Oct
1
to Oct 31

Word of the Year

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WORD OF THE YEAR Hunter East Harlem Gallery

Word of the Year

Word of the Year is an exhibition project hosted by Hunter East Harlem Gallery, inviting emerging curators to activate the wall at Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work using Oxford English Dictionary's "word of the year" from the previous year.

By using a word culled from mass media as a prompt, the exhibition space acts as a site for artists and curators to engage in a dialogue about collective consciousness and understanding how semantics can play a crucial role in shaping public opinion.

Word of the Year 2016: POST-TRUTH
Post-Truth: an adjective defined as relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

WOTY 2.1 (2018) is curated by Irini Zervas
WOTY 1.2 is curated by Nora Boyd
WOTY 1.1 is curated by Kristen Racaniello

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Nov
15
to Jan 15

WOTY 1.2

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WOTY 1.2 After Truth New work by T. Eliott Mansa

WOTY 1.2

New work by T. Eliott Mansa

HEHG Hallway Wall
2180 3rd Ave at 119th Street
New York, NY 10035

Nov 15, 2017 – Jan 15, 2018

This exhibition features new paintings and relief sculpture by T. Eliott Mansa. For the first time in his career, Mansa takes up abstraction to produce his images, bypassing his usual figurative practice. In the past, he began a portrait with the true image of the subject in mind. These preconceived images guided him through practiced movements, and his references—Yoruba cosmology, media imagery, East Harlem storefronts—acted as the scaffolding that helped construct them. Mansa’s new work unfolds without intent or concern for accuracy. In his new relief sculptures, Mansa weaves through identifiable references, such as faux flowers, plants, toys or stuffed animals, and strips them of context, rearranging and recontextualizing them in pursuit of a truth which he cannot anticipate.

Nora Boyd is an independent educator pursuing her master’s in Art History at Hunter College with a focus on global modernist architecture.

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Oct
1
to Nov 15

WOTY 1.1

WOTY 1.1
Double Dialogue

Curated by Kristen Racaniello

HEHG Hallway Wall
2180 3rd Ave at 119th Street
New York, NY 10035

Double Dialogue
This multimedia exhibition features the work of artists Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Paul Gagner. Each artist has created an installation dealing with notion of archiving, and their work attempts to unpack the monolithic views of history, truth and reality that dominate culture in the United States. Humor pervades both artist’s work, using oxymorons to point out hypocritical or dualistic thinking. When used as a vehicle for ideas, language can be responsible for conceptions of the singularity of truth and for the social rifts created by conflicting versions of truth. Rasheed and Gagner recognize the tool of language and exaggerate it in their works, thus giving their audience a momentary glimpse of realities alternative to their own. Double Dialogue seeks to draw connections between these two artists’ through their critical analysis of the cultural ironies surrounding them. 

Kristen Racaniello is an independent curator and PhD candidate at the CUNY Grad Center with a focus on Medieval Art History. 

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