Urban Video Project 2015-16: We Were Never Human

September 10, 2015 - May 29, 2016

A year-long exploration of the shifting idea of what it means to be human.

Projected onto North Façade of Everson Museum of Art building

Dusk – 11.00pm, Thursday–Sunday


Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel of Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Leviathan (2012)

September 17 - October 24


Leviathan (2012) is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts – Leviathan follows a hulking groundfish trawler into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. However, instead of romanticizing the labor, filmmakers Lucien Castiang-Taylor (Sweetgrass) and Verena Paravel (Foreign Parts) present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine. The film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors. 


The Otolith Group

Anathema (2011)

November 5 - December 19

Anathemareimagines the microscopic behavior of liquid crystals undergoing turbulence as a sentient entity that possesses the fingertips and the eyes enthralled by the LCD touch-screen. Anathema can be understood as an object-oriented video that isolates and recombines the magical gestures of dream factory capitalism. Anathema proposes itself as a prototype for a counter-spell assembled from the possible worlds of capitalist sorcery.


He Maketh a Path to Shine After Him; One Would Think the Deep to be Hoary (2013)

September 19 – November 29, 2015

Everson Cloud Wampler Gallery

Filmmakers Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, drew from footage obtained while shooting their award-winning movie Leviathan (2012) to create He Maketh a Path to Shine After Him; One Would Think the Deep to be Hoary. The mesmerizing and haunting footage, filmed both in and from the ocean and projected at 1/50 of the speed at which it was recorded, shows the sea to be a vast and watery expanse full of slow-moving, unidentifiable forms. 


Please visit urbanvideoproject.comfor more information on artists, exhibitions and events.

Urban Video Project (UVP) is a multimedia public art initiative of Light Work and Syracuse University in collaboration with Everson Museum of Art. 

Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer

September 25, 2015 - January 3, 2016

The Three Graces were known in ancient mythology as enchanting goddesses who personified the primary attributes of creativity: Beauty, Wonder and Joy. In a recasting of this mythical triumvirate, the Everson introduces three contemporary artists from New York – Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer – whose spectacular abstract works embody these qualities. More than just a typical exhibition, Three Graces is also a revelatory experience, as the artists have created new works inspired by pieces from the Museum’s collection, which are also included. From Moyer’s biomorphic paintings, to Apfelbaum’s playful textiles, and Feher’s magical installations, Three Graces connects the past and present through beauty, wonder, and joy.

Everson presentation is made possible, in part, by funding from the County of Onondaga through the Tourism & Economic Development Program administered by CNY Arts, Michael P. and Nicole Falcone, David and Nancy Ridings, Jack and Stephanie Rudnick, Dr. Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, Eric Alderman, Drs. Michael and Valerie Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Manes, William J. Brunken and Dale Donald Hunter, Bonnie and Gary Grossman, Bob and Toni Salisbury, Gennady and Katya Bratslavsky, Mr. Timothy Sullivan and Dr. Kate Costello-Sullivan.


Members’ Opening Night Reception

September 25, 5.00 – 7.00pm
FREE for Everson Members / $10 Non-Members

Tickets are available at the door.

Celebrate Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher, and Carrie Moyer with the exhibiting artists, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar before previewing the exhibitions.


Gallery Walk: Meet the Artists

October 22, 6.30pm, Free

Meet Three Graces artists in this guided gallery walk. The artists will discuss their contemporary art practices, materials and processes and explore the inspiration of incorporating works from the Everson’s collection in their installation. Join in lively discussion with the artists. 


Artists on Art Audio Tour

Take a self-guided tour and listen to audio narratives by Three Graces artists as you view the exhibition. Borrow an iPod from the Visitors Service Desk. 

Joy, Beauty & Wonder

September 26, 2015 - November 15, 2015

A companion community exhibition to Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher, and Carrie Moyer. Submit your original photography that express the themes of Joy, Beauty and Wonder. Deadline for submissions is September 6, 2015. Learn more here.  

Joy, Beauty & Wonder is the result of  a call to photographers of all ages to share their original photographs expressing the themes of joy, beauty and wonder. Themes are drawn from the exhibition Three Graces. Participants shared their photographs on social media using the hashtags #3GracesJoy, #3GracesBeauty or #3GracesWonder. All submissions were reviewed by a panel of professional artists and a selection will be on display at the Everson Museum. 

About Three Graces: In ancient Greek and Roman mythology, three enchanting godesses known as Graces personified the attributes of joy, beauty and grace. These Graces are recast through three New York City artists including Carrie Moyer’s beautiful biomorphic explorations of sensuality through color and shape, the wonder of Tony Feher’s organization of ordinary matter in tension-filled architectural spaces, and the joy of Polly Apfelbaum’s exploration of color, pattern and repetition through material and space.

Gods and Monsters: Three Centuries of Portraiture

September 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016

This exhibition represents an overview of the portraiture genre for over three centuries, examining how artists have portrayed themselves and others within different contexts and in a variety of media and styles. From 19th century painted miniatures to contemporary color photographs, these portraits drawn from the Everson collection depict a heterogeneous cast of characters both remembered and forgotten, lauded and reviled. Stretching the conventions of the genre, the exhibition includes works by Andy Warhol, William Wegman and others as well as more traditional portrait paintings by artists such as Cecelia Beaux and Gilbert Stuart.

On My Own Time

October 3, 2015 - November 8, 2015

CNY Arts' 42nd annual On My Own Time exhibit connects Central New York businesses in a collaboration that promotes the benefits of the creative process across community sectors. 

On My Own Timehighlights original works of visual art created by local employees in a variety of professions who are also amateur artists. Each participating company held its own on-site exhibitions this past spring. This year, 171 artists submitted 370 pieces in a wide range of media. Volunteers who work professionally in different arts fields selected 60 pieces to be included in this grand finale exhibition.

This public partnership of business and arts celebrates the contributions of arts and creativity to the livability, growth, and economic success of the Central New York community.

Helen Levitt: In the Street

February 6, 2016 - May 8, 2016

For more then seventy years, Helen Levitt used her camera to capture fresh and unstudied views of everyday life in the streets of New York City. Levitt’s photographs, in both black and white and color, document neighborhood matriarchs on their front stoops, pedestrians negotiating New York’s busy sidewalks, and boisterous children at play. In her work, Levitt successfully captures people of every age, race, and class, without attempting to impose social commentary. This exhibition, organized by the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, features a range of photographs spanning Levitt’s long career, and includes scenes shot in New York City, New Hampshire, and Mexico.