Part of Themselves curated by Kristan Kennedy

WEST COAST PREMIERE: As part of an installation in PICA’s annex, Sara Magenheimer presents her new video, Best is Man’s Breath Quality, in which an ancient jellyfish suggests how new positions can inform our capabilities to heal. His deep-ocean vantage allows him to comment (through an authoritative voice-over) on a truer spectrum of human behavior seen up above; and his capacity for inflicting pain on human bodies finds parallels in our capacity to embody the more nebulous and unruly forces in life. With performances featuring singing and narration, Magenheimer explores how language mutates and reproduces itself in culture. Creating abstract narratives through vernacular associations, she proposes linguistic turns more empathic than expository. The human voice and sound operate as floating signifiers, addressing the body through the disembodied. Joseph Williams (Motion Graphics) who contributed to the sound design of the installation and will join Magenheimer for a few special performances. Magenheimer’s installation will remain on view post festival until October 1st.

Sara Magenheimer (b. Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in New York, NY. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Chapter NY, New York: Art in General + Kim?, Riga, Latvia; COR&P, Columbus, Ohio; JOAN, Los Angeles; Recess, New York, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, and DOCUMENT, Chicago. Her videos have been screened at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Images Festival, Toronto; and The New York Film Festival. Her work has been in group shows at White Columns, New York; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; and Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague.

I Collect Neglected Venoms is made possible with commissioning support from The Kitchen, Jerome Foundation; annual program grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Marta Heflin Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.