We'd love your company is a new project with New York-based artist Ethan Breckenridge. The project extends an open invitation to publics to repurpose the UAG into a negotiated space of research, dialogue, performance, sociality, and activism. The gallery becomes a place where the assumptions of participatory formats in art practice and popular culture, are thought through, discussed, performed and tested through a program of events and conditions of in/hospitable space.
The physical walls of the gallery, which previously served to delineate separate display spaces and to maximize surface area for exhibition of artworks, are cut out and reconstructed to provide a physical platform, as well as other ambiguous grounded structures, that invite indeterminate use. Translucent scrims, scattered throughout the newly opened space, allow guests to erect mutable enclosures and barriers, while life-size figures, enlarged from architectural models, populate the space as its imagined and real participants. Through this redesign, Breckenridge acts as architect and host to ambivalent inhabitation by all guests and collaborators — both allied and adversarial, idealized and actualized.
We’d love your company parlays the open invitation into a call for program proposals as a transactional vehicle for the use and exchange of space and time by the UAG's most proximate public, the university student(s), as well as its ancillary publics, the “community.” Parallel to this invitation, We'd love your company hosts a series of guest lectures, performances, and workshops that critically respond to the participatory imperative in contemporary art practices and political institutions. Alongside this programming, the performance of an adapted teleplay and the screening of a video, both produced by Breckenridge, consider projective and reflexive instances of the hospitable gesture and participation in piecemeal, narrative forms. To view the full schedule of programs, please visit the Upcoming Talks and Events page.
Over the course of We'd love your company, a progressive publication will document the project in a self-archiving format to become a flexible instruction manual that invites further reflection and both auspicious and dubious participation.
Call for Proposals
Members of publics are invited to propose event programs as part of, or separate from, the exhibition. We welcome all proposals! Conferences, performances, seminars, gabfests, team building sessions, social gatherings, tête-à-tête's, etc. To propose an event program, or for any related inquiries, please e-mail email@example.com with your name, organization, potential dates and times, a brief description, potential equipment/material needs, your contact information, and "YOUR PROGRAM HERE" in the subject line.
Ethan Breckenridge (b. Madison, Wisconsin, 1977) lives and works in New York. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited in galleries and institutions internationally and has produced projects for unitednationsplaza in Berlin, Germany (2006), Goethe Institut's Ludlow38 in New York (2008), the Museo Patino in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2009), and the Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (2009). Most recently, he exhibited at Gresham’s Ghost in Baltimore, The Zabludowicz Collection in London, UK, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, and The Suburban in Chicago.