The FLAG Art Foundation presents In Search of the Miraculous on view from October 16, 2021-January 15, 2022, on the 9th floor. Curated by Jonathan Rider, this group exhibition explores belief, believability, and the suspension of disbelief in the form of art objects, talismans, multiples, doppelgängers, spiritual(ish) artifacts, and tales of impossibility. The show’s title and concept nods to Dutch conceptual and performance artist Bas Jan Ader’s three-part final performance In Search of the Miraculous (titled after P. D. Ouspensky’s 1949 treatise on eastern philosophy of the same name) during which Ader is presumed to have disappeared while attempting a trans-Atlantic crossing in a tiny sailboat—a leap of faith for both the artist and those who believe his story. Artists include: Sarah Cain, Vija Celmins, Susan Collis, Jason Dodge, Jimmie Durham, Ceal Floyer, Harry Gould Harvey IV, Hugh Hayden, Jeppe Hein, Jim Hodges, Yves Klein, Wolfgang Laib, Richard Long, Chris Oh, Paul Pfeiffer, Naudline Pierre, Dario Robleto, Betye Saar, Jeffrey Vallance, Melvin Way, and others.
Jonathan Rider (b. 1983) is an artist, curator, and writer based in New York City. Rider is the Artistic Director at The FLAG Art Foundation, where he has worked since 2014, and has helped organize solo presentations by artists Kamrooz Aram, Ashley Bickerton, Cynthia Daignault, Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee, Elmgreen & Dragset, Awol Erizku, Genevieve Gaignard, Sam Gilliam, among others, and thematic group exhibitions, including and I will wear you in my heart of heart, The Times, Dime-Store Alchemy, and Drawn Together Again. Previously, he was the Assistant Curator at Art at General from 2011-14. Rider received a BA from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, in 2005, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, in 2011. His artwork has been shown in recent exhibitions, including Notturno Più, The Pool NYC, Venice, Italy (2019); Microwave X, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Costante Colore, The Pool NYC, Milan, Italy (2017); Chaos/Control, MW Project Space, New York, NY (2017); among others. His writing has appeared in Art in America.
In Search of the Miraculous was organized by The FLAG Art Foundation with the generous support of the participating artists, galleries, and private lenders, including The Dean Collection, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Iris Z. Marden, and others.
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