Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know—winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July’s participatory art works include the website *Learning to Love You...
What can be discovered at the intersection of art, education, and social justice? This two-day retreat for educators who teach K–12 level students in schools and nonprofit organizations will explore how to empower students to make creative solutions in response to the issues that face their communities. This event is hosted with Marit Dewhurst, Director of Art Education at City College of New York and author of Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy.
Sergej Jensen’s poetic artworks provide a fresh approach to minimalist painting. Constructed from a wide range of textiles, the artist uses additive and subtractive physical methods like bleaching, fraying, or sewing to stand in for the traditional gestures of pure painting. Through these processes, Jensen creates breathtakingly fragile and quiet abstractions that become contemplations of the history and reuse of his chosen materials, and conjure a network of visual and visceral associations from the stains, holes, cracks, and other traces of use that in turn become the primary pictorial elements. His application of pigments, diamond dust, thread, wool, and bleach become part of the treatments whose effects—in some cases—can take years to fully realize. Jensen’s works are installed within the pre-existing conditions of each individual gallery space. As such, interior design elements such as rugs, couches, or other repurposed domestic objects are often combined to create a total and unexpected environment for the viewer.
This was the Berlin-based artist's first US solo museum exhibition. It was organized in collaboration with Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and includes over twenty-five paintings. The show was accompanied by a monographic catalogue copublished by both institutions, with essays by Aspen Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Heidi Zuckerman, and an interview with the artist by Kunst-Werke Institute Curator Susan Pfeffer.