Dorsch Gallery Presents: Classroom

Oct. 11, 2008 - Nov. 8, 2008

Opening reception Oct. 11, 2008, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

For Classroom Dorsch Gallery's side space will be given to use as a classroom. When not in use, the tell-tale components of a classroom will be evident: institutional chairs, tables, a blackboard. The components are slightly non sequitur, since the classroom will occupy gallery exhibition space. It is inactive and nonfunctional.

In the usual manner of programming, we invited speakers and lecturers connected to the gallery's circle, asking them to give classes on their area of expertise. The gallery's audience can then learn from one another what would usually be restricted information. The organization of Classroom's schedule has the potential to call into question student-teacher relationships, art school and art scene hierarchies, while also being a generative gesture of knowledge-sharing.

This experiment responds to rumored changes to existing art programs or the possibility of new ones, including the recent appearance of 'Theory Night', member-only Morning Lectures, and Miami's ambition to be an essential node for contemporary art year-round.

The exhibition and the lectures are free and open to the public.

Check for the growing schedule of events for Classroom this October.

Classroom Schedule:

Date - Time - Instructor - Class

Oct 11 - (8:00 - 9:00pm) - Octavio Campos and his New World School of the Arts students - theater class on Performance Art, in which students perform improvisational vignettes.

Octavio Campos brings his theater class of high school New World School of the Arts students to Classroom. This session is, appropriately, on performance art. Campos gives an assignment: each student must perform a vignette which uses the following elements: the blackboard, the classroom chair, a light, a cup on a string. Usually these sorts of exercises are performed in the safe environment of a closed classroom, but here the students perform with an audience of strangers, some of whom are art viewers, not theater viewers.

Oct 15 - (6:00 - 7:00pm) - Ivan Lopez-Muniz - 'Scrumming' and the Cuban Embargo

Ivan Lopez-Muniz, a former Rugby player who is now a news producer and writer, discusses how scrumming can be used as a way to better understand the Cuban embargo, if this is even possible.

Oct 18 - (2:00 - 3:00pm) - Brook Dorsch - Satellite Communications 101

Dorsch Gallery's owner and founder Brook Dorsch will talk about the kind of knowledge he uses in his day job with SeaMobile, a company which manages satellite communications for sea vessels, trains and submarines while they are in motion. Dorsch reminds us that there will be a quiz.

Oct 23 - (7:00 - 8:00pm) - Rene Morales - Notes on Structure (and the Dream of an Ordered Universe) 2: The Mulligan

Rene Morales, Associate Curator at Miami Art Museum, revisits a lecture and paper he wrote before he had discovered the writings of a major philosopher who had already developed these ideas. In this lecture, titled The Mulligan for a reason, he discussed his own ideas and the philosopher's, as well as what this kind of rethinking meant to him.

Oct 24 - (7:00 - 8:00pm) - David Rohn - Guru Bob

For this lecture, artist David Rohn will be Guru Bob. Guru Bob peddles and promises Big Time Universal Love.

Oct 25 - (10:00 - 11:00am) - David Lombardi - Business Community Building

David Lombardi, the developer behind Lombardi Properties, discusses how to build a community in a cluster of like-minded small businesses, as in Wynwood. He asks why should each business perform as though an island when together, these businesses can accomplish certain tasks and goals more effectively.

Oct 28 - (11:00 - 12:30pm) - Jon Christopher and local Wynwood Junior High School students - School Pictures

Jon Christopher has worked with at risk, inner city youth for a long time. When he heard about Classroom, he responded by expressing his wish to reach outside our gallery audience and bring in local visitors. And so, during the class, 15 middle-schoolers from the Center of Life Academy at 2025 NW 1st Ave in Wynwood will make art in response to some works by Jon Christopher.

Oct 29 - (6:30 - 7:30pm) - Bill Bilowit - Art Directing Death: Early 80s Slasher/Horror Movies

Filmmaker and partner in Tareco Pictures and Wet Heat Project, Bill Bilowit will give a presentation of behind-the-scenes pics from several memorable movies of the period including Creepshow, CHUD, and Sleepaway Camp, a freeform Q. There will also be a working session to storyboard the filming of a traditional (pre-CGI) summer camp murder.

Nov 4 - (1:00 - 2:30pm) - Kerry Ware and Art Institute of Miami students - Ware teaches his Art history class

Kerry Ware, an artist represented by Dorsch Gallery and an educator for over 15 years, will teach his weekly Art History class, which usually takes place at Miami Interntaional University of Art & Design, at Dorsch Gallery's Classroom.

Nov 5 - (2:00 - 4:30pm) - Fred Snitzer and NWSA BFA Seniors - Fred Snitzer teaches his Senior Project Class

Fred Snitzer, owner of Fredric Snitzer Gallery, will bring his weekly Senior Projects class to Classroom. The students are seniors in the New World School of the Arts BFA program. In the course, Snitzer asks the students to develop an artist statement, which they refine each week. In each class they respond to their artist statements by making self-portraits that respond to these statements.

Nov 6 - (6:00 - 7:00pm) - Roxana Cocina and FIU students - Roxana Cocina teaches her regular Art Appreciation Class

Roxana Carolina Cocina, teacher at Florida International University and performance artist, asked the students from her online Art Appreciation class to meet at Classroom. This will be the class's first physical meeting session of the semester.

Nov 7 - (6:00 - 7:00pm) - Ruba Katrib - talks about her curatorial expedition to Berlin & the Netherlands

Ruba Katrib, Assistant Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, led Theory Night this summer. Discussions at Theory Night were a source of inspiration for Classroom. She also curated Dark Continents, up now at MoCA and is working on a show for Basel at MoCA Goldman.

More to come...