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WHen: Wednesday, May 8TH, 2019 | Opening Reception 6-8PM | Exhibition open May 8th - May 13th
Where: Sotheby's Institute of Art – New York | 570 Lexington Avenue, New yOrk, NY 10031
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Join us for Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?, a group exhibition curated by Finn Leong and Carley Nolan.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?, a group exhibition curated by Sotheby’s MA Contemporary Art and MA Art Business candidates Finn Leong and Carley Nolan. The exhibition, on view from May 7th to May 13th, 2019, marks the fourth installment in a series of exhibitions curated by MA students enrolled in
Curating Contemporary Art. The exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm, and require preliminary registration.


The title is a nod to Paul Gauguin's painting Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going? from the late 19th century, which reflected his spiritual contemplation of natural life and human interaction. The exhibition is a reflective process of space and time within our human existence. Through painting, digital work, photography, cyanotype print, sculpture, and installation work, the artists have expressed an inevitable desire to understand their identities with things outside of themselves. The artists experience cultural, spiritual, and physical displacement, not unlike a juxtaposition between life’s higher purpose and existential challenges.

All the works in the show connect through their historical, philosophical, mathematical, or poetic thoughts. Iranian American artist Sholeh Asgary has work which introduces an Iranian goddess known as the divinity of “the waters” to express identity shifts over time. New York-based Argentinian artist, Graciela Cassel explores the relationship between the natural world and our interiors. New York-based American painter Jake Nolan depicts figures in solitude, a private moment yet undoubtedly connected to the natural physical world. Digital artist Frank Wang constructs a surreal journey and its contemplative identity with adventure and hardship, which is a direct response to his journey - moving from China to the U.S. Originally from China, Han Qin explores our interactions with others and spiritual shifts caused by travel, migration, and other turbulent changes. Brooklyn-based American artist, Randy Gibson aims to deconstruct time through self-logically composed digital works and paintings. Yaw Owusu from Ghana uses metal and coins to expose the aging of physical objects and their relation to people's experiences. Photographer Cindy Qiao captures the lands she has traveled to, all except for China, the home she left.

Before the exhibition, you can find a curated playlist with the same name on Spotify. The participating artists selected each song, pertaining to the artists’ processes for this curatorial project. Click here to listen.


Exhibitions are free and open to the public and require preliminary registration to gain building access. Space is limited.
Private viewings from May 8th - May 13th. Please contact carley.nolan@sia.edu for more information.
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