Organized in partnership with the REFRESH collective and Hunter College Art Galleries, Refiguring the Future is a new exhibition (Feb. 8 – Mar. 31) and conference (Feb. 9 – 10) offering a politically engaged and inclusive vision of the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Curated by REFRESH collective members Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Dorothy R. Santos, the exhibition title is inspired by artist Morehshin Allahyari’s work defining a concept of “refiguring” as a feminist, de-colonial, and activist practice. Informed by the punk ethos of do-it-yourself (DIY), the 18 artists featured in Refiguring the Future deeply mine the historical and cultural roots of our time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become.
The exhibition opens on February 8, with a public reception at Hunter College Art Galleries’ 205 Hudson space, followed by a weekend of programming for the Refiguring the Future conference from February 9-10.
The exhibition will present 11 new works alongside re-presented immersive works by feminist, queer, decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-ableist artists concerned with our technological and political moment including: Morehshin Allahyari, Lee Blalock, Zach Blas*, micha cárdenas* and Abraham Avnisan, In Her Interior (Virginia Barratt and Francesca da Rimini)*, Mary Maggic, Lauren McCarthy, shawné michaelain holloway*, Claire and Martha Pentecost, Sonya Rapoport, Barak adé Soleil, Sputniko! and Tomomi Nishizawa, Stephanie Syjuco, and Pinar Yoldas*.
*Names with asterik denotes participation in the conference.
Read the full curatorial statement here.
Read more about the artists and their work here.
205 Hudson is an accessible space. The entrance and lobby is on the ground floor at 205 Hudson at Watts St. The mezzanine level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Restrooms are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.
American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at the opening