We are the (Epi) Center

November 11, 2016 - December 22, 2016
P!, 334 Broome Street, NYC

Opening reception: Friday, November 11,2016, from 6–8pm, with a performance by Harold Offeh

Exhibiting artists include: Can Altay, David Blamey, Jasmina Cibic, Céline Condorelli, Marjolijn Dijkman, Chris Kraus, Gareth Long, Ronan McCrea, Harold Offeh, William McKeown, Eduardo Padilha, Sarah Pierce, Richard Venlet, Grace Weir, and many others.

We are the (Epi)center… is a two-month project at P! that brings together a range of international artists to rethink art’s relationship to its forms of exhibition and propose new models. Co-organized with Paul O’Neill and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard), “We are the (Epi)center…” is both an evolving, cumulative exhibition and research project. It incorporates short-term displays, events, performances, artist-led discussions, and other public programs that are developed in collaboration with students from the graduate program at CCS Bard.

We are the (Epi)center…” approaches curating as a series of actions that lead toward the emergence of an eventual exhibition-form. Its first iteration on 11 November will comprise a selection of existing artworks, new commissions, and ongoing art projects in a display relating to ideas of the ‘exhibitionary’ and the ‘curatorial.’ For the months of November and December, P! will function as a conceptual outpost for We are the Center for Curatorial Studies—a multi-year project, also curated by Paul O’Neill, which opened at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College on 15 October and continues through 16 December

We are the Center for Curatorial Studies is constructed around six main speculative ‘Departments’ entitled: The Department of Information (The Textual Core); The Department of Display (The Operational Core); The Department of Things (The Object Core); The Department of Images (The Visual Core); The Department of Waiting (The Attending Core); and The Department of Events (The Discursive Core). These Departments intersect with one another to make up the content and structure of a cumulative exhibition. At P!, “We are the (Epi)center…” explores these six intersecting departments. It is an exhibition that gathers form through an accumulation of artworks and discrete spaces of display, juxtaposing subjects, things, images, information, structures, and discursive events. Over the course of the show, the space at P! will be transformed on a weekly basis, with no singular phase representing a “conclusive” exhibition.

11 November, 6-8pm – Performance of Covers by artist Harold Offeh
18 November, 6-8pm – Threshold, gallery intervention & event by artist Can Altay
19 November,6-8pm – Film Screening & artist talk with Grace Weir
2 December, 6-8pm – Domusplinth, gallery intervention & event by artist Richard Venlet
3 December, 2-4pm  – Greatness Zine Launch with artist Sarah Pierce and CCS Bard students
9 December, 6-8pm – FEEL OK, sound bath by artist David Blamey
10 December, 6-8pm – Film screening & conversation by artist Jasmina Cibic
14 December, 6-8pm – Book launch & conversation by artist Katarina Burin with curator Jacob Proctor and others
15-22 December – “We are the Margins,” a program-outside-of-a-program by CCS Bard graduate students

Exhibition identity & collateral materials designed by the London-based design practice Julia.


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