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Upcoming Exhibitions

Reason’s Oxymorons

January 05, 2018, through March 18, 2018
Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Reason’s Oxymorons, by internationally acclaimed artist Kader Attia, is a recent museum acquisition. The research-driven video installation, which will occupy the entire space at Hood Downtown in winter 2018, consists of a range of interviews by Attia with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients, and immigrants. The conversations are organized around several themes centered on the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Composed of eighteen computer monitors, each set on a workman-like table in a secluded office cubicle with a chair, earphones, and loudspeakers, this ambitious installation evokes an ascetic modern office environment.

Past Forward

March 30, 2018, through May 27, 2018
Sin-ying Ho, One World, Many People no. 2 (detail), 2010, porcelain, hand-painted cobalt pigment, high fire under-glaze decal transfer, glaze. Courtesy of the artist and Ferrin Contemporary.

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

If Chinese ceramic art has a heart, it beats in Jingdezhen. For centuries, artisans there have made vessels that traveled far and wide. Their fluid forms and recognizable decorations have inspired celebratory prose and devoted followers around the world. Today, Sin-ying Ho works in these same ceramics factories. Though Jingdezhen potters have long defined tradition, Sin-ying has expanded both their forms and their imagery in contemporary ceramics that are thoroughly of the twenty-first century. She makes her works—whether they are monumental vases or smaller, more clearly assembled sculptures—from multiple parts. She emphasizes the many parts by glazing each of the pieces differently. Together they form a whole that maintains the legacy of being created from myriad fragments.

Sin-ying’s process of building is an essential metaphor for her artistic practice. With it, she implies an optimism for our society’s continued ability to construct a unified world. As reflected in her technique, and in the themes addressed by her surface imagery, this world will... read more

The Firmament

June 08, 2018, through September 02, 2018
Toyin Ojih Odutola, Pregnant, 2017, charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Stories take center stage in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings. She catches her characters at quiet moments captured from otherwise rich and complex lives. Short on specifics and long on allusion, the narratives she evokes suggest a wide emotional range. We are not meant to know exactly what takes place in these lives, but we are invited into their private spaces and we share an implied intimacy with many of them. Odutola allows us to peek, but not pry, into the lives of those who occupy her personal firmament. The artist establishes a compassionate confrontation between viewer and subject through the use of scale and through her extraordinary mark-making technique that draws us close to her surfaces. Many of the drawings are life-sized, some even full-length. This reinforces an uncanny sense that we share a space with her subjects; it also establishes an equivalence between viewer and subject.

Odutola’s signature drawing technique rewards close scrutiny. She creates small patches of color from carefully hatched lines to show skin; each... read more

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