In 2014, American Medium is putting down roots in Brooklyn. After two years of exhibitions, performances, screenings, and events in temporary locations - as well as creating installations at arts institutions around the world - American Medium has found a building to call home.
This January, American Medium -a multimedia platform for contemporary art- signed a five-year lease on a storefront space in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We are committed to presenting and supporting 21st century modes of cultural exchange, grasping the divide between the physical and the digital - developing platforms for the dissemination and creation of art in all formats.
Over the course of 2014, the space will be transformed into an exhibition space, office, garden sanctuary and outdoor artist's studio. Utilizing the momentum that American Medium has generated over the past two years, our new space will allow us to expand its programing, add to the services it provides for artists, (including 3d printing, expert fabrication, video production and web development), establish a space where artists and performers can work and create, and cultivate an outdoor garden, which will be a sanctuary open to the public so that they can share in the creative force.
By contributing to this campaign you will help us found a vital locale for the creation, presentation, and contemplation of contemporary art in New York. Funds will go directly towards the restoration and buildout of the space, as well as supporting our first year of programming within our new home.
The opening of American Medium at 424 Gates Ave. marks an exciting new chapter for us and we are excited for you to be a part of it. We look forward to solo exhibitions from Jasper Spicero, Ann Hirsch, and Body by Body - as well as new WebTV programs and more episodes of "K/K OK", "I, Decay" and "ClumpTV" on AMN (American Medium Network.)
American Medium presented its first temporary installation in May of 2012 - Jon Rafman’s first NY solo show MMXII BNPJ in a loft space near Union Square. Since then, we have had the incredible honor of working with a range of different artists - both physically and online - to create solo exhibitions, stage performances, and launch online artworks. They have ranged from Andrew Norman Wilson’s performative lecture Movement Materials and What We Can Do; Brian Khek’s Sister Cities, an exhibition of new sculptural and printed work; Eva and Franco Mattes’ online exhibition Emily’s Video; and the production and launch of ClumpTV, one of the three web-based episodic series on the American Medium Network. Despite the flexibility of transience, we were limited by the quick turnaround necessitated by hosting shows in a space that was not our own. A permanent home enables American Medium to host long-term exhibitions and allows our audience a fuller, more contemplative level of interaction with our artist’s work.
Your contributions, big or small, will make this possible. Please consider giving. Give just $20 and be immortalized in stone. Give $150 and get free admission to every show and event. Give $250 and enjoy dining with American Medium and our artists. For a generous contribution at any of the higher levels you will receive original artworks from SOCIAL MALPRACTICE PUBLISHING, COLIN SELF, JON RAFMAN or BRENNA MURPHY.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
The founders of American Medium have been passionately nurturing a curatorial practice and artist community for nearly six years. Having grown out of the marriage of two artist-run spaces (Appendix Project Space in Portland, Oregon and Extra Extra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), American Medium seeks to continue the ethos of these curatorial explorations, while establishing a firm grounding (both physical and financial) to further the production and exhibition of artist’s work.
Appendix Project Space was a short-run residency and gallery space that operated out of a residential, one-door garage from 2008-2013. Over the course of five years Appendix hosted over 40 exhibitions, performances, and online projects, becoming an internationally recognized venue at which emerging artists could reflect, experiment, and explore the surrounding environs as well as their practice.
Extra Extra existed from 2009-2012. This Gallery supported the development of artists interpreting our global society through an interdisciplinary lens. With a focus on artistic innovations in new media, both online and off, Extra Extra exhibited early and seminal works of now-leading artists in their community.
Risks and challenges
We are looking forward to the next five years in Brooklyn and understand that nothing great was built in a day. The space we are building will require major renovations, intensive landscape design and, as always, a well considered curatorial practice to develop a stellar line up of exhibitions and events. With any ambitious project there is always room for revision, whether born of necessity or creative impulse. We will do our very best to give your contributions the attention they deserve and our small team will personally handle the allocation of all rewards.
While renovations are being made - collaborating with designers, contractors, and construction crews - we will continue to host exhibitions via our website, release new content on AMN (www.americanmedium.tv), and develop programming for the next five years with artists and curators from around the world.
In the end, you are building a sanctuary, a place powered by the love of art and exploration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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