The panel discussion will focus on the multifaceted concepts contained in the word “uncanny.” What does uncanny mean? How is it interpreted by the participating artists in their work? How does that interpretation pertain to the present? Why do these artists believe that figuration is the best way to convey the weirdness, the mystery, and the surreal of the “uncanny”?
Lilly Wei is a New York-based art critic, art writer, journalist and independent curator whose focus is contemporary art. She has written hundreds of articles, reviews, interviews, essays and monographs on contemporary and modern art and artists and frequently reports on international exhibitions. Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University.
Jenny Dubnau Queens-based artist Jenny Dubnau paints photo-based psychological portraits. Raised in New York City, she has an MFA from Yale University. She shows nationally at galleries and art institutions such as PPOW, Bucheon Gallery, Bernice Steinbau Gallery, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She is the recipient of numerous grants, from the Tiffany Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, NYFA, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among others.
Sarah Peters has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Virgina Commonwealth University. She has shown extensively across the country and in Canada; her most recent solo was at Eleven Rivington. Among her grants include several from John Michael Kohler, NYFA, Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.
Dennis Kardon has a BA from Yale University and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has exhibited since the 1970s and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Drawing Center, MIT, the Jewish Museum, the Hammer Museum and internationally. Among his awards include grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Yaddo, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Kardon has written for Art in America, artcritical, artnet and The Brooklyn Rail and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Alexi Worth is a New York City-bred, Brooklyn-based artist with a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Boston University. He shows frequently in New York and elsewhere and is represented by DC Moore Gallery. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Worth writes about art for The New Yorker, Artforum and other prominent publications and has taught at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.