Postmodern Miasmas, Nova Prize Exhibition 2019, Opening and Panel
FRESCO Foundation was pleased to host the opening for the the 2019 Nova Prize exhibition, POSTMODERN MIASMAS: RESPONSES TO THE URBAN BODY AT LISPENARD’S MEADOW.
The emerging artists winning the 2019 Nova Prize offer innovative perspectives on contemporary global issues. Abe Abraham, Mengfan Bai, Eero Jääskeläinen, Minju Kim, Yusuf can Kulak, Lily Reeves, and Kerstin Paillard were selected by an international jury composed of artists, scholars, and curators. The exhibition, curated by Anthony Huffman, Baylee McKeel, Renata Baltar, and Jennifer Gutierrez, thoughtfully reflects on human origins, civilization’s violent transformation of nature to forge the built environment, and attendant socio-environmental ailments linked to the postmodern urban experience.
A small selection of works by Takashi Murakami, Virgil Abloh, Daniel Arsham, Sam Friedman, and Josh Sperling from HRY Collection are also on display in the exhibition venue.
The opening reception was held at 5:30 PM on March 1st at HRY Space in SoHo. As the sun settled, guests and curious passerby arrived and marveled at the contrast between the Nova Prize exhibition pieces and the selection of works from HRY collection. The proximity of these works encouraged viewers to contemplate the shifting perspectives on millennial art and culture.
Later that night, a private panel discussion with Ulrich Baer (professor of German and Comparative Literature at NYU) Blake Marques Carrington (artist and Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute), and Katya Grokhovsky (artist, curator, educator, and Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial and Feminist Urgent) ensued. The panel was introduced by Irina Li, Curatorial Director at FRESCO Foundation, and moderated by Anthony Huffman, guest curator of the 2019 Nova Prize exhibition. Some of the topics explored were the effects of the city on urban bodies, natural and anatomical bodies as sites of conflict, and the legacies of urban centers.
The event was a success for FRESCO Foundation and for everyone who collaborated on the exhibition. It is ongoing, and FRESCO Foundation would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested to visit the exhibition, at 45 Renwick Street, New York.