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The Ford Foundation Live Gallery at New York Live Arts currently features Untitled, a site-specific work by Bjorn Amelan. The three pieces occupy the prominent wall in the New York Live Arts lobby, also visible from the street.

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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.

Currently on-view:

FIVE SFMOMA Prints serve as an expansion of the digital data captured during his 2016 FIVE SFMOMA performance. Using 3D data obtained during the live performance, he translated the fierce, spiraling movements of five vogue dancers to the two-dimensional surface of the prints. In collaboration with Tamarind Institute, ten plates were created and printed using traditional lithographic methods. In keeping with his expansive, interdisciplinary method of working, Newsome brought 3D printing and collage into the project, incorporating three-dimensional printed forms, and collaged images of the of dancers body into each print. The suite includes five distinct prints representing each of the five dancers. This series incorporates a complex layering of performance, ephemeral and recorded movement, traditional printing and digital technology, bringing a new vibrancy and dimensionality to the printed surface.
Interdisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome’s multipart project, Black Magic, at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and New York Live Arts, is a holistic reflection on agency, Blackness, and the futurity of intersectional identities and oppression. To Be Real, is an exhibition of all new work in collage and sculpture. At the conceptual center of To Be Real, which takes its name from Cheryl Lynn’s 1977 queer anthem, is Newsome’s ‘child,’ a cloud-based, A.I. being named Being (2019), whose mind has been populated with the works of radical authors, revolutionaries, theorists such as Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, bell hooks, Janet Mock, and the like. Being acts as a critical guide to the exhibition, exploring ideas agency and hegemony within artificial intelligence. Also on view is Ancesista a fully 3D version of the neo cubist figures seen in the more 2D collages suspended in a Vogue dip. Though formally it takes an assemblage approach, it is analogous to cubism, which is heavily investigated in many of the works in the exhibition. The substrate is an African mahogany torso of a non-binary figure, who’s face is inspired by the female Pho mask from the Chokwe peoples of the Congo. As a way to queer the object, the lower body is a lifelike sex doll, thus making the work one to one of the figures in the collages. Outfitted in drag padding, a custom wig, acrylic nails, high heel boots, and a costume that fuses traditional African and drag ballroom aesthetics, the piece draws from life itself – intuitive, honest and tied to the culture that inspired it.
Sep 19 Opening reception 6 PM
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Rashaad Newsome: Black Magic: FIVE SFMOMA Prints

FIVE SFMOMA Prints An expansion of the digital data captured during his 2016 FIVE SFMOMA performance. Using 3D data obtained during the live performance, he translated the fierce, spiraling movements of five vogue dancers to the two-dimensional surface of the prints. In collaboration with Tamarind Institute, ten plates were...

Aug 8 - Sep 6
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Wild, Wild Earth

Presented in partnership with NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Wild, Wild Earth is a group exhibition co-curated by Yanira Castro, Martita Abril, and Dain DeltaDawn that assembles artists from the New York Foundation for the Art’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program who are re-imagining and re-assigning the world in which they...

Jun 6 at 5:30 PM
What is 21st Century Liberation? Opening Reception

Designed by Avram Finkelstein, co-creator of SILENCE=DEATH, and Rodrigo Moreira. The installation is produced in conjunction with Visual AIDS’ 2019 Pride Broadsheet project and in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and NYC/World Pride.  What Is 21st Century Liberation? highlights quotes from...

On-view Fall 2018
SEP 26, 5:30pm Opening reception
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Derrick Adams: The Journey Continues

Derrick Adams: The Journey Continues emerged from Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams​’s continued research into the archive of the influential African-American fashion designer Patrick Kelly​ (1954–1990), housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featuring abstract collage works on paper framed with glazing. At the center of The Journey Continues is Adams’s...

On view JUN-SEP 2018
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Nick Cave & Bob Faust: These bags we carry are filled with promise

On view through June 1- September 2018 OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 15, 2018, 4:30-6:30 PM These bags we carry are filled with promise Nick Cave and Bob Faust New York Live Arts Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around...

Opening reception March 7, 5-7PM
March 7–18, March 26–April 13
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Knowing that Your House is On Fire- New paintings by Jonathan Allen

New large-scale mixed-media works on denim inspired by and responding to the physical processes of making dance, and collaborating across disciplines. Opening MAR 7, 5–7pm Jonathan Allen works in painting, collage, video, and performance and frequently collaborates with poets and performers. He will be performing in Joanna Kotze’s evening length work, ‘What...

SEP 18
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Nat Ward: A Nationless Place Opening Reception

This fall the Ford Foundation Live Gallery features a new work by Nat Ward. A Nationless Place features a narrative text, written by Nat Ward, that weaves across the wall through five black and white photographs of the Mojave Desert. The photographs are heavily obscured by playful lightleaks, flare, and a...

February - June
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

“We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident”, an installation by celebrated artists Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank!   “For this mural we have compiled quotations from politicians about women and our bodies whose truths we do not hold as self-evident,” states Frank. “This fight and struggle is more threatened than...

Sep 19 at 6pm
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
 
Ford Foundation Live Gallery: Obama Out–Say It Loud Opening Party

Presented as the first “Obama Out” event is Say It Loud!, a participatory installation in the Ford Foundation Live Gallery by For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC. The installation opens September 19, 2016, 6PM and continues through December 5, 2016. Visitors are invited to add to the installation sharing their thoughts about freedom, the election, the...

On view through August 2016
Bjorn G. Amelan: Untitled

The Ford Foundation Live Gallery at New York Live Arts currently features Untitled