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“Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions: Courtesy the Artists: “Choir Practice”

Cover Image:

Background of Cover Image: Jeanine Oleson, Untitled, 2014. Intaglio print, 12 × 7 ¼ in (30.5 × 18.5 cm). Printed by Marina Ancona, 10 Grand Press. Courtesy the artist

Presented in conjunction with “Hear, Here” and the spring R&D Season: VOICE.

“Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions is a series of public events that take place within the exhibition “Hear, Here” by Jeanine Oleson, presented in the Fifth Floor Gallery. The set and objects for an opera created by Oleson (to premiere in the New Museum Theater June 13¬–14) will be present during the run of the exhibition, forming an impromptu stage set and catalyst for this series. Each session is led by an invited guest or guests who react to the concepts and objects presented in the exhibition.

Sunday May 18 at 3 PM
Courtesy the Artists: “Choir Practice”

Courtesy the Artists will work with the audience to make a provisional choir, interpreting songs of self-empowerment and transforming individual narcissism into group feeling.

Courtesy the Artists is a collaboration between Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, based in New York. Courtesy the Artists invites artists and others to interpret, react to, and enjoy historical texts that inform present creative conditions. Segade and Gaines are members of the group My Barbarian, which has performed and exhibited extensively. Their work is currently on view in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, where they performed an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s agitprop play The Mother. Courtesy the Artists performances include Songs of the Civil War, Studio Museum in Harlem (June 2014), Choir Practice, Recess (December 2013), 24-Hour Ballad, Recess (November 2013), Night Music, Recess (October 2013), and The Meeting, MoMA P.S.1 (October 2012). These projects were made with contributors including Niv Acosta, Gregg Bordowitz, Latasha Nevada Diggs, Adrienne Edwards, Charles Gaines, Miguel Gutierrez, Nick Hallett, Vishal Jugdeo, Christine Sun Kim, Simone Leigh, Thomas Lax, Sara Magenheimer, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Tavia Nyong’o, Jeanine Oleson, Adam Pendleton, Katy Pyle, Matana Roberts, Marina Rosenfeld, Xaviera Simmons, Samita Sinha, Saya Woolfalk, Geo Wyeth, and others.

A complete list of “Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions and participants includes:

May 1 – Angel Nevarez/Valerie Tevere
May 4 – Jean Casella and Five Mualimm-ak
May 9 – Joy Askew
May 10 – Rainy Orteca
May 18 – Courtesy the Artists
May 24 – Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
May 31 – Cara Baldwin
June 1 – Jaleh Mansoor
June 5 – Kelly Pratt


“Jeanine Oleson: Hear, Here” is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support for artist residencies is made possible by Laurie Wolfert.
Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.
The curator would like to extend a special thanks to the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Parsons The New School for Design, and Dazian Creative Fabric Environments.

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