Open: November 17, 2017–January 13, 2018
Location & Hours
Art in General
145 Plymouth Street (Map)
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Mini-bookshop in New York City by artist-founded, Tallinn-based publisher Lugemik as part of Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence, An Art in General International Collaboration
Lugemik is an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. Lugemik publishes books and other printed matter, working closely together with artists, writers, designers, and printers in every step of the publishing process.
Lugemik’s New York City mini-bookshop is presented as part of Art in General’s International Collaboration with Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCAE), inside the exhibition Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence. Lugemik provides a specially-curated selection of books for browsing and for sale that contextualize the exhibition’s themes and provide a glimpse into the contemporary art scene in Estonia.
Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence, an International Collaboration featuring artwork and performances by artists Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu and guest curated by Maria Arusoo, Director of CCA Estonia, observes a shift taking place in the realm of our aesthetic and emotional sensibilities. Looking particularly to the female perspective, the exhibition attempts to address this uncanny post-accelerationist body in its new surroundings, questioning our state of turmoil, loneliness, and uncertainty surrounding the future.
Lugemik will be open during regular exhibition hours from Tuesday, November 21, 2017 until the end of the exhibition on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
Lugemik is an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. Lugemik publishes books and other printed matter, working closely together with artists, writers, designers, and printers in every step of the publishing process. In 2013 Lugemik opened a bookshop on the premises of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and in 2017 its second location in collaboration with Tallinn Art Hall. www.lugemik.ee
Art in General was founded in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual educational program on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCAE), founded in 1992, is a non-profit expert institution in international cooperation projects with a role to activate and develop Estonian contemporary art scene, conceptualizing current tendencies of visual culture and participating in a critical dialogue in society. CCAE is organizing international exhibitions, conferences, artist talks, lecture series and curatorial visits, publishes catalogues and online editorial, collecting and distributing information about Estonain contemporary art scene and has extensive video archive since 1990s giving great overview of past two decades. Since 1999 CCAE is the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and since 2016 co-commissioner of Baltic Triennial. CCAE works on collaborative projects both with local and international partners. To get an overview of our most recent activities, visit our website: www.cca.ee.
General Support of Art in General is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; 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, The Cowles Charitable Trust; 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 International Collaborations Program is supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, FUTURA, the International Visegrad Fund, The Asian Cultural Council, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and Kanuti Gildi SAAL. Support has also been provided by: Commissioners’ Circle leaders Elaine Goldman, Richard Massey, Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters John and Andrea Nylund and David Solo; and Commissioners’ Circle members Nader Ansary, Rob Colangelo, Don Erenberg, Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Eric Nylund, Leslie Ruff, Steve Shane, and Diana Wege.
Special Project Support by Maaike Gouwenberg, Roya Khadjavi, Anu Vahtra, and PERFORMA 17.
CCAE Thanks Antonio Trecel Diaz, Priit Raud, Eneli Järs, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Kaarin Kivirähk, Sten Ojavee, Marika Agu, Kadi Kesküla, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Olga Temnikova, Kunstraum, Thomas Cuckle, Juste Kostikovaite, Lxo Cohen, Johnston Sheard, Paula lopez Zambrano, Karin Laansoo, Kadri Laas, Karen Huber gallery, Karen Huber, Octavio Avendano Trujillo, Lilian Hiob, Merilin Talumaa, Eha Komissarov, Kati Ilves, Ana Cardoso, Rupert, Juste Jonutyte, Adomas Narkevičius, Maximilian Gallo, Mariell Paala, Aime and Priit Estna, Nikola Kneževic, Young boy dancing group, Annina Machaz, SPARK Makerlab, and Sobarzo de Larraechea.