April 13, 2014
Featuring Juliana Huxtable, Park McArthur, Alan Ruiz, Hong-Kai Wang & Nova Benway, and Constantina Zavitsanos
moderated by Soyoung Yoon
In one of his more famous passages from the Theses on Feuerbach, Karl Marx writes that “the philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.” Within the humanities—and particularly the field of performance studies—the question of how to enact change in the world is often theorized through art practice. Artists and artwork have become the “objects of study” for academic scholarship, and scholarship a “diagram” for art practice, one form of cultural capital becoming another. Seeking to examine and complicate this relation, ART/WORK brings together artists Juliana Huxtable, Park McArthur, Alan Ruiz, Hong-Kai Wang & Nova Benway, and Constantina Zavitsanos to show their work, do their work, and/or reflect on broader ideas on working and at work within the field of contemporary art and culture. Moderated by art historian Soyoung Yoon, this panel will provide an opportunity to more critically and creatively explore the idea of “living labor” through different orientations toward art, work, and praxis.
Juliana Huxtable is a writer, artist and DJ based in NYC. She is a member of House of Ladosha, a queer artist collective based in Brooklyn, and creator and resident DJ of #SHOCKVALUENYC. She creates and speaks from the positions of cyborg, priestess, witch and trans girl simultaneously. She is originally from Bryan/College Station, TX and graduated from Bard College. Her writing has appeared and been referenced in Artforum, Mousse, Maker Magazine and Garmento. She has read and performed at Envoy Enterprises, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Artists space.
Park McArthur was born in North Carolina and lives and works in New York City. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. McArthur’s art has been presented at The Kitchen (NYC); Galerie Lars Friedrich (Berlin); Laurel Gitlen Gallery (NYC); Essex Street (NYC), Catherine Bastide (Brussels); Sculpture Center (NYC), the ICA in Philadelphia and Botkyka Konsthall (Sweden). She has presented papers and screening at the Society for Disability Studies (Orlando), University of the Arts (London), SUNY Stonybrook, CUNY and Hunter College. She is an active member of New York City’s disability community and has worked on the Caring Across Generations campaign for domestic workers rights and in-home assistive care services for people with disabilities.
Alan Ruiz was born in Mexico City and lives and works in New York. He is interested in questioning the tensions that exist between architecture and symbolic power and how the built environment reproduces social hierarchies. He received his MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Pratt Institute. Ruiz has exhibited work at Wave Hill (NYC), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC); Y Gallery (NYC); Johannes Vogt Gallery (NYC); Tape Modern (Berlin); and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Building 110 on Governors Island. He has participated in residencies with LMCC, The Art & Law Program, AIM (Bronx Museum), and the Yale Norfolk Summer School for Art and Music. In 2013 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Born in Huwei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang is currently a participant of the PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Wang works with listening as a speculative tool to explore social relations and the (re)construction of cultural memory, focused on a collaborative and process-driven approach to production. w-h-k.net
Nova Benway is a curator, writer and member of the organizing committee of free education platform The Public School, New York, where she hosts Between Who, a series of events exploring the intersections between pedagogy and artistic research and artists’ communities. Since 2011, she has been on the curatorial team at The Drawing Center in New York, where she recently launched Open Sessions, a two-year program of experimental exhibitions and public programs co-organized with more than fifty local, national and international artists.thepublicschool.org
Constantina Zavitsanos is an artist whose practice engages the sculptural surfaces and temporalities of performance, text, projection and sound. She works with concepts of intimacy, consent, and contraction—especially as related to debt and dependency. Zavitsanos attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and has shared work at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, with Cage at MoMA PS1, and at the Hessel Museum at Bard College.