November 1, 2015 - The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts - Accompaniment
November 1, 2015

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

Duane Linklater, UMFA2003.10.19, 2015. Natural ABS 3D print from Rio Grande Pueblo Pot, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Collection, 3.25 x 3.75 inch diameter. Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Photo: courtesy of Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

November 6–December 19, 2015

Opening: November 6, 6–8pm, with performances by Rebecca Wilcox, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Laura Ortman

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
EFA Project Space
323 W. 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 12–6pm

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Artists: Shannon Ebner, Dylan Gauthier, Kara Hamilton and Angie Keefer, Will Holder, Dominika Ksel, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater with Laura Ortman, Babette Mangolte, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio and Mario Garcia Torres on Conlon Nancarrow, David Morris and Pedro Cid Proença with Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, David Reinfurt, Sarah Rose, Rosalie Schweiker and Rudy Loewe, Alex Waterman, Rebecca Wilcox

Curators: Kari Cwynar and Kendra Sullivan

Accompaniment is an exhibition exploring “accompaniment” as an evolving theory of practice, developed in response to our cultural and political milieu. We ask: might an artistic practice characterized by distributed authorship be a catalyst for a shift in the ways we produce, exhibit, and write about art? This exhibition enacts accompaniment such that the physical, historical, and social supports within individual practices are made explicit, but also so that each participant and contribution inevitably accompanies and is accompanied in the present grouping. This model subverts the order of the soloist, laying bare a deeply stratified ground in which everything created is inscribed and contingent.

Support, understood in its widest brushstroke as the “second position,” is tested, fatigued, and reified; we try to solidify forms of abstract support that sustain the practice of the artist and the body of the artist, as well as wider cultural economies. Some of the work is made manifest; some remains non-manifest; some calls into question the politics of organizing a show around accompaniment. 

The show was originally titled Which is Friendship. From Michel Foucault: “They have to invent, from A to Z, a relationship that is still formless, which is friendship...” The quote presents the coevolution of language and friendship. Is friendship formless? Of all our political relationships, it is perhaps the hardest to codify or commodify. It is not an instrument. You cannot play it. It does not look like a “network,” though it is often conscripted in the service of one. In fact, friendship will not work in the service of anything, never mind an exhibition. Its refusal to do so is proof of its ingenuousness. 

As we enacted friendship as a practice we called “accompaniment," we learned that support is a concept fissured by: gender binaries; friendship economies, sharing, and communing; structural exploitation; privilege and subjugation; debt and dependency. The work of support is loaded unevenly into the cart. The burden is light or heavy depending on your social position.

Additional events: 
November 7, 6–9pm

An opera, a film, a radio play, and a screening by Alex Waterman, David Morris, Pedro Cid Proenca, and Shannon Ebner

December 12, 12–6pm
December 13
, 12–8pm 
Will Holder and Alex Waterman present workshops and a reading of Dust (1998) from Yes, But Is It Edible?

Accompaniment was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. With thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for support of Duane Linklater’s project. Display structures produced with salvaged wood from Tri-Lox

EFA Project Space, a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, is a collaborative arts venue founded on the belief that art is directly connected to the individuals who produce it, the communities that arise because of it, and to everyday life; and that by providing an arena for exploring these connections, we empower artists to forge new partnerships and the expansion of ideas.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity. Through its three programs, EFA Studios, EFA Project Space, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, EFA provides artists with space, tools, and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice.

EFA Project Space is supported in part by public funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. 

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