We had a momentous day at "Looking Back | Looking Forward: Culture in a Changing America" this Saturday sharing the work in progress of #MannahattaVR at Park Avenue Armory's Company M. It was uplifting to see old and new friends (it was a mini-Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics reunion and continuation of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU vibe!), soak up inspiring and wise words from thoughtful panelists, and test out some ideas about digital smoke in our salon. #PAAInterrogations
Video documentation of "Empire of Smoke: The Legacy of Tobacco" that took place at James B. Duke House New York University Institute of Fine Arts on May 11.
Speakers: Kathleen Robin Joyce, Kristen Gaylord, George Stonefish, Dr. Gunja Sengupta and Beatrice Glow.
My current solo exhibit Beatrice Glow: Spice Roots/Routes at the James B. Duke House with NYU Institute of Fine Arts is on view March 22 – June 19, 2017. Please join me, along with some illustrious guest speakers on Thursday May 11th at 6:30 PM for"Empire of Tobacco: the Legacy of Tobacco"!
- Smudge at the entrance of the James B. Duke House
- Introductions by curators Kristen Gaylord and Kathleen Robin Joyce
- Opening remarks by George Stonefish
- "Spice Roots/Routes," a performance/lecture by Beatrice Glow
- "Tobacco, tobacco! Sojourns, Symbols, and Slaves in the Shaping of the Modern World," a talk by Prof. Gunja SenGupta
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.
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.
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.
Glow’s installation at Cuchifritos consists of a new body of work that tells the social history of spices as a bloody continuum of exploitation, extraction, and land dispossession. She created a series of digital prints on silk drawing upon historical depictions of the spice trade combined with her own drawings that are inspired by botanical research to illuminate the transhistoric weight of spices, silks and colors that have propelled forward countless caravans and ships in the birthing of globalization. The artist considers these silk prints as objects that sit between the resemblance of Mantones de Manila and oriental rugs, objects that embody a long history of trade, cultural circulations and mystique. The transparent and weightless quality of silk evokes the ghosts of history that invisibly shape our present while starkly contrasting historical gravity.
During the Spice Wars in the 17th century, nutmeg was worth its weight in gold, and its trees grew only on the Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. One of the smallest of these islands, Rhun, was considered the first English overseas colony, and its people and resources were quickly war-torn by competing Western powers. Rhunhattan, Beatrice Glow’s installation in Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space, not only ruminates on a particular colonial history, but also brings into question the many trajectories which continue to develop out of complex networks of globalization. The aestheticizing of violence, colonialism and environmental exploitation only continue to morph and expand. Today, Manhattan is an economic capital of the world, while Rhun has disappeared from Western memory. Despite Dutch attempts, in 1665, to destroy Rhun’s remaining natural resources, nutmeg trees continue to grow on the island today. Glow’s work is an effort to uncover these forgotten histories, as well as enduring legacies. In advance of the Artist’s TalkSaturday afternoon, October 24, in Glyndor Gallery, Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, discussed Rhunhattan, cross-cultural narratives, art-making with spices, and more with Glow.