FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20th, 2015
At NYU Kimmel Galleries
September - October
a thought provoking exhibition portrait series and group exhibition hosted by Kimmel Windows and the Stovall Family Galleries, 8th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life. These two exhibitions reflect on the individual’s role in social activism while exploring the concurrent themes involved across these intrinsic movements.
The Kimmel Galleries of New York University are pleased to present I-Thou: a portrait series by Liam Alexander, in Kimmel Windows and I-Thou: works in dialogue, a group exhibition curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen is on view through October 1, 2015, with the opening reception on September 9th, 2015 from 6-8pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more info, please see the Facebook page.
Kimmel Galleries are located at the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 8th Floor. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]. For all press and sales inquiries, please contact Ms. Pamela Jean Tinnen, curator for the Kimmel Galleries: or 212.998.4950, 347.634.29
Hosted in Kimmel Windows, Alexander’s never before seen series features the portraits of 11 individuals who have dedicated themselves to distinctive causes, which may at first appear both related, and unrelated to one another: prison reform, the environment, black lives matter, human rights, gender, feminism, LGBTQ rights, migrant/immigration issues and labor reform.
The accompanying exhibition, taking place in the Stovall Family Galleries of the 8th floor of Kimmel, further explores the web of interconnected social imperatives through the visual narratives engaged by the curator. Themes of social activism and justice are examined through the lens of both the current and the historic; across the medium of photography, sculpture, installation, video, painting and mixed media.
I-THOU, is named so for Martin Buber’s book Ich und Du. Like Buber, this exhibition explores humanity’s relationships to one another on both an individual, and societal level. We seek to visually explore these concepts on what it means to other. Othering, as defined as: to view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself, is considered by Tinnen to be the root cause of the ways in which we allow, justify and facilitate systems of control.
The act of othering, then, must and does create hierarchies throughout society, contributing to the subjugating of demographics through systemic powers and institutionalized behaviors. Who, how, why and to what end these behaviors exist, speaks to how these belief systems have become intrinsic to certain systemic powers, at varying degrees and scope, relative to time and place.
Both exhibitions address topics of social justice and movements of change. Through portraiture and mixed media, artist Liam Alexander documents individuals entrenched in their activism; people who have dedicated their minds, bodies and time to affecting change in their varied disciplines. Curatorially, we propose the overlapping and concurrent nature of these movements, as well as the cyclical relationship to cause and effect imperative to the problem. Through I/THOU, we offer an in-depth understanding of where we are currently/locally, where we are at Globally, and through the lens of our own complicated, layered and painful histories. In bringing together these discussions, we hope to begin steps towards progressive solutions.
I-Thou: a portrait series by Liam Alexander
I-Thou: works in dialogue, a group exhibition curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen
I-Thou: a conversation series hosted by the Win Collective
About the Kimmel Galleries:
Established in 2003, Kimmel Galleries are dedicated to providing visually dynamic and thought provoking exhibitions. They are free and open to the public.
For more information on tours, the artists or price inquiries, please contact the Curator, Pamela Jean Tinnen, at 212 298 4950, or
Past exhibitions include: Patterns of Interest: photography by Stephen Mallon; HOUSE: HOME; Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora; Preconceived Notions; and Perspectives: A photography exhibit about traveling and living in our world; DITTO: WORKS IN BLUE, Shira Toren, among others.
This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Kimmel Windows Gallery, Events
Type: Press Release
Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876