“better organized,” like a tropical storm
-Curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas
Featuring: Lydia Panas, Maya Varadaraj, Amy Wilson
August 19-September 27, 2019
Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 5 – 7 pm
237 South 18th Street, Suite 3A
Gallery Hours: August by appointment
September are Monday - Friday, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment
Taking its title from a short story by renowned American writer Lydia Davis, “better organized,” like a tropical storm brings together works that present a complex, disarming feminine power—both mysterious and sophisticated. Amy Wilson, Lydia Panas, and Maya Varadaraj depict women in a palpable states of harnessed vulnerability and self-possession. Like a storm concentrating its efforts, each subject confronts the viewer with anticipatory energy.
Sophia Marisa Lucas is Assistant Curator at the Queens Museum, where she recently organized Queens International 2018: Volumes, the eighth iteration of the museum's biannual exhibition of Queens-based artists. At the Queens Museum, she has also co-organized QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship exhibitions by Sable Elyse Smith (2017) and Julia Weist (2017) with Hitomi Iwasaki and worked with Larissa Harris on Maintenance Art (2016), a museum-wide retrospective of Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Previously, she contributed to exhibitions and programming at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; The Artist’s Institute, New York; and Slought Foundation, Philadelphia. During her M.A. studies at CUNY Hunter College, she was a member of the ACE Curatorial Collective (2011–2013) and contributed to or co-organized several exhibitions for the university’s galleries, including Gego/Gerd: a dialogue (2014), and Objects of Devotion and Desire: Medieval Relic to Contemporary Art (2012). Her work appears in Anthony Huberman's Today we should be thinking about (2015), published by The Artist’s Institute and Koenig Books.