Fall 2017
Open House

October 15, 2017


Keating Foundry
Demonstration of open-face aluminum work in honor of Isaac Witkin

#Dysturb paste-up installation

Amy Khoshbin, Word on the Street, presented by Hands Off Our Revolution

Mana Theater
Special Performance by Mana's first musicians-in-residence, highlighting the Pegasus at Mana concert series

OCCUPY MANA Artist Reception

Participatory Performance and Reception, Song Dong: Eating the City. The artist will invite viewers to consume the installation during this time.

Complimentary shuttle service will depart every half hour from Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011) from 12:00–5PM. Returning shuttles from Mana will run every half hour from 2–8:00PM.

Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy (Year 1)

Glass Gallery
Curated by Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects
A Rail Curatorial Project led by Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail, this exhibition focuses on artists whose practice interrogates the contemporary social climate, including issues surrounding immigration, the environment, human rights and equality, foreign relations, among others, ultimately drawing attention to art as it functions as a lens for better understanding the time in which we live.

Friends in Solidarity (Year 1)

All Floors
Curated by Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects
Each floor of Mana’s main building will be occupied by works of various media—half from artists based at Mana and the other half by New York-based artists. Together, their works will be installed in transient spaces, including the main entrance, the café, and hallways throughout the building. This is a sheer act of solidarity in protest of the current political agendas implemented by the Trump administration.

Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) THINKING PROJECTS Pop-Up Exhibitions
Mana Contemporary is pleased to be a Consortium partner of the 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week 2017 (October 5–26), hosting two exhibitions co-presented with Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation’s inaugural Creative China Festival.

1st Floor Lobby
Song Dong: Eating the City
Punctuating the end of ACAW 2017 FIELD MEETING Take 5 annual art forum, Song Dong (Beijing) invites the public to feast on his world-traveled Eating the City performative-installation built from thousands of edible biscuits, crackers, and sweets. His participatory projects are geared for public spaces such as shopping malls, crowded city centers, and museums, exploring the intricate connection between life and art with the light of an Eastern wisdom.

1st Floor Viewing Room
Li Jun: Zi Jie at East Lake
This pop-up exhibition is a poetic archive of Li Jun’s (Shanghai) creative engagements with a large-scale public art project and environmental awareness initiative. Comprised of videos, writings, illustrations, and installations, it encompasses a series of the artist’s acts countering the massive real-estate boom that is rapidly eradicating the communal recreational sites and public spaces all around the East Lake areas in Wuhan (a large, populous city in Central China). 

Mana BSMT Gallery
Alex Czetwertynski: First Light
Mana BSMT is pleased to present First Light, a solo exhibition of six new media and light sculptures by New Media Program resident Alex Czetwertynski. The works pay homage to the characters, forces, and energies that come together to create the digital images that surround us. Light, elemental colors, “power,” and the geometry of wavelengths are among the elements without which the possibility of an image would disappear—First Light pays tribute to these hidden agents.

3rd Floor
Juxtapoz: Surf Craft
A Benefit and auction for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Juxtapoz has once again teamed up with Waves For Water for another series of Surf Craft. Surfboards with original artwork will be auctioned off to support hurricane relief efforts. The auction will go live on Paddle8 on October 14, 2017. All proceeds go to Waves for Water and the Changing Tides Foundation

6th floor
International Center of Photography (ICP) at Mana: Red Spotted Purple: Roman Vishniac’s Science Work
ICP at Mana’s inaugural artist-in-residence, Claudia Sohrens, was enchanted by Roman Vishniac’s mounted prints—which had been used as display boards by scientific societies and research institutes—and she was drawn to the wordplay and poetry of his captions. In this exhibition, Sohrens explores the physical traces of the archive as well as broader questions about originality and authorship.

Gallery 5
In Between (Part II): So Far
Curated by Shahram Karimi
In Between (Part II): So Far seeks to recognize six women working to shape Iran’s canon of video art. Examining the trajectory of Iranian video art, the main question posed in this exhibition asks: What is the nature of Iranian contemporary video art as it has developed in the new millennium in Iran? The show is the second part of an exhibition series of contemporary Iranian art curated by Shahram Karimi.

MAna BSMT Vault
Curated by Omari Douglin and Rachel Miller
TRACES presents a group show with work by Jordi Artigas, Dilan Ray Cheavacci, Sedrick Chisom, Kevin Evans, Christian Hincapie, Sarah Kim, Sasha Panyuta, Jairo Sosa, Liv Vankuiken, Alex Velozo, and Elise Wunderlich.

2nd Floor
Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana: The Painters and the Printer
The Painters and the Printer is a showcase of silkscreen works produced in collaboration with Master Printer, Gary Lichtenstein. The installation features a variety of different methods and applications, focusing on the versatility of silkscreen and the different ways in which artists choose to use the medium.

5th floor
(ISC) International Sculpture Center at Mana will be showcasing their residency programs. Artists are view include Olga Alexander, Shawn Creeden, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Jessica Taylor Hale, Carole Halle, Katie Hovencamp, Gina Miccinilli, and Emily Nelms Perez.  These works will showcase the impact ISC has on working sculptors and the continuing inclusive mission of the ISC to promote our members.

Florence Academy of Art: Dean Cornwell: A Lasting Influence
An exhibition of Dean Cornwell (1892–1960), one of the most esteemed artists of the Golden Age of Illustration.


Gallery 1
Andy Warhol: The Original Silkscreens
September 25, 2016 – November 20, 2017

Gallery 3
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) presents:
Chittrovanu Mazumdar: undated Nightskin
April 30 – December 22, 2017

Arnulf Rainer

Mana artists will open their studios to the public all day.

Installation view: Song Dong, Eating the City in Beijing, 2003. © Song Dong. Courtesy of Pace Beijing.
Shirin Abedinirad, Passage, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Alex Czetwertynski, Primal Screen (Study), 2017.
Photo: Christian Hincapie
Li Jun, Free to Go, Performance, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
Roman Vishniac, Red Spotted Purple, early 1950s–late 1960s. © Mara Vishniac Kohn.
Photo: Janette Beckman
Roman Vishniac, Red Spotted Purple, early 1950s–late 1960s. © Mara Vishniac Kohn.
Andy Warhol, Skulls, 1976.
Installation view: Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Untitled, 2007.
John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1989–2002, from the Widelux series. Edition 9/9.
Installation view of Arnulf Rainer. Photo John Berens.