The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces Summer 2024 Programming at The 8th Floor

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The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announces Summer 2024 Programming at The 8th Floor

Installation view of Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial Psyche at The 8th Floor, May 2024. Photograph by Adam Reich. © 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London

New York, NY – June 4, 2024 – The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce its summer 2024 programs at The 8th Floor. Expanding from work on view in Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial PsycheRyan Kelly of Gerard & Kelly will be in conversation with the exhibition curators on June 11, followed by artists Keith Piper and Elisa Sighicelli at the gallery for a conversation on June 20. The Foundation is excited to continue supporting local emerging professionals through an Independent Curating Workshop on June 13 and an Artist Development Workshop on June 26.

All events are free and open to the public, taking place at The 8th Floor, 17 W 17th St, NYC. RSVPs are encouraged via the individual links below.


Tuesday, June 11, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Ryan Kelly of Gerard & Kelly, in Conversation with Anjuli Nanda Diamond and George Bolster

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Ryan Kelly of artist duo Gerard & Kelly will be in conversation with the Foundation’s Executive Director Anjuli Nanda Diamond and Curator George Bolster at The 8th Floor. They will discuss Gerard & Kelly’s recent collaborative practice, focusing on the music of Julius Eastman in Panorama (2021), on view at the gallery through July 13.

Thursday, June 13, 6-8pm
Independent Curating Workshop

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Join the Foundation’s curatorial team for a presentation on independent curating. Geared toward emerging, early-career, and advanced student curators, this workshop will address how to assemble compelling and realistic proposals when reaching out to galleries and museums, as well as all aspects of exhibition planning.

Thursday, June 20, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Keith Piper and Elisa Sighicelli, in Conversation with George Bolster

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Artists Keith Piper and Elisa Sighicelli will each give presentations on the political and artistic inspirations for their works currently on view in Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial Psyche, followed by a conversation with the Foundation’s Curator George Bolster.

Wednesday, June 26, 6-8pm
Artist Development Workshop

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Join the Foundation’s curatorial team for a presentation on developing your practice as a newly graduated or emerging artist. This informative talk will cover all aspects of effective administrative strategies for those trying to get a foothold in New York City.

Thursdays-Saturdays 11am-6pm or by appointment through July 13
Narrative Obsession in the Post-Colonial Psyche

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This exhibition features artists addressing the harmful global histories and present-day legacies of imperial subjugation: Firelei Báez, Gerard & Kelly, Brian Jungen, Hew Locke, Joiri Minaya, Frida Orupabo, Keith Piper, Umar Rashid, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Elisa Sighicelli, and Kara Walker.

About the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, sustainable communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supported cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners.

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Image description: In an art gallery, a large vertical video monitor is on a pillar on the left side, depicting an archival photo collage of police brutality. On the right side, two wall-mounted works made of UV print on travertine stone depict sculpted parts of the human body.

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