Guerra de la Paz
Tseng Kwong Chi
The Order of Chaos is an exhibition that addresses the anxieties of economics, environmental tragedies, and societies of control that define the chaos of globalization. It explores these social issues in an aesthetic way to demystify the notion of art only as an ornamental production. The exhibition investigates how local artists from a variety of backgrounds are placed in relation to the rest of the world. Curated by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo.
Conceived by Papo Colo
Curated by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
GLOBAL / NATIONAL - The Order of Chaos is an exhibition that “addresses the anxieties of economics, environmental tragedies, and societies of control that define the chaos of globalization. It explores these social issues in an aesthetic way to demystify the notion of art only as an ornamental production. This vision includes images from abstraction to figuration, from direct messages to esoteric thoughts,” explains Co-Founder/Artistic Director Papo Colo. The exhibition investigates how local artists from a variety of backgrounds are placed in relation to the rest of the world. Seen through a global lens, this exhibition explores the multiple cultures that populate our general culture and how the local and national are inextricably linked to the global.
This exhibition examines the tensions of uncontrollable forces that are dislocating our society to redefine a new civilization. The artworks reflect how the national contains global concerns, searching inside our culture to project our global position. This exhibition tells the story of those concerns and new ways in which we can order the chaos.
ARTISTS: John Ahearn, Tina Barney, Jimmie Durham, Nicky Enright, Rico Gatson, Kate Gilmore, Guerra de la Paz, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Saeri Kiritani, Tseng Kwong Chi, Robin Lasser, Rebecca Loyche, Miguel Luciano, Jonathan Matas, Mary Mattingly, Eve Mosher, Chris Sollars, Jade Townsend, Jason Villegas, Bernard Williams, Martin Wong, O Zhang, François Ziliff
GLOBAL / NATIONAL - The Order of Chaos is an exhibition about the uncontrollable forces that are dislocating our society to redefine a new civilization. Economic crises, environmental tragedies, and societies of control breed the chaos of globalization. This exhibition examines this chaos in work of multiple mediums, produced by artists who live and work in the USA and who have local and international backgrounds. The show tells the story of how we simultaneously view ourselves from a national and global perspective. Its purpose is to present chaos in order to offer a vision of a utopian future. To reach the global, you need to express the national. Universal thoughts still derive from national characteristics.
Today art is crossing national boundaries and mixing alien signs to local idioms creating a hybrid world. These works demonstrate these new creative breeds and affinities.
Art has outgrown visions of selfishness as expression and now needs a more conscious level of invention concerning a collective existence. These artworks explore social issues through aesthetics to demystify the notion of art as only ornamental production. Global / National includes images from abstraction to figuration, from direct messages to esoteric thought. Its essence is a journey among multimedia stories that gives us a general view of today’s state of affairs. Artistic questions of beauty and content are central to these topics and each piece in this exhibition references these issues, literally or metaphorically.
A Conversation with Hua Hsu and Greg Tate
Wed, March 31, 7pm – 9pm
Writer and professor of English Hua Hsu and cultural critic and musician Greg Tate will talk about their views on art, commerce, race and globalization. Using the work in Global / National -- The Order of Chaos as jumping off points, the speakers will engage in a free-wheeling discussion about the state of American culture at a time when the “local” is being threatened by globalization. $5 suggested donation. Cash bar.
Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College (on leave 2009-10 at Harvard University). His work has appeared in The Atlantic (for whom he blogs), The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice,The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He was also on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
Greg Tate, a cultural critic, journalist and author, has spent the last two decades formulating a critical language that has redefined African-American cultural theory and writing. An essayist and long time staff writer for The Village Voice, Tate has published widely, with writings on art, music, and culture appearing in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Spin, Artforum, The Nation, and DownBeat, as well as Africa-based magazines such as Glendora Review and Chimurenga. His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. He is currently writing a biography of James Brown.
Lauren Rosati Assistant Curator 212 966 7745 ext. 15
Opening Saturday, March 13, 7-10pm
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Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm