Announcing “Zeit und Geist,” September 4 – October 1, 2015 in the VCS Gallery

133/141 West 21st Street, Ground Floor

Closing reception: October 1, 6-8 PM, with a performance at 7:30 PM of In That Place (2015) by participating artist Katie Armstrong.

The VCS Gallery is pleased to present “Zeit und Geist,” an exhibition of recent works by graduates of the Visual & Critical Studies Department who were residents at the Leipzig International Art Program. Since 2010 the Department has selected one, and more recently two, graduating students to attend this prestigious residency program in Leipzig, Germany. Housed in the Spinnerei, once a cotton spinning factory, residents are given live/work spaces and the luxury to focus on their creative endeavors in a historic European urban environment.

“This residency was imperative. With unbounded time and space, I took everything I learned in college and slowly started to re-ask those questions that once drove my practice. I was able to come closer to an exactness of thought, between content, processes, and materials. I came back to NYC with a greater sense of purpose as to how and where I should take my painting practice. I will always remember my time in the residency with great happiness, especially the long working hours and conversations with then colleagues, and now close friends.” Angela Miskis

“It was scary and unexpected to move to a small town in Germany with no grasp of the language, no community, and no idea if any subsequent opportunities would come of it. But it was a chance to be in a place where I could work, and that was what mattered the most to me. That first residency with LIA ended up being the springboard for my entire professional life; it brought gallery representation in, and it made doing other residencies a possibility too.” Katie Armstrong

Curated by Peter Hristoff.

“Zeit und Geist” will be on display from September 4 through October 1, 2015 at The Visual & Critical Studies Gallery, located on the ground floor at 133/141 West 21st Street in New York City. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

If you’d like to see what a few of our alumni did during their residencies at the Leipzig International Art Program, check out the following posts:

Zeke Decker at the Leipzig International Art Program (Apr 9, 2013)

Brooke Tomiello’s residency at the Leipzig International Art Program (Jan 2, 2013)

Catching up with Katie Armstrong in Leipzig (Nov 12, 2010)

You can also learn more about several of the participants in “Zeit und Geist” at their websites:

Katie Armstrong

Kylie Lefkowitz

Angela Miskis

Andrea Garcia Vasquez

Visual & Critical Studies