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Frozen Gesture II: The September NYC Season Opener Residency and Exhibition with Michael David

An immersive experience in Critical Thinking and Professional Practices

Thursday, September 5th through Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Opening Receptions:

Friday, September 6th, 6pm to 9pm
Friday, September 13th, 6pm to 9pm

Exhibition Gallery Hours:
Friday, September 6th, 1pm to 9pm
Friday, September 13th, 1pm to 9pm
Saturdays,1pm to 6pm
Sundays. 1pm to 6pm

Residency Participants:
Deborah Kapoor
Anna Wagner-Ott
Joey Brock
Stephanie Hargrave
Winston Mascarenhas
Francesca Schwartz
Torild Stray
Brooke McGowen
Kate Brown

*This residency Includes a two week curated exhibition at M. David & Co., to coincide with the start of the NYC Art Season Kickoff and all the openings in the LES, CHELSEA and BUSHWICK

*The focus of this residency will be an immersive experience in Critical Thinking and Professional Practices. Michael will be working with participants one-on-one via Skype, Facebook video or Facetime in advance of the Residency to studio visit, dialog and produce the work in preparation for the residency exhibition. The work will be then transported to the gallery for install.

 *We will go to as many openings as possible and see as many shows as possible.

*During the Residency, Michael will be discussing your work with you individually and as a group, helping you to think more critically about your work, helping to prepare you for your talk and presentation and targeting specific Professional Practices which best apply to your trajectory.

 *During the day we will go to artist studios and have guest critiques from established critics and artists.

 *There will be an artist talk by the participants on September 15th with an invitation going out to the public along with a facebook event invitation

 *The artists will do a PowerPoint presentation about their work and their practice to the group

*The residency will include approximately 8 artists with approximately 2 works each in the exhibition

*Crits will be given by Kara Rooney, David Cohen and Paul D'Agostino. Learn more about them here:

Kara Rooney

Kara Rooney

Kara Rooney is a Brooklyn-based artist and critic working in performance, sculpture and new media installation. Her visual work has been widely exhibited in international and domestic venues including Fridman Gallery, NY; TOTAH, NY; Driscoll Babcock Gallery, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, NY; the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; the International Women’s Museum, CA; the Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Karamay Museum of Fine Arts, Xin Jiang, China. She has been an artist in residence at Palazzo Monti, Brescia, IT; the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2015-16); the MeetFactory, Prague, CZ; La Quiñonera, Mexico City, MEX; the Queens College Art Center, NY; among others. She is a Santo Foundation Individual Artist Grant recipient (2014) and her critical writings have been published in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and M/E/A/N/I/N/G. Rooney earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and is an Editor Emeritus for The Brooklyn Rail.

David Cohen

David Cohen

David Cohen is editor and publisher of artcritical as well as a regular contributor. He is founder-moderator of The Review Panel, the critics' forum hosted by Brooklyn Public Library (formerly National Academy Museum, New York, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia) and podcast here at artcritical. He was Gallery Director at the New York Studio School from 2001-10 and art critic and contributing editor at the New York Sun from 2003-08.

Born in London and educated at the University of Sussex and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, David wrote for leading newspapers and magazines in England and around the world before emigrating to the United States in 1999. His books include "Serban Savu" (Hatje Cantz verlag, 2011) and "Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné" (Colby College Museum of Art, 2005).

Paul D’Agostino is an artist, writer, translator, curator and professor living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he has been producing and hosting art exhibitions and critical discussions at Centotto Gallery, situated in the living room of his shared loft, since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Literature and is currently a member of the part-time Art Faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, and MFA Writing Advisor at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has also taught language, literature, cinema and interdisciplinary studies courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUNY Brooklyn College, the Department of Romance Languages at Fordham University, and the Italian Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Theme: Frozen Gesture, a review of the work of Lynda Benglis by Robert Pincus-Witten in Art Forum 2011:

More and more Lynda Benglis strives for theatrical effect. At the opening of the new Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, charcoal black polyurethane foam projected from the wall, creating an environment which was cavernlike and prehistoric. This theatrical thrust in her work was intensified at a similar installation at the Milwaukee Art Center at which vast, plastic foam reaches were embedded with phosphorescent color. After exposure to light they glowed in the dark, giant decomposing organic matters calcified within stalactites.

In the present installation at Paula Cooper’s Gallery, sprawling forms—vastness belied by light weight—have been cast over stuffed plastic bags (later removed) and they cling to the wall to which they are organically bound like huge gray fungi or vast mastodon skulls.

This thematic inference, despite the immense beauty of the impression, seems to mark, in my mind, a general slackening of theory in Benglis’ work, an easing that allies her to the more immediate theater of the prehistoric to which Nancy Graves has devoted much of her energy. What seems threatened is not only the stature of a highly gifted artist who made some of the most energetic and difficult early steps in favor of post-Minimalism, but the viability of post-Minimalism as a style in itself. For, in sacrificing problem for effect, even great decorative effect, the tendency is to transform the theatrical into the theoretical issue.

What is even more interesting is that both Benglis and Graves return to Pollock, no longer in morphological terms but in terms of specifically identifiable prehistoric imagery, as Pollock had done in the Jungian work immediately preceding the “all-over” of 1947–1951.

Michael Valinsky's article: The Frozen Gestures of Lynda Benglisin Hyperallergic: click here


M. David & Co., 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206


Admission to this program will be done by a digital portfolio and website review.

Please submit via email to Michael David at: michael@mdavidandco.com the following:

a.      6 to 8 images of your work 72dpi x 1200pixels on the longest side

b.      A statement on what you hope to get out of the residency and thoughts on work you would like to develop

c.      Website

d.      Resume

e.      Contact info 

Further follow up will be done with Michael David at michael@mdavidandco.com


It is advised to get your submission in early

Notifications by email or phone, as your portfolio is reviewed

RSVP / confirmation required upon acceptance into the Residency and payment options will be provided. This residency needs to be paid in full upon acceptance.

This residency will include approximately 8 artists. If your submission is not accepted this go round, it will be considered for future dates. The vision for each residency is unique and your submission may very well be more fitting for another date. The residency has proven to be an important life changing experience for participants.


Please reach out to Bonny Leibowitz, Residency Director with questions at bonny@bonnyleibowitz.com. Further follow up will be done with Michael David at michael@mdavidandco.com

About Michael David

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Michael David has been exhibiting internationally since 1981, first with the historic Sidney Janis and then with M. Knoedler & Co. for over three decades. Exhibiting widely throughout the United States and Europe his work has been the subject of much curatorial and critical acclaim. 
A Guggenheim Fellow, his work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Houston Museum Of Contemporary Art, The Denver Museum of Contemporary ART, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum of Art in NYC ,The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others and was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Aspen Museum in Colorado.

His work can be found in numerous prominent private collections as well.
During  the last decade David established the Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta creating an immersive educational program, teaching on a one to one basis while building communities of artists helping them to develop their individual voices and sharpen their professional practices.  

Since 2014 David has established, directed and curated two of the most successful Galleries in Brooklyn; Life On Mars and M. David & Co. The gallery’s programming focuses on exhibitions featuring the inter-generational relationship between artists, a residency program, artist talks and has become an extension and deepening of David's painting practice and his life as an artist, curator and educator.


M. David & Co. - 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Michael David, Director - michael@mdavidandco.com

Bonny Leibowitz, Residency Director - bonny@bonnyleibowitz.com