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“In Conversation” opens at Columbia University

Hermine Ford, Columbia University, In Conversation, Stephanie Buhmann

Detail: Hermine Ford, “Broken Dreams 51 Pieces,” 2016, Oil on muslin on wood, actual size: 133 x 47 in.

New York, NY-The Macy Art Gallery at Columbia University is pleased to present IN CONVERSATION curated by Stephanie Buhmann. The exhibition opens Thursday, March 10 and will be on view through March 31.

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 and gained insights in this intimate space of artistic practices. Artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Hermine Ford, Tara Geer, Laura J. Gerlach, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Joyce Kozloff, Kathleen Kucka, Melissa Meyer, Luisa Rabbia, and Jennifer Riley.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 established 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.

BOOK:
The exhibition coincides with the release of “NY Studio Conversations; 17 Women Talk About Art” by Stephanie Buhmann, which compiles all the interviews and portraits in soft cover format. The book is published by The Green Box / Berlin (2016) (ISBN 978-3-941644-83-0).

CURATOR:
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 and an Archive- and Library Stipend from the Arp Foundation (2015). 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 decade and was made director in 2010. Her latest endeavor, “In Conversation” is a compilation of studio interviews with artists based in New York. This project inspired two related group shows at BMCC’s Shirley Fiterman Art Center (2015) and the Macy Art Gallery, Teacher’s College, Columbia University (on view), as well as the book “NY Studio Conversation; 17 Women Talk About Art”, published by The Green Box / Berlin (2016) and to be released internationally in March.

ADDRESS:
Macy Art Gallery • 525 West 120th Street •
Macy Hall, 4th Floor, Room 444 • New York, NY 10027
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