THE 8TH FLOOR ANNOUNCES ARTIST CONVERSATION SERIES

Lan Tuazon, Architectures of Defense: Royal & Public Gates of Zagreb, 2010. Image courtesy of the artist.
Lan Tuazon, Architectures of Defense: Royal & Public Gates of Zagreb, 2010.
Image courtesy of the artist.

The 8th Floor announces its artist conversation series under the direction of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Artistic Director Sara Reisman at The 8th Floor, an interdisciplinary space established in 2010 by the Rubin family, dedicated to exploring the intersection of art, culture and philanthropy through public engagement. The conversations are free and open to the public and will feature artists from its exhibition Mobility and Its Discontents, on view through May 30, 2015, including Alberto Borea, Ángel Delgado, Lan Tuazon and Jorge Wellesley, in addition to Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds whose work is currently on view at Radiator Arts in Long Island City through May 22.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dead Indian Series: Edgar Heap of Birds in conversation with Sara Reisman
Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds will engage in a public discussion with Sara Reisman focusing on his Dead Indian Stories monoprint series. His current exhibition You Are on Indian Land, on view at Radiator Arts and curated by Erin Joyce, offers a critical perspective on the representation of the art of Native Americans and First Nation peoples. The talk is free and open to the public and RSVP is required to daniela@radiatorarts.com

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
From the Inside Out: Ángel Delgado and Jorge Wellesley in conversation with Sara Reisman
Ángel Delgado and Jorge Wellesley, two of the artists featured in the exhibition Mobility and Its Discontents, will be in conversation about their experiences working in Cuba, examining issues around freedom of expression and conditions produced by political and social hierarchies of inequity. Delgado’s Inside/Outside series depicts views of sites of detainment and correction in contrast with the human figure. Wellesley’s text-based paintings are based on his proposals for billboards that comment on the constraints of life in Cuba. The talk is free and open to the public and RSVP is required.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Construction of Social Space: Alberto Borea and Lan Tuazon in conversation with Sara Reisman
Alberto Borea and Lan Tuazon’s bodies of work deal with issues of access in public space, both municipal and privately owned. Tuazon’s Architectures of Defense (2010-2015) is featured as prints of elaborate security fences that comment on the absurdity of protective fences that surround public spaces. Architectures of Defense is in direct dialogue with Borea’s Wall Street photographs and sculptures made from scrap materials found in the high-rise located at 1 Liberty Plaza, New York City, commenting on ideas of power, value, excess and waste in an area of vast abundance. The talk is free and open to the public and RSVP is required.

 

About Mobility and Its Discontents
The exhibition marks a shift for the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s mission to focus on broadening public access to artistic and cultural activities in New York City. Featuring artists from Venezuela, Peru, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, alongside two Cuban artists from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, the show brings the Rubin’s dedication to contemporary Cuban art into conversation with a wider artistic community, reflecting the diversity of New York’s cultural life. The exhibition is on view through May 30, 2015.

 

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an exhibition and events space established in 2010 by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, dedicated to promoting cultural and philanthropic initiatives, and its commitment to expand artistic and cultural accessibility in New York City. The 8th Floor is free and open to the public. Schools groups are encouraged. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday by appointment.