If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?




October 14, 2015 – January 23, 2016
Hunter East Harlem Gallery

Featuring:
Javier Castro, Sara Cwynar, Abigail DeVille, Geoffrey Farmer, Keith Haring, Brad Kahlhamer, Friedrich Kunath, Jillian Mayer, Justine Reyes, Jean Seestadt, Xaviera Simmons

Curated by Arden Sherman with Javier Rivero

This exhibition explored the power and beauty that arise when we acknowledge death. Through the work of twelve international contemporary artists, the exhibition sidesteps the funerary, mortuary, and bereaved aspects of death to instead elevate the powerful, communal and life-affirming qualities that are equally inherent to the passing of life. This exhibition posed the question of how death can actually reaffirm communities. How are the bonds that structure all societies strengthened through the passing of their members? The goal of this exhibition was to bring together community and spark conversation to create a safe space for discussion around this acute and real aspect of life and contemporary society. The exhibition closely involved Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work students and professors who focus on aging and end of life care. 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 all of those around them.




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New York, New York