Fall program in conjunction with Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York / USA

September 26–November 14, 2018
September 13, 2018
Program: September 26–November 14

The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
10011 New York, NY

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Featuring talks and performances by Eli Fountain, Maren Hassinger, Elana Herzog, Mary Mattingly, and Se habla español, among others 

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is delighted to announce our Fall program of events presented in conjunction with the current exhibition at The 8th Floor, Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair, on view through December 8, 2018The exhibition includes works by El Anatsui, Maren Hassinger, Elana Herzog, Samuel Levi Jones, Mary Mattingly, Lina Puerta, Michael Rakowitz, Jean Shin, Shinique Smith, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Roberto Visani, and Michael Kelly Williams whose artworks demonstrate symbolic and literal reversals of the decay associated with ecological loss, as well as its entanglement with the geopolitics, culture, and safety of our planet.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, September 26, 6–8pm
Waste Time: Breakdown, Decay, and Regeneration at Freshkills Park: Panel Discussion with Audrey Snyder, Joe Riley, Antonio Serna, and Mariel Villeré, moderated by Dylan Gauthier

Mariel Villeré and Dylan Gauthier will be joined by artists Audrey Snyder, Joe Riley, and Antonio Serna from Freshkills Park’s Field R/D residency program. The artists will share findings from the first year of this experimental art-research project and reflect on how art, science, and public policy are intrinsic to the future of the Freshkills Park site.

Tuesday, October 9, 6–8pm
Meditations on Nature and Community: Maren Hassinger in Conversation with Hallie Ringle

Artist Maren Hassinger and Studio Museum in Harlem Assistant Curator Hallie Ringle will discuss the artist’s public art project Monuments installed at Marcus Garvey Park, while addressing the question, what is expected of artists in these times? Hassinger's works Pink Trash (1982) and Love (2008) are included in Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair.  

Saturday, October 13, 3–5:30pm
Performance as Repair: artists Gina Goico and Iván Sikic, organized by Se habla español

Organized by Se habla español, Performance as Repair will explore the practices of two Latin American artists—Gina Goico and Iván Sikic. The program will feature a live performance, screening, and talk with the artists to initiate a conversation examining the performative role of language in our society, how words can be used to combat the imposition of power and play an essential part in activism, denouncement, inclusion, and policy making.

Wednesday, October 17, 6–8pm
ecoartspace: Mary Mattingly and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, interviewed by Amy Lipton

Amy Lipton, East Coast director of ecoartspace, alongside founder Patricia Watts, were among some of the first curators to commission temporary, site-specific installations in a natural environment. Mary Mattingly and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, whose works figure prominently within Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair, will be interviewed by Lipton as part of ecoartspace’s ongoing interview series. 

Thursday, November 1, 6–8pm
Eli Fountain’s Percussion Discussion

Musician Eli Fountain will lead the Percussion Discussion, playing a variety of percussive instruments from all over the world. Rather than a staged performance, Fountain invites the audience to experience the music and artworks on view in unison. Fountain is a member of the influential jazz group M’Boom, which inspired artist Michael Kelly Williams’ sculpture of the same name included in the exhibition Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair

Wednesday, November 14, 6–8pm
Experiments with Material Culture: Elana Herzog and Eva Díaz in Conversation

Artist Elana Herzog and Eva Díaz, art historian, critic, and Associate Professor of the History of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute, will discuss Herzog’s repurposing of waste material in her practice, her 2014 residency at the Josef and Annie Albers Foundation, and Díaz’s research and writing about chance and experimentation in contemporary art. Herzog’s textile-based artworks Valence (2014/2018), Untitled #4 (2001), and #currentmood (2018) are on view in Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair.

All events are free, open to the public, and located at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York, NY. For more information on these events and to RSVP, please visit the8thfloor.org.

For further information please contact:
Jeffrey Walkowiak, Press Consultant, T 917 715 5615, jeffrey.walkowiak [​at​] gmail.com
George Bolster, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, T 646 738 3971, gbolster [​at​] sdrubin.org