UP-COMING SUMMER 2015 (opening weekend is schedule for July 30-August 2, 2015)
“Listening and Making Sound”
With an ear toward political engagement, “Listening and Making Sound” is a departure from the Poor Farm’s tradition programing built on focused solo projects. The artists invited to the Poor Farm this year have, by necessity or choice, worked in the spaces between artist and activist. They have been nurtured within and by communities: the San Francisco lesbian community of the early nineties, punk and riot grrrl in Olympia, Jacmel, Haiti’s artists and poets, Act Up in NYC in the 1980’s. Before thinking in terms of a detached audience or critical judgment, these artists were performing in basements, attending consciousness-raising meetings, and listening to poetry readings in dance clubs. (The refashioning of the self in listening.) This urgent thematic group exhibition is guest curated by artists Molly Zuckerman Hartung and Nicholas Frank, and will include work by госкино, Tracy + the Plastics, Cary Cronenwett, Cauleen Smith, Gregg Bordowitz, Amy Yao, Joshua Ploeg, Kirsten Stoltmann, Poncili Creación, Microlights, Dana DeGiulio, Bryan O’Keefe, and Danny Giles. This exhibition will be accompanied by an artist publication.
Exhibitions currently on view through June 2015
Cargo Space and Bad at Sports
Drawing Center’s Open Sessions
Lise Haller Baggesen
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen
Maddie Reyna and Levi Budd
John Riepenhoff and Richard Galling
Aaron Van Dyke and Summer School
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen new-commissioned exhibition at the Poor Farm Experiment is named “Divorce” which will be an installation that spans over to rooms with sculptures and videos that draws from the aesthetics of European and African folk traditions that evokes scenery between animistic rituals and ludicrous gestures, and a sculptural and performative exercise into form and anti-form.
The Danish artist Henrik Plenge Jakobsen examines the effects of political, economic and social structures on our lives. For him, art and reality are not separate fields that can be temporarily merged with each other. Art rather represents one of these realities, from which our own reality is comprised. Henrik Plenge Jakobsen was born 1967 in Copenhagen where he also lives. Plenge Jakobsen had solo presentations at Portikus, Frankfurt, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, The National Gallery in Copenhagen and The Suburban in Oak Park.
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung’s “Packing My Library 2014-2015” evokes Walter Benjamin’s “For what else is this collection but a disorder to which habit has accommodated itself to such an extent that it can appear as order?” For the next year Zuckerman-Hartung’s library will reside at the Poor Farm where she hopes to learn more about her books through their absence.
Open Sessions at The Drawing Center is a two-year platform for dialogue, open to artists working in a variety of disciplines and offering exhibition opportunities at The Drawing Center and other venues. Over the next two years a rotating selection of work by artists participating in Open Session will be presented at The Poor Farm.
Assaf Evron is presenting a photographic installation based on infrared kinect sensor light. Evron’s purple images offer a seductive visual experience and a conceptual engagement in the history of painting, metaphors of vision and the optical apparatus.
Amikam Toren will have a ‘remote composition’ built on site, from his ongoing Stacks series. The Poor Farm Stack will be a provisional cardboard-box sculpture derived from the standard shipping symbols. And Abigail Deville’s accretive installation in the Poor Farm basement, begun in the summer of 2013, will remain on view.
Summer School is an informal gathering of students, faculty and artists exploring experimental forms of dialog and education. It resides within the opening weekend of the Great Poor Farm Experiment each year.
Nelly Agassi will adapt her I’m the One performance, originally developed for the 2010 No Soul For Sale exhibition at Tate Modern, for the Poor Farm. Agassi gives away t-shirts printed with the phrase I’m the One in white-on-white, rendering each person who takes one simultaneously a self-aware individual and a member of a subtle collective identity.
Steve Wetzel will screen a single-channel video shot in Cuyuna, MN, about a wood tick festival where hundreds of wood ticks are collected and raced as part of a dynamic, annual convivial social performance in the heart of the nation’s once-thriving iron ore industry. A related installation will comment on the Poor Farm’s existence as a sometimes-lonely, sometimes socially burgeoning locale, and the passage of real time in representational space.
Levi Budd and Maddie Reyna will collaborate in a site specific, permanent intervention wherein a text will be carved into a tree on the site of The Poor Farm. The instrument used will be left implanted in the tree, causing permanent modification in its growth.
John Riepenhoff and Richard Galling will be hosting their annual “Lazy River, Keep Showing Me Your Rafts,” a raft building competition and float down the Little Wolf River.
Lifetime Achievement is a pedagogical platform based in Milwaukee, WI. Programing at the Poor Farm will include: an obstacle-course group show, poetry reading/campfire-building workshop, and an outdoor screening by Microlights, a neighborhood cinema based in Milwaukee.
Sara Caron will operate Poor Store out of a canvas tent. It will sell all the essentials for a weekend of Poor Farm camping: Things in years past I’ve forgotten at home or wished I had: beer, rain ponchos, snacks, inner tubes, bait for fishing etc.
On Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 The Great Poor Farm Experiment presents a special preview of Lise Haller Baggesen’s book Mothernism, due for release in October of 2014. For this Saturday afternoon, Baggesen will present sections of her forthcoming book, while discussing the project from inception to print. Advance copies of this lush, full-color edition designed by Sonnenzimmer will be available.