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SculptureCenter presents Cosima von Bonin: Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? and Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle

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19 Sept 2016 to 2 Jan 2017
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Opening Reception Sunday, September 18, 5-7pm
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Cosima von Bonin, SCALLOPS (DARK VERSION), ROCKING, 2014
Courtesy the artist and Petzel, New York

Artists in this exhibition: Cosima von Bonin, Aki Sasamoto

September 19, 2016 - January 2, 2017 

Cosima von Bonin: Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?

Events Press Sponsors   Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea?, Cosima von Bonin's first solo museum exhibition in New York City, examines the German artist's fascination with the sea. Commonly evoked in her works, but rarely made explicit, the ocean is an organizing thematic for this show that focuses on a selection of her sculptures from 2000 onwards.

A mysterious underworld with its beaches populated by sun-seeking vacationers, these two opposing sides of the sea—as sun-filled and leisurely in contrast to the dark, deep, and unknown—operate as a metaphor in much of von Bonin's work. Manifested through sculptures of creatures like lobsters and sharks, as well as large bikinis and lifeguard stands, the exhibition investigates this thread through von Bonin's work.

Von Bonin's cast of textile characters included in the exhibition present a host of contradictions—approachable creatures that aren't quite what they seem or behaving as we might expect. Weaving together humor with melancholy, softness with hardness, access and exclusion, von Bonin's sculptures mix with art history, popular culture, music, and craft, while engaging in feminist destabilizations. Appropriately, the deep sea—where von Bonin's crew ventures—is its own world, little known and remote for us.

Mary Messhausen, Oliver Husain, produzentin, and Simone Junker will perform throughout the opening reception on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Cosima von Bonin (born 1962 in Mombasa, Kenya; lives and works in Cologne, Germany) is one of the most influential German artists of her generation and while she has exhibited extensively in Europe, her U.S. exhibitions have been limited to a survey titled Roger & Out at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007), and a follow up survey at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in St Louis titled Character Appropriation (2011). Other significant exhibitions have included HIPPIES USE SIDE DOOR. at MUMOK, Vienna (2014); Cut! Cut! Cut! for Museum Ludwig's Sloth Section, Loop #04 of the Lazy Susan Series, A Rotating Exhibition 2010?2012 at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011); documenta 12 in Kassel (2007); and her work was featured in Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2006).

The exhibition is co-curated by SculptureCenter Curator Ruba Katrib and Glasgow International Director Sarah McCrory and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with texts by McCrory and Katrib.

The exhibition will travel to the Oakville Galleries in Ontario, Canada in early 2017.


Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle

SculptureCenter is pleased to present Aki Sasamoto's first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Working at the intersection of performance and sculpture, Sasamoto creates object scenarios out of narratives and actions. For her exhibition in SculptureCenter's lower level galleries, Sasamoto will create a new body of work in relation to the site.

The dung beetle resourcefully rolls its home and food into one mobile unit, an activity that operates as a starting point for Sasamoto's exhibition. Featuring new sculptural units that similarly roll through the space, once activated by Sasamoto these units become rotating sites that explore neuroses around cleanliness and filth. Rotation reappears in an installation of washing and drying machines modified and periodically used by the artist in her performances. The exhibition also includes a new video and other sculptures that touch on "base" elements and repression.

A cycle of performances articulating the stream of consciousness and associations between the various elements—such as the washing machines, bed sheets, and mobile units—that Sasamoto has incorporated in her sculptures is scheduled for the following dates:

Sunday, September 18, 4:30: SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 24, 3pm: SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 8, 3pm: SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 22, 3pm: SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 19, 3pm: SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 17, 3pm: SOLD OUT

Please contact to be added to the wait list.

Aki Sasamoto (born 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in New York) has been included in group exhibitions such as Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2013); A Spoken Word Exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2013); A LIKENESS HAS BLISTERS at CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2012); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010). Recent performances include Food Rental at the High Line, New York (2015); Wrong Happy Hour/The Last Call at Parasophia, Japan (2015); and Sunny in the Furnace at The Kitchen, New York (2014).

The exhibition is curated by SculptureCenter Curator Ruba Katrib and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with texts by Katrib and Jody Graf, a New York-based writer and curator, with a contribution by Sasamoto.


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