Columbus College of Art & Design

arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium

arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1-4 p.m. (Beeler Gallery opens from 11 a.m – 6 p.m.)
Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave., entrance on E. Gay Street)

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking.
Refreshment will be served.

PLEASE NOTE: Joy Episalla’s 78min-long video Les Psychanalystes et Le Marché (2010-2015) will begin at 11 a.m. and will be on rotation throughout the day.

In conjunction with Beeler Gallery’s current season, arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, an afternoon gathering of conversations, critical dialogs and knowledge production in collaboration with the members of queer art collective fierce pussy – Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka.


Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka, artists and original core members of fierce pussy

Gregg Bordowitz, artist and writer
Bordowitz is an artist and AIDS activist who has written numerous books, including The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986–2003 (MIT Press, 2004); Between Artists: Amy Sillman, Gregg Bordowitz (Badlands Unlimited, 2007); General Idea: Imagevirus (Afterall Books, 2010). He is professor and director of the Low-Residency MFA program at School of Art Institute of Chicago. His recent retrospective I Wanna Be Well took place in 2018 at Cooley Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland.

Jill H. Casid, artist and art historian
Casid is a 2018-19 Clark Art Institute Fellow and Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she founded and served as the first director of the Center for Visual Cultures. Her books include Sowing Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); Scenes of Projections: Recasting the Enlightenment Subject (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Her writing has recently been included in the catalog for The Conditions Of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery And American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004), The CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art.

Jonah Groeneboer, artist
Jonah Groeneboer is a New York-based conceptual interdisciplinary transgender artist working in abstraction to address the politics of representation. He developed this strategy to examine the expectation that the transexual body be readily available for representation. His work has shown at David Zwirner (2018), Boston University Galleries (2017), MoMA (2016), Art in General (2016), the Queens Museum (2016), CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (2016), MoMA PS1(2015), Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2015), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg(2015), Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY (2013), Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, CA (2010), and Exile, Berlin(2010) Among others. Essays and Reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art, Mute Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Art Journal, and in Pink Labour on Golden Streets “Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities.”  Residencies include Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess. In 2018, he participated on a panel at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with Zoe Leonard’s Survey. He currently teaches in the MFA program at the New School.

Alhena Katsof, curator and writer
Alhena Katsof has organized exhibitions including Everybody Talks About The Weather…We Don’t, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s first solo exhibition in the US at PARTICIPANT INC. (2017) and Towards the Unknown, a traveling exhibition of drawings, scores, and graphic notations by Yusef Lateef (1920 – 2013), which premiered at White Columns (2014). From 2011 to 2018, Katsof was the Director of Strategy and Protocol for Public Movement. The performances she created with Dana Yahalomi have been activated at institutions including the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2017) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2016). Katsof’s essays have been published in numerous volumes including The Artist As Curator: An Anthology (Mousse Publishing, 2017) and As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now? (Paper Monument, 2018).

Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator of Media and Performance, Museum of Modern Art
Thomas J. Lax is a writer, interlocutor and curator. He is Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA, a position he’s held since 2014. He recently co-organized the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done (2018) and is working with colleagues across the Museum on a major rehang of the collection in 2019. At MoMA, he has also organized or co-organized projects including Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection (2017), Modern Dance: Ralph Lemon (2016), Maria Hassabi: PLASTIC (2016), Projects: Neïl Beloufa (2016); Greater New York (2015); Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine (2015), among others. His acquisitions reflect his relationships with contemporary artists including John Akomfrah, Jonathas de Andrade, Arthur Jafa, Bouchra Khalili, Letícia Parente, Sondra Perry, Adrian Piper, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker, among others. Previously, he worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem for seven years where he organized exhibitions such as Kalup Linzy: If it Don’t FitVideoStudioFore, and When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South. Thomas writes regularly for a variety of publications, is on the board of Danspace Project, and is a faculty member at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. He is also on the advisory committees of local and diasporic organizations including Contemporary And, The Laundromat Project, Participant Inc., Recess Assembly and Vera List Center for Arts and Politics. A native New Yorker, Thomas holds degrees in Africana Studies and Art History from Brown University and Columbia University and in 2015 was awarded the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. He was a 2017 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow during which he was in residency with Okwui Enwezor, former Director of the Haus der Kunst.

Elisabeth Lebovici, art historian and writer
Lebovici is the author of Ce que le sida m’a fait [What AIDS Has Done to Me: Art and Activism at the End of the 20th Century] (JRP Ringier, 2017), which won the 2017 Pierre Daix Prize, an award given to an art history book covering modern or contemporary art in France. Lebovici served as the arts and culture editor for the French daily newspaper Libération from 1991 to 2006. Since 2006, she has co-organized “Something You Should Know: Artists and Producers”, a weekly seminar at the EHESS in Paris. An AIDS activist, Elisabeth was the inaugural president of the Paris LGBT film festival, and is a founding member of the LIG – “Lesbians of General Interest” fund. Her French-language blog, in operation since 2006, is a must-read amongst the critical set: 

Ian Ruffino, Beeler Gallery Associate Director of Exhibitions
Ian Ruffino curated numerous exhibitions at Beeler Gallery, including solo exhibitions Alan Shields: A Different Kind of Painting (2017-18), Cordy Ryman: Chimera 45 (2015), and the group exhibition Stitch (2017-18), which includes Polly Apfelbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Simon Fujiwara, Channing Hansen, Alana Iturralde, Ruth Laskey, Oscar Murillo, Paulina Olowska, Frances Trombly, and Brent Wadden. He also co-curated and organized Roxy Paine: Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (2016-17).

Jo-ey Tang, Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions
Jo-ey Tang was curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2014 to 2015 and arts editor of literary magazine n+1 2009 to 2014. Since 2017, as Director of Exhibitions at Beeler Gallery, Tang has launched a unique program structure—slow programming—where each season aligns with the academic year with a specific rhythm of exhibitions, events, lectures, and screenings, to allow for convergences of artistic and social practices and multiple voices.


*****PLEASE NOTE: Joy Episalla’s 78min-long video Les Psychanalystes et Le Marché (2010-2015) will begin at 11 a.m. and will be on rotation throughout the day and until March 17, the end of our current Season One.)


arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium
Saturday, March 2, 2019

1:00 p.m. Welcome by Dr. Melanie Corn, President of Columbus College of Art & Design

1:05 p.m. Introduction to arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium by Jo-ey TangBeeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions

1:15 p.m. Brief Gallery Walkthrough

1:25 p.m. Jill CasidProfessor of Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Introduction by Joy Episalla

1:50 p.m. Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator of Media & Performance, Museum of Modern Art, NY. Introduction by Carrie Yamaoka

2:10 p.m. Elisabeth LeboviciArt Historian & Writer, Paris, France. Introduction by Zoe Leonard

2:35 p.m. Break – Refreshments available in Canzani Center Lobby

3:00 p.m. Jonah GroeneboerNew York-based artist. Introduction by Nancy Brooks Brody

3:20 p.m. Jo-ey Tang (Beeler Gallery Director of Exhibitions) & Ian Ruffino (Beeler Gallery Associate Director of Exhibitions) in conversation with Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka

3:45 p.m. Q&A

4:00 p.m. Post-Symposium Reception at the atrium