Spring Open House 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shuttle service will depart every half hour from Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011) starting at 12:30 and ending 5PM. Returning shuttles from Mana will run every half hour from 2–7:30PM.


1:30PM, Sougwen Chung, Omnia per Omnia

2PM, Hammerstep, INDIGO GREY: The Micah Grey Experiment*

2:30PM, angek(l)ettet: Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten

4PM, angek(l)ettet: Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten

6PM, Hammerstep, INDIGO GREY: The Micah Grey Experiment*

Ongoing, Screening of BREASTMILK: THE MOVIE

Ongoing, Screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

ONGOING, Launch of Juxtapoz Clubhouse

*Please note: space is limited to 30 people per showing of the Hammerstep Performance. RSVP for INDIGO GREY


2PM, 3PM, 4PM, & 5PM, 
Pegasus: The Orchestra

5–7PM, stud1nt, DJ Set

Spring Open House 2018


Please Touch: Body Boundaries

April 29–August 1, 2018
Floors 1 & 5

Please Touch: Body Boundaries is an exhibition of more than fifty artists who reference the body to illuminate conceptions of identity, femininity, and the gaze. The exhibition was organized by Mana Contemporary’s Curatorial Director Ysabel Pinyol in collaboration with filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari. Featuring a close look at the female body and motherhood, Please Touch: Body Boundaries engages with today’s climate of accusations, denials, bodies, and borders through work that is sensual, exhilarating, painful, confusing, sexual, and vulgar.

Sougwen Chung,  Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1 (Mimicry) , 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Sougwen Chung, Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1 (Mimicry), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Only Human

Presented by NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs

Opens April 29, 2018
Floor 1

NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator, presents Only Human, organized by NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs, featuring new work made by the first cohort of artists participating in the artist-in-residence program at Nokia Bell Labs. Three former NEW INC members, Sougwen Chung, Hammerstep (Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman), and Lisa Park collaborated with Nokia Bell Labs researchers to produce new artistic projects inspired or enabled by Bell Labs technologies. The exhibition also features archival material tracing the history of collaborations between artists and technologists in The Story of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.): 1960–2001.

Dan Witz,  Dead Hoody , Grand Central Parkway, NY, 2011.

Dan Witz, Dead Hoody, Grand Central Parkway, NY, 2011.

Dan Witz: A Modest Sunday Morning

Presented by Mana Urban Arts Project
Curated by Stan Sudol & Christine Wagner

April 29–June 1, 2018
Floor 1 (MUAP Gallery)

A “modest” curation of works from Dan Witz’s larger street art series, Early Sunday Morning, Mana Urban Arts Project (MUAP) has brought the feel of the street inside for this mini-retrospective. Evoking the phrase, “They’ll find you where I leave you,” Early Sunday Morning is a collection of the effect of debauchery launched twelve hours earlier. Drunken and used human frames lie behind city grates, like so many Neo-Christs placed behind a stone slab waiting for a merciful resurrection, spurred on by either an Angel of the Lord or a pissed off transit cop.

Witz’s real-life surrealism is a perfect primer for the new Urban Arts Gallery, offering a far more innovative project arena than traditional walled gallery space. The MUAP Gallery offers street artists a place to invert the industrial cityscape inward and create on a scale seldom contemplated.


Installation view: Issac Witkin,  In the Beginning , 1969. Cor-Ten steel and rock. Site-specific installation, Mana Contemporary.

Installation view: Issac Witkin, In the Beginning, 1969. Cor-Ten steel and rock. Site-specific installation, Mana Contemporary.

Mana Ground presents:
New Abstraction: Past the Boundary of Form Through the Turn of the Century


Mana Ground transforms the outdoor spaces around Mana into a sculpture park, seeking new and unusual expressions in the form of sculpture. Coupled with contemporary furniture, Mana Ground creates new meeting points for visitors. New Abstraction: Past the Boundary of Form Through the Turn of the Century presents works that transcend the natural and human-made—those without an identifiable or referential language—and includes work by Isaac Witkin, Robert Strang, Austin Wright, Harry Gordon, Jillian Mayer, Serban Ionescu, Ray Smith, and Benjamin Keating.

Arnulf Rainer,  Der gekreuzigte Bar (Bear on the Cross) , 1985–1987.

Arnulf Rainer, Der gekreuzigte Bar (Bear on the Cross), 1985–1987.

Ayn Foundation Presents:
Arnulf Rainer

Floor 1

In this exhibition, Ayn Foundation presents nineteen works, ranging from 1985 to 2000, a core selection of his cross and angel paintings. Beginning in the 1950s, Rainer was drawn to the feelings and states that accompanied religious devotion and practice. He approached the subject from theological art historical and personal viewpoints, desiring to re-contextualize the symbols.

John Chamberlain,  Untitled , 1989–2002, from the  Widelux  series. Edition 9/9

John Chamberlain, Untitled, 1989–2002, from the Widelux series. Edition 9/9

Ayn Foundation Presents:
John Chamberlain: Photographs

Floor 2

Known primarily for his sculptures, Chamberlain actively experimented in all mediums, including painting, film, and photography. This exhibition showcases 70 works, ranging between 1989 and 2002. He once referred to these works as “self-portraits of the nervous system,” using the camera more as an extension of his body than of his mind’s eye. “In these scenes,” explains Wiley, “He is an active participant, instead of merely a voyeur.”

Helen M. Stummer,  Danielle on 322 Rooftop, Newark, New Jersey , 1990. © Helen Stummer.

Helen M. Stummer, Danielle on 322 Rooftop, Newark, New Jersey, 1990. © Helen Stummer.

ICP at Mana:
Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir

Floor 6

For nearly forty years, Helen M. Stummer has chronicled urban communities affected by economic hardship in New York and New Jersey. Working in the tradition of social documentary—which Cornell Capa, ICP’s founder, termed “concerned photography”—Stummer focused on specific neighborhoods, blocks, buildings, and families over many years. Her intimate, poetic, and powerful images tell the stories of her subjects with compassion and real knowledge of their circumstances.

Sue Bryan,  Trinket , 2018

Sue Bryan, Trinket, 2018

Florence Academy of Art: 
On Paper, An exhibition of Drawings

Floor 3

The Florence Academy of Art U.S. (FAA) is excited to present On Paper, An exhibition of Drawings, showcasing a selection of drawings by over thirty of today’s leading figurative artists. “Drawing is the bedrock of visual discovery and the cornerstone of an artists education” explains Jordan Sokol, Director of the Florence Academy of Art’s U.S. location and co-curator of On Paper, An Exhibition of Drawings.



Presented by NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs


Omnia per Omnia 
Performance by Sougwen Chung
Location: Gallery 1

Omnia per Omnia is presented as a live performance alongside an exhibition of paintings and a short film. The work questions: Are we at the onset of a new, collaborative imagination of radical new inter-subjectivities? What does it mean to collaborate with the spaces we inhabit, the tools we build? Where does “I” end and “we” begin?


2PM and 6PM
INDIGO GREY: The Micah Grey Experiment
Performances by Hammerstep
Location: Mana Theater (1st Floor)

Hammerstep’s new work, INDIGO GREY: The Micah Grey Experiment, takes the form of a series of interactive tests for participants and a thirty-minute immersive and interactive theater performance. 

Mana is giving away a limited number of free tickets to Hammerstep’s performances at Open House. 





BREASTMILK: THE MOVIE is about how people cope with one of the most intimate decisions they will make in their lives and how those around them react. There are dozens of instructional videos and books, battalions of breastfeeding experts and lactation consultants, and DIY how-to videos on YouTube, but no film has followed real people, showing what breastfeeding is really like and whether they succeed or fail to meet their goals, or inhabit some gray area in between. 

In a society that values efficiency, multitasking, and diagnostic solutions to problems, and in which women's roles are constantly changing, how does the practice of breastfeeding, with the slower pace it requires, fit in? Do we use pumps, medicine, and other means to make breastfeeding suit our schedules better, or should we change ourselves? These questions, along with the current state of women's politics, feminism, and reproductive health, made breastfeeding an irresistible subject for me.  

BREASTMILK also explores how the personal is political. In the early 1960s, at the dawn of the women’s rights movement, biological feminism meant access to The Pill—an event that forever changed society and women’s roles in it. Traditional women’s roles, including childbirth and breastfeeding but also domestic pursuits, were not always a welcome part of this new feminist picture. Today as millions of women decide when and how to give birth and when and how to breastfeed, it has taken on a broader, more complete meaning. Biological feminism is more than the pill or being pro-choice. It is also about the choice to use one’s body to have babies—and breastfeed. 

Our style is observational. We wanted to remain neutral and open to all experiences and to include all women viewers, rather than exclude or judge those who don’t breastfeed. We are not trying to convince women to breastfeed. Rather, we are exposing the real-life predicaments that frequently make it difficult for women to achieve their goals.

 – Dana Ben-Ari


2:30PM and 4PM
Hooked and Looped
Performance by Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten

For Hooked and Looped visual artist and performer Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten moves through the spectators being a spectator herself. The artist looks for and chooses objects of prestige and/or symbolic from the person she looks at and collects them with hook and loop fasteners on her skin-colored bodysuit. Loaded with these objects becoming bulky her movement is slowed down. In further consequence Czerwenka-Wenkstetten starts to put aside thing by thing. Returning to become a human being in his/her nature. Naked facts.


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2PM and 4PM
Pegasus: the Orchestra Concert
Location: Gallery 3 

3PM and 5PM
Pegasus: the Orchestra Concert
Location: Dance Studio 

Pegasus: the Orchestra will perform two fifty-minute concerts, presenting highlights from their chamber music program Several Pegasus members join the founder for a creative afternoon of chamber programming presenting highlights from their Pegasus at Mana 2017–18 season. Performances are 50 minutes long.

Mana Contemporary’s first musicians-in-residence, Pegasus: the Orchestra (led by founder, artistic director, and conductor Karén Hakobyan) has launched a program entitled Pegasus at Mana, which is composed of piano series, chamber series and orchestra series, with plans to expand to jazz, youth and world music series in 2018. 
Eiko Kano, violin
Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Sam Katz, violin
Karén Hakobyan, piano
Arthur Sato, oboe
Maximilian Morel, trumpet
David Adam Nagy, bassoon

Save the Date: Gala Concert on May 24
Pegasus at Mana concludes its 2017–18 season with a gala concert performed by a full orchestra.


DJ Set: stud1nt
Location: Mana Front Steps

stud1nt is a multi-instrumental artist collective and DJ from Queens. Their original compositions and rapid-fire mixes sit in between spontaneity of jazz improvisation and meticulous arrangements. They create across genres, nodding to the pulsating hypnosis of experimental electronic music, and the euphoria of ambient loops and psychedelic riffs. Also a member of the queer media collective #kunq, their work is attentive to the politics of queerness in relation to sound and space. stud1nt has presented workshops on creative production at Vassar College, the New School, Recess Art, Pioneer Works, and Ableton Loop. They have been featured in the New Yorker, Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, the Fader, FACT magazine, and MixMag. Notable performances include sets for the Boiler Room (New York), RBMA NYC Festival, GHE20G0TH1K, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Ableton Loop x CDR Klubnacht, and 3hd Festival.

Founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson, and Christine McCharen-Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency that showcases and represents talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club, Discwoman has since produced and curated events in over fifteen cities, working with over 250 DJs and producers to-date.



Artists will open their studios to the public for the day.