Noguchi Talks | Another Land: Noguchi and Imaging Space in the Anthropocene with Leah Raintree

The Noguchi Museum

Saturday, November 7

1:00-2:00 pm

In a collaborative program between The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, artist Leah Raintree discusses her photographic series Another Land, a body of work that takes its point of departure from a 1968 sculpture of the same name by Isamu Noguchi. During the summer of 2015, Raintree responded to Noguchi’s sculptural works in stone with a site-specific installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, followed by a series of photographs in reaction to the Museum’s collection, treating Noguchi works as found celestial objects. In her talk, Raintree will consider the evolution of space-imaging technology alongside increased understanding of human impact on the earth and how these lines of inquiry influence artistic production.

The talk will be followed by a viewing of Another Land at Socrates Sculpture Park, part of the annual Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF) Exhibition 2015.

The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, Queens

Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard,  Long Island City, Queens

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Noguchi Talks: Another Land: Noguchi and Imaging Space in the Anthropocene with Leah Raintree


Emerging Artist Fellowship Program & EAF15 at Socrates Sculpture Park

I’m thrilled to be included in this year’s Emerging Artist Fellowship Program (EAF) at Socrates Sculpture Park. Participating artists develop projects over a five-month summer studio residency, culminating with EAF15: 15th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition, opening Sept 27, 2015.

EAF15 artists were selected by curatorial advisors Gary Carrion-Murayari, Curator, New Museum, and Nora Lawrence, Curator, Storm King Art Center.

EAF15 artists include: Kenseth Armstead, Charlotte Becket, José Carlos Casado, Torkwase Dyson, Carla Edwards, Davey Hawkins, Lena Henke, David Horvitz, Charlotte Hyzy, Melanie McLain, Kirsten Nelson, Freya Powell, Leah Raintree, Aaron Suggs, & Noa Younse


Socrates Sculpture Park EAF15


Pier 54 On View through Dec 13, NY Times Review

I’m pleased to be included in the exhibition Pier 54, a High Line Commission of photographs documenting actions and performances staged on Pier 54, a derelict pier on Manhattan’s West Side.  The exhibition includes an incredible roster of artists and was just reviewed in The New York Times, with a nice mention of my project.

The New York Times Art in Review: Pier 54 by Karen Rosenberg

The exhibition is on view through Dec 13, with works projected on the High Line through Jan 14.

Featuring: Leonor Antunes, Rosa Barba, Francisca Benitez, Carol Bove, N. Dash, Liz Glynn, Sharon Hayes, Iman Issa, Margaret Lee, Maria Loboda, Marie Lorenz, Shana Lutker, Liz Magic Laser, Jill Magid, MPA, Virginia Overton, Leah Raintree, Emily Roysdon, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Aki Sasamoto, Xaviera Simmons, Mika Tajima, Andra Ursuta, Sara VanDerBeek, Allyson Vieira, Marianne Vitale, and Anicka Yi

Photographs by Liz Ligon

November 6  – December 13, 2014
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
120 Eleventh Avenue at West 20th Street

November 6, 2014 – January 14, 2015
Daily, Beginning at 4:00 PM
14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Pier 54: Leah Raintree, 68 Piles at Sunset, 2014. Photo by Liz Ligon. Commissioned and produced by Friends of the High Line.


LMCC’s Process Space Open Studios on Governors Island

I am currently participating in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space, a project-based studio residency at Building 110: LMCC’s Art Center on Governors Island.

Process Space Open Studios will be held on Friday, Dec 13, 2014 from 12 – 4:30 PM.

Process Space 2014 Artists-in-Residence: Jarrod Beck • Daniel Bejar • Andy Bragen • Jibz Cameron • Jean-Marie Casbarian • Iris Cushing • Ghost of a Dream • Mustafa Faruki • Brendan Fernandes • Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade • Suspicitude • Anthony Heinz May • Leah Raintree • Will Rawls • Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw of Split Britches • Mary Temple • Karen Weiser • Marion Wilson • Davide Zucco • Jonathan Allen – On-Site Assistant

The afternoon offers the chance to visit studios of 20 cross-disciplinary artists, in addition to in-process work by choreographer Maria Hassabi (1:00pm),  the theatre collective Pioneers Go East (2:00pm),  and Open Texts (3:00pm) with Process Space writers-in-residence.

For more information about the activities at the Arts Center at Governors Island on Dec 12 and the ferry schedule, visit All events are free, but require an  RSVP.  Don’t miss the rare opportunity to visit the island in its winter season!

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.


View from the Governors Island Ferry


Matter to Scale at Peninsula Art Space, June 20 – July 20, 2014

Matter to Scale
Guy Nelson, Leah Raintree, Brian Rattiner, Christine Howard Sandoval, and Laura Tack

Curated by Marion Guiraud and Leah Raintree

Matter to Scale is an exhibition featuring Guy Nelson, Leah Raintree, Brian Rattiner, Christine Howard Sandoval and Laura Tack, exploring time, scale and the environment through the limits and transformation of matter. Scaling is a measured process of reduction and amplification. Modeling to scale lends legibility to the material world through proportionate representations, while time-scales provide a tangible framework for durations beyond our immediate experience. In each, scaling inherently relies upon abstraction to distill complex systems and phenomena, requiring the elimination of particularities and nuance.

Matter to Scale offers alternatives to scaling, operating through the logic of these processes but in reverse. Rather than describing the material world through models and representations, the artists in the exhibition work directly with matter, engaging processes that record material interactions while pointing to scales beyond the works. In this condition, matter becomes the vehicle to oscillate between scales, without losing the intricacy of the material in use.

Direct action upon materials is central to the exhibition, with immediate, physical gestures producing impressions to the scale of the matter itself. These gestures, empirical in nature, include walking, striking, exposing, layering, comparing and tracing, with each work generating a tangible record of an otherwise ephemeral state. Throughout the exhibition, matter is addressed at points of oscillation: between natural and manmade conditions, entropy and formation, physical immediacy and distance. Each artist engages specific material processes by initiating or exploring varying states of flux.

More information here.

Video still from Christine Howard Sandoval’s “Sonar”


The Child Alberta published by Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and Setup, Vancouver

The Child Alberta, a book compiling texts and images “produced, found, considered, and argued” during the six week thematic residency A PAPER, A DRAWING, A MOUNTAIN at The Banff Centre is published!

Contributions from participating artists-in-residence, faculty Silke Otto-Knapp and Jan Verwoert and visitors Mark Leckey and Karl Holmqvist are included alongside theoretical texts focused on mimesis by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, Roger Caillois, and Michael Taussig. The book is published by Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and as Setup, Issue 3.5, an art journal based in Vancouver. This beautiful publication was brought together with care by Guest Art Director David Giordano and Setup Art Director Claire Balderston.

The Child Alberta, published by Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and Setup