Interspace: Alan Ruiz, Matthew Schrader, & Leah Pires

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Join Abrons AIRspace residents Alan Ruiz & Matthew Schrader for a moderated conversation with Leah Pires, independent curator and doctoral candidate at Columbia University. 

Studio practice evidence will be on view. Abrons’ AIRspace program offers time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career artists and cross-disciplinary curators, providing free workspaces and opportunities to present/exhibit works-in-progress, curate exhibits and performances in the Abrons’ galleries and theaters, and teach in school-based education programs.


Alan Ruiz is a visual artist whose work explores the intersection of site-reflexivity, architectural discourse, and urban policy. Engaging constructed space as a perceptual and a political medium, his projects have been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in New York City at The Queens Museum (2016), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2016), Wave Hill (2013), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011). Group exhibitions include Ortega Y Gasset Projects (2015), Johannes Vogt Gallery (2013), Andrew Edlin Gallery (2012), LMCC’s Building 110 (Governors Island, 2012), and Y Gallery (2011); as well as Tape Modern (Berlin, 2011); and Horatio Jr. (London, 2014). Ruiz has participated in residencies with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Youth Insights Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Art & Law Program, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School for Art and Music. His writing has been featured in TDR (MIT Press), BOMB Magazine, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, and he is a contributing editor to Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. He received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Pratt Institute, and was a 2015 – 2016 fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Matthew Schrader is an artist based in New York City. He received an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include “methods of charging” at U.S. Blues (solo), and “Tactile Pose” at P!, with Aaron Gemmill. Schrader’s work has also appeared in exhibitions at Regina Rex, Metropolitan Structures, Cleopatra’s Greenpoint, and Silvershed, all in New York, as well as The Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Western Michigan. Schrader has collaborated with artist Hayley Silverman on performances at MoMA PS1 and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. 


Leah Pires is a Modern & Contemporary doctoral candidate at Columbia University and recent Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her dissertation, currently in progress, examines new modes of authorship and critique emergent at the turn of the 1980s through the work of Louise Lawler and her collaborators. Leah has presented research at the Whitney Museum of American Art, published writing in Triple Canopy, and will contribute an essay to a forthcoming monograph on the work of Rochelle Goldberg. She curated the exhibitions In Place Of (2016) and Conspicuous Unusable (2013) at Miguel Abreu Gallery, and a curatorial project derived from her dissertation research will open at Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in 2017.