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The Possible

January 29, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Fritz Haeg: Domestic Integrities, Part 1, 2012 (installation view from the Museum of Modern Art). Photo: Jack Ramunni, Mildred’s Lane.

The Possible is an experimental exhibition that reconceives the museum as a site for creative convergence. You will have the chance to be a part of this evolving exhibition by engaging directly with an exciting array of visiting artists.

As an open platform for shared creativity and the exploration of diverse artistic techniques, The Possible combines studio, classroom, library, gallery, and stage. A multisensory library provides context and inspiration, while the galleries are reconfigured as a series of workspaces: a ceramics studio, dye lab, print shop, and recording studio. Collaborating with one another and the public, a diverse range of guest artists will use these studios to create new work in a public forum. The finished works will filter into a gallery installation, building the exhibition over time. We hope to inspire a spirit of experimentation, improvisation, and play by providing opportunities for artists to go deeper into familiar mediums, experience new practices, and work collaboratively. The studios will function as classrooms during a series of Sunday public workshops and audiences will also be invited to participate in discussions, performances, and field trips during the course of the exhibition. And bring the whole family to Kids Club, a special gallery devoted to engaging children in the creative process that is at the heart of this project.

Come and help us explore what is possible!

Curator's note

Hello! I’m excited to introduce The Possible. In developing this project over the past two years, I have worked with an amazing array of individuals to organize an interdisciplinary series of artist-led classes, field trips, and retreats, as well as an elaborate mail-art correspondence in collaboration with Alexander Kori Girard. These exchanges generated incredible energy, which I hope to share with you: it is a great pleasure to invite you all to get in the mix with this exciting experiment in what a museum can be.

David Wilson, Guest Curator

Explore the-possible.org

Exhibition curator David Wilson and artists Luke Fischbeck and Lauren Mackler have created this website as a place for to collect content relating to the exhibition including the images relating to installation, library, process, and the mail-art correspondence that sparked ideas for The Possible. This website is a partner to the exhibition catalog currently being created by Luke Fischbeck and Lauren Mackler. See more of what's possible at the-possible.org

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Artists in the Exhibition

Mandy Aftel, Gwen Allen, Zina Al-Shurki, Bob Anderson, Carl Andre, Anzfer Farms, Robert Arneson, Michael Asher, Atelier Dion, Binta Ayofemi, Bahama Kangaroo, Robert Barry, Devon Bella, Drew Bennett, Wallace Berman, Kelly Best, Joseph Beuys, Elisheva Biernoff, B. Birmelin, Alan Bishop, Sue Bitney, Jana Blankenship, Kevin Blanquies, Mel Bochner, Book / Shop, Zoe Brezsny/KALX, Joan Brown, Nicola Buffa, Todd Bura, Rebecca Burgess, Sarah Cahill, Ajit Chauhan, Chuck Close, Colpa Press, Concrete Works, Bruce Conner, John Corbett, James Cordas, Creative Growth, Creative Growth Runway Team, N. Dash, Walter De Maria, Roy Denim, Matt Dick, Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Discoe, DIY, Ian Dolton-Thronton, Sasha Duerr, Dust-to-Digital, Jamie Dutcher, Edible Schoolyard, Liam Everett, Kyle Field/Little Wings, Luke Fischbeck/Lucky Dragons, Sam Fleischner, Flint Outdoors, Fluxus Collective, Lucas Ford, Amy Franceschini, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Linda Geary, General Idea, Gilbert & George, David Gilhooly, Aleishall Girard, Max Goldberg, Julia Goodman, Alison Gopnik, Akiko Graham, Fritz Haeg, Anna Halprin, Liz Harris/Grouper, Ryan Heffington, Ashley Helvey, Kathleen Henderson, Bici Hendricks, Cliff Hengst, Angela Hennessy, George Herms, Charles Christopher Hill, Douglas Huebler, Michael Hurley, Justin Hurty, IATA, Iko Iko, In The Make, Sandy Jacobs, Chris Johanson, Ray Johnson, SK Kakraba, Stephen Kaltenbach, Alan Kaprow, Rachel Kaye, Alexander Kori Girard, Knuf Knufison, Land and Sea, Megan Lavelle, Zachary Leener, Leslie Ceramics, Terri Loewenthal, Alan Lomax, Charles Long, Johnny Lopez and Turf Inc., Jackson Mac Low, George Maciunas, Lauren Mackler, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Tom Marioni, Marriage Recs, Ivy Jeane McClelland, Travis McFlynn, Lauren McIntosh, Travis Meinolf, Mekanix, Jim Melchert, Rob Millis, Mississippi Records, Gary Molitor, Robert Morris, Deepa Natarajan, Jay Nelson, Ruby Neri, Jessica Niello, NguzuNguzu, Raphael Noz, Shaun O'Dell, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Meara O'Reilly, Julia Parker, Kamau Patton, Philip Perkins, Don Potts, Renny Pritikin, Public Fiction, Publication Studio, Sarah Rara, Laurie Reid, Richard Richard, Brenda Richardson, Clare Rojas, Brion Nuda Rosch, Ed Ruscha, Rowena Sartin, Jesse Schlesinger, Peter Selz, Seth Siegelaub, Richard Sladden, Jack Smith, The Something, Dean Stockwell, Sublime Frequencies, Sumi Ink Club, Karamo Susso, Hadi Tabatabi, Emily Tareila, John Toki, Amy Trachtenberg, Ken Ueno, Ulay/Abramovic (Marina), Deborah Valoma, Ben Vautier, Bernard Venet, Benjamin Vilmain, Jerome Waag, Yoshiko Wada, Andy Warhol, Tessa Watson, Robert Watts, Rolf Wedewer, Lawrence Weiner, Matt Werth/RVNG INTL, Jocko Weyland, William T. Wiley, Maija Williams, Daren Wilson, Alf Young, LaMonte Young, Zoo Labs, John Zurier. New participants will be continually added throughout the exhibition.

Explore mail-art correspondence on tumblr

The collaboration has already begun: exhibition curator artist David Wilson with Director Lawrence Rinder and Director of Engagement Aimee Chang, have been inviting artists to participate in retreats, classes, and an extensive mail-art correspondence, sparking ideas for The Possible.
Follow the planning process as it unfolds on tumblr.

The Possible is organized by guest curator David Wilson, with Director Lawrence Rinder. The project is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; Carla and David Crane; a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc; the LEF Foundation; and Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle. Kids Club, part of The Possible, is organized by Director of Engagement Aimee Chang and is supported by Donna and Gary Freedman.