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When: Opening Reception – Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 6pm-8pm
WHere: Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 570 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022, Sixth Floor
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The Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York MA in Contemporary Art curatorial course will be mounting a series of exhibitions at our campus in midtown Manhattan. You’re invited to the opening receptions for our student-curated exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition series.

Hypnagogia – On view December 4 – December 10

Hypnagogia refers to the moment between sleeping and wakefulness, in which we are neither dreaming nor fully in reality. The boundary between real life and dreams becomes blurred and we are able to see our own cognitive dissonances, to notice where our logic fails. Our title is not meant to evoke a strict interpretation of a cognitive event. Instead, we are interested in the conflation between the internal and external, what is and what is not, and the creation of dreamlike environments in the physical world. These seven artists are creating artworks which bridge a gap between what we understand and what we do not in order to build a fuller understanding of who we are.

Curated by Sarah Atwood, Abby Chambers, Erin Sigoloff, and Ariana Thrasher.


Khalil Allaik (b. 1969) is a multidisciplinary artist who is known for futuristic, hybrid forms that combine aspects of the organic, the anthropomorphic, and the abstract. His work has been shown internationally, including at the 1997 Sharjah Biennial. He has lived in the Lehigh Valley for the past twelve years .

B. Anele (b. 1993) is a transdisciplinary artist and curator from Houston, Texas, who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. They have produced an impressive body of work that has been featured in exhibitions across Texas and in Los Angeles and New York.

Abby Cheney (b. 1991) is a multimedia artist who makes artworks from discarded cardboard and found materials, exploring the power of common objects in our everyday lives and memories. She is currently a resident at Trestle Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Tess Kullberg (b. 1991) is a photographer from Minneapolis, MN. Inspired by American consumerism and advertisements from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, her work often explores the relationship between mankind and nature. Her work has been exhibited at Maidens in MPLS and the American Craft Show (Minneapolis, MN) and is published in publications such as Viewfinder and Maidens Magazine.

Zoe Kuhn (b. 1995) uses her body, sculptural objects, and video to communicate the struggles of being human within public versus private space. Her practice is driven by her dreams of creating a world with more options.

Walker Greene (b. 1996) is a trans femme artist and curator from Omaha, Nebraska. They have co-curated and exhibited in They/Them at the Neo Gallery (Omaha, NE) as well as in Circle 1 Gallery (Berlin, Germany) and Mi Gallerie (Paris, France.) Their work revolves around their own identity and experiences, focusing on gender and sexuality.

Adam Roberts (b. 1991) is a recording engineer and retailer of institutional waste in Omaha, Nebraska. He experiments with an industrial laminating machine using paint, found plastics, and tissue paper. His work has been featured in the solo exhibitions Things Are Good Here at ProjectProject Gallery (Omaha, NB.)