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Announcing NURTUREart’s 2018-2019 Exhibition Season

September 7, 2018

NURTUREart is pleased to announce our 2018–2019 exhibition season. Proposals were selected through our annual open call, free to apply, for emerging and underrepresented artists and curators. The jury, which rotates annually and makes recommendations based on applications, included this year Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, Queens Museum; Amanda Parmer, Curator, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics; and Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator and Cultural Critic.

2018–2019 Artists
Gabo Camnitzer & Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco
Christie Neptune
Melissa Sclafani
Brett Wallace

2018–2019 Curators
Jane Cavalier & Nicole Kaack
Mariel Villere



Christie Neptune: Unpacking Sameness
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm
On view: September 8–October 7, 2018

Neptune uses photography and filmed performance to unpack and dismantle the social and psychological constructs of race in America. In developing a visual language comprised of motifs from mid-seventeenth century Dutch painting, daguerreotypes of American slaves, and the low-fi films of black consciousness raising artists of 1970s New York, Neptune creates a narrative that oscillates between construction and deconstruction, oppression and liberation.


Melissa Sclafani: Future Play / Cage Spaces
Opening reception: Friday, October 19, 7-9pm
On view: October 20–November 18, 2018

Future Play / Cage Spaces is a solo exhibition by Melissa Sclafani, a playground made of chain-link and pipe. Creating an environment that reflects both formal sculpture and the desensitizing of chain-link that speaks to the United States’s present and possible future.


Object Intimacies, curated by Jane Cavalier & Nicole Kaack
Featuring artists Wesley Chavis, Mira Dayal, Alayna Rasile Digrindakis, Andrew Gayle, David Horvitz, Simone Kearney, Junyu Lee
Opening reception: Friday, November 30, 7-9pm
On view: December 1, 2018–January 13, 2019

Object Intimacies, a group exhibition curated by Jane Cavalier & Nicole Kaack, considers the companionship that may exist between bodies and things, in or out of touch. First, presenting sculptures meant to be touched, these artworks insist on an embodied knowledge of the object. Then, stepping away from physical contact to present works in which haptic gestures become a means of transmitting touch across space, asking how may the language of intimacy be translated, communicated through proxy or image?


Gabo Camnitzer & Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco: Aesthetic Behavior; Developmental Sequences
Opening reception: February 8, 7-9pm
On view: February 9–March 3, 2019

Aesthetic Behavior; Developmental Sequences, a collaborative project by artist Gabo Camnitzer and architect Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, is an installation and workshop series reflecting on current modes of spectatorship using the avatar of the child. The project engages with the problematic history of clinical developmental research and behavioral psychology, and subverts the ways these fields have denied the agency of children through objectifying, essentializing, and individualizing them. 


Opening reception: Friday, March 15, 7-9pm
On view: March 16–April 14, 2019

WORK PLATFORMS explores how technology is shaping the gig economy—how workers are recruited, organized and supported on gig platforms. The exhibition explores questions on how work is accessed on gig platforms like Uber, Fiverr, UpWork, Amazon mTurk. How do these gig platforms market to various workers based on social class or status, exclude or exploit workers based on race or gender? How do these platforms monitor workers/users? How do hackathons open up new platforms of learning and discovery for workers?


The Department of Human and Natural Services, curated by Mariel Villere
Featuring artists Nancy Nowacek, Allison Rowe, Li Sumpter, Environmental Performance Agency (EPA)
Opening reception: Friday, April 19, 7-9pm
On view: April 20–May 19, 2019

The Department of Human and Natural Services presents alternative arrangements of the bureaucracy surrounding climate change and possibilities to reclaim agency for environmental justice and resilience. The exhibition is comprised of works by four artists/collectives that propose strategies and actions in response to the current course of global warming. The project is a platform for visitors to envision their own future and a bureau, or a point of exchange for these visions, their material outputs, and a place to borrow or share resources in a new climatic reality.


  1. 1. Christie Neptune, Head Bowed in Assembled Construction, 2018. Digital Chromogenic Print. 36 x 24 inches.
  2. 2. Melissa Sclafani, It’s a small world after all, 2017. chain link, steel pipe, wood, shag carpet, 96 x 120 x 120 inches.
  3. 3. Andrew Gayle, An Invitation, 2016. 30 glazed and unglazed ceramics, oriental rug. Dimensions variable.
  4. 4. Gabo Camnitzer & Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Aesthetic Behavior; Developmental Sequences [Installation proposal]. Source Image: Dr. Arnold Gesell studying a baby at Yale’s child psychology lab, January 01, 1947 (Photo by Herbert Gehr/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images).
  5. 5. Brett Wallace, AMAZING INDUSTRIES, Drone Delivery, 2018, Giclee print on canvas, 79.9 x 120.3 inches.
  6. 6. Environmental Performance Agency, All Weeds Are Welcome Here and Embodied Science Experiment, 2017. Cooperative sculpture & performance at EPA Headquarters, Brooklyn, NY.