January 19 – March 7, 2020
Imani Noelle Ford
Broodthaers Society of America
520 West 143rd Street
New York, New York 10031
The Broodthaers Society is pleased to present Atlas, a group exhibition of serial works on paper about the body.
When Marcel Broodthaers died at the relatively young age of 52, he left many unfinished artworks, texts, and ideas. Thus, in the spirit of learning by making things, the Broodthaers Society will mount a series of periodic exhibitions that pick up on such threads as ‘the amateur’, ‘the transformation of art into merchandise’, and ‘laziness’.
Atlas: serial works on paper about the body is the first of these exhibitions. Inspired by Broodthaers’ The Conquest of Space: Atlas for use by artists and the military (1975), the show will reconsider the character, theme, and gender of Atlas, the mythic titan tasked with supporting heaven and earth by the Greek gods.
Imani Noelle Ford
Theses works on paper—by degrees cool, expressive, meticulous, sardonic, and wild—were all encountered serendipitously over the past year. As a group, they share an approach to art-making that is rooted in self-inquiry and its relationship to cosmopolitanism. Although modest in format, the artworks in toto speak to the wisdom that can accrue from a dedicated serial practice.
In relation to Atlas, the artworks are more concerned with the perseverance of the private body than with symbolic conquests carried out in one’s name. As such they can be seen as being focused more on the eternal pressure that Atlas endures than on its transliteration into heroic deeds. They suggest both the timeframe of Atlas’ task and the productive potential of making one thing after another.
Participating artists were:
Anne-Lise Coste was born in Marseilles. She is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, and Lullin + Ferrari, Zürich. She lives in Orthoux, in the south of France.
Imani Noelle Ford was born in Chicago. They are a visual artist and writer who are currently a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York. She lives in New York.
Sydney King was born in San Francisco. She has recently exhibited photographs at the International Center for Photography Museum and the NARS Foundation, New York. She lives in Brooklyn.
Lara Konrad was born in Munich. She is a writer whose most recent book is Mother, We Have All Been Lonely and Lovely Places, published by Gato Negro Ediciones, Mexico City. She lives in New York and Munich.
Mamiko Otsubo was born in Tokyo. She works in a variety of media and is currently working on a public art commission for the Seattle Department of Transportation. She is represented by Lullin + Ferrari, Zürich. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sinéad Spelman was born in Dublin. Her exhibition Descanso en la Huida is currently on view at Fondació Suñol, Barcelona. She is represented by etHALL/Jorge Bravo, Barcelona. She lives in Barcelona.
Paula Stuttman was born in Chicago. She teaches at The New School and designs educational programming for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and other institutions. She lives in New York.