If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?
Javier Castro, Sara Cwynar, Abigail DeVille, Geoffrey Farmer, Keith Haring, Brad Kahlhamer,
Friedrich Kunath, Jillian Mayer, Justine Reyes, Jean Seestadt, Xaviera Simmons, Natasha Wheat
October 14, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Curated by Arden Sherman, Curator, Hunter East Harlem Gallery and Javier Rivero, Lazarus Exhibition Fellow, Hunter College
The group exhibition showcases artworks that reveals the power and beauty that arise from the acknowledgement of death.
The exhibition draws its title, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, from a painting by exhibiting artist Friedrich Kunath. Posed as a question, the exhibition seeks to expose, either directly or symbolically, a prompt for conversation around the particularly taboo subject of death in contemporary society. The curatorial vision sidesteps the funerary, scientific, and darker aspects often associated with death in favor of showcasing the powerful, communal, and human qualities that are also inherent to the passing of life.
The exhibition is threaded with examples of artists unpacking the complexities of life informed by death in an attempt to find some sort of resolution for themselves and those around all of us.