Eyebeam is pleased to announce Other Options, a traveling and evolving exhibition of artists' projects that re-interpret, alter, and create infrastructure that affect their everyday lives. The exhibition is curated by Chicago-based collective InCUBATE (The Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday), and features work by Eyebeam senior fellow Geraldine Juárez and alum Adam Bobbette, among others. Other Options will be on display at Eyebeam September 18 – October 11.
While the model of a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation has traditionally been considered an
appropriate mode of support, a number of flaws and contradictions are becoming
apparent in the way that these organizations are made to function within society, both
individually and as a collective "Nonprofit Industrial Complex." In an attempt to explore
the nature of such flaws and contradictions in the nonprofit system, Other Options asks
the question: How does the current matrix of specific regulations and compliances to which nonprofit organizations are forced to adhere, affect the creative output,
imagination, and flexibility of such organizations?
Other Options is a series of exhibitions and programs investigating the ways in which
artists are dealing with the current climate of support for cultural production, and have
been taking place across the United States since Oct. 2007 (the show has traveled to
Chicago; Grand Rapids, MI, Pittsburgh; and Syracuse). By increasingly incorporating
new models of resource allocation, community building, funding structures and forms of
exchange as part of their artistic production, these artists are creating new possibilities
for the role of contemporary art in an everyday context.