The December 2019 Residency and Exhibition

Moby Dick - The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Congrats to the Participants in this immersive experience in

Critical Thinking and Professional Practices with Michael David

Please Join us:
Opening Reception Friday, December 13th, 6pm to 9pm

Exhibition Continues:
Saturday, December 14th – 11am to 6pm   

Sunday, December 15th - 11am to 6pm

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The Participants:

Jean Hauptman
Barry Katz
Susan Poirier
Cynthia Sparrenberger
Susan Sponsler
Lindy Wood
Francesca Schwartz
Jane Cornish Smith

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).

David Cohen will be with us for a crit Thursday, December 12th 11am to 3pm. Please join us!

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.

Kara Rooney will be with us for a crit Friday, December 13th noon to 4pm. Please join us!

Jennifer Samet is a New York City-based art historian, curator, and writer. She is the director of research at Eric Firestone Gallery. She also lectures at the New York Studio School. She is the author of the column “Beer with a Painter,” in Hyperallergic Weekend Edition.

Jennifer Samet will be with us for a crit on Sunday, December 15th, 2pm to 6pm - please join us !


Please reach out to Bonny Leibowitz, Residency Director with questions at Further follow up will be done with Michael David at 

About Michael David 

Michael David has been exhibiting internationally since 1981, first with the Historical Sidney Janis and then with M.Knodler &Co for over two decades. Exhibiting widely throughout the United States for 30 years, and has been the subject of much historical and curatorial acclaim. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among several prominent private collections.  In the last decade David established the Fine Arts Workshop in Atlanta working with artists on an immersive one to one basis helping artists to develop their voice and professional practices, helping artists find exhibition opportunities and helping them prepare to take their individual expressions. In the last five years David established, Directed and Curated two of the most successful Galleries in Brooklyn; Life On Mars and M. David & Co. including exhibitions and residencies. 


Francesca Schwartz: 

The residencies I have engaged in with Michael David have had a profound and positive impact on my work. Michael has an uncanny knack for entering the process and addressing obstacles with each artist. There is nothing more useful in a teacher and a mentor than their ability to help you unblock yourself, without hindering the creative process. He is a master in creating an environment among the artists that is inspiring without being competitive, truly collaborative while identifying each person's voice. I am a devotee! 

Deborah Kapoor: 

He has 

A keen eye 

Passion for creative process 

Sensitivity to gallery space and how your work speaks within it 

Deep expertise of painting and art history 

Years of professional experience in the field 

Observations of (your) working methods 

Ability to translate tangible delivery systems 

Discussion and honest feedback of relativity of your work to contemporary art world 

Excellence at editing both within your making process, and striking a balance in exhibiting 

Innovation in creating artistic community 

Skill at finding connections between you and others in the residency 


Strong work ethic 

And most importantly, 

A Wicked sense of humor 

You will leave better than you arrived, inspired 

Be prepared for a challenge 

Winston Mascarenhas

My experience with Michael David’s residency could not have been more positive. Not only was there instant like and respect as colleagues, but an instant friendship. That lead to a level of professional 

interaction and discussions that were honest, critical, provoking, and insightful without worrying about feelings, because the intent is for the better good and stimulation of pushing one’s practice. Michael has been involved in the Visual Arts for over 40 years (Michael I hope you don’t mind my aging you…lol). That means he has not only been successful in his personal practice, but has been involved, seen, acquired great knowledge, and has been interactive in the contemporary art world as we know it -That is Invaluable. Thank you Michael. I look forward to working with you again and again. 

Bonny Leibowitz: 

The feedback and input from Michael have been invaluable. Michael helped me hone-in on a few key words, phrases and concepts in a succinct and precise way that became foundational in building forward with my work. I now have those utterances to live with in the studio and have found myself doing more research; delving into artists who have worked in similar genres to gain deeper historical insights and I am continually employing concepts I relate to and I believe can be of value, into the work. The residency gave Michael the time to look and engage with me over days, in a way which goes beyond a crit from not only a trusted eye but someone who "gets you" and can reach in and give you a clarity of vision. The residencies are built so that participants are working individually, with not only feedback from Michael but he also gathers everyone in these small residencies for discussions and brainstorming sessions as well so the feedback from others and the camaraderie and bonds become an integral part of the experience. Additionally, time in Bushwick, in the fantastic atmosphere, being around other artists and the ability to do studio and gallery visits is an exciting dynamic along with the exhibition opportunities. Being part of an exhibition at M. David & Co. and M. David Studio is a fantastic way to meet artists in the community and see your work realized in these gorgeous spaces. You can find images and videos of my installations at two residencies in the space at: and Many thanks for considering a residency with Michael David and let me know if I can be of further help: 

Bonny Leibowitz 

M. David & Co. Residency Director