healthy food systems, and collaborative services for senior citizens — in downtown Manhattan.

Beth Livensperger: Visible Storage

August 5 through September 26, 2010

Beth Livensperger has created a painting series depicting reflections on glass or other surfaces, exhibited for the first time in Visible Storage. The reflections consider a flat space and a deep space at the same time, and confound the viewer’s sense of placement, inserting slivers of space behind one’s presumed vantage point.

AIRspace 2010

May 20 through July 31, 2010

The newly dubbed exhibition and open studio event, AIRspace 2010, highlights the work of the 2009-2010 artists-in-residence: Aisha Tandiwe BellGinger Brooks TakahashiMikhail IliatovElla KruglyanskayaCaitlin Masley, and Erika Ranee.

Kim Badawi: Muslim Punk In The USA

March 26 through April 30, 2010

This exhibition features photographer Kim Badawi‘s chronicle of the growing subculture of Muslim punk bands and musicians in the U.S. The photographs in the show were produced to accompany the release of the book The Taqwacores: Muslim Punk in the USA, which Badawi co-authored with writer Michael Muhammad Knight after touring North America alongside bands including The Kominas and Secret Trial Five.