Here/Say, Fall 2017


Here/Say, Fall 2017
On Framing [Classification, Climate, Criticisms]
Three Mondays: September 25, October 30, November 27

Part I – [Classification]: Considering the motivations and repercussions of naming and framing behaviors
Monday, September 25
7-9 pm, Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Featuring Jacqueline Mabey and Joiri Minaya, moderated by Lizzy De Vita

Joiri Minaya
Artist, educator
Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while) has made Minaya aware of her own difference and subjectivity depending on context. Influenced by this, her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2009, the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. in 2011 and Parsons the New School for Design in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Minaya is the recipient of Emerging Artist Awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2016) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2015), a Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., and the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo. She lives and works in Manhattan, NY, maintaining a strong artistic presence in the Dominican Republic.

Jacqueline Mabey
Independent curator
Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped both by her study of art history at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University & The University of British Columbia & by her multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries, non-profit art organizations, and artist studios. Recent, forthcoming & ongoing projects include: Art+Feminism, a campaign to improve coverage of feminism & the arts on Wikipedia, which she co-founded; In this place where the guest rests, a group exhibition highlighting the materiality & temporalities of cultural trauma; “Not Mine Alone, Nor Mine to Own: Some Reflections on the Young Girl,” a forthcoming article in The Journal of Feminist Scholarship. She was included in Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 & called a “Badass Woman” by Buzzfeed. Mabey works independently under the honorific, failed projects.


Opening: Joan Snitzer’s Chromophore at A.I.R

Joan Snitzer: Chromophore
September 8 – October 8, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8 PM

A.I.R Gallery is pleased to present Chromophore, an exhibition of new paintings by Joan Snitzer, opening on Friday, September 8th and on view through Sunday, October 8th, 2017.

Chromophore highlights the latest developments in Snitzer’s work over the last two years. In these new paintings, Snitzer looks back at the subjects of 20th century abstraction to explore how they can function in a contemporary context — a continuation of Snitzer’s ongoing pursuit to express the poetic and dynamic relationship between our histories and our current visual surroundings. The non-representational imagery of Chromophore enacts a form of “freedom,” and “illegibility” is Snitzer’s response to media’s claims of “reality” versus “fiction.”

The artist employs spontaneous and intuitive acts in her enigmatic system of painted marks, rendering the works with found photographic ink transfers, water, vinyl, and oil based paint. This accumulation of marks and materials creates a comforting space that appears both recognizable and completely ethereal, providing an environment in which to contemplate both the natural and fabricated. Snitzer’s romantic works redefine accepted notions of tradition and truth: the saturated colors and beautiful surfaces resist a Western tradition that typically favors the masculine, formal, and restrained.

Joan Snitzer lives and works in New York City. She has been associated with A.I.R. Gallery since 1974. Chromophore is her sixth solo exhibition as an artist member of the gallery. Snitzer’s work has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad. She is a faculty member and the Director of Visual Arts at Barnard College/Columbia University.

A.I.R Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 255 6651
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 1-6 PM

A.I.R. Gallery is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1972. It is an artist run organization and exhibition space that supports the open exchange of ideas and risk-taking by women artists in order to provide support and visibility. A self-directed governing body, the organization is an alternative to mainstream institutions and thrives on the network of active participants.

For all press inquiries, please contact Roxana Fabius, Executive Director.

residues curated by Mira Dayal


For Immediate Release

Louise McCagg Gallery and the Barnard College Art History department are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition:


Frances Cocksedge, Nicole Kaack, Amanda Turner Pohan, Lara Saget, Vanessa Thill

Curated by Mira Dayal

November 5th – December 2nd, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 6-8 pm

Louise McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center 

Barnard College 3009 Broadway, New York NY

Of childhood, sexuality, process, and corporeality—residues index activity. The exhibition features sculptural works that are linked not by textual but by textural references to hybrid materialities and states of becoming. A shower pumps through a beige perfumed liquid derived from measurements of the artist’s heartbeat. On the floor, a slip cast of an egg carton mimics the paradoxical strength of the thin, rounded shells it once protected. A rust-colored paper that takes its hues from the evaporation of coagulated household substances now wrinkles as it extends from the ceiling to floor, joining a phosphorescent spill of soap, sugar, gel, and figs. On the wall, a geometric form hosts a stretched fabric infused with resin and loosely associated object memories.

Though many artists’ practices have shifted to the realm of the digital, those of Frances Cocksedge, Nicole Kaack, Amanda Turner Pohan, Lara Saget, and Vanessa Thill remain viscerally and psychologically tied to the bodies of artists and viewers. The inanimate is imbued with fleshy histories without losing its uncanny presence.

Frances Cocksedge is a painter, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in combination major of art history and fine arts. While she identifies as a painter, her work involves an exploration of materials that transcend the two-dimensional barriers of the canvas.

Nicole Kaack is an artist and writer from Northern California, currently based in Queens, New York. Kaack graduated with a BA from Columbia University where she pursued a combined plan in Art History and Visual Art. Incorporating elements of video, ceramics, and photography, her multimedia artistic practice focuses on the themes of trace and memory. In her time in New York, Kaack has worked in a variety of arts settings including the Noguchi Museum and The Kitchen, where she has developed an interest in questions of structure and materiality. As the Dedalus Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, Kaack will pursue her ongoing fascination with the archive as the expressive encounter of the individual with society and the present with infinity. Kaack’s writing has been published by Whitehot Magazine, artcritical, SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ, and Artforum.

Amanda Turner Pohan completed her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Hunter College. As an extension of her art practice, Pohan is a co-founder of Temporary Agency, an artist-run nomadic platform for exhibitions and publications, as well as The Bakery Social Club, a monthly gathering for artists and designers.

Lara Saget’s work considers how no single system exists in a vacuum. Drawing from diverse fields including ecology, engineering, physics, anatomy, social and cognitive science, her work illuminates how these intellectual systems are ways of viewing the world and not mirrors of the world. She uses methods of sculpture, installation, performance, and video to explore the complexities of interconnected systems, stressing the dangers of single lens reduction. Lara received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and is pursing her MFA in Fine Arts at New York University. Lara has participated in exhibitions in New York City, Brooklyn, NY, Los Angeles, CA and Paris, France. Lara lives and works in New York, NY.

Vanessa Thill is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, her first solo show took place at Hood Gallery. She has exhibited at Kilroy Metal Ceiling, P71 Night Shop, Berlin, and on the digital platform SCREEN_. Thill co-produces exhibitions, performances, publications, and other projects as Sorry Archive, a platform rooted in alter egos, fictionalized narratives, and alternative authorships, most recently at Rockaway Artists Alliance, Orgy Park, NURTUREart, and Spring/Break Art Show.  She graduated from Barnard in 2013 and co-curated Lucid Gesturesan Exhibition of Barnard Alumnae at McCagg Gallery in 2014.  For the past two years she has worked as a curator and manager at Knockdown Center, a former door factory turned arts center in Queens.

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thinking out loud, together.

Episode 3: Art + Black Lives Matter
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00
Louise McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor Diana Center

New Yorker by birth and Afro-Dominican by bloodline, SUHALY BAUTISTA-CAROLINA, otherwise known as, “The Earth Warrior,” is an artist, educator + community organizer. Her recent work explores themes of power, afrofuturism + memory.

Before joining the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) as the Director of Public Programs and the Brooklyn Museum as Community Relations Manager, Suhaly served as the first Engagement & Education Manager at the public art nonprofit Creative Time. She is the founder of the Afrofuturism book club, Black Magic and has worked in various capacities with organizations such as Artspace, FOKUS, The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. In 2015, she was a panelist at ArtPrize7’s “Reflecting the Times: Arts & Activism” alongside Dread Scott and Arts.Black. She is a 2016 alumna of CCCADI’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, “The Many Worlds of Black New York.” Her photographic documents and writings have been published in Insight Magazine, United Nations’ International Museum of Women and Caribbean Vistas Journal. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at NYU and La Casa Azul Bookstore. As of 2016, she is also a Weeksville Ambassador and Summer Arts Residency Fellow Scholarship recipient. Suhaly earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.” She is living and loving in Brooklyn, New York. WEBSITE

KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, TOPAZ Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, etc.

Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace – Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014). WEBSITE

Curated / Moderated by Lizzy De Vita