May 18, 2009 - SculptureCenter - The University of Trash
May 18, 2009

The University of Trash

Installation view of The University of Trash, 2009
Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman
Image © 2009 SculptureCenter and the artists
Photo: Jason Mandella

On view through August 3, 2009:

The University of Trash:
Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman

Smoke and Mirrors:
Rashid Johnson

In Practice Summer ’09:
Michael Ashkin, Michael Blum, David Dixon, Simone Leigh, Cindy Loehr, Virginia Overton

SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
+1.718.361.1750

Gallery Hours:
Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday-Monday 11am – 6pm

www.sculpture-center.org

The University of Trash, a project by Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman
May 10 – August 3, 2009
The University of Trash is an experiment in alternative architecture, urbanism, and pedagogy produced through SculptureCenter’s Artist-in-Residence program. Drawing from utopian ideals and radical urban projects undertaken since the 1960s, the artists have created an installation that functions as a temporary, makeshift University – hosting courses, lectures, presentations, and workshops. Five collaborations occupy distinct and specially designed architectural spaces in SculptureCenter’s central gallery and courtyard. Working with students, artists, local organizations, activists, and academics, the University consists of a complex of multiple departments and interactions both onsite and off. A Free Skool program will operate within the University, offering the public the opportunity to propose their own courses – open and free for all who sign up and attend throughout the duration of the exhibition. To view a complete listing of upcoming events at the University, please click here to visit our events page. To read more, click here to view the full press release.

Rashid Johnson: Smoke and Mirrors
May 10 – August 3, 2009
For his first solo museum show in New York, Rashid Johnson will present a number of new large-scale sculptural works that suggest altars, entertainment consoles, or constructivist-like abstractions alongside photographs and works in other media. Considered one of the up and coming artists whose work has been termed “post-black”, Johnson engages with racial identity but in ways that insist on fluidity and contradiction. Johnson uses materials such as steel, poured wax, and shea butter, while juxtaposing relics and artifacts in an approach that flirts with the shamanistic. To read more, click here to view the full press release.

New In Practice Projects
May 10 – August 3, 2009
Michael Ashkin, Michael Blum, David Dixon, Simone Leigh, Cindy Loehr, Virginia Overton
In Practice is an ongoing project series designed to support the creation of innovative work by emerging artists. To read more, click here to view the full press release.

For additional information please contact SculptureCenter: (1) 718.361.1750 or info@sculpture-center.org
Media contact: Nickolas Roudane, press@sculpture-center.org

About SculptureCenter
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, Queens. This facility, designed by artist/designer Maya Lin, includes 6,000 square feet of interior exhibition space, offices, and outdoor exhibition space.

SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

www.sculpture-center.org

+1.718.361.1750

Directions
7 to 45th Road / Courthouse Square, E or V to 23rd / Ely, or G to Courthouse Square (note: the V train does not run on weekends). From all trains, walk north on Jackson Avenue one block past 44th Drive and turn right onto Purves Street.

SculptureCenter is five minutes from Midtown by subway.

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