Alum Allison Kaufman at efa Project Space

Once More, with Feeling

EFA Project Space

November 11 - December 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 11, 6 - 8 pm

323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor NYC


Rasha Asfour, Chloë Bass, Katya Grokhovsky, Shadi Harouni, Jana Kapelová, Allison Kaufman, Hilla Toony Navok, Jasmeen Patheja, Megan Snowe

Additional contributions by: Silvia Federici, Laurel Ptak, and Zoe Beloff

Curated by: Chelsea Haines

Once More, with Feeling investigates the gendered economy of emotional expression and its relationship to contemporary art. Exploring the gaps between fantasy and reality, labor and leisure, free and working time, the artists in this exhibition—based in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—grapple with how changing definitions of work have informed their own processes as artists, workers, and women.

Kaufman will be showing two videos, Friday Nights at Guitar Center and Dancing With Divorced Men.

"Friday Nights at Guitar Center” explores the predominately male customers of guitar stores via their impromptu in-store performances. It is an examination into the loneliness that is somehow abated and accentuated by spending time in American chain stores, the packaging and stereotyping of identities that these stores perpetuate, the fantasy of rock stardom, the human desire to be seen and recognized, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability.

“Dancing with Divorced Men”, is a looped video projection of recordings of myself dancing with middle-aged, divorced men in their homes. All strangers to me, I asked the subjects to choose a song and style of dance and following their lead, I create an appropriate female counterpart from their cues