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SculptureCenter Presents A DISAGREEABLE OBJECT Exhibition, Now thru 11/26

SculptureCenter presents the group exhibition A Disagreeable Object, with an opening reception set for tonight, September 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will run through November 26, 2012.

Taking its title from Alberto Giacometti's surrealist sculptures, this building-wide exhibition explores themes of desire and repulsion, the familiar and the unfamiliar. The surrealist object operated beyond its status as an artwork; it responded to, and simultaneously influenced, social and cultural attitudes towards developments in art, industry, design and commodification.

This exhibition brings together a group of International Artists who similarly posit the object in relation to capitalist culture and technology, as well as the gendered oppositions between interior and exterior space. Strategies implemented by the surrealists have a newfound relevancy, such as the uncanny and informe, although the current context has shifted. This exhibition examines these impulses in current art and poses questions about relationships between the present-day status of the economy, the body, domesticity, technology, and eros.

A Disagreeable Object features work by Alisa Baremboym, Alexandra Bircken, Ian Cheng, Talia Chetrit, Martin Soto Climent, FOS, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Camille Henrot, Alicja Kwade, Charles Long, Sarah Lucas, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Laura Riboli, Matthew Ronay, Pamela Rosenkranz, Michael E. Smith, Johannes VanDerBeek, Andro Wekua, Susanne M. Winterling and Anicka Yi. The exhibition is curated by Ruba Katrib, SculptureCenter Curator.

Exhibition related programs:

SC Conversations: Hand Sculpture
Tuesday September 18, 7–9 PM
Inspired by A Disagreeable Object, critic and historian, Alex Kitnick presents a lecture examining the place of the hand in modern and contemporary art, paying special attention to artworks that were made specifically for the hand rather than those that were crafted by it.

SC Evenings: A Disagreeable Object Publication Release
Friday September 28th, 6-8 PM
Reception celebrating the release of the publication accompanying SculptureCenter's current exhibition, A Disagreeable Object, and The NY Art Book Fair. A walkthrough of the exhibition will take place at 6:30pm.

SC Conversations: Surreal Machines
Wednesday November 14, 7-9 PM
A panel discussion with Noam Elcott, art historian, and select artists from the exhibition, examining the impact of technology in the historical avant-garde and contemporary parallels.

SculptureCenter is located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, New York. Call 718.361.1750 or visit for more information.

Pictured: Susanne M. Winterling, The Dip of Generosity, 2009-2012. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Calif.

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