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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

NEW YORK | Artist Breakfast with Morgan O'Hara

Start Date: 1/30/2019 8:00 AM EST
End Date: 1/30/2019 9:30 AM EST

Venue Name: The 8th Floor

17 West 17th Street
8th Floor
New York, NY  United States  10011

Organization Name: ArtTable NY

ArtTable Programs
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13


Members I $20
Guests | $25


Join ArtTable for Artist Breakfasts, a series of conversations with artists. These intimate monthly breakfasts feature leading figures in the visual arts in discussion with curators, academics, and critics. This month we will hear from Morgan O'Hara, recent recipient of the Lee Krasner Award.

Morgan O'Hara's conceptually based performative drawing researches movement and vitality, the human experience of time and space. It is culturally contextualized in the practice of drawing as a fundamental human endeavor. Her work is continuous with the time-honored practice of life and requires presence, connection, direct observation and LIVE TRANSMISSION. Through this work, she transcends the arbitrary "oppositions" between abstract and figurative art, between purely gestural expression and documentary intent, creating narrative work which results in a final product which is not figurative. The method she has developed requires close observation and actual drawing in real time with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands. Simultaneous to an action taking place, she condenses movement into accumulations of graphite line, combining the controlled refinement of classical drawing with the sensuality of spontaneous gesture. O'Hara has done her LIVE TRANSMISSION performative drawings on five continents.

Morgan O'Hara (b. Los Angeles 1941) was raised in an international community in post-war Japan. She earned a Master's Degree in Art from California State University at Los Angeles, had her first solo exhibition in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1978. In the 1980s she began doing performative drawing in international performance art festivals, did her first site specific wall drawings and began the practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art. In 1997 O'Hara's work was honored with a solo show in the Drawing Room at the Drawing Center in New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: The British Museum, London; Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Germany; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Czech National Gallery, Prague; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Hood Museum of Art - Dartmouth College, New Hampshire; Janacek Museum, Brno, Czech Republic; Macau Art Museum, Macau, China; Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Olomouc Museum of Art, Czech Republic; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Vrie Universiteit OZW, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic; Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, Henie Onstadt Kunstzenter, Hovikodden, Norway. Her permanent site specific wall drawings can be found in the Macau Art Museum, Macau, China; The Canadian Academy Kobe, Japan, and the Vrije Universiteit OZW Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She has been awarded numerous international residencies and is recipient of the Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Gottleib Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Leon Levy Foundation, David and Rosamond Putnam Travel Fund and Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. O'Hara O'Hara maintained her studio in Europe for 25 years. She currently resides in New York and works internationally.

The multilingual ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIVE TRANSMISSION numbers, in 2016, Volumes 1- 6 and have been published in Italy, New York; Macau, China and Santiago, Chile, always in conjunction with solo exhibitions.

In January 2017 she began the social art practice entitled HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION which has evolved nationally and internationally over two years through 85 sessions during which people come together to hand copy documents written to protect human rights. 

This program is generously hosted by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor.
Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The 8th Floor gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking to foster cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners. Revolution from Without... features five artists and two collectives - Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger - whose practices engage structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, access to human rights and positions of privilege. Revolution from Without..., the first in a two-year series of exhibitions under the larger title Revolutionary Cycles, will be on view at the Foundation's exhibition space, The 8th Floor, in New York City from January 17 through May 4, 2019.

This program is gernerously funded by the Pollock Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been a leader in providing grants enabling emerging and established artists to focus on their work. Funding helps artists to create new work, acquire art supplies, rent studio space, and prepare exhibitions.  The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as artist residency programs. Please visit
www.pkf.org for more information.
Thank you to ArtTable NY's Artist Breakfast Committee for organizing this event. 

Image: LIVE TRANSMISSION: movement of the hands of Gian-Luigi Diana on laptop, Mike Pride on percussion and bells, Ben Gerstein on trombone, O'Hara on pencils and bird whistles / The Firehouse, Brooklyn, New York / 26 September 2013. Photo: Jeanette May
ArtTable is a 501.c.3 organization.
All programs are non-refundable.

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