September 7, 2006 - SculptureCenter - Nancy Rubins and Denial is a River, September 10 – November 18, 2006
September 7, 2006

Nancy Rubins and Denial is a River, September 10 – November 18, 2006

Nancy Rubins: MoMA & Airplane Parts at the Fondation Cartier,
19952002. Mixed media, Dimensions variable
Photo André Morin. Courtesy of the artist

Nancy Rubins
MoMA and Airplane Parts 1995 that visited Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain 2002/2003 then visited Forte Belvedere in 2003 and is now at SculptureCenter

Denial is a River

September 10 November 18, 2006

Opening reception: Sunday, September 10, 4-6pm

Nancy Rubins Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7pm

44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY

(1) 718 361 1750

Nancy Rubins
MoMA and Airplane Parts 1995 that visited Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain 2002/2003 then visited Forte Belvedere in 2003 and is now at SculptureCenter

SculptureCenter is pleased to present a solo exhibition by esteemed contemporary sculptor Nancy Rubins. Commissioned through SculptureCenters Artist-in-Residence program Nancy Rubins will transform SculptureCenters main space with a new installation.

Rubins will reconfigure parts of a work dating from 1995, furthering her ongoing study of form and her practice of reutilizing materials. What were once discarded materials are gathered, assembled, de-installed, stored and reassembled. With each new set of parameters, a new configuration is possible. The title of the resulting piece presented this fall, MoMA and Airplane Parts 1995 that visited Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain 2002/2003 then visited Forte Belvedere in 2003 and is now at SculptureCenter, translates this approach: each sculpture gains from its overlapped history, while recreating a new set of circumstances from which it is inseparable.

Denial is a River
Vito Acconci, Acconci Studio, Rita Ackermann, Azra Aksamija, Geraldine Belmont, Douglas Boatwright, Christoph Büchel, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Jean-Luc Godard with Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Pierre Gorin, Nicolás Guagnini, Valerie Hegarty, Institute for Applied Autonomy, Nate Lowman, Matthew Lusk, Edgar Orlaineta, Wonjoo Park, R. H. Quaytman, Allyson Spellacy, Karen Yasinsky

Texts and essays by: Hakim Bey, John Hawkes, John Hejduk, Gareth James, Dr. Seuss, Paul Virilio
Denial is a River is a group exhibition that explores how syndromes translate into matter, allowing for a complex of social currents to become visible from the surface through eruptions, gurgles and patterns. This exhibition stems from the methods and tactics of the seven selected In Practice artists, placing their concerns into a larger field of artistic practice.

Compiled through a convergence of interests, artists in Denial is a River reflect syndromes within a common cultural condition: syndromes that effect access to information and affect collective historical data. Appropriations from various sources, fragments from a shared political heritage, are surreptitiously modified, or juxtaposed, to create other narratives or discourses. Sometimes they confuse the issues, sometimes they expand, sometimes they isolate, sometimes they denounce. Denial is a River functions in the controversy between the systems of convention and codification, belief and communication.

In Practice is an ongoing series designed to support the creation of innovative work by emerging artists. The projects are selected individually and reflect the diversity of approaches to contemporary sculpture. Artists participating in the In Practice program are Douglas Boatwright, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Valerie Hegarty, Matthew Lusk, Edgar Orlaineta, Wonjoo Park, R.H. Quaytman, and Karen Yasinsky.

Nancy Rubins Presents
Tuesday, September 12, 7pm
Nancy Rubins will discuss her current exhibition at SculptureCenter, as well as the trajectory of her work from the 70s until today.

Gareth James Presents
Sunday, September 24, 7pm
Gareth James, an artist and writer, co-founder of the magazine Scorched Earth and the artist-run gallery Orchard, presents A Day In Appalachia, conceived in relation to SculptureCenter’s screening of Ici et Ailleurs (1970). James explores the anthology on Godard’s videos, I Say I Love, That Is The Promise, thoughts on structure and sculpture, and his interest in Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. A trio featuring Zach Layton (electronics), Alex Waterman (cello) and Christine Bard (percussion) musically accompanies James’ talk with a thematically aligned performance. An evening of slides, thoughts and music.

House of Diehl Presents
Saturday, October 7, 6-9pm
Instant CoutureTM originator Mary Jo Diehl and creative partner Roman Milisic present The Quantity Theory of Celebrity. This environmentally-generated art and design event, incorporating the voice of Vito Acconci, aims to capture a time, a place, a people, in style. In tandem with works presented, the social experience itself is caught within the fabric, later to be recontextualized as clothing in the fashion world at large.

House of Diehl uses fashion as a vehicle for a larger social agenda: individual identity, communication and community. They have exhibited and performed at the Life Ball in Vienna, MASS MoCA, New York Fashion Week, and with Sonic Youth; their designs have been seen on Eve, Gwen Stefani, and Naomi Watts. They are the winners of the Triumph International Fashion Award.

Eyal Weizman Presents
Sunday, November 5, 12pm
Eyal Weizman is the founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, London, and was previously Professor of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is the recipient of several architecture prizes and awards. Eyal has also worked with a variety of NGOs and Human Rights groups in Israel/Palestine. His books include The Politics of Verticality, and A Civilian Occupation, Territories 1,2 and 3. Eyal Weizman presents some of his latest research in spatial politics and tactics. Brunch served from 11am.

Institute for Applied Autonomy and Trevor Paglen Present
Tuesday, November 14, 7pm
The interactive installation Terminal Air provides a public interface to the shadowy world of clandestine military operations. Audiences track a fleet of CIA-operated aircraft known to be involved in “extraordinary rendition,” the practice of illegally transporting terrorism suspects to secret overseas military bases for torture and interrogation. Terminal Air is supported by a 2006-07 commission from

The Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) is a technological research and development organization dedicated to the cause of individual and collective self-determination.

Douglas Boatwright: All My Loving
Saturdays and Sundays, September 10 November 18
(No performance September16)
For his contribution to Denial is a River, Douglas Boatwright will transform a space within SculptureCenters lower level into a recording studio in his project All My Loving. Every Saturday and Sunday, Boatwright will memorize and record video love telegrams live, based on the song and specifications you request. The final version will be discreetly mailed on DVD to the person of your choice. Requests will be met on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Visit / to place your request today.

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.

For additional information please contact SculptureCenter at (1) 718 361 1750 or Media contact: Katie Farrell,

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