King Street Gallery at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus presents:NEWBODIES/NOBODIES, a cultural exchange/international synchronous group exhibition in conjunction with CICA Museum, South Korea. In keeping with the exhibition’s theme surrounding presence and virtuality, King Street Gallery will feature South Korean artists, while faculty and staff of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will simultaneously exhibit at CICA Museum. The exhibition at King Street Gallery will run from March 18, 2024, to April 19, 2024, with an opening reception and artist talks to be held on Thursday, March 21st, from 11am – 1 pm. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Even prior to the pandemic of 2020, human civilization had become increasingly and intimately tethered to the Network, a condition of perpetual digital/remote/virtual connection, carrying smartphones on bodies in a form of latent cyborgism, and immersing in representations and performativity of self via social media networks and other technologies. While day to day sociality, business, and politics blurred the boundaries between an offline and online experience (postinternet), creating a global, extended telepresence, the media also proliferated video clips, captured by smartphone users, of the murder of POC, including Eric Garner, who’s last agonizing final moments, pleas of “I can’t breathe,” were heard throughout the world. Meanwhile, later, during the early wave of the pandemic, throughout the world nurses held up smart phones so one could say a final goodbye to their ventilated, sick loved ones who were unable to breathe and forced to die “alone-together”. Both are instances of the complex interaction and relationship between the body, presence, tech, and mortality. Is the body disappearing or reappearing; is it something in between or wholly new? This tension is palpable. In the Age of Pandemic and Network, the body is potentially resurrected, reconsidered, and/or reconstructed. NEWBODIES/NOBODIES features work that attempts to explore, imagine and critique a new figuration, a new-body (virtual, cyborg, queer), body-politic, or a no-body (nobody), COVID-body, body-horror, cyberspace, and transhumanism, as well as animal bodies and the natural/unnatural world(s) from the perspective of Korean and U.S. artists.

Curated by Dr. Leejin Kim, Art Director, CICA Museum, and Dr. Norberto Gomez, Jr., Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

Gallery hours are Monday -Thursday 8-5 pm and Friday 8-4 pm.

About the Artists

CICA Featured Artists exhibiting at King Street Gallery 참여작가: HYEMIN AN (안혜민), Soeun Bae (배소은), Taylor Moon Castagnari, Sori Choi (최소리), Dho Yee Chung 정도이 & Kim Jin Kwang 김진광, Joomi Chung (정주미), iamhay (전하윤), Blond Jenny & Elijah Blond (박성윤, 빌로타 엘라이자), Ariel Urim Chung (정유림 ‘아리엘’), Phidia Kang (강다은), Chaeyun Kim (김채윤), Laura Hyunjhee Kim & Chris Corrente (김 로라 현지), Sumin Kim (김수민), Lee Eul (이을), Maddy Lee (이연우), Lee Hoon Suk (이훈석), Insun You (유인선)

MC Featured Artists exhibiting at CICA Museum 참여작가: Michael Booker, Pablo Callejo, Miriam E Ewers & Tim DeVoe, Mieke Gentis, Brandon Geurts, Alzira Lena Ruano, Megan Van Wagoner

About the King Street Gallery

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center includes galleries that mount exhibitions in support of the academic mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College. The King Street Gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

The King Street Gallery is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The arts center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, which is immediately behind the center. Additional parking is available in the East Campus Garage on Fenton Street with pedestrian access by a bridge and walking path. For maps and directions, visit https://bit.ly/40kEKbW

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