E.P.A. exhibit at Exit Art
3/15/2008 to 7/12/2008
March 15 - July 12, 2008
475 Tenth Avenue
New York City, New York 10018
The Reclamation Project
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
in its group exhibit
E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions)
March 15 – July 12, 2008
ART ANNOUNCES S.E.A.
(SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL AESTHETICS),
AN IMPORTANT NEW INITIATIVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
This timely new exhibition series and archive initiative will kick-off on
March 15 with E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions) in Exit
E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions)
Co-curated with ecoartspace
March 15 – May 3, 2008
extended through July 12, 2008
Opening: Saturday, March 15, 2008, 7 to 9pm
V. Elizabeth Bell, Mark Brest van Kempen, Carissa Carman and Joanna Lake,
Susanne Cockrell, Xavier Cortada, Carrie Dashow, Erica Fielder,
Ozzie Forbes, Amy Franceschini, Aaron Gach, Fritz Haeg, Amy Howden-Chapman,
Basia Irland, Scot Kaplan, Carolyn Lambert, Robin Lasser, Bill Meyer,
Kathryn Miller and Michael Honer, Miss Rockaway Armada, Matthew Moore, Eve
Mosher, Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir, Andrea Polli, James Reed,
Austin Shull, Brooke Singer and Brian Rigney Hubbard, Anne-Katrin Spiess,
Exit Art is pleased to announce the opening of
E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions), the first project of
S.E.A, a large-scale program dealing with current environmental concerns
and the way artists respond to them. E.P.A is a group exhibition
surveying recent performance work from around the world that addresses current
environmental crises. The exhibition will consist of videos, photographs,
texts, related ephemera and a film program documenting recent performances.
For this opening project we have invited Amy Lipton and Patricia Watts,
co-curators and founders of ecoartspace, a leading international
environmental arts organization, to collaborate with Exit Art on the
organization and presentation of this material.
will include performance documentation from more than 30 international
artists. These works, created in the public sphere, draw attention to and
engage the public in a dialogue about issues such as climate change,
watersheds, urbanization and, ultimately, human survival. E.P.A. will
set the precedence for future exhibitions of S.E.A. dealing with
environmental issues including The End of Oil, about the global oil
crisis and alternative energy, and Consume, about food production,
agricultural and sustainable living practices. An exhibition of historical
social-environmental art works is also planned to place this work in context.
S.E.A (Social-Environmental Aesthetics)
S.E.A is an exhibition program and archive of artworks that address
social and environmental concerns. It will assemble artists, activists,
scientists and scholars to address these issues through presentations of
visual art, performances, panels and lecture series. S.E.A will occupy
a permanent space in Exit Underground, a multimedia performance, film and
exhibition venue underneath Exit Art’s main gallery space. The S.E.A.
Archive will be a permanent archive of information, images and videos that
will be a searchable database for scholars and researchers.
Artists have been making work related to social and environmental issues for a
long time, but S.E.A. will be the most comprehensive and probably the
first initiative of its kind to bring this work together under a cohesive
program. Central to the mission of S.E.A is to provide a vehicle
through which the public can be made aware of this kind of work, to provide a
forum for collaboration between artists and ecologists and to inspire them to
continue the tradition of work that S.E.A. presents. S.E.A.
functions as an initiative where scientists, activists, researchers,
academics, artists, and the environmentally-conscious public can join together
in support of issues that affect our daily lives.
This major new exhibition series and archive initiative will kick-off on March
15 with the opening of E.P.A. (Environmental Performance
Actions) in Exit Underground.
ABOUT EXIT ART
Exit Art is an independent vision of contemporary culture. We are
prepared to react immediately to important issues that affect our lives. We do
experimental, historical and unique presentations of aesthetic, social,
political and environmental issues. We absorb cultural differences that become
prototype exhibitions. We are a center for multiple disciplines. Exit Art is a
25 year old cultural center in New York City founded by Directors Jeanette
Ingberman and Papo Colo, that has grown from a pioneering alternative art
space, into a model artistic center for the 21st century committed to
supporting artists whose quality of work reflects the transformations of our
culture. Exit Art is internationally recognized for its unmatched spirit of
inventiveness and consistent ability to anticipate the newest trends in the
culture. With a substantial reputation for curatorial innovation and depth of
programming in diverse media, Exit Art is always on the verge of change.
Ecoartspace is one of the leading international organizations whose
focus is on the intersection of art and ecology. Established as a non-profit
in 1999, they provide a platform for artists addressing environmental issues.
Ecoartspace promotes a diverse range of artworks that are participatory,
collaborative, interdisciplinary and educational. Their philosophy embodies a
broader concept of art in its relationship to the world and seeks to connect
human beings aesthetically with the awareness of larger ecological systems.
For more information, visit
General exhibition support provided by Carnegie Corporation, Jerome
Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Starry Night Fund at The Tides
Foundation, Exit Art’s Board of Trustees and our members. Public programs
support provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue, corner of 36th Street. Exit Art is
open each Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm; Friday, 10 am – 8 pm;
Saturday, noon – 8 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. There is a suggested donation
For more information please call 212-966-7745 or visit
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Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.