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Program

Mar 9, 2018 7:00 PM - Apr 6, 2018

muse muse

At the time of New York's Armory Show join us for the opening of the New Bohemia series. With an invited international group of curators, this show emphasizes the relationship between curator and artist— muse muse, a muse muse, muse amuse, muse muse muse—the alliteration itself is almost inspiring.

OPENING Reception: Friday, March 9th 2018, 7-10 PM
On view March 9 - April 6, 2018

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FREE, Open to public 

Special performance by Jahmal B Golden curated in by India Salvor Menuez and movie screening by NY Times favorite Nemo Librizzi, curated in by Theo Constantinou, at the opening night March 9th, 7-10PM.



With an invited international group of curators, this show emphasizes the relationship between curator and artist— muse muse, a muse muse, muse amuse, muse muse muse—the alliteration itself is almost inspiring.

While the trope of the artist and muse evokes a dusty and nostalgic image of classical inspiration, as conveyed by an artist such as Jean-Léon Gérôme’s 1890 Pygmalion and Galatea, or in the idea of bohemian artists working all night high in a garret under the almost divine inspiration of genius and ego, this show refocuses the concept of muse to directly display the real, transformative, and raw link between curator and artist, between artist and curator. This is the essential relationship upon which this show revolves. It is almost a reflection, perhaps not clear, perhaps distorted, or enigmatic.

Why? Why?

We could contextualize this relationship in that of the rise of the edit, or the selection, as a mode that characterizes the late-twentieth or 21st century with digital technology, social media, yadda, yadda...yadda. But that seems a bit boring, and perhaps, even, blasé blasé.

Instead, we see this relationship—muse muse—as intimate, maybe not rational, maybe not distinct, or evident. But it is transformative, in both ways—curator, artist—artist, curator—and then it veers toward us, the viewer. It is an opening, a portal, a look into some private space upon which identities are built, and shared, problematized, or redefined. This is the Étant donnés of the muse muse. Its wings are the peep hole in the old wooden door, and what is beyond. It transcends what you see someone posted what they had for lunch. 

As a part of the New Bohemia Exhibition Series initiated by Czech Center New York celebrating the 100 year Anniversary of the First Republic and the democratic ideals ushered in by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, this show examines the transformation of identity and self against the background of post 1918 political and social change reflected in the shift initiated by the First Republic. Stressing the freedom of a multiplicity of voices and viewpoints, the inclusion of multiple curators mirrors a democratic vision centered around the theme of creating and celebrating new identities.


Curator - Artist:

Thomas Beachdel Aaron Young
Theophilos Constantinou Nemo Librizzi
Richie Shazam   Theresa Chromati / Martine Gutierrez
Antonia Marsh Grace Ahlbom
India Salvor Menuez Jahmal B Golden
Michal Nanoru Du
an Tománek
Lissa Rivera Naomi Okubo
Jo Rosenthal VirtuosoVirtuoso zine: Medar de la Cruz, Kellian Delice, Emma Kohlmann, Mica Levine, Hayley Martell, Marian Martin, Ambar Navarro, Kat Rose, Emerson Rosenthal, Charlie Rubin, Leticia Sampedro, Shane Saunders, Andrea Sisson, Marie Tomanova, Amanda Wallace, Thomas Watkiss, Linda Yang, Yulia Zinshtein, Dale Zine
David C. Terry Jaimie Warren
Marie Tomanova Pixy Liao 

 


Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Mar 9, 2018 7:00 PM
To: Apr 6, 2018

Organizer:

Czech Center


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