Past Public Program
Artis and Hunter College Art Galleries invite you to a special screening and conversation with artist Roee Rosen, (MFA Hunter College, 1991). In addition to discussing his practice, Rosen will preview The Dust Channel (2016), a new video work commissioned by documenta14 to premier in Kassel this year. An operetta about the Dyson DC07 Vacuum Cleaner, The Dust Channel explores complicated themes of xenophobia from within the private sphere of leisure and pleasure, abundance and perversions, to the State policing and detention of refugees. Rosen will also discuss other works, such as Live and Die as Eva Braun and The Blind Merchant, both of which will be on view as part of documenta14.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist
Roee Rosen (b. 1963) is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. Rosen’s work explores identity and the notions of evil, specifically addressing collective memory and the power of creativity in extreme situations of life and death. Through video, painting and narrative, Rosen’s humor can be thought of as at once self-deprecating and incendiary.
Playing off Rosen’s penchant for pseudonyms and alter egos, his first comprehensive retrospective at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2016 was billed as a group exhibition – and included seminal bodies of work such as Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-1997) and Vladimir’s Night (2001-2014). Rosen dedicated many years to his fictive feminine persona, the Jewish-Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank (1900-1943), in a project that entailed fabricating her entire oeuvre as well as writing biographical and theoretical text about her, as well as the novel she supposedly authored. In 2010 Rosen created two films, Hilarious and Out, in which a BDSM session becomes a political exorcism. Out premiered at the Venice film festival, where it won the Orizzonti award for best medium-length film. Rosen’s books include Maxim Komar-Myshkin, Vladimir’s Night (2014), The Blind Merchant (2015) and Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories (2017), all published by Sternberg Press. www.roeerosen.com
Artis is an American nonprofit organization that supports contemporary visual artists from Israel. Founded in 2004, Artis serves as a hub to connect emerging and established artists to the international art world, regardless of location of residence, race, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political persuasion, or additional national identity. www.artiscontemporary.org
About the Hunter College Art Galleries
The Hunter College Art Galleries, under the auspices of the Department of Art and Art History, have been a vital aspect of the New York cultural landscape since their inception over a quarter of a century ago. The galleries provide a space for critical engagement with art and pedagogy, bringing together historical scholarship, contemporary artistic practice, and experimental methodology. The galleries are committed to producing exhibitions, events, and scholarship in dialogue with the intellectual discourse generated by the faculty and students at Hunter and serve as an integral extension of the department’s academic programs.