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Exhibition Detail
Audacity of Desperation
150 First Avenue
(Entrance on 9th Street between First Ave. and Ave. A.)
New York, NY 10009
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June 19th, 2008 - June 22nd, 2008
June 19th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
east village/lower east side
212 228 4249
Thursday - Sunday 12-6pm

"The Audacity of Desperation"
Presented by PS 122 Gallery at DEMO Space 122
150 1st Avenue, enter on 1st Avenue, take stairs to second floor
June 19 - June 22, 2008

DEMO Space 122 is pleased to present the NYC stop of "The Audacity of Desperation," a 3-day nomadic exhibition of take-away projects (initiated and curated by Jessica Lawless and Sarah Ross and organized by Steven Lam) in conjunction with a series of performances and workshops responding to the spin of the upcoming election.

Artworks by activists, artists, enthusiasts and very concerned people are made in unlimited editions to be freely distributed. These artworks function as counter-propaganda. Like a virus, they are activated outside the exhibition context, in domestic and public spaces, on bodies, clothes, bags... This collection of take-away posters, manifestos, DIY kits, postcards, stickers, buttons and multi-media projects will travel throughout the country, creating a space to build relationships and foster dialogue around the desperate state of affairs resulting from a calamitous administration, complacent congressional leaders and a disempowered citizenry.

In parallel to the take-away work on display, the exhibition will be structured as a succession of modes of encounter orchestrated by interested volunteers. Utilizing the exhibition parameters as a site of social experimentation, this open-ended program of conversations, workshops and performances will solicit the active and reciprocal participations of visitor and artist alike, thereby inviting reflection on how communities become connected, alliances selected, coalitions established. Those interested in participating for one of the remaining empty slots are encouraged to email for more information.

Avi Alpert, Katja Aglert, Alas (Randy Wallace & Rae Culbert), Eric Anglès, Steve Ausbury, Lindsay Benedict, Mary Billyou, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Coco Rico, Heidi Cunningham, Solidad Decosta, DJ Lightbolt, Feel Tank Chicago, Von Edwards, Sarah Ferguson, Dara Greenwald & Steve Lambert & Josh MacPhee & the Anti Advertising Agency, Benj Gerdes, Patrick Grenier, Tamar Guimaraes, Sarah Kanouse & Tianna Kennedy & Lee Azzerello, Caroline Kelley, Rosamond S. King, Anné M. Klint, The League of Imaginary Scientists, Norene Leddy with Ed Bringas, Erin Ming Lee, Let's Re-Make, Runo Lagomarsino, Ilya Lipkin, Douglas Minkler, Carlos Motta, Huong Ngo, elin o'Hara slavick, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Sheila Pinkel, Jenny Polak, Nancy Popp, Jeremy Eilers & Davis Rhodes & Nic Xedro, Anthony Rayson, John Richey, Lizabeth Eva Rossoff, Stephanie Rothenberg, Edward Schexnayder, Dorothy Schultz, Heath Schultz & Brad Thomson, Gordon Winiemko, Audra Wolowiec, Carrie Yury, Xtine, among others

Thursday, June 19
1 - 2 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
2 - 3 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
3 - 4 pm (open for the public)
4 - 5 pm (open for the public)
6 - 7 pm Ilya Lipkin "Opening Party"
8 - 9 pm Ilya Lipkin "Opening Party"

Friday, June 20
1 - 2 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
2 - 3 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
3 - 4 pm (open for the public)
4 - 5 pm (open for the public)
5 - 6 pm (open for the public)
6 - 7 pm (open for the public)
7 - 8 pm David Bench "Meet Barack"
8 - 9 pm Davis Rhodes, Nic Xedro, Jeremy Eilers
9 - 10 pm Davis Rhodes, Nic Xedro, Jeremy Eilers

Saturday, June 21
1 - 2 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
2 - 3 pm Eric Anglès + Marc Bechtel "Conversation"
3 - 4 pm Patrick Grenier "Democratic Decrees"
4 - 5 pm Steve Ausbury "This is what I know"
5 - 6 pm Steve Ausbury "This is what I know"
6 - 7 pm Avi Alpert + Rit Premnath "A Game of Carrom"
7 - 8 pm Avi Alpert + Rit Premnath "A Game of Carrom"
8 - 9 pm (open for the public)
9 - 10 pm (open for the public)
10 - 11 pm (open for the public)
11 pm - on: Tamar Guimaraes, Erin Ming Lee, Runo Lagomarsino, Steven Lam, Soyoung Yoon, among others "An Exquisite Evening"

Sunday, June 22
1 - 2 pm Stephanie Rothenberg "An Introduction to Basic Divination"
2 - 3 pm Stephanie Rothenberg "An Introduction to Basic Divination"
3 - 4 pm Mary Billyou "Barcelona Squats"
4 - 5 pm Mary Billyou "Barcelona Squats"
5 - 6 pm Ilya Lipkin "Closing Party"

DEMO Space 122 will officially open in 2009. A parallel exhibition space to the PS122 Art Gallery, DEMO Space 122 (located on the 2nd floor) is a not-for-profit organization that catalyzes new futures for contemporary artistic production with programs that utilize the intimate and participatory setting of a former classroom as a site for inquiry and process. Envisioned to be a laboratory for community participation, DEMO Space 122 seeks to further the mission of PS 122 Art Gallery by providing cross cultural dialog and a venue for art exhibitions and social activism.


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