Jill Magid on Tue, 4 Mar 2008 00:05:54 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Momenta Art presents Working Title (Modified by Geert Lovink)

359 Bedford Ave. BKLYN, NY 11211

Working Title
Mary Ellen Strom & Ann Carlson, 
Gregory Halpern, Jill Magid, Joanna Malinowska

March 7 through April 14, 2008
Reception: Friday, March 7, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Thursday through Monday, 12-6

Momenta Art is pleased to announce the opening of Working Title, a 
group show that explores the role-playing that goes hand in hand with 
having an occupation. Though each of the four artists presented here 
documents a very particular occupation, the results cast a wide, 
allegorical net, eliciting pathos from the absurd and the mundane.

Jill Magid’s project, in collaboration with the Dutch Secret Service, 
examines the power and sexuality implied through systems of secrecy. 
Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson’s dance/vocalization video features 
four working lawyers who, in collaboration with the artists, 
choreographed a performance using the daily acting and emoting required 
by their profession. Greg Halpern’s series of photographs and 
interviews with Harvard service workers reveals the inequality upon 
which such liberal institutions depend. And Joanna Malinowska 
interviews an Inuit Elvis impersonator, the “Arctic Elvis,” who reveals 
the nature of his calling: to bridge his own culture with that which 
has absorbed him. 

The earnestness of this Elvis raises questions we all have about work, 
about its greater purpose, about whether we shape it or it shapes us. 
In essence, these are formal questions, but they are questions with a 
performative, never-ending answer.  

Mary Ellen Strom received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of 
California, Irvine in 1998. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum 
of Modern Art, New York, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, San 
Francisco Camerawork, Archa, Theatro Divaldo, Prague, Republic of 
Czech, Museo de Arte, Mexico City, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland, Ars 
Electronica Festival, Linz Austria, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff Wales 
among others. 

Ann Carlson received a 2005/2006 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute 
for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in 
choreography, and a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 
performance. Her work has been performed and exhibited at various 
cultural institutions nationally, including: San Francisco CameraWorks, 
San Franicsco, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of 
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, 
Oregon, Art Institute Chicago, Performing Arts Chicago, Walker Art 
Center, Minneapolis, MN. 

Gregory Halpern received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 
2004.  He has had solo exhibitions at Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 
The Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, NY, and San Francisco CameraWorks, 
CA.  Harvard Works Because We Do was exhibited at The Carpenter Center 
for Visual Arts at Harvard University in 2003. 

Jill Magid received a MS in Visual Studies from the MIT in 2000, and 
her BFA from Cornell University 1995. She was a resident artist at the 
Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2000-2, and currently lives and works in 
both Amsterdam and Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include With Full Consent 
at Gagosian Gallery, New York, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Centre d’Art 
Santa Monica, Barcelona, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam. Her work 
has been included in group exhibitions at Storefront for Art and 
Architecture, New York, and De Appel, Amsterdam. 

Joanna Malinowska received an MFA from Yale University in 2001 and a 
BFA from Rutgers State University in 1998. She has had solo exhibitions 
at 20 Spojrzen (20 Gazes), Warsaw, Poland, Venetia Kapernekas Gallery 
and Canada, New York. Her work has been exhibited in group show both 
nationally and internationally.

Momenta Art is located at 359 Bedford Avenue, ground floor, between 
S4th and S5th Sts. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. By subway, take the L 
train to Bedford stop (the first stop in Brooklyn). Exit on the Bedford 
side. Walk south 12 blocks. By car, take the outside lane of the 
Williamsburg Bridge to the first exit. Make a sharp right onto 
Broadway. Drive 2 blocks to Bedford Avenue and make a right. We are 
located a half block on the right after you pass under the bridge.

Momenta Art is supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Brooklyn 
Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwall Foundation, The 
Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National 
Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 
New York Foundation on the Arts,  New York State Council on the Arts 
(NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic 
Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and 
individual contributors.

Jill Magid

Studio: 37 Greenpoint Ave Buzzer 13 
c 917.620.7484

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