Domestic Revolution

Image: Alina and Jeff Bliumis, A Painting For A Family Dinner / Bronx, NY, 2012. Photo by Anton Trofymov, Courtesy of the artists.

Domestic Revolution
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Alina and Jeff Bliumis’s ongoing series, A Painting for a Family Dinner, attempts to reconcile art with the domestic experience of people worldwide. Previously carried out in China, Israel, Italy, and the United States, A Painting for a Family Dinner brings the artists into the homes of local families where they offer a painting in exchange for the invitation to dinner in each household. As a precursor to the Bliumises’ work, Ben Kinmont has worked at what he terms the “threshold . . . of what can and cannot be called art” since the late 1980s. Kinmont has explored interactions between artists and local communities through his series Waffles for an Opening (1991) and I Will Wash Your Dirty Dishes (1994). Both works utilize the artist as a force for creating dialogue within the domestic sphere. Both also emphasize reciprocity and exchange: participants received a waffle breakfast or dishwashing services as a part of their exchange.

The prevalence of art projects foregrounding exchange, communication, and social interaction has dramatically increased. This conversation will engage artists who have narrowed their focus to the domestic sphere and the negotiations that occur there. In conversation with curator Megan Holly Witko, Ben Kinmont and Alina Bliumis will each present their works and discuss the implications for social practice when the interactions in question are private and intimate—rather than public and grand—in scale.

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April 7, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Alina Bliumis

Alina Bliumis is a New York-based artist who has worked collaboratively with Jeff Bliumis since 2000. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Art in 1999 and a diploma from the Advanced Course in Visual Arts in Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy in 2005. Alina and Jeff have exhibited internationally at the First, Second, and Third Moscow Biennales of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Busan Biennale 2006 (Busan, South Korea), Assab One (Milan, Italy), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York, US), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Centre d’art Contemporain (Meymac, France), Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland, US), Museums of Bat Yam (Bat-Yam, Israel), the Jewish Museum (New York, US), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK). Alina and Jeff have been the recipients of a number of grants, fellowships and residencies including the Franklin Furnace Fund and their works are in various private and public collections, including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Museums of Bat Yam (Israel), the Saatchi Collection (UK), the Harvard Business School (US), the Museum of Immigration History, Paris (France) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK).

Ben Kinmont

Ben Kinmont is an artist, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller living in Sebastopol, California. His work is concerned with the value structures surrounding an art practice and what happens when that practice is displaced into a non­art space. Since 1988, his work has been project-based with an interest in archiving and blurring the boundaries between artistic production, publishing, and curatorial practices. In the past few years, he has taught courses in the Social Practices Program at the California College of Arts as well as organized various workshops with students from the École des Beaux­Arts in France (Angers, Bordeaux, Bourges, and Valence), Cranbrook Academy in the US, and the Rietveld Academy in Holland. Exhibitions include those at Air de Paris, the 2014 Whitney Biennial, ICA (London), CNEAI (Chatou), the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana), the Frac Languedoc­Roussillon (Montpellier), Documenta 11 (Kassel), Les Abattoirs (Toulouse), the Pompidou, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a traveling survey show of Kinmont’s work entitled “Prospectus” (Amsterdam, Paris, New York, and San Francisco). He is also the founder of the Antinomian Press, a publishing enterprise which supports project art and ephemera.

Megan Holly Witko

Megan Holly Witko is the manager of exhibitions at Dia Art Foundation. She recently organized presentations of works by Marian Zazeela at Dia:Beacon, as well as Keith Sonnier and Jacqueline Humphries at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY. She was assistant curator of François Morellet at Dia:Chelsea in New York (2017–18), as well as Robert Ryman (2015-16), and La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi’s Dia 15 VI 13 545 West 22 Street Dream House (2015). She joined Dia Art Foundation in 2012.

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