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The Enlightenment Series | Everything is Connected

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Everything Is Connected |  Douglas Eklund, Ian Alteveer and guest artists | The Enlightenment Series 

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7 - 9 PM | Spoonbill Studio | 99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, New York | Map

The Enlightenment Series, curated by Arezoo Moseni in collaboration with Miles Bellamy and Spoonbill Books, brings to public dialogues and discourses featuring luminaries and new books. 

Douglas Eklund and Ian Alteveer, the curators of Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, discuss the exhibition and accompanying book of the same title with Wayne Gonzales, Rachel Harrison and Sarah Anne Johnson, a few of the artists in the exhibition currently on view at The Met Breuer.

Since the mid-twentieth century, conspiracy has pervaded our collective worldview, shaped by events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and 9/11.  Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy  examines how artists from the 1960s to the present have explored both the covert operations of power and the mutual suspicion between governments and their citizens. Featured are works by some thirty artists — including Sarah Charlesworth, Emory Douglas, Hans Haacke, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Mark Lombardi, Cady Noland, Trevor Paglen, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and Sue Williams — in media ranging from painting, drawing, and photography to video and installation art. Whether they uncover webs of deceit hidden in the public record or dive headlong into paranoid fever dreams, these artists use their work to take a powerful and proactive stance against the political corruption, consumerism, bureaucracy, and media manipulation that are hallmarks of contemporary life. The book includes contributions by Meredith A. Brown, John Miller, Kathryn Olmsted, and Beth Saunders and a preface by Jonathan Lethem.

Copies of Everything is Connected are available for purchase and signing at the event. 

Douglas Eklund is Curator, Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ian Alteveer is Aaron I. Fleischman Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wayne Gonzales was born in 1957 in New Orleans. In 1985, he received a BA from the University of New Orleans. After a year of graduate school in fine art, he moved to New York in the late 1980s. He worked as a studio assistant for Peter Halley, and through him formed ties with writers, curators, and art dealers. His first solo exhibition, at Lauren Wittels Gallery, New York, in 1997, comprised several stylistically disparate paintings in varying degrees of abstraction and representation. Gonzales had grown up in New Orleans on the same street as Lee Harvey Oswald and in a family with loose ties to theJohn F. Kennedy assassination investigation, a personal connection that inspired a later body of work shown at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, in 2001. 

Rachel Harrison (American, born 1976) is primarily known for her assemblage work and sculpture, but she has also made drawings and photographs. Her work often incorporates elements of photography and found objects, sometimes layering abstract forms with industrially manufactured elements. 

Sarah Anne Johnson (born 1976) is a Canadian photo-based, multidisciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, paint, video, performance, and dance. She received her BFA in 2002 and completed her Master’s in Photography at the Yale School of Art in 2004. Her work in the exhibition explores the dark story of Johnson’s grandmother’s unwitting participation in CIA-funded brainwashing experiments at the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in the mid-1950s. This collection includes altered photographs, small bronze sculptures, and a dollhouse based on her grandmother’s traumatic story, fairy tales, myths, and a troubled psyche.

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