The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard-January 23rd - March 31st 2016

Mark Dion, Jessica Rath and Dana Sherwood

Environmental scientists have begun to refer to our current era as the anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which human activities have become the primary shapers of the earth’s environment and ecological systems, producing climate change, mass extinctions of non-human species and other significant transformations on a global scale. Whether these changes are reversible is uncertain.
On a smaller scale—such as we can observe in our neighborhoods, cities and local landscapes—anthropogenic change gives rise to surprising and unanticipated interactions among species. Mark Dion, Jessica Rath and Dana Sherwood explore these transformations and transactions in the shifting ecotomes—or contact zones between human and non-human worlds—in the multifaceted works included in The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard.
Taking the multi-species habitat of the infirmary as a reference point, Dion, Rath and Sherwood have excavated the shared non-human and human histories that have populated the area during the past 80 years. In addition to this local site, the artists have extended their forensic gaze to other “second nature” habitats of a terrestrial as well as an aquatic nature. Traversing time and temperate zones, these explorations, while acknowledging the deleterious effects of humans on earth, also signal the unintended value that habitat conversions and co-species habitations can have in the anthropocene.

Crossing the Wild Line - January 10th - February 21st, 2016

Crossing the Wild Line is Sherwood’s first solo exhibition at Denny Gallery as well as her first solo show in New York City. The exhibition highlights Sherwood’s multi- disciplinary practice with a theoretical focus on the Anthropocene. “Anthropocene” is a term used to define our most recent epoch beginning when humanity started to have a significant global impact. Sherwood’s practice consists of drawing, video, and sculptural installations often placed in nature as interventions to engage local wildlife. The complex relationship between humans and other animals in an increasingly homogenized ecosystem is a consistent theme in Sherwood’s work.
This exhibition, Crossing the Wild Line, is focused on
a central sculpture that was originally located in the
far reaches of the Botanical Garden of Brasília. Field
cameras documented the wildlife activity interacting
with the sculpture. The piece, also titled “Crossing
the Wild Line”, is a food cart containing items such as
cooking utensils, cook books, raw meat and fish. Food
in Sherwood’s work can be understood as metaphor for the way humans transform nature into culture, as described by Claude Levi Strauss, in his seminal book The Raw and the Cooked. Accompanying the sculptural piece are significant drawings and videos from Sherwood’s body of work.

Special thanks to Helen Houghton and Jonathan Bruce Williams.

Please join us for an opening reception for the artist Dana Sherwood on Sunday, January 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Denny Gallery is located at 261 Broome Street in New York City. The hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m. For further information, contact Elizabeth Denny or Robert Dimin at 212-226-6537 or by email at or 

Humanimalands December 7th - 17th 2015

MA Curatorial Practice presents an exhibition of work by BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker, the Dear Climate collective, Sophia Hewson, Terence Koh, Celeste Neuhaus, Dana Sherwood and Alicia Toldi that examines the state of humanity and nature in the age of the Anthropocene. The works on view in the exhibition abandon the romantic view of nature as opposing human culture, and embrace a new, intimate conception of nature that dissolves the distinctions between humanity and environment. Curated by MA Curatorial Practice fellow Patrick Jaojoco. 
The reception will feature a panel discussion between artist 
David Brooks, NYU Environmental Studies professor Una Chaudhuri and members of the Brooklyn-based design firm Harrison Atelier.

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