Steve DiBenedetto

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Steve DiBenedetto was born in the Bronx in 1958. He attended Parsons School of Design from 1976 to 1980 and was selected for the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art as a third-year student in 1979. This was an important moment not only regarding developments in painting but also the significance of exposure to avant-garde musical works and composers that have made an impact on him. Music is a crucial component to DiBenedetto in terms of both playing and listening to and sometimes writing about.

He was included in his first group show organized by a close friend from Parsons, Steven Parrino in 1984 at the legendary International With Monument gallery in the East village in NYC. He was then connected (via Parrino as well) with the equally legendary Cable Gallery run by the great Clarissa Dalryimple and Nicole Klagsburn. Important shows took place there from 1987 to 1990 upon the closure of the gallery. Through Cable gallery opportunities to show work in Europe were realized. Paintings at this time were abstract, somewhat geometric, vibrantly colored, optically charged works done in fluorescent acrylic and spray paint derived from notions regarding the buzzy presence of technology in society.

Subsequent solo shows were with Tony Shafrazi, Manfred Baumgartner, Derek Eller, and David Nolan in New York, as well as with Dan Weinberg in Los Angeles. 

Steve DiBenedetto spent 3 months of summer 1999 in a residency at Monet's Giverny garden, and then worked on numerous small scale paintings which were shown in New York at Baumgartner in 2000. Paintings had transitioned into more improvised process based imagery done in oil on linen by then. 

Later, he was one of eight artists chosen to have a room in an ambitious show "Remote Viewing" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2005, which included Carroll Dunham, Terry Winters, Julie Mehretu and others. His work was purchased by the Whitney at this time.  

Around 2002, drawing became a more significant studio practice for him, which continues today. His drawings were shown in a solo show at Derek Eller Gallery in 2003, in a four person show at Miguel Abreu and Tim Nye's gallery, Vestry Arts in 2004, as well as at David Nolan Gallery. Drawings (and prints) were purchased by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Morgan Library & Museum around this time. Drawings are typically done in colored pencil and some with charcoal pencil, and although imagery is shared, they are considered as works in their own right as opposed to preliminary sketches for paintings.

New drawings made in Rome at the American Academy there from September to November 2018 were included in a show at Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York in Jan 2019 as well as in a solo show in March 2019 at the Academy Conti, Burgundy, France. Other recent shows have been mounted at Half Gallery and The National Exemplar gallery in New York.

Music is a crucial component in the works of DiBenedetto in terms of both playing and listening to and sometimes writing about, and an ambient sound piece was included in a small survey show the artist had at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 2015.

Awards include Tiffany Foundation Award in 2002, Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003, and Awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003 and 2015, and he has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes at the School of Visual Arts, Mason Gross at Rutgers, Cooper Union, Cornell University, and Columbia University.


 


Chitra Ganesh (A ‘01, F ‘13)

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Chitra Ganesh lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics and an MFA from Columbia University. Chitra's drawing-based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. Her vocabulary draws from surrealism, expressionism, Hindu and Buddhist iconography, and South-Asian pictorial forms such as Kalighat and Madhubani painting, connecting these with contemporary mass-mediated visual languages of comics, science fiction, news photography, and illustration.

Since 2004 Ganesh has collaborated with Mariam Ghani as Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of  detentions, deportations, and human erasures, as well as a public platform for dialogue on related issues. 

Her work as been has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Asia Society, New York, NY; Queens Museum of Art, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA, San Jose Museum, CA; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; the Saatchi Museum, London, United Kingdom; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China; Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, Gwangju, Korea; National Museum for the Arts, Taiwan; Kunstverein, Göttingen, Germany; Kunstalle Exnergrasse, Vienna; the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain; and most recently the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. She has had solo presentations at PS 1/MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, Goteborgs Konsthalle, Andy Warhol Museum, and Rubin Museum, .

Ganesh has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim memorial foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Art Matters among others. She has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts (2017-18), Robina Foundation Fellow for Arts and Human rights at Yale University Law School (2015-16), US Art in Embassies Program resident in NIROX, South Africa (2015), Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist (2015); Kirloskar Visiting Scholar at RISD (2014), and Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program (2013-14).  Her works are held in prominent collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Devi Art Foundation, Saatchi Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.

www.chitraganesh.com

Sung Hwan Kim (A '01)

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Sung Hwan Kim (b.1975, South Korea) has most recently exhibited his work at daad galerie, Berlin (2018), the 57th Venice Biennale Arte (2017), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2017) and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick, UK (2017). With David Michael DiGregorio he inaugurated Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, with the operatic theater piece, 피나는 노력으로 한 [A Woman Whose Head Came Out Before Her Name] (2015) and created two radio plays, commissioned by Bayerischer Rundfunk: one from in the room (2010, for which they won the Karl-Sczuka-Förderpreis), and Howl Bowel Owl (2013). Solo exhibitions include Sung Hwan Kim, CCA Kitakyushu (2016); Life of Always a Mirror, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2014); Sung Hwan Kim, The Tanks at Tate Modern, London (2012); Line Wall, Kunsthalle Basel (2011) and Sung Hwan Kim, From the Commanding Heights…, Queens Museum, New York (2011), Golden Times Part 2: Sung Hwan Kim, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010). His works were shown in international biennales and film festivals, such as the Gwangju Biennale, Performa, Manifesta, Berlin Biennale, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. He was a fellow at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2004/2005) and a recipient of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (2015). His publications include Talk or Sing (distributed by Artsonje); Ki-da Rilke (distributed by Sternberg Press); and When Things Are Done Again (distributed by Tranzitdisplay).  

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Sondra Perry (A '13)

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Sondra Perry is a "human person" making videos and performances that foreground the tools of digital production as a way to critically reflect on new technologies of representation and to remobilize their potential. Perry has had multiple solo exhibitions, including at THE KITCHEN, the installation Resident Evil, Typhoon Coming On at Serpentine Galleries, and in 2015 the artist's work appeared in the fourth iteration of Greater New York at MoMA PS1. In 2017, Sondra was awarded the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize for a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum. Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA in Expanded Media from Alfred University. She lives and works in her hometown of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

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Lan Tuazon

Lan Tuazon was born 1976 in the Philippines and emigrated to the US in 1986. She entered the work force at the age of 13 and participated in local and national art contests to supplement family income. This amounted to a full-tuition scholarship from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University, and the artist also participated in the Whitney Independent Study in 2003. She now lives and works in Chicago where she is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Lan Tuazon is best known for her 10 year-long trilogy on the Shift in the Order of Things that began in 2010  based on Althusser’s structure of Ideology. Her work on order is about how the individual is subjected to society and towards an ideological version of the world. Her trilogy began with the urban plan and our economic and proprietary relationship to space. She then continued with the museum as a cultural apparatus that frames historical and cultural memory. Order in Western Human Sciences is about Multiculturalism - different types of humans whereas current anthropological theories on MultiNaturalism expands orders to different types of natures. She is currently working on the conclusion to her trilogy with Future Fossils: Sum, a large scale sculpture made from all types of containers - split and layered to “grow” mass like the rings of a tree. This durational and documentary sculpture will culminate into a house, cut open and filled with all things consumed and disposed in a lifetime. This body of work is about the scale of the human footprint of consumption and a humbling of human culture as but one thing contained within the planetary scale of nature.

Lan Tuazon has exhibited internationally at the Neue Galerie in the Imperial Palace of Austria, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany and the Lowry Museum in London. Solo exhibitions of her work includes Brooklyn Museum and Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York, Youngworld, Inc in Detroit, Julius Caesar in Chicago and the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas in Austin. She was awarded artist in residence and fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Headlands Art Center, and Civitella Ranieri in Italy and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Group shows of her work have been exhibited (inter)nationally including 8th Floor Rubin Foundation, Artist Space, Redcat Gallery, Canada Gallery, Sculpture  Center, Apex Art, Exit Art, WKV Kunstverein and Künstlerhaus in Stuttgart, Germany, Shiva Gallery, Essex Flowers, Momenta Art and the Hyde Park Art Center.

www.lantuazon.com