A Curation Project
Curator: Kharis Kennedy
Jurors: Kat Griefen, Kharis Kennedy, Lauren Ross
January 6 – January 31, 2010
Opening Reception: Thurs., Jan. 7th from 6pm to 8pm
BROOKLYN, NY, December 2009 – A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce The Man I Wish I Was, a partially invitational, partially juried group exhibition featuring work by 18 artists. The exhibition will be on view in Gallery II from January 6 – January 31, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 6pm to 8pm and is open to the public.
Exhibiting artists: Renee Cox, Enid Crow, Kerry Downey, Kelly Flynn, Coco Fusco, Francie Bishop Good, Catherine Kunkemueller, Liz Lessner, Sarah Maple, Sands Murray-Wassink, Dominique Paul, Phranc, Shannon Plumb, Julia Kim Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Diane Torr, Linn Underhill and Martha Wilson.
In keeping with the feminist tradition of irreverent internal-critique and self-vigilance the intent of The Man I Wish I Was is to question how gender perception relates to personal identity. The exhibition seeks to reevaluate the traditional feminist strategy of defining identity as something encountered in the first person and to question the roles that an individual might embody beyond those prescribed by social and genetic dictates. The exhibition asks the question: Have we happily reached a post-gender moment, a moment where gender is no longer a relevant signifier and we can comfortably slip into daddy’s shoes?
An Interview With Kharis Kennedy
Enid Crow, Self-Portrait from the Faggot Series
Invited to come along last Thursday to Kharis Kennedy’s curated show – ‘The man I wish I was,’ at the A.I.R gallery in Brooklyn I went curious as to what the evening would possibly hold. All I knew was that the exhibit would be concentrating on feministic themes and the interpretation of gender in a society capitulated with myopic gender intonations.
What followed was one of the more lively and provocative exhibits we here at Scallywag and Vagabond have attended in a while. Having said that I returned home and set out to deliberate on some intelligent questions that hopefully would honor the clever and at times very humorous exhibit at hand.
The Talkies Edition
Film Screening + Discussion with artists
Thomas Allen Harris, Sarah Maple, and Linda Montano
On Wednesday, January 27th at 6pm ARTBOOK in conjunction with A.I.R. Gallery will hold a special film screening at X-initiative. The event is open to the public and will include a roundtable discussion with the artists following the screening. The films to be screened augment the selections that comprise The Man I Wish I Was, a month-long exhibit currently on display at A.I.R. Gallery through January 31st.