Archival Matters

May 26 – 27, 2012

The archivist produces more archive, and that is why the archive is never closed. It opens out of the future.

-Jacques Derrida

This quote from Derrida’s Archive Fever (1994) serves as the point of departure for Archival Matters, Parlour No. 22, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The participating artists, Kristina Bengtsson, Timothy Citizen, Kevin Malcolm, and Heeseop Yoon, have each contributed pieces that capture a moment, setting, feeling, and/ or event and furthermore explore the transformative nature of archival documentation. Archival Matters additionally becomes a physical collection of archives—a forum where conversations between them can exist, offering new interpretations and assuring their perpetual existence.

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Object Not Found

February 25 – 26, 2012

The artists featured in Parlour No. 21, Object Not Found, all have art practices in which what matters to them is a conceptually-driven process—not a final object. But, “Object Not Found” as a title is fitting for more than that reason alone. The phrase also happens to be an online error message, one that most people have come across when they have searched for a URL that no longer exists. To think about not ending up with an object as a glitch rings true when thinking about our consumerist society. However, these artists offer a variety of ways to find the validity in exactly that. They achieve this through the economy of exchange, a perpetual beginning, an exploration and celebration of the missing, and an ever-moving environment. All of this to say that often it is more interesting when we don’t find what we were looking for.

Object Not Found features works by Venice-based artists Nico Angiuli, Nina Fiocco & Nicola Turrini, Serena Vestrucci, Mexican artist Leo Marz and New York-based artist Miryana Todorova. The exhibition is co-organized by Serena Maccianti and hosted by artist Ruggero Romanelli in Cannaregio, Venice.

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So there in Number Eighteen

December 10 – 11, 2011

So there in Number Eighteen – the first line of Ted Hughes’ poem about the house where the exhibition is set. In contrast to the memorialised house and inhabitants of the poem, these seven artists point towards something more present and continuous, to life in number eighteen as it is now.

So there in Number Eighteen is Parlour’s first exhibition in the United Kingdom, curated and hosted by Susie Clark in the house she shares with friends in Bloomsbury, London.

Par Avion

December 16 – 17, 2010

For Parlour’s inaugural European show, Par Avion, we invited our artist friends and friends of artist friends from around the world to send us an artwork in postcard form. The response was wonderful with over forty works coming from both US coasts, Europe and as far away as Taiwan. As a curated holiday gift exchange of international proportions, each participating artist will be sent the work of another artist after the exhibition–these matches being made evident in the installation of the show. Par Avion is hosted by Daisuke Endo in the historic center of Siena, Italy.

The featured artists are: Damalia Abrams, Samuel T. Adams, Alison Blickle, Martin Bothe, Tim Breukers, Gary Burnley, Corey D’Augustine, Laura Fayer, Ben Furgal, Micah Ganske, Daniel Gorostiaga, Matilda Huang, Elizabeth Hirsch, Faten Kanaan, Hein Koh, Emily Noelle Lambert, Elysa Lozano, Colette Murphy, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Rachel Meuler, Sophy Naess, Cadine Navarro, Jiyoung Park, Andy Parker, Colette Robbins, Danielle Rosa, Susan Ross, Zachary Royer Scholz, Emily Roz, Carmelle Safdie, Carolyn Salas, Gregory Siff, Emet Sosna, Trish Tillman, Adriël Van Drimmelen, Jeremy Wagner, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Rachel R. Weber, Paul Weston, Silke Wobst, Simon Woolham, Heeseop Yoon, Natalia Yovane, and Žaneta Zubkova.

See You in September

September 18 – 19, 2010

Parlour No. 18, See You in September, unveils works made over the summer by a group of busy queen bees: Negar Ahkami, Alison Blickle, Megan Burns, Sydney Chastain-Chapman, Jenny Morgan, Colette Robbins, Carolyn Salas, Carmelle Safdie, and Heeseop Yoon. To accompany the exhibition, Parlour asked the artists to write a description of either their new work or the current state of their artistic practice. We also asked the artists to include a brief account of what they were up to this summer, with the hopes of exploring how their adventures, experiences, travels and discoveries this summer might have influenced and inspired their work and process.


August 21 – 22, 2010

Realizing that Parlour No. 17 would mark our final show before turning the mature and legal age of 18, we decided this would be a good time to revisit some of our past shows and put together a mini retrospective of what and where Parlour has been before moving forward. As all histories are subjective narratives anyway, we decided it would be much more honest and interesting to give this job to someone else. Enter Meenakshi Thirukode, a playful and innovative curator whose practice is very much interested in institutional critique. Fragments, her vision of our project not only reaches into the past, but into a fictional apocalyptic future.

Parlour No. 17 includes works by the following artists from past Parlour shows: Mai Ueda, Stephanie Michelle Max and Jeffrey Max, Ali Aschman and Andrzej Nowicki (Little Guy Xylophone), Lane Arthur, Jennifer Dudley, Evie Falci, Ted Mineo, Hein Koh, Colette Murphy, Colette Robbins, Alison Blickle, Corey D’Augustine, Langdon Graves, Trish Tillman, Beau Buck, Stefano Minzi, Selena Kimball, Jessica Slaven, Lara Allen, Orit Ben-Shitrit and Harold Moss, Amanda Friedman, Anthony Discenza, Daniel Eatock and Faten Kanaan.

Golden Tales

June 26 – 27, 2010

Parlour No. 16, Golden Tales, explores the invented worlds of Lara Allen, Megha Gupta, Faten Kanaan, Sandra Mack-Valencia and Natalia Yovane. Through their use of visionary and mythical iconography as well as a broad range of media, each artist develops their own unique mythology. In this way, Golden Tales strives to explore how, even today, we desire to be rooted in a mythical sensibility. These artists use constructed and remembered mythical icons, fictional and nonfictional fragments of history, in order to develop new realities. Golden Tales is hosted by Fawad Khan in his Brooklyn apartment.

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Bureaucracy Now!

May 29 – 30, 2010

Bureaucracy Now!, Parlour No. 15, is the first Parlour exhibition to take place outside of New York City. The show is guest curated by Elysa Lozano for Autonomous Organization and hosted by artist Jon Meyer in his San Francisco live-work space. It features the works of Amy Balkin, Anthony Discenza, Daniel Eatock, Josh Greene, Jonn Herschend, InCUBATE, Packard Jennings, Leo Marz, Jon Meyer, Kristin Neidlinger, Nancy Nowacek, Pil & Galia Kollectiv and Royal NoneSuch Gallery.

Titled after the exhibition Utopia Now! at the CCA Wattis in 2001, Bureaucracy Now! references this drive for a better society by:

• Bureaucracy as a medium for individual agency
• Management as self-management
• Bureaucratic engagement as opening a space for debate and negotiation
• The aesthetics of the office reconfigured or re-invented
• Examining how organization occurs, and how it can be co-opted

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Diamonds In The Crow’s Nest

April 17 – 18, 2010

Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest, Parlour No. 14, is an investigation of human interactions, specifically within an intimate social setting. Using the media of painting, sculpture, and collage, the artists in the exhibition delve into subject matter including still lives, home interiors, and collections that are at once unusual and familiar. Evidence of exchanges, gatherings, and consumption present in the work prompts the viewers to consider their own vulnerabilities and psychological tendencies, whether they are attending a party, hosting a gathering, giving a gift, or the one who receives. The works negotiate how guests are influenced by their host’s surroundings, belongings, and presentations, while considering the sensitivity of exposing the private to the public. Because Parlour depends on a host with a home for each exhibition, and each exhibition inevitably leads to a social gathering, the viewers of Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest will be placed in similar scenarios that the pieces in the exhibition bring into question. The exhibition curated by artist Samuel T. Adams and hosted by artist Carmelle Safdie in her Astoria, Queens home.

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Two’s Company

February 13 – 14, 2010

Parlour’s thirteenth exhibition, Two’s Company, features the work of six artist couples living and working in New York City. The exhibition sets out to explore the relationship between their individual artistic practices, raising questions such as: Are there any conscious/ subconscious similarities visible in their bodies of work? Does the former hold true for artists who work in different media? What does each admire about the other’s work? What do they find inspiring? To what extent do they influence each other? Each artist’s piece in the show has been selected by their significant other, and in some cases, collaborative pieces have been made specifically for the occasion. Two’s Company is hosted by Parlour co-founder, Leslie Rosa-Stumpf, and her husband, Lawrence Stumpf, in their Clinton Hill apartment.

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