Evan Gruzis: Drop Shadow

Evan Gruzis: Drop Shadow

Columbus Museum of Art

May 7, 2019 – September 22, 2019
Pizzuti Collection at CMA

Featured at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art this summer, Evan Gruzis’ works recall slick commercial graphics of the late eighties. They are, in fact, precisely rendered ink paintings of the late aughts. Laced with a range of art-historical and pop-commercial references—from 18th Century Dutch still life and 1970s abstraction, to Patrick Nagel and Kai’s Power Tools—the seductive illusionism of Gruzis’ work is matched by a beguiling sense of nostalgia.

Drained of color or awash in twilight hues, Gruzis’ palm trees, LPs, geometric shapes, and texts are defined by drop shadows and glowing silhouettes. Hovering in the shallow pictorial space of logos or advertisements, they also seem caught somewhere between the artist’s own affectionate humor and sense of critical distance. With his absorbing images of nearly empty subjects, Gruzis asks us to think about our own compulsion to look.

What Was Always Yours and Never Lost

What Was Always Yours and Never Lost

Sky Hopinka (curated film program)

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

September 20, 2019 7pm

September 21, 2019 4pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The 2019 Biennial features three weekends of film programming selected by guest curators. What Was Always Yours and Never Lost (September 20–21) is curated by Sky Hopinka.

Traversing a wide range of topics and formal strategies, this collection of films deals directly and indirectly with indigeneity. The artists featured assert their identity and presence in the face of—and regardless of—colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography. Their films make space for poetry, beauty, and movement between cosmological and visceral worlds, sometimes blurring the lines between both. These artists claim what was always theirs, and celebrate what was never lost.

This screening will be followed by a conversation with Sky Hopinka and a selection of artists and filmmakers.

Caroline Monnet
Creatura Dada, 2016 

Colectivo Los Ingràvidos
Itzcóatl, 2014 

Thirza Cuthand
2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99, 2015 

Adam Khalil, Zach Khalil, and Jackson Polys
The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets, 2017 

Thirza Cuthand
Just Dandy, 2013 

Caroline Monnet
Gephyrophobia, 2012 

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
Impresiones para una maáquina de luz y sonido (Impressions of a Sound and Light Machine), 2014 

Caroline Monnet
Mobilize, 2015 

James Luna
The History of the Luiseño People, 1993

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 students, seniors, and visitors with disabilities; free for members). Capacity is limited; visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Sky Hopinka at The Poor Farm

Sky Hopinka at The Poor Farm

August 2, 2019 - June 2020 // reception August 2, 3, & 4, 2019

The Poor Farm 

E6325 County Highway BB 

Manawa, Wisconsin 54949

United States 




August 2, 3, 4, 2019

Sky Hopinka Exhibition runs through July 20, 2020


For its 11th year, Poor Farm is hosting a solo presentation of work by Sky Hopinka as well as several returning ancillary projects. Hopinka’s exhibition will overlap with the Democratic National Conventions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13 - 16, 2020.


Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a Pechanga descendent. He was born and raised in Washington State and Southern California, and spent a number of years in Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin and first began making films. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. He was recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019. His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, and Projections and been part of exhibitions at LACE, Disjecta, Counterpublic, the Whitney Biennial, and the Front Triennial. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C.


This exhibition will feature many of his videos from the past six years as well as a new multi-channel installation, and recent photo and text based work., A publication designed by Nate Pyper will accompany the exhibition and include contributions by Almudena Escobar López, Sky Hopinka, Michelle Grabner, John Riepenhoff, Julie Niemi among others.


Later this summer the Poor Farm is hosting a long-term research residency called Living Within the Play, exploring the contingent nature of hosting and gathering, the fleeting and the reverberating, particular to the moment of temporary, intentional assembly. Using the “artist residency,” a reliably liminal site, as a platform for inquiry and play and party - the Poor Farm becomes a “stage” or “playing field” that can collapse forms from daily life, the studio and the event to produce a living and working space that builds on the natural byproducts of this shared experience (responsiveness) towards a cumulative public occurrence (resonance). This project is coordinated by Mark Jeffrey (Chicago, IL), Kelly Kaczynski (Chicago, IL), Judith Leemann (Boston, MA), Kelly Lloyd (London, UK) and Shannon Stratton (Queens, NY).


This year’s annual Lazy River Show Me Your Rafts, Yet Another Can Float features a limited collectable koozie designed by Sarah Luther. Lazy River Radio will feature mixes by Joe Acri and Sally Nicholson. Experimental river apparel designed by Kirsten Schmid. The float takes place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 launch at 1pm. Laziness and sun screen encouraged. Poor Store, operated by Sara Caron, will return to Poor farm grounds.


Microlights, programmed by Ben Balcom + Jesse McLean, is a Milwaukee based cinema that platforms contemporary film and video art. They will present an outdoor screening on the August 2nd. The full program will be posted to their website: micrlightscinema.com.


This year's Summer School will be presented by Julie Niemi alongside carbon copy, an artist-run collective currently composed of Brigette Borders, Danny Bredar, Nathan Engel, Ed Oh, Daniel Salamanca, WooJin Shin, and Ke Yi (Leah) Zheng. Carbon copy's core areas of focus include collective action, experimental spatial syntax, and the changing position of painting in the digital age.


Poor Farm is a not-for-profit project space that honors the tradition of artist-directed programs and supported by Christine Symchych, Jim Campbell, Miriam Van de Sype, Flavius Cucu, John McKinnon, The Green Gallery, John Riepenhoff’s Beer Endowment, George Bregar and Company Brewing.

Jeanette Mundt and Martine Syms in The Whitney Biennial 2019

Jeanette Mundt and Martine Syms in The Whitney Biennial 2019

May 14 – September 22, 2019