"It’s a long wave. I think of everything as being interdependent or part of an ecosystem, philosophically and biologically. There are urgent moments of crisis where the waves are crashing on the land, which are the moments that activists quickly rise to. But then there’s the long waves, behind them, that are holding a space. They’re affecting generational change, through educational, cultural methodologies. I see myself as being part of that [long] wave; I want to stay in there and be vigilant all the time."
La exposición “Aromérica Parfumeur” en Sala de Arte que el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) tiene en Mall Plaza Vespucio, nos ha dado la oportunidad de hablar con su creadora, Beatrice Glow. Los olores, los aromas, no sólo impregnan la vida cotodiana de las personas, sino de la humanidad en su conjunto y en toda su historia. Las expediciones, los descubrimientos de nuevas tierras o el comercio estuvieron ligados a la búsqueda de especias aromáticas desde los tiempos más antiguos. El valor que se otorgaba a ciertos productos que, por la lejanía de sus orígenes, eran difíciles de conseguir, fue también causa de guerras, matanzas, expolios y, siempre, explotación de unos pueblos por otros. Hay toda una historia económica, una geopolítica, cuyo motor esencial fue la posesión de los aromas. Pero también una historia social tan alimentada de placer como de sufrimiento.
in the series The Spaces of Appearance
"Until recently, this acknowledgement was often lacking in the United States. On May Day 2016, the Free University of New York hosted “Liberation Lab” in what is now known as Washington Square Park. The day began with artist Beatrice Glow and representatives from the American Indian House in Manahatta (now Manhattan) and the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU performing a Lenape Calibration. That is to say, the space was realigned with Native co-ordinates and symbols, like the sassafras leaf. Speakers evoked the presence of the Minetta spring under the present park and the proximity of the Lenape Trail on what is now Broadway. All this autumn, events at Decolonize This Place – a residency at Artists Space – have recalled that the space is occupied and remembered Native histories."
After previously announcing the curator and theme of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, the full list of participating artists has been announced. The exhibition will run from March 8 through May 8 in the capital of Hawaii and feature thirty artists, including locally-based and Native Hawaiian artists alongside emerging, midcareer, and leading national and international artists from the countries and continents linked by the Pacific Ocean. The full list is as follows:
Vernon Ah Kee
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
Jane Chang Mi
Marcus Hanalei Marzan
Choi Jeong Hwa
Kathy Jetnil Kijiner
Charlton Kupa’a Hee
Les Filter Feeders
Mariquita Micki Davis
Michelle L. Schwengel-Regala
Ken and Julia Yonetani
Beatrice Glow’s artist book Taparaco Myth (2009), displayed here, details her trip through Peru, following the Chinese migrant labor movement there. For a series of artist talks accompanying the exhibition, she traced the use of the word “Chino/a” and the people it’s used to describe throughout Latin America. Glow’s journey is both a physical and linguistic one, exploring the racial politics of naming colors, places, and people. Beginning with the racialized coloring naming system of Pantone, she flipped through images on a projector at varying speeds, switching between languages — English and Spanish — as she guided the audience through her voyage. Showing existing photographs, maps, color swatches, birds, and various signage across Latin America featuring the word “Chino,” her sarcastic and humorous presentation became a satire about racism and migration.
As December creeped up on us, I realize that I am halfway through my residency at A/P/A Institute at NYU! I have two more public events before I hibernate in the studio in preparation for travel-research next Spring in the Pacific and Indonesia.
Please come to The Wayfinding Project: Closing Showcase on December 8th, 6:30pm-8:30pm where I will share the work I have built with A/P/A this past year and reflect on how to move forward. Make sure to stop by Lenapeway at 715 Broadway beforehand as the project closes on December 9. Then on December 12th, 2-5pm I will give the last VR demo of Mannahatta VR for 2016.
Please check out Enacting The Text: Performing with Words before it closes on December 10. Here is a wonderful review published on Hyperallergic on the exhibit as well as my lecture performance alongside of Martha Wilson's Donald Thump character.
2016 has been a milestone year with my first solo national museum exhibit, two solo NYC shows, five group shows, two residencies, and over 21 public talks/workshops/presentations. I also met a lot of inspiring people that opened their hearts and critically asked how to practice intersectional solidarity. I look forward to new horizons in 2017! Thank you for being part of this amazing journey and continued support. Please hold your loved ones close these holidays!
Mannahatta VR: Envisioning Lenapeway
A/P/A Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003
Nov. 14 2016, 2-5pm (click here to RSVP for this date)
Dec. 12, 2016, 2-5pm (click here to RSVP for this date)
Mannahatta VR is a virtual reality experience that reimagines the past and futures of New York. The experience starts on one block of Broadway that continues to be part of a vast matrix of Lenape pathways connecting Manaháhtaan (original Lenape name of Manhattan) to the greater northeast region. This project is created in partnership between artist Beatrice Glow, The Wayfinding Project at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, Alexandre Girardeau of Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Technology Community) and Indigenous cultural and knowledge bearers.
Monday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | RSVP here
Monday, December 12, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | RSVP here
Artist Beatrice Glow and The Wayfinding Project have partnered with Alexandre Girardeauof Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Tech Community) to build Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive which brings together the past and present of one Broadway block. The team also collaborated with NYU Ground Manager George Reis to create a virtual tour ofNYU’s native plant gardens. Visit 8 Washington Mews on November 14 or December 12 to meet Glow and experience Mannahatta VR.
NOVEMBER 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
In conjunction with the exhibition, Enacting the Text: Performing with Words, join artists Martha Wilson, Paco Cao, and Beatrice Glow for an evening with artist actions and a an exhibition-focused panel discussion.
Suggested donation: $10 ($5, members). Reception to follow.
Through virtual reality installations, a historic symposium, an artist residency, and more, NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute is challenging New Yorkers to engage in "Indigenous vision training."
Lenapeway, an installation by artist Beatrice Glow and The Wayfinding Project at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, will be on 24-hour view in the street-level windows of 715 Broadway (at Washington Place) from October 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to December 9. The location of the installation, which is viewable from the sidewalk 24/7 and is co-sponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, marks the intersection of the main Lenape trail and a side-trail that traverses through present-day Washington Square Park.
To enrich the installation, Glow and The Wayfinding Project have partnered with NYU Grounds Manager George Reis to create a tour of NYU’s native plant gardens some of which are situated along the original Lenape trail. This hour-long excursion and sensorial experience begins at 715 Broadway—the site of the installation—and takes guests to four of NYU’s eleven native plant gardens and through Washington Square Park.
This tour is accessible for wheelchair users. If you have any access or mobility needs or questions, please email email@example.com.
To tell this story of two islands with intertwined fates of land dispossession and erasure during the birthing of imperial globalization propelled forward by countless caravans and ships transporting spice, sugar, and silk, I am reeducating myself about the broken human relationship with land and waters. We are living in debt to our future generations and must learn how the Lenape sustainably managed the island for the sake of futurity over millennia. In a time when massive glaciers the size of lower Manhattan crashing into the ocean doesn’t make a media splash, we have a great responsibility to fight apathy. We are living in urgent times and there is a need to revitalize indigenous cultures and knowledge for environmental stewardship. We need a paradigm shift from falsely believing that human beings are landlords of Earth to seeing humans as being part of the ecosystem.
Long before Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, Manhattan or Manaháhtaan, as originally named by the indigenous Lenape people, was a place of gathering and exchange amongst diverse nations. Today, Broadway runs along a portion of the original matrix of trails that connected Manaháhtaan to the broader northeast region and the Great Lakes.
A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Beatrice Glow begins her residency with the act of planting a native tree, and the presentation of a new lecture-performance. Glow’s work uncovers invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration.
Aromérica Parfomeur, es una muestra que explora el camino recorrido de plantas a través de la ruta de las especias y expediciones científicas, así como el vínculo entre Asia y las Américas. En el marco de esta exposición María Montt Strabucchi, miembro de ALADAA, entrevistó a la artista Beatrice Glow, quien trabaja con instalaciones, publicaciones en múltiples idiomas incluyendo chino mandarín, español e inglés, performances y charlas, entre otros.
Situada dentro de un centro comercial, Sala de Arte Mall Plaza Vespucio del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, la exhibición Aromérica Parfumeur, que tendrá lugar el 13 de agosto al 18 de septiembre, es una instalación de arte de la artista Beatrice Glow que toma la forma de una perfumería, mientras conecta el imaginario histórico del “descubrimiento” y la formación de las Américas tras la búsqueda de las especias de Asia. Los conquistadores no sólo estaban detrás de El Dorado y la Fuente de la Juventud Eterna, sino también del Picante y el País de la Canela. La historia social de las plantas lleva una relación íntima con la globalización: la circunnavegación del mundo liderado por Hernando De Magallanes fue financiado por un puñado de clavos de olor y Colón llegó a las Américas en la búsqueda de Asia y sus especias. Luego, fue Américo Vespucio quien subscribiría la idea “radical” de la existencia de un “Mundo Nuevo.” La Globalización se formalizó cuando Asia, las Américas y Europa se conectaron por la primera vez en el año 1565 por el Galeón de Manila, mejor conocido como el “Nao de la China” o “Nao de Acapulco”. Ésta era una ruta comercial que recorría la ruta entre Manila, Acapulco y Sevilla, exportando bienes de lujo como porcelana, seda y especias, influyendo en la cultura visual de las Américas.