About the Exhibition
March 31 – May 27, 2017
Opening Reception & Panel Discussion: Friday March 31, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM, Panel Discussion will begin at 6:30 PM.
Curated by Stephanie Buhmann in Collaboration with Jennifer Riley.
The group exhibition IN CONVERSATION is inspired by a series of interviews with female artists, which were conducted by the art historian Stephanie Buhmann between January 2013 and December 2015. Looking for an approach beyond the mainstream media coverage of the art market, Buhmann visited the artists in their studios. The conversations she conducted in these intimate spaces of artistic practices focus on process, philosophy, personal history, art historic contexts and aesthetics among others.
IN CONVERSATION is sparked by these interviews and helps to illustrate them. Though all of the artists featured are based in New York, they are working in different media and styles, reflecting some of the eclectic concerns and methods found in the city’s contemporary art world today. Buhmann notes: “In our fast-paced world, we often only glance at people and objects. In fact, most of us tend to make quick assessments based on our tastes and experiences. However, I believe that looking at art should continue to defy this trend as it takes true personal engagement. No matter how different, each conversation reveals just how much thought, emotion, work and resilience goes into making an object of art.” In addition, the exhibition is complemented by a selection of photographs by Frankfurt based artist Laura J. Gerlach, who portrayed both the artists and their studios in February 2015.
This will be the third variation of IN CONVERSATION, which was formerly hosted by the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York (205) and the Macy Art Gallery at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (2016).
BOOK: This exhibition follows with the recent release of “NY Studio Conversations; 17 Women Talk About Art” by Stephanie Buhmann, which compiles sixteen interviews, portraits, and work illustrations in soft cover format. The book is published by The Green Box / Berlin (2016) (ISBN 978-3-941644-83-0).
About the Curators
Stephanie Buhmann was born in 1977 in Hamburg, Germany. She received a B.F.A. and Master in the History of Art, Architecture and Design from Pratt Institute, NY. She is a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and the Deutscher Fachjournalisten-Verband. She is a contributing editor at artcritical.com. Her essays and art reviews have been published by a variety of international galleries, newspapers, and art magazines. The latter include Kunst Bulletin, Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, ARTPulse, Art on Paper, Art Papers, Art Collector and Art Lies, among others. She has a regular art column in Chelsea Now. Several of her texts have been translated into German, Italian, and Chinese. She has translated several museum catalogue essays, including for the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy and Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany. She has received a Kress Foundation Fellowship (2003) and an Archive- and Library Stipend from the Arp Foundation (2015). She was a Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Critic-in-Residence at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada in 2016. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York and Germany, independently and on behalf of Jason McCoy Gallery, where she has been on staff for the past fourteen years and was made director in 2010. Her second book “Berlin Studio Conversation; 19 Women Talk About Art”, published by The Green Box / Berlin, will be released internationally in the summer of 2017.
Jennifer Riley (b. Sharon, CT) Riley’s work has earned critical attention for her solo exhibitions in NYC, Boston and across the US. In 2004 she was recipient of the Award in Painting from the Massachusetts State Cultural Council.
Riley has been making color-rich abstract and semi-abstract paintings for years and in the last few years her work has made a marked shift from what could be considered a Pop-inflected, postmodernist tilt toward a purer form of classical abstraction, reversing the historical sequence. Riley includes large scale steel sculptural projects in her studio practice, unveiling a 60 foot long permanent public work in Manhattan and in late 2016, a 50 foot long piece in Indianapolis made from repurposed laser cut sheets of steel from the combustion/Diesel engine industry. Riley’s paintings and drawings continue to explore new possibilities for abstract painting integrating aspects of industry, anthropology, technology and nature.
Riley is a contributing editor at ArtCritical.com, Board Member and Treasurer of Triangle Arts Association, and currently serves as Gallery Curator at Indiania University Center for Art+Design. She has been active as a teacher, curator, panelist and guest critic (Harvard Graduate School of Design- (where Riley co-developed and led the Rome Seminar in Rome from 1996-2013), Indiana University, Pratt Institute, MICA, Columbia and Yale,MIT, RISD among others) a catalogue essayist and arts writer for Artcritical, the New York Sun and the Brooklyn Rail.
Riley received her BFA from Tufts and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA in 1991, Diplome Superieur D’Etudes Francais 1986 Universite de Rouen, Rouen, France and an MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts-Bard College, 2001.