elmuseo@ SVA: May Contain Moving Parts



Arnaldo Morales, “Long-liner No. 15,” 2015. Photo by Gregory R. Staley

The School of Visual Arts 2018 winter programming launches with its second iteration, “elmuseo@SVA: May Contain Moving Parts,” an exhibition representing the coming together of two New York Institutions, El Museo del Barrio and the School of Visual Arts.

Save the Dates: Opening on January 13th, Opening Reception on January 18th, Arnaldo Morales activates his kinetic work + Q&A on January 25th, and all participating artists in a panel discussion on February 1st.

Willie Cole, “Ashley Bikerton,” 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York

May Contain Moving Parts brings together a variety of works that focus on different kinds of mechanisms and systems.  “In engineering applications, the phrase “may contain moving parts” is used as a cautionary statement. These words also signify that the motion of a mechanism or system may be affected by inertia and that it may change throughout various phases of its working movement. We can explore this as a kind of call to attention on change and adaptation, on movement and stillness.”

“The artists grouped together here relate to one another in their methods of approaching ideas around systems or motion, or in their choice of media, or in the expressive ends of their work. Here, we might see the use of sound or movement as symbolic language, the adaptation of a visceral object or complex scene to achieve a desired reaction. In some cases, they entice the viewer to become the player, the philosopher, or the activist. Landscape is rendered as both haunting pattern and oppressive atmosphere. An object may be de-contextualized and relieved of its intended function in order to play a different role. The artists consider the various signs of movement; explore possibilities of the meaning and function of objects or parts; and meditate on the relationship of place, motion, form and space to the individual.”

Participating artists are Graciela Cassel (2014), Willie Cole, Jon Gomez (2017), Franco Frontera, Jonas Lara (2012), Arnaldo Morales, Marylin Narota (2016), Aya Rodriguez-Izumi (2017), and Jennifer Santos (2012)

The exhibition, elmuseo@SVA: May Contain Moving Parts will be on view from January 13 through February 3, 2018 at SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, New York City.  Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 6-8pm.

Graciela Cassel, “Dreaming Clouds,” 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

In collaboration with the School of Visual Arts, meet-the-artist and former alumni, Arnaldo Morales as he activates his kinetic works, “Long-liner No. 15” on Thursday, January 25th from 6-8pm at School of Visual Arts, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor (Chelsea Galleries, Starrett-Lehigh Building. Free Admission with Registration. In addition, the program will be followed by a Q+A with the artist.

Join elmuseo@SVA: A Tour with the Artists for a panel discussion on Thursday, February 1 from 6-8pm at SVA Chelsea Galleries, with all of the participating artists, Graciela Cassel, Willie Cole, Franco Frontera, Jon Gómez, Marilyn Narota, Aya Rodríguez-Izumi, and Jenny Santos. The artists will discuss their process and works on view. Moderated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. This event is Free with Registration.

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