Ruffin Gallery Archive, 2009-2010 Schedule

Tim Davis | My Life in Politics

September 25 - October 23, 2009
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The Photography Program, the McIntire Department of Art and the Bridge PAI welcome Tim Davis, for a residency September 23-27 in conjunction with an exhibition of his work in Ruffin Gallery, My Life in Politics, September 25-October 23.

Tim Davis is an artist and writer living in Tivoli, New York, and teaching photography at Bard College and Yale University. His latest show, called The New Antiquity, will be at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in New York, Sept-October, 2009. He is the author of five books of photographs: The New Antiquity (Damiani, 2009), My Life in Politics (Aperture, 2006), Illuminations (Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, 2006), Permanent Collection (Nazraeli Press, 2005), and Lots (Coromandel Express, 2002). He is also the author of two books of poems: American Whatever (Edge Books, 2004), and Dailies (The Figures, 2000). His photographs are in the collections of the Guggenheim, Metropolitan, Whitney, Hirshhorn, Walker, High and many other museums, and he has had solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brussels, Geneva, Atlanta and Miami. Davis was a Discovery Award finalist at the 2004 Arles Photography Festival and was the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellow in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2007-08. He is represented by Greenberg Van DorenGallery (NY).

7 Entertainers by Tim Davis - My Life in Politics at the Univeristy of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Tim Davis. 7 Entertainers, 2002, C-print, 38 x 50 inches
Flag Wavers by Tim Davis - My Life in Politics at the Univeristy of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Tim Davis. Flag Wavers, 2002-4, C-print, 30 x 38 inches
US Stretched by Tim Davis - My Life in Politics at the Univeristy of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Tim Davis. US Stretched, 2002-4, C-print, 30 x 38 inches

Illustration Bitter & Sweet
Randy Bolton . Michael Krueger .
Leonid Tishkov . Marja Ruta

October 30 - December 6, 2009
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Early Spring by Randy Bolton - Illustration Bitter & Sweet at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Randy Bolton, Early Spring, 2009. Screenprint, 30 x 22 inches (paper size
Deadly Night Shade by Michael Krueger - Illustration Bitter & Sweet at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Michael Krueger, Deadly Night Shade, 2007. Colored pencil, 16 x 28 inches
Soldier, defending a Dabloid by Leonid Tishkov - Illustration Bitter & Sweet at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Leonid Tishkov, Soldier, defending a Dabloid, 1990. Pencil, watercolor on paper, 48 x 36 cm
Courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Karelia by Marja Ruta - Illustration Bitter & Sweet at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Marja Ruta, Karelia, 1942 Etching, 2002, 30 x 32.5 cm

Aaron Henderson | Midway

January 25 - February 19, 2010
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Aaron Henderson's videos and installations attempt to break down the ways that humans move. Recent projects examine the personal, cultural and political ramifications of all action, from intimate gestures to displays of super-human acrobatics. Well acquainted with movement, he threw himself into walls and off of platforms for STREB Extreme Action, an acrobatic performance company from 2002-6. He also designs projections for this and other projects which have been presented at Lincoln Center; ICA Boston; Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia; Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington; the Oriente Occidente Festival, Verona & Trento, Italy; the Festival Paris; and many other theaters, colleges, and festivals across the country. These projects were aided by NYSCA and Creative Capital MAP grants. Currently, Aaron is a visiting artist in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.

Aaron Henderson - Midway at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery
Aaron Henderson - Midway at the Unversity of Virginia's Ruffin Gallery

Berenika Boberska | Fallow City Project

February 26 - March 26, 2010
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Fallow CIty is an intervention in the typical fabric of suburbia, in the monoculture of private spaces and cultivated dreams. Taking the current crisis of the suburbs as a chance, and the most extreme situation of Detroit as its site, the project aims to develop new scenarios and new typologies for the emerging fallow cityscapes. The interventions propose more imaginative and public ways of using or mis-using the suburban forms, creating shared structures and photovoltaic systems--providing light for spaces of encounter even as the city infrastructure retreats.

A fallow season creates an interruption where unusual uses and forms can flourish. The exhibition presents a full-scale installation of a Solar Thicket structure prototype.

Deploying strategies found in fairytales, Solar Thickets can overgrow abandoned houses facilitating their enchantment and transformation. They can connect between houses, urban meadows, span over streets and interweave a new layer of public space into the existing suburban landscape.