The Ford Foundation Live Gallery, located in the lobby of New York Live Arts, features site-specific works throughout the year. Past artists have included Donald Baechler, Kiki Smith, Robert Longo, Bjorn Amelan, For Freedoms/Hank Willis Thomas, Zoe Buckman and Natalie Frank, Nat Ward, Jonathan Allen, Nick Cave and Bob Faust, Derrick Adams, Avram Finkelstein and Rodrigo Moreira.
Wild, Wild Earth is a group exhibition co-curated by Yanira Castro, Martita Abril, and Dain DeltaDawn. Assembling artists from the New York Foundation for the Art’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, the collection of work re-imagines and re-assigns the world in which they exist.
Locating “wildness” inside the un-singular, the un-predictable, inside a process of coding/decoding/re-coding for the purpose of profusion, the artists of Wild, Wild Earth look at cityscape, materials and nature as fantasy for meaning making. The artists in the exhibit include Valeria Carboni, Riaki Enyama, Ana Maria Farina, Nazanin Noroozi, Masahito Ono, Htet T San, Beverly Tu and Chen Wang. Wildness, anthropologist Michael Taussig proposes, is “the death space of signification.” It cannot mean because it has been cast as that which exceeds meaning. Wild, Wild Earth proposes a vibrant, electric excess.