James Cohan is pleased to the fourth edition of “Impromptu: Conversations in Art and Music”.
This iteration of “Impromptu” will feature solo cellist Kirin McElwain playing two works inspired by memory and environment, followed by a brief improvisation. The works in Josiah McElheny‘s exhibition “Observations at Night” will be on view. Illuminated by the gallery’s skylight, McElheny’s large-scale sculpture “Moon Mirror”, composed of a blue-hued array of custom-made prismatic glass tiles set into a curved, crescent shaped metal structure, functions as a shimmering, light-filled sculpture as well as an acoustic reflector and a space for performance activations.
“Observations at Night” taps into the optics and acoustics of nighttime. The works in this show explore the act of looking and listening through and beyond darkness, in the hopes of generating new potential insights. In this exhibition, McElheny returns to and carries forward various long-standing themes, such as images of the infinite; theories of visionary musicians whose works propose alternate worlds; the potential for sculpture to create a collective space for other people’s artistic expressions; and the history of abstraction and its contribution to the political imaginary. With these precedents in mind, throughout this new body of work the artist harnesses the generative potential of night, proposing that new ways of seeing can be revealed in the darkest hours.
This event is free and open to the public.
James Cohan Gallery
48 Walker Street
10013 New York, NY