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September 7 – November 16, 2014
Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams
Featuring the work of Seon Ghi Bahk, Matthew Brandt, Jeff Brouws, Beverly Buchanan, Leyla Cárdenas, James Casebere, Will Cotton, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ben Grasso, Stephanie Imbeau, Mary Mattingly, Adia Millett, Andrew Moore, Chen Qiulin, Doris Salcedo, Loren Schwerd, Alec Soth, Rob Stephenson, Brian Tolle, & Marion Wilson

Curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 7, 2:00-5:00 pm

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Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00-4:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Securing Homeland: Rebounding/Rebuilding for a Sustainable Future
With Panelists Brian Baer, Cynthia Barton, Deborah Gans, & Mary Mattingly

Moderated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson

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Mary Mattingly Towards a Heterotopia 2008
Towards a Heterotopia by Mary Mattingly, 2008

The panel, moderated by the curator, Margaret Mathews Berenson, will focus on innovative solutions to the problems of homelessness and displacement caused by catastrophic natural and manmade disasters that are dramatically presented visually in the works of art in the exhibition. Panelists will discuss innovative projects and proposals by artists, architects, non-profit organizations and government agencies around the world designed to provide housing for those in need. Among these are: post-Katrina housing in New Orleans and rebuilding efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. Other topics of discussion will be: designing with sustainable materials; urban reclamation projects in Chicago, Houston and Detroit; collaborations between artists, urban design professionals and local communities; and social entrepreneurship in contemporary art and architecture. In conclusion, panelists together with audience participants will contribute ideas and recommendations for addressing these problems in the future. Hand-outs will include a list of organizations worldwide that provide meaningful solutions in the hopes that audience members might be inspired to assist them in meeting their goals.

Brian BaerRegional Program Coordinator, New York is the Regional Program Coordinator for Architecture for Humanity here in New York, where he is leading and managing the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program. He received his architecture degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is a LEED accredited professional and certified by NCARB. Baer has over 25 years experience of sustainable, community-aided design solutions for educational, cultural, civic and nongovernmental agency projects across the United States. He has collaborated with a wide variety of constituencies to bring consensus and success to the design and building process. Currently he is managing the ReNew NJ/NY Schools, ReStore the Shore, and authored the Resilience through Education and Design Centers programs.

Cynthia BartonHousing Recovery Program Manager is the Housing Recovery Program manager at the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Housing Recovery Program manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. She holds a master of architecture from Yale, and was previously the managing director of Architecture for Humanity New York, and a contributing editor to the book, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Solutions to Humanitarian Crises. Her disaster-relief work includes post-earthquake housing in India with Shigeru Ban and most recently overseeing the design and construction of a prototype for urban post-disaster housing in Brooklyn, NY.

Deborah Gans, FAIAProfessor, Architecture School at Pratt Institute, and Principal, Gans Studio is Principal of Gans Studio and a professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The Gans Studio is known for its innovative “extreme housing” design prototypes for people displaced by homelessness, natural disasters and war. Their continuing work on alternative forms of shelters includes: disaster relief housing for Kosovo refugees; an interim housing system for the homeless commissioned by Common Ground; a community based planning and design project for post-Katrina New Orleans; and currently, a similar project in Sheepshead Bay post Super Storm Sandy. The Gans Studio prototype for a deployable Roll Out House (originally designed for refugee camps) was shown in Into the Open, an exhibition at the United States Pavilion in the 2008 Venice Biennial featuring civic-minded projects by contemporary architects. Among her many publications on landscapes of displacement are: Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield and essays in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity, Design Like You Give A Damn, and Expanding Architecture among others. She is a contributing editor for BOMB magazine and the Italian journal BOUNDARIES.

Mary MattinglyArtist Based in New York, Mary Mattingly recently launched WetLand, 2014, a floating sculpture, eco-habitat and performance space at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. This follows her Flock House Project, 2012: three spherical living-systems incorporating rainwater collection that cycled water through edible gardens, solar panels, and enclosed living spaces. These spheres journeyed through New York City’s five boroughs and are currently in Omaha, NE. Mattingly also founded the Waterpod Project, 2009, a barge-based public space containing an autonomous habitat that docked at piers in each of New York’s five boroughs. Her work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Robert Mann Gallery, and the Palais de Tokyo.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00-4:30 pm
A Curator/Artists Tour of Homeland [IN]Security: Vanishing Dreams
with curator, Margaret Mathews-Berenson and artists, Ben Grasso, Stephanie Imbeau, Rob Stephenson, Brian Tolle and Chris Verene

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Tolle, Verene, Stephenson Images
Old Glory, 2008, by Brian Tolle; Amber and Her Girls are Living in Her Car, 2006 by Chris Verene;
Discarded Pew Cushions, Rockaway
, 2013, by Rob Stephenson

Exhibition curator, Margaret Mathews-Berenson will conduct a tour of Homeland [IN]Security: Vanishing Dreams. She will be joined by five artists whose work is in the show: Ben Grasso, Stephanie Imbeau, Rob Stephenson, Brian Tolle and Chris Verene. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation as the curator and the artists discuss the themes of the exhibition and the varied ways they have been addressed by the diverse group of artists in the show.

Ben Grasso’s oil paintings present graphic description and analysis of the emblematic American home as seen in his Adaptation series. A 2011 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Ben exhibits throughout the U.S. and abroad and is in the collections of Agnes Gund, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and The James Hotel, New York, NY.

Stephanie Imbeau’s work articulates her interest in the search for community, shelter and home, by combining the familiar imagery of houses, umbrellas and boats with materials relating to shelters and domesticity using thread, paper, cardboard and found items. Working in Brooklyn, NY, Stephanie has exhibited around the country and internationally. In 2007 she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Newcastle University, U.K.

Rob Stephenson’s photographs have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including The
Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and The Museum of the City of New York. He has been awarded the Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism Fellowship and a 2013 NYFA Artist Fellowship and has been a darkroom resident at the Camera Club of New York. His first book, From Roof to Table, documenting the urban agriculture movement in New York City, was published in 2012.

Brian Tolle’s work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial; Liverpool Biennial at the Tate Modern; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, and numerous other institutions. He is the recipient of awards from the Irish American Historical Society, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Design Commission of the City of New York. Brian Tolle is represented by CRG Gallery, New York, NY, where he had his most recent solo show, Levittown, 2009.

Chris Verene is a photographer and performance artist working in Brooklyn, NY, widely known for his multi-decade documentary project chronicling the lives of his family and friends in Galesburg, Illinois. Verene’s work is in museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and others. Chris is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program.

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