Nikolas Gambaroff takes novelist and playwright Karl Kraus’s satirical, WWI-era masterpiece The Last Days of Mankind as a point of departure for his newest installation. In its time, Kraus’s play offered an unrelenting critique of a popular discourse fueling bigotry and blind nationalism. Written in 213 scenes, the work was considered impossible to perform—“intended for a theater on Mars,” as Kraus put it. Yet its dystopian leanings seem resonant in our day of click-bait and fake news, where language is torn from its grounding in truth and reality, dismantled by the distributive algorithms of communication platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Here Gambaroff interrogates the dissolution of language and with it, meaning, and investigates how art, often imbued with multifaceted meaning, should place itself in a time when nothing seems to mean anything at all. Curated by Tim Griffin.
November 2-December 16
Exhibition Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am–6pm
Opening Reception: November 1, 6–8pm
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Nikolas Gambaroff is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Image: Nikolas Gambaroff.
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