WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 2012, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
7PM - 9PM | OPENING RECEPTION (No reservations required.)
Official opening by Claudia Schmied, the Austrian Minister for Education, Arts and Culture, and with artists and the curator.
5PM - 7PM | ARTIST TALK & PERFORMANCE >> Reservations required!
5PM - 6PM | ARTIST TALK
with participating artists Sabine Bitter, Judith Fegerl, Mathias Kessler, Fabian Patzak, Rainer Prohaska (and others tba) and curator Amanda McDonald Crowley.
6PM - 7PM | PERFORMANCE
by participating artist Rainer Prohaska.
Rainer Prohaska's installation at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York is a kitchen, fragmented into tiny modules which are spread throughout the exhibition space of the building. At the opening reception, the installation will be used for an interactive performance, where the audience will use the modules to prepare a simple meal. All tasks and movements for this automated process are determined by exact graphic instructions.
“For Rainer Prohaska, [...] the making and eating of a meal is an immersive, collaborative experience, and a work of art.” – LA Weekly, July 2009.
The Austrian Cultural Forum has launched the exhibition Our Haus in celebration of its ten year anniversary. Curated by Amanda McDonald-Crowley, Our Haus forgoes a typical survey, instead examining the many facets of the Forum’s mission as a place for the presentation of contemporary culture, as a center for the discussion of ideas and establishing cross-cultural relationships. These aspects are presented through recent and newly-commissioned works by ten artists with ties to Austria and New York, who employ the landmark architecture of the Forum to explore themes that celebrate the history and mission of the ACFNY and its role within the city.
The show's bilingual title, Our Haus, speaks to these bilateral cultural navigations. The works included in Our Haus explore the relationship between the building and it’s environment and the architecture of New York, while simultaneously providing the audience with an invitation to participate in the discussion. Our Haus is an exhibition that recognizes the ACFNY as a cultural center, but also as a space for conversation, contradiction, intimacy, and conviviality.
Artists: SABINE BITTER/HELMUT WEBER, JUDITH FEGERL, RAINER GANAHL, MATTHIAS HERRMANN, JOHANNA KANDL, MATHIAS KESSLER, FABIAN PATZAK, RAINER PROHASKA, TIME'S UP, WOCHENKLAUSUR
[Illustration by artist Rainer Prohaska]