Nayland Blake

NAYLAND BLAKE (VF ‘02) is an artist whose mixed-media work has been variously described as disturbing, provocative, elusive, tormented, sinister, hysterical, brutal, and tender.

Blake has had solo museum exhibition at the Tang Museum and was included in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and that museum’s infamous Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art exhibition in 1994. Maura Riley curated a retrospective of 30 years of Blake’s art, “Behavior,” which was presented in late 2008-early 2009 at Location One in New York City. His work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Des Moines Art Center, among others. He is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery, and lives and works in New York City.

Ron Gorchov

RON GORCHOV was born in Chicago in 1930. He has lived and worked in New York since the 1950s. Gorchov’s paintings are included in many prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Everson Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Vito Schnabel Gallery has worked with Gorchov since 2005, when he presented an overview of the artist’s work from the 1970s through the early 2000s. It was the first comprehensive exhibition of Gorchov’s work and led to a solo exhibition the following year at MoMA PS1. 

More recently, Vito Schnabel Gallery curated an exhibition of Gorchov’s work at Sotheby’s S|2 in London in February 2015, and presented an exhibition of Gorchov’s paintings in March 2016 at Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Ralph Lemon

Ralph Lemon, is choreographer, writer, visual artist and curator, and the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation.  His most recent works include Scaffold Room (2015), Four Walls (2012), and How Can You Stay in The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? (2008-2010), works with live performance, film and visual art that toured throughout the U.S. The immersive visual art installation, Meditation, which was part of How Can You Stay, was purchased for the permanent collection of the Walker Arts Center in 2012.  In January 2011, a re-imagined section of How Can You Stay was per-formed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in conjunction with On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century.  Mr. Lemon curated the fall 2012 performance series “Some sweet day” at MOMA, and the acclaimed 2010 performance series “I Get Lost” at Danspace Project in NYC.  His solo visual art exhibitions include: 1856 Cessna Road at Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC (2012); How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2010); (the efflorescence of) Walter, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2008), The Kitchen, NYC (2007) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2006); The Geography Trilogy, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2001); and Temples, Margaret Bodell Gallery, NYC (2000).  His group exhibitions include: Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London, UK and The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC.  In 2012, Mr. Lemon was honored with one of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards; he was also one of the first artists to receive the United States Artists Fellowship (2006).  He is recipient of three "Bessie" Awards (1986, 2005, 2016); two Foundation for Contemporary Art Awards (1986, 2012); two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2004, 2009); a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship; a 2004 Bellagio Study Center Fellowship; and the 1999 CalArts Alpert Award.  Among his many teaching positions, Mr. Lemon has been an IDA Fellow at Stanford University (2009); artist-in-residence at Temple University (2005-06); Miller Endowment Visiting Artist at the Krannert Center (2004); Fellow of the Humanities Council and Program in Theater & Dance at Princeton University (2002); and Associate Artist at Yale Repertory Theatre (1996-2000). For the fall 2011 semester he was a Visiting Critic with the Yale University, School of Art, Sculpture Dept. He was the 2014 Annenberg Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, where he curated a series of “performance essays,” titled, Value Talks. In 2015 he was a Mellon Foundation Visiting Artist Fellow at Columbia University. He is currently a Visual Arts Mentor at Coulumbia University School of the Arts. His book, Come home Charley Patton, the final in a series documenting The Geography Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Wesleyan University Press. He was short listed for the 2016 Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from president, Barack Obama. The first monograph of his work was published by The Museum Of Modern Art (part of their new Modern Dance Series) in 2016.

Judith Linhares

The figures in Judith Linhares paintings are cooking, eating, sweeping digging and dreaming their loose-limed bodies are animated by paint fueled brush strokes.

In this unreality all is illuminated by the setting and rising sun. Linhares is a fourth generation Californian growing up as a child in the high desert and beach city in the Southern part of the state moving north to attend the California College of the Arts for both graduate and undergraduate degrees. She moved to New York from California in 1980 after being included in Marcia Tuckers 1978 game changing show” Bad Painting.”

She continues to exhibit through out the US and Europe and has had over 40 one-person shows. Linhares has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards the most recent being the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2013 in previous years she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant and an Anonymous Was a Woman grant along with three National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Linhares has received reviews in the New York Times, Art in America, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her works can be found in Museums throughout the United States The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Greenville County Museum of Art, The Butler institute of American Art, the Oakland and San Francisco museums of Art. 

Eileen Myles

photo credit: Peggy O'Brien

photo credit: Peggy O'Brien

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist and performer whose books include Chelsea GirlsI Must Be Living Twice, Selected Poems and The Importance of Being Iceland/Travel Essays in ArtAfterglow (A Dog Memoir) will be out in Fall 2017. In 1992 Myles conducted an openly female write-in campaign for president of the United States. They have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, The Foundation for Contemporary Art and in 2016 were awarded the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing. Myles is also a television poet. Their poems have appeared in seasons 2 and 3 of the Emmy-winning TV show Transparent. They live in New York and Marfa TX.

Wu Tsang

 Wu Tsang’s films, installations, performances, and sculptures move fluidly between documentary, activism, and fiction. Her projects have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally, including MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MCA (Chicago), MOCA (Los Angeles), Berlinale Film Festival (Berlin), Torino Film Festival (Turin), SANFIC (Santiago), Hot Docs (Toronto), and South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin). Her first feature film WILDNESS (2012) premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and her work was also featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and in “The Ungovernables” New Museum Triennial in New York. She has received grants from Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations.