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

Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects

October 15–December 16, 2017

Glass Gallery (10 Senate Place)
Monday–Friday Tours: 3PM
Saturday and Sunday, Glass Gallery: 12–6PM


A Rail Curatorial Project lead 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.

Participating artists

Shoja Azari
Huma Bhabha
Lauren Bon
David Brooks
Francis Cape
Mel Chin
Christian de Boschnek
Mark Dion
Sam Durant
Hans Haacke
Lyle Ashton Harris

Dana Hoey
Jenny Holzer
Alfredo Jaar
Deborah Kass
Eugene Lemay
Maya Lin
Mary Lucier
Daniel Joseph Martinez
Donald Moffett
Shirin Neshat
Roxy Paine
Adam Pendleton

Alexis Rockman
Tim Rollins & K.O.S.
Martha Rosler
Clifford Ross
Will Ryman
Hank Willis Thomas
Tomas Vu & Rirkrit Tiravanija
Nari Ward
Meg Webster
Diana Wege

Monday–Friday: 3PM Tours

Saturday and Sunday:
Glass Gallery (10 Senate Place) Open: 12–6PM
Main Building (888 Newark Ave) Tours: 1, 3, and 5PM

Press Release

Lauren Bon, Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, 2017. Neon, 6 x 14.5 feet. This sign illuminates a quote by Sherrie Rabinowitz in 1984, which connects deeply to the formation of the Metabolic Studio. © 2017, Metabolic Studio LLC.

Clifford Ross, Hurricane LXVIII, 2008. Courtesy RYAN LEE gallery, New York

*Fastnet: Aurora Andrews, Mel Bochner, Phoebe D'Heurle, Brian Hubble, Christina Leung, Patrick Meagher, James Powers, Mollie Thurman


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OCCUPY MANA: Friends in Solidarity (Year 1)

Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects

October 15–December 16, 2017
Main Building (888 Newark Ave.)

Monday–Friday Tours: 3PM
Saturday and Sunday, Main Building Tours: 1, 3, 5PM

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 other New York-based artists. Together, their works will be installed in transient spaces, including the main entrance, hallways, the café, and a variety of unidentified walls in between. This is a sheer act of solidarity in protest of the current political agendas implemented by the Trump administration.

Participating artists

Z Behl
Louis Block
Dana Buhl
Sante D'Orazio
Bradley Eros
Chris Felver
Benjamin Fredrickson
Sarah Halpern
Hands Off Our Revolution*
Rindon Johnson

Ben Keating
James English Leary
Alberto Montaño Mason
Kele McComsey
Cy Morgan
Antonio Murado
Rocío Olivares
Yigal Ozeri
G.T. Pellizzi
Kara Rooney

Raphael Rubinstein & Heather Bause
Lola Montes Schnabel
Pacifico Silano
Ray Smith
Sei Smith
Erik Sommer
Tomas Vu
Nat Ward
Ziv Yonatan & Lily Rattok


*Hands Off Our Revolution: David Birkin, Rachel Libeskind, Amy Khoshbin, Wolfgang Tillmans