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Saya Woolfalk: The Institute for the Analysis of Empathy and Ethnography of No Place (with Rachel Lears)

January 21 - April 4, 2010
Koppelman Gallery

Saya Woolfalk talks to visitors at the opening 

Interview with the Artist
With journalist Greg Cook, online at the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research
Read the interview >

Employing sculpture, installation, performance, and painting in The Institute for the Analysis of Empathy, Saya Woolfalk weaves the tale of an artist-researcher and a species (the Empathics) she discovers. This boisterous gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) brings the utopian world of the Empathics to life through a feminist lens.

The video Ethnography of No Place, made with filmmaker and anthropologist Rachel Lears, conjures a fictional world that Woolfalk first conceived as artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2008. It will run concurrently on the New Media Wall (30 minutes).

Saya Woolfalk culminates her project with a performance on April 2 at noon in the Gallery.

Listen to our guided tour stops here:

STOP 11: Exhibition Overview, Amy Ingrid Schlegel 

STOP 12: Saya Woolfalk talks about her exhibition 

Production still, Rituals of the Empathics, ongoing, courtesy of the artist

Production still, Ethnography of No Place, 2008, courtesy Saya Woolfalk and Rachel Lears

The artist enjoys her exhibit with gallery visitors

Related Events:

Thursday, January 28, 5:30-8:00pm

Thursday, January 28, 5:00pm

Friday, April 2, 12:00pm