“Contemporary Art”—A Conversation* with William Powhida and Guests

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Postmasters Gallery
54 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013


* The artist would like to emphasize that this is not a panel discussion.

R.S.V.P. preferred by February, 21.

Please join The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Postmasters for a conversation with William Powhida, Zoë Charlton, Kendra Jayne Patrick, Seph Rodney, and Magdalena Sawon moderated by The Aldrich’s exhibitions director, Richard Klein, in advance of Powhida’s forthcoming exhibition at The Aldrich, After the Contemporary, opening March 5. The public is invited to join the conversation about Powhida’s speculative historicization of the Contemporary (2000—2025) and the ensuing Alt-Contemporary period of collector-driven cultural production. What was the Contemporary and what came after?

William Powhida (b. 1976, New York City) received his BFA in Painting with Honors from Syracuse University in 1998 and his MFA in Painting from Hunter College in 2002. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery, New York; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; Casa Maauad, Mexico City; Gallery Paulsen, Copenhagen. In addition to being an artist, Powhida is an infrequent writer whose work has been published in The Art Newspaper, Creative Time Reports, ArtFCity, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artnet. He is also a member of the Artist Studio Affordability Project and a supporter of W.A.G.E. He lives and works in New York City.

Zoë Charlton (Baltimore, MD) creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject’s relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York City, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland, 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys Artist Project grant (2014), and was a finalist for the 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Charlton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC.

Richard Klein is an artist, curator, and writer. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his two-decade career as a curator of contemporary art he has organized over eighty exhibitions, including solo presentations of the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Hank Willis Thomas, Kim Jones, Brad Kahlhamer, Roy McMakin, Mary Temple, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.

Kendra Jayne Patrick is a New York City-based art dealer and writer.

Seph Rodney was born in Jamaica and grew up in New York City. He has an English degree from LIU, Brooklyn, a studio art MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in museum studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a staff writer for the Hyperallergic blog writing about contemporary art and related issues, and has taught at Parsons School of Design. He has recently been contracted by Routledge press to produce a book based on his ongoing research regarding the personalization of the museum visit.

Magdalena Sawon (b. 1955, Warsaw, Poland) received her MA in Art History from Warsaw University and has lived and worked in the United States since 1981. She is the co-founder and co-director of Postmasters Gallery (est. 1984) in New York City, where she has organized over 300 exhibitions. Sawon also works as an independent curator, lecturer, and consultant. She served on the board of Rhizome and is a founding member of SEVEN, a collaborative alternative to the art fair model. Among others, her outside curatorial projects include a large-scale exhibition of new media works The future is not what it used to be, in the Center for Contemporary Art—Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Poland (2011).

William Powhida: After The Contemporary will be on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT from March 5 to September 4, 2017.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 5 pm, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

For press inquiries, please contact Emily Devoe at 203.438.4519, extension 140, or edevoe@aldrichart.org

Generous funding for William Powhida: After the Contemporary is provided by The Stolbun Collection, Raymond Learsy, Seymour and Carol Cole Levin, Kim and Larry Heyman, Noah McCormack, Cebert S.J. Noonan, and Janet Phelps.