robbinschilds’s New Commission

robbinschilds’s New Commission

Art in General

robbinschilds, I came here on my own., 2012. Video still. Image courtesy the artist and Art in General.

November 19, 2012

I came here on my own. and Salzburggrubzlas, Grubzlassalzburg!

A four-channel video installation and six live performances

Art in General
79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

As part of its New Commission series, Art in General presents robbinschilds’s experimental project in two parts: a four-channel video installation and six live performances.

Part 1: I came here on my own. loops a seemingly endless quest beyond place, time, and logic. Began in residency in Christchurch, New Zealand, upon which robbinschilds encountered the country’s iconic trope Man Alone, their video rewrites and subverts the classic male journey myth through two women undertaking mirrored but separate journeys. Read Artforum critic’s pick for more on the exhibition. 

Part 2: Salzburggrubzlas, Grubzlassalzburg!, a live performance series, conceived as a reflexive foil to robbinschilds’s four-channel video installation, was created on-site during the first two months of the exhibition.The live iteration of their commission takes into examination robbinschilds’s separate but intertwined identities as longtime collaborators. Running for approximately 60 minutes, the performance work ravels a meta-journey through the artists’ own non-linear creative process utilizing layering of text, projection and choreography. Joined by performers Aretha Aoki and Vanessa Anspaugh with an original sound score by A.V. Linton and lighting design by Megan Byrne.

Performance dates for Salzburggrubzlas, Grubzlassalzburg!,
Friday, November 30, 8pm
Saturday, November 1, 8pm
Friday, December 7, 8pm
Saturday, December 8, 8pm
Friday, December 14, 8pm
Saturday, December 15, 8pm

Tickets can be purchased at There is limited seating available for each performance. Please note: The exhibition will be closed November 22 and reopen November 30 to allow for the installation of the live performances.

robbinschilds was formed by choreographers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. In 2010, robbinschilds received an Art Matters travel grant to visit and work in Iceland, and in 2011 they were awarded a MAP Fund production grant for their current performance project, I came here on my own. robbinschilds has staged several exhibitions/interventions, including Constructions I-IV, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2011); and Instruction Construction, Salina Arts Center, Salina, Kansas 
(2011), among others. robbinschilds’s performances and video art screenings include Instruction Construction, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY (2010); SalzburggrubzlaS, Catch, Brooklyn Starr, New York, NY (2010); Sonya and Layla Go Camping, Images Festival, Toronto; Mount Temper Arts Summer Festival, Mount Temper, New York; the Kitchen, New York (2009-2010); and C.L.U.E., BAM, New York; PS122, New York; the New Museum, New York; Donau Festival, Austria; and the TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon (2007-2009), among others.

Founded in 1981 in Lower Manhattan, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. It changes in response to the needs of artists and engages the public with their work. Since it was established, the organization has emerged as one of New York City’s leading nonprofits devoted to supporting and stimulating the creation of contemporary art, providing an environment in which artists may exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; the Jerome Foundation; and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle Supporters Roya Khadjavi and Massoud Heidari, Cher Lewis, and Joyce and Ken Siegel; and Commissioners’ Circle members Sue Berland, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Steve Shane, and Jeremy E. Steinke. Additional support for robbinschilds’s project was provided by Art Matters and the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

General support of Art in General is provided by General Tools & Instruments LLC; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; Abraham and Lillian Rosenberg Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Enoch Foundation; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Ralph E. Ogden Foundation; ConEdison; the Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and by individuals.

Media Contact
Maureen Sullivan, Red Art Projects: maureen [​at​]

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