The Great Poor Farm Experiment VIII

The Poor Farm, Manawa / United States

August 2, 2016

August 5–7, 2016

Exhibitions on view through June 2017
Poor Farm 
E6325 County Highway BB
Manawa, WI 54949

2016 exhibitions
The January February March is a rolling project of site-responsive installations and writing developed over a two-year period. A collaboration between Kate Newby and Jennifer Kabat, the series sets out to explore small details and unseen histories, the easy-to-overlook and ignore. Here, they develop elements to realize over the next 12 months through research into the landscape of the Poor Farm. Newby will use earth from the surrounding area to examine natural formations and how firing clay reverses the geological process, leaving work in place over time. Kabat will explore the Poor Farm’s past and the history of debt, poverty and relief in rural America. On Saturday night she will perform her essay “The Good Bad Things” at 8pm; while Newby’s installation will create interventions in the Poor Farm itself.

Lisa & Mark Work It Out: Eight Films by Jonn Herschend work out the same issue, over and over again. Over the past 11 years, Jonn Herschend has made 14 films. Out of those 14 films, there are eight that have an ongoing love triangle involving the characters of Lisa, Mark and a narrator/director. These films range from ’90s style music videos, to Infomercials and PowerPoint Presentations. For this iteration of the Poor Farm Experiment, Jonn Herschend will be presenting, for the first time, a screening of all eight films in the Mark & Lisa cycle.  

Poor & Needy is inspired by Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The exhibition will explore various economies of creative compassion. Housed in a former debtors farm, it engages its site to reflect on ideas related to cooperation, migration and debt. Organized by Yvette Brackman & Lise Haller Baggesen Poor & Needy includes work by: 

Rashayla Marie Brown, Kirsten Dufour  / Mobil Kultur Bureau, Jim Duignan / Stockyard Institute, Michelle Eistrup, Anja Franke, Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Hannah Heilmann, Anni Holm, Ulla Hvejsel, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Jenny Kendler, Krabbesholm Højskole, Kirsten Leenaars, Sofia Leiby, Tony Lewis, Josh Mittelman, Matt Morris, Skovsnogen, Edra Soto, The Third Rail, Andrew Yang & Christa Donner / Cultural ReProducers

Annual Poor Farm events and on-going experiments
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung’s Packing My Library (2014). In 2016 Zuckerman-Hartung continues the multi-year state of being itinerant begun in 2014. Her personal library’s ongoing existence at the Poor Farm is one aspect of a long term experiment.
Aaron Van Dyke: Summer School
Levi Budd: A Ten Year Project
Richard Galling, John Riepenhoff and the Lazy River Rafters present: Yet Another Lazy River Show Me Your Rafts Event. 

Generous support for Poor Farm programming comes from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Danish Arts Foundation.

In 2017 the Poor Farm will be given over to an experiment by artist Monique Prieto and composer Michael Webster.