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An Evening with Nicolás Guagnini and Jeff Preiss
Featuring the film Discharge (2005)
Thursday, Nov 19
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Mishkin Gallery and ISLA (Baruch’s Initiative for the Study of Latin America) present an evening of art and film featuring the co-authored Discharge (2005) by Nicolás Guagnini and Jeff Preiss. Discharge came about when Guagnini and Preiss were both shareholders in the Orchard Gallery co-op, an artist-run gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side active from 2005 until 2008. In the first year of Orchard, Discharge was performed and filmed in the front of the gallery during closed hours, collapsing the gallery as a site of exhibiting and a site of production. At the time, both Guagnini and Preiss were undergoing and studying Reichian therapy; developed by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, this form of therapy is used to attenuate tension (and therefore, trauma) through very quick breath and eye movements. Preiss’s sharp editing is key in embodying Reichian techniques through film, while much of the repressed trauma informing Guagnini’s performance references a history of the dictatorship in his native Argentina in the 1970s and 80s. Discharge will be screened and the two artists will discuss their role and share reflections on in its production. This event is in conjunction with the upcoming Mishkin Gallery exhibition Nicolás Guagnini: Theatre of the Self. ISLA’s Stephanie Golob will introduce the event and it will be moderated by Mishkin Gallery’s Alaina Claire Feldman.
Nicolás Guagnini is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and curator born in Buenos Aires and based in New York.
Jeff Preiss is a filmmaker, cinematographer, director and producer born and based in New York.
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WISH YOU WERE HERE
LOOKING TO HEAR
Mishkin Gallery is pleased to announce WISH YOU WERE HERE and LOOKING TO HEAR—two new online exhibitions curated by Baruch College MA in Arts Administration candidates.
With Covid-19 continuing to peak around the world, traditional social relations are mediated ever more online. What are the ways in which learning about, making, showing and experiencing art beyond the “white cube” might be reimagined? Responding to the very real and current crisis, Baruch College’s MA in Arts Administration candidates conducted extensive research in the summer 2020 Contemporary Issues in Curating course, where historical and contemporary examples of institutions, exhibition making, and artistic practices that rethink modes of accessibility and equitable spaces were examined. Together, students devised two projects situated between the theory discussed and the practice of curating within the new digital cultural context we face.
WISH YOU WERE HERE and LOOKING TO HEAR are two online exhibitions that offer new perspectives on the often-overlooked artworks covering the hallways throughout campus. Using the Baruch College art collection, students collectively organized exhibitions designed to operate within this networked, screen-based culture, but to also function beyond it. To make the projects as accessible as possible, they live both online and physically throughout campus via QR codes which generate tailored audio guides. These two exhibitions exemplify the public facing scholarship developed out of a growing collaboration between the MA in Arts Administration program and the Mishkin Gallery.
The exhibitions have been curated by Josey Bartlett, Jason Brown, Jess DeAngelis, Rachel Deen, Fay Duftler, Rob Maitner, Amanda McDowall, Sam Meyer, Pola Mora, Stephanie O’Brien, Kristy Pavlick, Madeline Pollis, Sara Ramsawak, Dasom Sohn, Patricia Stachowicz, Yesseña Whitfield, Tim Wroten, and Magda Zdunczyk.