This workshop investigates how varying social distances within the museum gallery can shape the ways in which we relate to art and one another. Approaching the museum as a site of intimacy, artist Chloë Bass will lead participants through an interactive process to consider how measuring and understanding distance can allow us to read the gallery environment in new ways and shape creative narratives about our own relationships in space. Participants should expect some instances of performance and participatory writing. Measuring devices and other materials will be provided; the systems we design to use them will be all yours. The workshop is part of the fourth chapter of Bass’s ongoing project The Book of Everyday Instruction, which explores one-on-one social interaction. Chapter four is focused on the accidental and incidental choreographies created by engaging with other bodies in space. The chapter’s title, “It’s amazing we don’t have more fights,” is a paraphrase from the artist’s mother about successful social behavior on New York’s subways and buses.
Chloë Bass (b. 1984, New York) is a Conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. She is a 2015–16 Workspace resident at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a 2016 Spillways Residency Fellow at Press Street, New Orleans. Her recent work has been shown at Salisbury University, the Bronx Museum of Art, SPACES, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Neuberger Museum, Momenta Art, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Flux Factory, Kunstkammer AZB (Zürich), and Akademie Schloss Solitude, among others. She has lectured at MoMA, the Creative Time Summit, the International Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, Parsons School of Design, Sotheby’s Institute, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College CUNY. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic, and a visiting assistant professor at Queens College.
Price: Non-member: $50