April 9, 2007 - The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts - “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
April 9, 2007

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Images (clockwise from top left): Ivan Monforte, And Im Telling You, 2005, video (still); K8 Hardy, We Fight Our Insignificance, 2006-07, multi-channel video installation (still); Sharon Hayes, In the Near Future, 2006-ongoing, slide installation (detail); Judi Werthein, Brinco, 2005-06, object/action for Insite_05, (documentation, photo: Alfredo Di Stefano)

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
April 13, – May 19, 2007
at EFA Gallery

K8 Hardy
Sharon Hayes
Ivan Monforte
Judi Werthein

Curated by Dean Daderko
Opening Reception, Friday, April 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
Download the free catalogue at: www.circle-and-square.com/outbox/daderko.cat.EFA.pdf

Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.
–Clarice Lispector, from The Hour of The Star, 1977

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition curated by Dean Daderko, If you dont stand for something, youll fall for anything. which explores the productiveness and positivity of saying no, and the interrelationships of emotion and politics.

A free downloadable catalogue featuring A False Sense of Singularity, a conversation between Emily Roysdon (artist and co editor of LTTR) and Dean Daderko, is available at www.circle-and-square.com/outbox/daderko.cat.EFA.pdf

Dean Daderko is a curator based in New York. His most recent projects include This Strangest of Theaters: A Townhall Meeting on Politics and Emotion, co-organized with Gregg Bordowitz for Roebling Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Can I get a witness? at Longwood Arts Center in the Bronx, New York. He has also curated events and exhibitions for Art in General, The Kitchen, and Artists Space in New York, the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania and Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia.

K8 Hardy is a performance artist, experimental video and filmmaker, and co-founding editor of the feminist journal LTTR. Her work has been exhibited at the Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2007; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (Locally Localized Gravity, 2007); the Tate Modern, London (Media Burn, 2006); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Eat The Market, 2006); and at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (Beautiful Radiating Energy, 2004). Her films have been screened at The Kitchen in New York, Le Magasin in Bordeaux and Film Casino in Vienna. Hardy was a studio fellow of the Whitney Museum of American Arts Independent Study Program in 2003.

Sharon Hayes work is an ongoing investigation into the interrelations between history, politics and speech. She employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from practices such as performance, theater, dance, anthropology and journalism. Her work has been exhibited in New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Art in General, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Artists Space, Parlour Projects and Andrew Kreps Gallery. Her work has been seen in exhibitions in Florida, Texas, Vermont, Bogota, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, Vienna, Vancouver and Zagreb, as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States. More information is available at www.shaze.info.

Ivan Monforte is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video, performance, printmaking and embroidery. His art uses simple gestures and materials, as well as emotional language and content, as strategic tools to address themes of loss and mourning, representations of gender, race and sexuality, as well as the pursuit of love. His is a recipient of a UCLA Art Council Award and a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Longwood Arts Project; at Artists Space as part of PERFORMA05; the Bronx Museum of Art and the Queens Museum of Art.

Judi Werthein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives and works in New York City. She has had solo exhibitions at Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires; the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX (Thoughts Come To Mind, 2003); the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Manicurated, 2002); and Parlour Projects in Brooklyn (Split Screen, with Lucas Michael, 2002). Her work has also been seen in the Bienal de Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, 2006; On Mobility, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2006; 24/7: Visa Para Vilno/Nueva York, Center for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2003; and the Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba, 2000, as well as in exhibitions at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This exhibition is presented by the EFA Gallery, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. With additional support from The Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Foundation, Peter C. Gould, Materials for the Arts, and Carnegie Corporation Inc. and many generous individuals.

The EFA Gallery is a curatorial project space. Through the gallery, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts supports the creative work of independent curators. Curators build the framework in which we understand artists and the art they make. At their best, they redefine how we look at culture. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts believes in the essential importance of art in a civil society. The value of the artist’s creative spirit is not limited by age, race, nationality or acceptance by others.
Guidelines for curatorial proposals are available upon request.

EFA Gallery
EFA Studio Center
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
between 8th and 9th Avenues

Gallery Hours: Wed. through Sat., 12-6 PM

For further information:
Elaine Tin Nyo, Director
T. 212-563-5855 x203, F. 212-563-1875
elaine@efa1.org

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