Archive | October, 2017

Rawson Projects

31 Oct

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Kitchen Debate

curated by Paulina Ascencio

November 2–December 10, 2017

Opening reception: ThursdayNovember 2 from 6–8 PM

Talk with the curator and artists: Saturday, November 4 at 4 PM

Artists: Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Javier Barrios, Livia Corona Benjamin, Ana Bidart, Edgar Cobián, Debora Delmar, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Valentina Jager, Iván Krassoievitch, Enrique Lanz, Javier M. Rodríguez, Edgar Orlaineta, Chantal Peñalosa, Gabriel Rico, Marco Rountree, and Eduardo Sarabia

For immediate release: 

Site95Rawson Projects, and Regina Rex are pleased to announce their collaboration for Kitchen Debate, a group show of Mexican artists curated by Paulina Ascencio.

The exhibition takes its name from the infamous series of conversations between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev during the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959. The conversation started in the kitchen of a suburban model house that, allegedly, anyone in America could afford. As it developed into a brandish demonstration of domestic technology, the event was a watershed for consumerism culture in America, appealing to the increase of purchasing power of the average family, and the beginning of modern credit.

The trail of these ideas spread to Mexico as an aspirational way of living for middle class families, as it is portrayed in magazines, advertisement, and TV. Both the conversation and its aftermath are revisited almost sixty years later through the work of 16 Mexican artists. From a post-NAFTA conjuncture, from a society that has become suspicious of the “American way”, this Kitchen Debate considers post-war design, social housing crises, states of emergency, millennial dynamics, and access and distribution of goods.

Paulina Ascencio (Guadalajara, 1988) is an independent curator and researcher based in Mexico. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences. She has participated in the residency programs of Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, and PAOS, Guadalajara. She has worked in exhibitions in Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, and MURA, as well as in galleries and independent spaces. She is an alumni of the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International (ICI) in New Orleans. Her texts have been published in La Tempestad, Terremoto, and Harper’s Bazaar Art.

Rawson Projects and Regina Rex will function as a collection center for donations for the victims of 19S earthquake in Mexico. Winter is coming and there are still a lot of people living in shelters. If you would like to donate warm clothes and blankets, please bring them to the galleries by November 4 and we will ensure that those who need them most will receive them.

If you would like to donate money, the following organizations are recommended:

Cooperación Comunitaria to reconstruct the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Arte Reconstruir MX

Topos Brigade

Everything counts. Mexico needs your help.

For inquiries please contact the gallery at or call 646 275 4701


Christo at the DAH!!!!

31 Oct


M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture Fall Open Houses / Information Sessions with Directors Mosette Broderick and Jon Ritter

30 Oct



Tuesday November 7, 6:30 – 8 pm

Thursday, November 9, 12:30 – 2 pm

Silver Center 307

100 Washington Square East

Looking for a future path?  Love old buildings?  Why not make them new again?  NYU’s London-based M.A. Program provides an immersion in adaptive reuse and sustainable building practice. Learn about the program at our open house, featuring presentations about our faculty and curriculum, admissions information, and career opportunities in the field.  Program directors and alumni will be there to discuss the program and answer your questions. A background in Architecture or Art History is not required – this field is open to all students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

Sponsored by the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

For more information, please see our web pages:

Refreshments will be served / Contact us at:





KJCC Conference co-organized by Professor Miriam Basilio

30 Oct

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This two-day conference aims to foster discussion about the relationship between art and power, including reflections on the appropriation of visual and print culture by political regimes; the intersections of so-called high culture and popular culture in dictatorships or periods of political crisis; and the constructions of history in light of current events.

Speakers will include poets, curators, historians of art and propaganda, and contemporary artists. Spain serves as a central point of reference for a number of the presentations, including cases such as the recent exhibition Campo Cerrado: Arte y poder en la posguerra española, 1939-1953, a major exhibition about visual culture, architecture, design, and exhibition history under Franco at the Reina Sofia Museum; the efforts to return Guernica to Spain during the dictatorship and Transition; and the appropriation of Picasso to brand Malaga a center for artistic tourism. In addition, a number of the participants will offer perspectives related to art during political crisis elsewhere, with presentations that focus on cases such as contemporary Venezuela, and the recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985.


Friday, November 17th, 2017

5:00 p.m. Welcome

Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director, NYU Institute of Fine Arts

5:15 p.m. Introduction

María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Associate Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, NYU

5:30 p.m. Keynote

Luis García Montero, Poet and Professor of Spanish Literature, Universidad de Granada
Un orden disidente. El regreso de la poesía al sentido de lo común (A Dissident Order. The Return of Poetry to the Common Sense)

6:30 p.m. PANEL 1: Museum Piece? Exhibiting War and Totalitarianisms 

Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum
We wanted a revolution. Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (Title to be confirmed)

María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Associate Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, NYU
Closed Fields? Museums and Memory

Francesc Torres, artist
At War. Conflict and Representation

Respondent: Miriam Basilio, Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

Reception to follow

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

11:00 a.m. Introduction

Miriam Basilio, Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

11:15 a.m.: PANEL 2: Very Real Fictions: Creation and Political Commentary

Germán Labrador, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University
Political Regimes of Invisibility. Aesthetics and Censorship in Contemporary Spain

Miriam Basilio, Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU
Spanish Dynasties: Portraits, Copies, and Controversy

Esperanza Mayobre, artist
Postcards from Caracas 

Respondent: Carey Kasten, Associate Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages and Literature (LC), Fordham University

12:45 p.m. Lunch Break

3:00 p.m. PANEL 3: Politics, Consumerism, Tourism and Culture: Picasso’s Guernica 

Genoveva Tusell, Professor, Universidad Nacional a Distancia, Madrid
Guernica’s arrival to Spain. Memory, Political Commitment and Democracy 

Daniel García Andújar, artist
Picasso as backdrop 

Rogelio López Cuenca, artist

Respondent: Jordana Mendelson, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, NYU



María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Associate Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Fall 2017 King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture, NYU

Miriam Basilio, Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, NYU

The symposium will be in English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be provided

Gallery Conversation

25 Oct



EntPartners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 2017.
Photograph by Nicholas Papananias er a captionWednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm


Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

With David A. Hanks, Curator of Partners in Design and Curator, Liliane & David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, Montreal, and Madeline Murphy Turner, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Free of charge, no reservations. All programs subject to change.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC, September 7–December 9, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please


Frédérique Aït-Touati Lecture

25 Oct

Poster Art and Theory in-for the Anthropocene

Nostalgia for the Future Film Screening followed by discussion with directors Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar

25 Oct

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Direction: Avijit Mukul Kishore, Rohan Shivkumar
Production: Films Division India
Genre: Documentary film
Language: Hindi and English (with English subtitles)
Format: 16mm film and video
Duration: 54 min
Year of production: 2017

‘Nostalgia for the Future’ is a film on Indian modernity, the citizen and the architecture of the home. It looks at imaginations of homes across four examples of buildings made over the period of a century. These are Lukhshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda – the gigantic home built by a progressive monarch in the late 19th Century; Villa Shodhan in Ahmedabad – a private residence which represents the idea of domesticity within Nehruvian modernity, designed by Le Corbusier; Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, which epitomises the Gandhian aspirations of the nation-state; and public housing in post-independence Delhi, designed by the Government of India to house refugees from Pakistan and the bureaucrats of the newly independent nation.
The film explores these spaces and imagines the bodies that were meant to inhabit them through the evocation of the cinematic and aural collective memory of a nation. It uses a mix of formats – 16mm film and digital video in both colour and black and white, along with archival footage from state propaganda films and mainstream cinema.The film is a collaboration between film maker Avijit Mukul Kishore and architect Rohan Shivkumar. It emerges from the intersection of their respective disciplines – architecture and documentary film, both of which have been ingrained in the discourse of utilitarianism and certainty. The film opens these disciplines out to self-critique and looks at their role in imagining and constructing a nation and its citizen.

The film is produced by Films Division India.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Silver Center (31 Washington Place), Room 300