Joseph Buckley & Laurel Ptak in Conversation

Public Program
Nov 1, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 6:30–8:30pm
Guided Tour & Conversation—6:30–7:30pm
Closing Reception—7:30–8:30pm

Art in General
145 Plymouth Street (Map)
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join Art in General for a guided exhibition tour and conversation between artist Joseph Buckley and Executive Director & Curator Laurel Ptak. Together they will discuss the themes of Buckley’s first major solo exhibition in New York, Traitor Muscle as well as the artist’s broader practice.

Against a backdrop of contemporary fascism, Buckley employs a range of visual and cultural references—from sci-fi to modernism to Doc Martens to slave ships to Amazon’s factory floor—asking us to deeply consider society’s divisions and fractures, using the medium of sculpture to investigate the psychic technologies that enable them. Traitor Muscle centers around a trio of new sculptures, remarkably contemporary in their visual language, exploding with references, symbols, histories and meanings that point to obscured violences and mechanisms of exclusion everywhere embedded and naturalized in the world around us.

Now in its final week, don’t miss your last chance to see the exhibition. A closing reception will directly follow the conversation by Buckely and Ptak. Also, the same evening, upstairs in Art in General’s Residency Studio stop by to see Raluca Croitoru’s ongoing Open Studio & Performance.

Joseph Buckley is black British artist of Irish and Caribbean extraction who was born in 1990 in Ellesmere Port, England and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Buckley studied at Leeds College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating in 2010 and 2013 respectively. In 2013 he moved to the United States where he graduated from Yale School of Art in 2015. Recent exhibitions of his work include Cellular World and Invitations to Forms as part of Glasgow International, Scotland (2018); Brotherhood Tapestry, The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2017); The Demon Of Regret, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016); Pervert’s Lament as part of Time Item: Sculpture Thesis 2015, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven (2015).

Laurel Ptak is a curator of contemporary art based in New York City. She is currently Executive Director & Curator of Art in General. She has previously held diverse roles at non-profit art institutions in the US and internationally, including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), MoMA PS 1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm). Recent exhibitions organized for Art in General include: Zach Blas: Contra-Internet, Danilo Correale: At Work’s End and the screening series After Effects featuring video works by Tyler Coburn, Pedro Neves Marques, Elizabeth Orr, Sondra Perry, Mariana Silva, and others. Ptak is a co-editor of the book Undoing Property? published by Sternberg Press and a faculty member in the Curatorial Practice M.A. Program at the School of Visual Arts.

General Support of Art in General is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by Henry Moore Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; Greenwich Collection, Ltd.; Cowles Charitable Trust; and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by individuals and Art in General’s Commissioners’ Circle.

Special Project Support provided by Duck Tape by ShurTech.

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Project Description:

Joseph Buckley: Traitor Muscle