2MF with Maria Stabio and Sonya Derman

Sunday July 31st, 5 pm
221 Madison St.
New York, NY, 10002

Sonya Derman and Maria Stabio will host their first 2MF meeting as facilitating artists in the exhibition “Tandem” at (harbor) on Sunday, July 31st. Stabio and Derman co-run 2MF, a collaborative practice and meeting series that encourages pro-emotive and ante-academic conversation in the arts. The artists will explore their own topics of interest, while also illuminating their shared (and independent) motivations for creating and caring for this ongoing project.

Stabio will dissect Chen’s New Yorker piece “Unfollow” as an intersection of “the personal is political”, the nuance of emotional lives in the actors of hateful rhetoric, and finally the role of social media in activist culture while connecting this article to her interest in 2MF’s ante-academic and pro-emotive stance.

Derman will approach Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Thinking through disgrace, shame & tenderness, textures, warm language, & moving side by side – an introduction as a sort of wide doorway, where one can loosen with linked arms.

Pre-meeting reading:
Adrian Chen, “Unfollow”, The New Yorker, Nov 23, 2015
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Introduction, Touching Feeling, 2003

About the artists:
Sonya Derman is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and educator. She received a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College (Northfield, MN), and an MA from the Royal College of Art (London, UK).

Maria Stabio (b. 1985 San Francisco) is a first generation Filipino-American artist. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. For more information, visit mariastabio.com.

About the exhibition:
(harbor) presents an ongoing program of events and installations. Regina Rex and (harbor) pedal on the same proverbial bike at their Madison street space. In the spirit of these two galleries operating together, Tandem, curated by Steve Mykietyn, presents seven two person artistic collaborations that each operate as combined voices.