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Artist Talk: Saya Woolfalk

Join the Cooley Gallery for the final artist talk of the (self) exhibition, on view through October 1, 2017. Refreshments will be served, and the Cooley will be open until 6:15 p.m.

Saya Woolfalk's films and installations re-imagine the self as part of a holistic, saturated world full of energy, light, and flow. Here, human beings merge with other life forms, and minerals develop fantastical properties. Woolfalk’s films evoke historical and cross-cultural spiritual and healing rituals re-pieced within a digital matrix: dematerialized and transmittable.

In the multi-year projects No Place, The Empathics, and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work Woolfalk evolves the Empathics, deepening her vision of cultural hybridity using increasingly complex digital technologies.

Saya Woolfalk has exhibited her work at PS1/ MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09. Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog.

Woolfalk’s first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in 2012. Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products was on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2014. She recently completed a new video installation commission for the Seattle Art Museum and is a recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC, and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons: The New School for Design.

Many thanks to Leslie Tonkonow for facilitating the exhibition of Woolfalk's work.


Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Eliot Hall, 314

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public


Cooley Gallery




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