February 3- March 26, 2017

808 Gallery, Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery and the Annex

Occupancies explores how individual and collective bodies create, negotiate, and inhabit space. Conceived as a response to the current political climate and to forms of personal resistance against systemic injustices, Occupancies assembles emerging and mid-career artists who use or intimate the physical body as a politicized site to forefront ideas of agency and visibility. While the exhibitions aims do not fit resolutely within the couplet of art and activism, Occupancies engages with the political and historical dimensions of the term “occupy” today. As part of Occupancies, three of the participating artists – eBAY, Intelligent Mischief, and Nabeela Vega – will serve as “Resident Occupants” and occupy the gallery space through ongoing projects, performances, and interventions during the run of the exhibition. Supported, in part, by an Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost.

Occupancies artists are Indira Allegra, eBAY, Andrea Bowers, Jonathan Calm, Jordan Casteel, Edie Fake, Nona Faustine, Marlon Forrester, Chitra Ganesh, Jonah Groeneboer, Ramiro Gomez, Dell M. Hamilton, Ann Hirsch, Intelligent Mischief (Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall), Ellen Lesperance, Tony Lewis, Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art courtesy of the artist Chris E. Vargas, L.J. Roberts, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shen Wei, and Nabeela Vega.

Curated by Lynne Cooney, Artistic Director, Boston University Art Galleries and Kimber Chewning, Exhibition Assistant Curator and MA Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

The Galleries are selling a limited edition publication or ‘zine’ in conjunction with Occupancies at both the Stone and 808 Galleries for $5.oo

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  • Ellen Lesperance

    Not the Nightmare, Not the Scream, Just the Loving Human Dream--of Peace, the Ever-Flowing Stream. Bring the Message Home, 2013, Gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper. Private Collection.

  • Tony Lewis

    60 ♦ Admit your mistakes., 2017, Pencil, graphite powder, screws, rubber bands. Courtesy the artist and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago.

  • Andrea Bowers

    Dignity Safety Justice: Woman With Sign (Trans Latina Coalition, Blockade at the Beverly Center L.A., CA, March 20th, 2015), 2016, Graphite on paper. Private Collection.

  • Edie Fake

    The Last Man Standing, 2016, Gouache and ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Chelsea, New York.

  • Kameelah Janan Rasheed

    Sprawl, 2017 (detail), Xerox Copies, Inkjet prints, text. Courtesy the artist.

  • Nona Faustine

    Not Gone With The Wind, Lefferts House, Brooklyn, 2016, Chromogenic photograph. Courtesy the artist.

  • Jordan Casteel

    Ashamole Brothers, 2015, Oil on Canvas. Private collection.

  • Nabil Vega

    Held Together By Its Roots (turf), 2017, Performance and mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist.

  • Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art

    Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, Courtesy of the Artist Chris E. Vargas, Nell Pickerell (aka Harry Allen, Harry Livingston), video still, 2016.

  • Intelligent Mischief

    Black Body Survival Store, 2016, Mixed media (Installation View, 808 Gallery). Courtesy the artists.

  • Intelligent Mischief

    Black Body Survival Store/Survival Agents Office, 2017, Mixed media (installation view)

  • Chitra Ganesh

    Power Girl, 2015, Acrylic, glass, flower ornament, false gold chain, and ornament on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

  • Dell M. Hamilton

    Blues/Blank/Black (Performance still, 808 Gallery)

  • Indira Allegra

    Blackout, 2015 (installation view, 808 Gallery), Digital Weaving, Video, 60 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy the artist.

  • eBAY

    Untitled ( $$ FLAG ), 2017, Hand cut paper on gold cloth (Installation view, 808 Gallery). Courtesy the artist.

  • Nona Faustine & eBAY

    Installation view

  • Jonah Groeneboer in collaboration with Bruno Coviello

    Double Mouth Feedback, 2015, Multichannel Sound Installation, Wood, steel, speakers, speaker wire, amps, audio interface. Courtesy the artist.

  • Installation view, Occupancies



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