The DART Board: 06.05.2024

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday June 5, 2024


Wednesday, June 5: Cannupa Hanska Luger | Attrition at City Hall Park

Cannupa Hanska Luger, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold from the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota cultures, is a descendant of buffalo people. The form of Attrition, a larger-than-life skeletal sculpture made from steel with an ash black patina, emerges from the soil beneath, visible through grasses indigenous to this region. 

For Luger (b. 1979, Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota), the bison is a symbol of Indigenous resilience and sovereignty. The mass slaughter of North American bison from 1845 to 1895 by settlers of European descent took place for profit, dominion over land and westward expansion. The strategic removal of this vital source of food, clothing, shelter and spiritual reverence for the Great Plains Native American populations forced their assimilation into western culture. It was also an ecological disaster with long lasting effects.

The work highlights the profound interdependence between animals, humans and the land. It draws attention to the loss, trauma, and violence that can result from a single disruption in an ecosystem. Placed on the pathway to City Hall, Attrition symbolically engages with New York City’s heart of policy-making, bringing to light the history of the bison’s survival. This presentation of Cannupa Hanska Luger: Attrition is organized by Public Art Fund Adjunct Curator Katerina Stathopoulou.

City Hall park is located at Broadway and Chambers Street, south of City Hall. Map



Thursday, June 6, 4-7 pm: Joel Mesler | Kitchens are good rooms to cry in, at  Lévy Gorvy Dayan

This major presentation marks the artist’s first exhibition in New York, and is comprised of new paintings, sculptures, and installation across two floors of the gallery’s Beaux-Arts townhouse. With Kitchens are good rooms to cry in, Mesler examines and shares his personal journey from his youth in Los Angeles to the present day—achieved through an installation in three vignettes, each relating to childhood, adulthood, and midlife. Through theese works across various mediums, Mesler expounds on the insights of his earned experience, as well as the questions yet to be answered, in a presentation that is at once intimate and exuberant.

Save the date: On July 2, 2024, Mesler’s public installation, Pool Party will open at the Rink at Rockefeller Center, presented by Rockefeller Center and Art Production Fund. Pool Party will activate multiple locations throughout Rockefeller Center, centering at the Rink with the creation of a patterned pool as well as the artist’s sculptural floats, inflatables, and beach balls. Info

Lévy Gorvy Dayan, 19 East 64th Street, New York, NY Info



Continuing: Craft Front & Center at Museum of Arts and Design
Showcasing MAD’s permanent collection, more than sixty historic, recently acquired, and commissioned works illustrate craft’s history of collaboration and point to intriguing new directions for the field’s traditions. The exhibition brings pioneering twentieth-century craft artists into dialogue with contemporary artists who arerethinking craft techniques and materials. Above: Left: Claire Zeisler, Red Wednesday, 1967. Photo: Eva Hyed. Right: Vadis Turner, Red Relic Vessel, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Sam Angel Photography.

Three overlapping thematic sections illuminate craft’s collaborative approaches to learning and working. The “Teachers and Students” section presents works by artist educators alongside works by their pupils. “Collaborations” provides an expansive view of artistic partnerships. “Generational Dialogues” section examines how the creative resonances of the studio craft movement continue to influence artists and designers today.

Museum of Arts and Designn 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY Info



Saturday, June 8, 4-7pm: Seventh Annual SJAC Exhibition at Gallery Max

SJAC (Society of Japanese and American Creators) is a New York–based artist-run organization founded in 2017 by printmaker Kazuko Hyakuda together with Mieko Mitachi, Sanae M. Buck, Keico Watanabe, and Miki Nagano. SJAC holds an annual exhibition, providing member artists various exhibition plans and opportunities in collaboration with experienced curators and prime galleries. 

This year’s show features works across diverse mediums by 27 artists, including a marble sculpture by Heena Kim, above. Kim held a 2014 Carrara Merit Award Residency, sponsored by ABC Stone through the New York Academy of Art.

Gallery Max Soho, 552 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY Info


Saturday, June 8, 4:30pm: Curator and artist walkthrough, J Feng | Home Bodies

The exhibition presents a new series of oil paintings that continue J Feng’s exploration of cycles of creation, decay, and regeneration through imagery of mutation and change.

Feng’s dominant subject matter evokes the corporeal; however, the human and nonhuman bodies in her paintings are transfigured by terrestrial and fantastical elements, imbuing the work with a supernatural charge through narrative elements and multiple views of a single event. 

Feng, like many of her artistic and literary peers, is interested in rescripting dominant mythologies from a feminist perspective, exploring the powerful potential of reclaiming the stories that define community and enrich humanity’s underlying characteristics. In Home Bodies, she creates psychological spaces that embrace porousness, vulnerability, transmutation, and change as a potential worldview—or alternative universe altogether.

Candace Maday, 1 Rivington Street, New York, NY Info


Saturday, June 15, 11am-4:30pm: Japanese Pottery Pop-Up Workshop at Resobox

In a collaboration with Hashi  from Massachusetts and Resobox, you are invited to join in for a day of creativity and craftsmanship.

Demonstrations by skilled artisans will be followed by workshops where visitors can try their hands at this craft with Ayumi Nojiri. Japanese Melon pan & Michi filled cookies By Tomochi bakery NYC will be offered. Three different workshops are scheduled; to register, scroll down here

Resobox, 91 East 3rd Street, New York, NY Info