April 1–May 12, 2020
Art in General, New York
Daphné Boxer is an independent curator based in Montreal. Since 2016, she co-directs a project in Montreal in collaboration with Commissioner Eli Kerr, where she organizes thematic and in situ exhibitions in collaboration with artists from the local and international scene. VIE D’ANGE is located in a 3,200 square foot former car dealership and is deployed in the form of exhibitions, educational workshops, lectures and meetings. The project uses presentation and mediation strategies to externalize the social, environmental and economic consequences of globalization and the modernization of urban environments. Her recent research runs parallel to this project and focuses on architecture, urbanization and the impact of new technologies related to the notion of progress and forms of resistance that result.
In an era where the imbalances caused by the effects of human activity have led to many consequences for the environment: climate warming, energy poverty and forced migration, Boxer will undertake research that focuses in on plant life in the urban environment of New York while in residence at Art in General. Humans and plants have a complex relationship and share a common evolutionary history. The advent of the Anthropocene marks a pivotal and disruptive period. For the first time, human beings have become the main drivers of the changes affecting the Earth, challenging the human species and their ability to adapt and control as well as their resilience. In this pivotal time when important changes will have to be made, Boxer wishes to explore the work of artists who are interested in what plant life reveals about our past and our common future.
Boxer is in residence at Art in General from April 1–May 12, 2020 through the support of Centre Clark and Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Support of Art in General is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation; Greenwich Collection, Ltd.; Cowles Charitable Trust; 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.