Ashkin and Art Alumni in Group Exhibition
A group exhibition titled Leaving Home: Cathouse FUNeral Migrates North opened on June 24 at 18 West Main Street, in Beacon, New York. Featured in the show is work by 17 artists, including Michael Ashkin, associate professor and art department chair. Ashkin contributes a piece described as a sprawling, spontaneous model of a town constructed of corrugated cardboard. Also in the show are black shrouds by Baseera Khan (M.F.A. '12), and exploding mosques and launching rockets by Farideh Sakhaeifar (M.F.A. '11).
Owned by artist and filmmaker David Dixon (M.F.A. '10), Cathouse FUNeral is "a space for the development of art and culture." The gallery was located in the former viewing rooms of an ex-funeral home in Brooklyn between 2013–16, and when the building was sold, exhibitions were held in temporary spaces in Bushwick and Manhattan. For the summer of 2017, the gallery has moved upstate to a 3,000 square-foot warehouse in Beacon. Immigration, border-crossing, notions of home, and "diremption" — a self-tearing apart — are topics of the artwork in the show curated by Dixon.
Leaving Home runs through September 10.