Hidden in a former 1920s taxi depot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Faurschou New York boasts an expansive 17,000 square foot private museum space. In the gallery’s new spring exhibition, Embrace the World from Within, visitors will get to experience live performances, large-scale sculptures, and installations from famed intergenerational artists including Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, and Miles Greenberg. If you’re an Untapped New York Insider, you can be one of the first to experience this new exhibit on an exclusive guided tour of Faurschou New York on June 24th!
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Explore the Art of Faurschou New York
Faurschou is a contemporary private museum with a mission to assemble extraordinary works of art and build ambitious exhibitions to inspire contemplation, encounters and meaningful experiences between art, artists, and audiences across cultures.
Since 1986, Faurschou has evolved and expanded its permanent exhibition spaces from Copenhagen to Beijing and New York, with an occasional presence in Venice. The capacious former 1920’s taxi depot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with its striking volume and cascading daylight, became the home of Faurschou New York in the fall of 2019. The program ranges from solo exhibitions to thematic group shows, often inspired by Faurschou’s evolving collection of art, and featuring special commissions with artists, galleries, and other collaborators.
Highlighting works by Louise Bourgeois, Miles Greenberg, and Yoko Ono, as the name of the exhibit suggests, Embrace the World from Within “…revolves around physical and metaphorical aspects of the embrace: from the merging together of bodies, to the act of acceptance and shelter or by contrast as claustrophobic smothering. Through performance, installation, and sculpture, myriad facets of the embrace are unfolded in three galleries, one dedicated to each artist.” It is the fourth round of exhibits on display at Faurschou New York, which opened in 2019.
One of the galleries inside houses two installations by Yoko Ono, We’re All Water and Ex It. We’re All Water is made up of a row of identical glass bottles of water, each labeled with the name of a famous or infamous person. The uniformity of the individual bottles reminds us of our fundamental similarities. In Ex It visitors will hear bird song while seeing rows of green trees growing out of wooden disaster relief caskets. By placing the trees where faces would be, Ono ties together the forces of life and death.
In another gallery, visitors can experience a performance work by Miles Greenberg called The Embrace. In this piece, two blinded performers will sit atop a large rock inside a glass cube, locked in a perpetual embrace. The amalgam of the two figures is reflected from below by a pool of saltwater. Overhead, a steady drip of freshwater quietly feeds into the reservoir, disrupting the reflective surface. The two waters fuse, creating an estuary enclosing the couple’s feet.
The third gallery in this exhibition will contain sculptural works by Louise Bourgeois. One of the works on view is Fée Couturière (Fairy Seamstress), a sculpture that resembles a hanging bird’s nest. Louise Bourgeois grasps inner conflict by expressing herself through tactile sculpture. In her work, introverted references nevertheless become universal subjects, recognizable to most.
Embrace the World from Within is on view through September 17, 2023. All Faurschou New York shows are free and open to the public. Join us for a tour of Faurschou New York with Untapped New York Insiders!
Explore the Art of Faurschou New York
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