The Studio Museum in Harlem and Goethe-Institut New York are joining forces for an innovative one-year collaboration: OFF/SITE. This unique partnership between two culturally-specific institutions features artist projects and public programs in two iconic New York City neighborhoods, Harlem and the East Village.
OFF/SITE synthesizes the missions, histories and mandates of both institutions. The Studio Museum and the Goethe-Institut share a commitment to specific places, cultures and experiences as well as to global engagement with contemporary art and ideas. They are uniquely suited to co-present a series of exhibitions, performances, panels and screenings that interrogates concepts including geography, site-responsiveness, community and artistic practice.
Xaviera Simmons: junctures (transmissions to), OFF/SITE’s inaugural project, will be on view at the Goethe-Institut’s Wyoming Building from September 24 to October 27, 2010. A public program featuring Simmons and junctures (transmissions to) collaborators will take place at the Studio Museum at 7 pm on Thursday, October 21. OFF/SITE will continue in Winter/Spring 2011 with an artist project from Marc Brandenbug, and the event series Up/Down, North/South: Three Evenings.
Over the five weeks of junctures (transmissions to), Xaviera Simmons will engage invited writers, academics, musicians, astrologers and others in a series of “micro-residencies,” embracing the collaborative and multi-genre nature of the OFF/SITE project. Participants including artist Brendan Fernandes, filmmaker Sophie Hamacher, landscape architect and surfer Benjamin Landers, singer/songwriter Austin McCutchen, and historian and singer Teresa Mora will join Simmons in a closed, site-specific wooden studio structure within the Wyoming Building. The studio will be equipped with a slide projector, digital projector, microphone, amplification system and commercial-grade copy machine; the gallery will serve as home to several live finches for the duration of the project. In the gallery the artist and her collaborators will create an ever-changing installation of photocopies, projections, staged readings, sound recordings and ephemera reflecting the conversations and activity within the studio.
Weekly project updates, blog posts and a full collaborator list will be available at studiomuseum.org.
Hours and Location
The Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building is located at 5 East 3rd Street (between Bowery and 2nd Ave), New York, New York.
Xaviera Simmons and her collaborators will be in the Wyoming Building studio space on Wednesday, 5:30–9 pm and Saturday, 2–5:45 pm.
The installation will be on view throughout the Wyoming Building’s opening hours, Tuesday and Thursday–Sunday, 1–6 pm, and Wednesday, 1–9 pm.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is located at 144 West 125th Street (between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevards) New York, New York.
The Museum is open Thursday and Friday, 12–9 pm, Saturday 10–6 pm, and 12–6pm on Target Free Sundays.
Current exhibitions include Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views and Usable Pasts: 2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, Valerie Piraino