Past Programs

Time/Bank: Time/Food

September 4 - October 16, 2011

Time/Bank is a tool for people in the arts to get things done without using money. Started by Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle last September, Time/Bank is an international community of more than 1,500 artists, curators, writers, and others in the field of art who are interested in developing a parallel economy based on exchange of time and skills. Time/Food is a temporary eatery that operates on the Time/Bank economic system — a platform where individuals can pool time and skills, bypassing money as a means of value — allowing visitors to pay for their lunch in exchange for time credits and time currency earned by helping others in the Time/Bank community

Deb Sokolow: Notes On Denver International Airport And The New World Order

July 21 - September 3, 2011

Inspired by subgenres of sci-fi literature, police TV series, and cult Hollywood films in which paranoia plays a central role, Sokolow scripts intricate, non-linear narratives based on mystifying, enigmatic pieces of information. These puzzling stories feature mysterious characters who uncover sinister plots, from the Illinois State University Watterson Towers suicide rumor to McDonald’s chicken nuggets being D.C.-area spies’ favorite food. The accounts unfold in the form of charts comprising drawings and other pictorial components made with materials such as pen and pencil, correction fluid, and highlighter, typical of office supply cabinets, as well as caption-like written elements. Sokolow’s approach to deception, secrecy, and suspicion constitutes an examination of the relationship between the ideological state apparatus, mass media, and the public mind.

Image Wars

July 21 - September 3, 2011

Image Wars addresses the representation of conflict in visual culture in an age of global crisis. This exhibition is curated by Miguel Amado and brings together works by Yevgeniy FiksRinat KotlerMichael MandibergCarlos Noronha FeioMary Temple, and Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The artists in this exhibition mix archival documentation and fiction as well as research and personal reaction to daily events to comment on the articulation of geopolitics and the media in the “spectacularization” of warfare. The works on view examine the picturing of zones of conflict, from armed conflicts between countries trough dissent across national borders; the charismatic character of world leaders and unknown soldiers; and manifestations of both control and powerlessness in news and individual narratives.

Chelsea Knight: Frame

July 21 - September 3, 2011

Chelsea Knight explores the political — in her view, a dimension of life of which the essence is dissent rather than concord. In her projects she examines social control in general and the ideologies of authority in particular. Informed by theatricality (among other aspects, stage design, improvisational acting techniques, and spoken word) and language as a cognitive and emotional apparatus, she creates narrative-based videos, photographs, and participatory performances that focus on the current state of democracy — its principles, values, and aspirations.

Miguel Martin: All Good In The Manhood

May 26 - July 10, 2011

Martin addresses the chaotic overtones of violence in contemporary society inspired by surrealist worldviews, street culture, and Gothic imagery. He explores his distinctive, vivid imagination in regard to specific subject matter — ranging from politics to the collective unconscious — to playfully tell stories in black and white sketchbook or wall-sized drawings, as in the case of this commissioned piece. Resorting to a grotesque humor, his projects smartly fictionalize horror in a dramatic, symbolic yet delicate and even poetic style, making him an intelligent if also sarcastic commentator on everyday life.

AIRspace 2011

May 26 - July 10, 2011

The AIRspace 2011 exhibition features new work by current artists Veronica FrenningYeon Jin KimBeth LivenspergerNyeema Morgan, and Austin Shull. Opening concurrently with this group exhibition is Miguel Martin: All Good in The Manhood, curated by AIRspace curator in residence Miguel Amado.

(Re)visiting Spura

April 7 - May 22, 2011

A new exhibition by the New School’s City Studio, (Re)Visiting SPURA, explores a whole range of ways to see this complex place, through considering the SPURA diaspora, displaced many years ago, its current conditions, and the complex conversations about planning for its future, this exhibition springs from the City Studio’s research in the community and hopes to continue encouraging productive conversation about the site’s future.

The Days Of This Society Are Numbered

March 6 - April 16, 2011

The Abrons Arts Center is proud to present The Days of This Society Are Numbered, an exhibition inspired by French thinker Guy Debord’s 1979 declaration that “The days of this society are numbered; its reasons and its merits have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting; its inhabitants are divided into two sides, one of which wants this society to disappear.”

Jane Benson: The Splits

March 6 - 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 - 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.