The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities' mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Our exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Current Exhibition
Sep 10, 2014 to Nov 1, 2014
World of Matter

Tue, Sep 9, 6-8pm Exhibition Reception with the artists

The world we inhabit is expanding. Global population growth, increased mobility, accelerated contacts, rising levels of production and consumption, and the expansion of natural resource extraction have had a significant impact in environmental, social and psychological terms. What forms of interaction with the material world acknowledge that there are limits to what we, as humans, might know and control?

Participants in World of Matter draw upon methodologies from the social and natural sciences, journalism, and also poetics and aesthetics, to scrutinize zones of geopolitical-ecological upheaval. The research conducted by the artists, journalists and theorists in World of Matter coheres around a sensitive reconsideration of the planet's “resources.” Their projects adopt a variety of formats and strategies to delve into relations between humans and the world, in some cases by way of historical narratives, in others, through scientific laboratory research, community collaboration, visualization technologies, or activist organization. These experiments animate an emergent notion of artistic global citizenship, breaking up well-worn patterns of representation by embracing a plethora of aesthetic, conceptual and interventionist engagements with "matter." An accompanying book will be published in October 2014 by Sternberg Press.
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With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


Related Programming

Sep 9, 6-8pm: World of Matter Exhibition Reception with artists

Sep 10, 9:30am-6pm: Radical Materialism: Making the World Matter Conference
Stacey Balkan, Ursula Biemann, Morgan Buck, Omar Dahbour, Ashley Dawson, T.J. Demos, Elizabeth Ellsworth, David Joselit, Sean M. Kennedy, Jamie Kruse, Uwe H. Martin, Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Rafael Mutis, Kate Orff, Micheal Rumore, Emily Eliza Scott, Elizabeth Sibilia, Lonnie van Brummelen, Jennifer Wenzel

Oct 8-10, 12-8pm: Prelude: Resource Room Performance
Chloe Bass

Oct 16, 6:30pm: Rare Earth Film Screening and Conversation
Elizabeth Knafo

Oct 17, 6:30pm: Rare Earth Catalog Workshop
Jesse Goldstein, Elizabeth Knafo

Oct 28, 6:30pm: The Infiltrators Panel
Anthony Alessandrini, Chelsea Haines, Christopher Robbins, Maayan Shleff

Oct 30, 6:30pm: Malign Velocities Conversation
David Joselit, Benjamin Noys


Upcoming Exhibitions

Nov 20, 2014-Jan 17, 2015

The Lenin Museum

Yevgeniy Fiks


Related Programming

Nov 19, 6-8pm: The Lenin Museum Exhibition Reception

Dec 3, 6:30pm: Russian Political Bodies from Lenin to Putin Panel

Yevgeniy Fiks, Jonathan Flatley, Anastasia Kayiatos


Visit The James Gallery

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016

Free and open to the public
Hours: Tue-Thu 12-7pm, Fri-Sat 12-6pm

Curator: Katherine Carl
t: 212-817-2007
e: kcarl@gc.cuny
Exhibitions Coordinator: Jennifer Wilkinson
t: 212-817-2020



The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities’ mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the James Gallery brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through a number of innovative formats. While some exhibitions will remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings will have a short duration. As a space for interdisciplinary artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.