Cabinet Exhibitions and Projects

All exhibitions and projects organized by Cabinet unless otherwise noted.

Project / “School of Death, or, L'École de la Mort,” organized by Simon Critchley and Sina Najafi
Forum -1, Petite Salle, Centre Pompidou, Paris
6–13 October 2016

Cabinet is pleased to announce the Paris incarnation of the School of Death, an educational institution dedicated to exploring the relationship between death and the examined life.

Exhibition / “From Russia with Doubt,” curated by Adam Lerner
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
18–29 November 2013

Cabinet is pleased to announce the opening of “From Russia with Doubt,” an exhibition of unauthenticated artworks curated by Adam Lerner. The show is co-organized with MCA Denver.

Exhibition / “Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing”
Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
24 May – 15 September 2013

Cabinet is pleased to announce the opening of “Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing,” a Hayward Touring exhibition curated by Cabinet’s UK editor Brian Dillon and organized in association with the magazine.

Exhibition / “School of Death”
Family Business, 520 West 21st Street, New York
7 May – 18 May 2013

Cabinet is pleased to present, in collaboration with philosopher Simon Critchley, the first incarnation of the School of Death, an educational institution dedicated to exploring the relationship between death and the examined life. As the institution's motto declares, "If the examined life is not worth living, then is death not worth examining?"

Exhibition / “Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century”
UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
16 April – 17 May 2013

Presenting a vision of the twentieth century as a history of false starts, obsolete technologies, and unrealised utopias, “Living in the Ruins” is an archaeological dig into the material culture that shapes our present. In association with Cabinet, curators Adam Jasper and Holly Williams draw together objects from art, science, and ethnography in an investigation of the ruins, remnants, and ill-fated prototypes that defined a century already far enough in the past to be foreign to us, but close enough that we still have no fitting monuments for it.

Exhibition / “Harry Smith: String Figures”
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
19 September – 3 November 2012

Cabinet is pleased to present “Harry Smith: String Figures,” an exhibition drawn from the collection of John Cohen. Organized by painter Terry Winters, the show features twenty-two string figures created by Smith (1923–1991), the legendary artist, filmmaker, and ethnomusicologist.

Unlimited Edition / The Last Calendar
November 2011
This 2012 oversized wall calendar, featuring artworks by Bigert & Bergström illustrating twelve methods of divination, ignores the familiar holidays in favor of more than sixty significant dates in the history of apocalyptic prophecy.

Project / “Collector's Album of Traders, Traitors, Translators, and Experientialists”
Wednesday, 16 March–Monday, 16 May 2011

For its contribution to Sharjah Biennial 10, Cabinet presented “A Collector's Album of Traitors, Traders, Translators and Experientialists.”

Exhibition / “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
Friday, 21 January–Saturday, 5 March 2011

Sol LeWitt was renowned for his exchanges of artworks with various artists throughout his lifetime. For LeWitt, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice. In the spirit of continuing the artist’s lifelong philosophy of open exchange, and in conjunction with the “LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective” on view at MASS MoCA, MASS MoCA and Cabinet presented “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt.” Curated by Regine Basha.

Exhibition / “The Slice: Cutting to See”
AA Gallery, Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London
Saturday, 20 November–Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Moving across historical moments and disparate fields, the exhibition examined the peculiar traditions that link visibility to the swift saw. From the cutaway view to the geometry of projection, from the microtome to the CAT-Scan, from the surgeon’s scalpel to the sadist’s guillotine, the slice can reveal a secret order, spill lurid innards, and open new views.

Exhibition / “Your Plaice or Mine,” by Tim Davis & Dziga Lovechild
Dodge Gallery, 15 Rivington St, New York
Saturday, 13 November–Thursday, 23 December 2010

Artist Tim Davis joined forces with Dziga Lovechild to produce “Your Plaice or Mine,” an audio-visual version of Davis's proposal for a screenplay printed in the Plaice portfolio of Cabinet issue 32.

Exhibition / “Alternative Histories”
Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave, New York
Friday, 24 September–Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Cabinet was included in the exhibition “Alternative Histories,” at Exit Art in New York. The exhibition documents the history of New York’s alternative art spaces and projects since the 1960s. Organized by Exit Art.

Project / Key to the City, by Paul Ramirez Jonas
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, 3 June–Monday, 6 September 2010

Cabinet contribution to Paul Ramirez Jonas's Key to the City project, presented by Creative Time.

Exhibition / “An Ordinall of Alchimy,” a project from Mildred's Lane
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, 27 March–Saturday, 17 April 2010

This exhibition was assembled under the constraint that everything installed in the gallery must have been acquired on Ebay for a total of less than $999. Mark Dion, Robert Williams, and their students at Mildred’s Lane used the constraint as an opportunity to explore the theme of alchemical transformation. Organized by Dion and Williams.

Exhibition / Jaime Davidovich, “The Live! Show,” by Jaime Davidovich
Cabinet, 300 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
22 January–13 February 2010

“The Live! Show,” an exhibition by New York-based artist Jaime Davidovich, featured episodes from the artist's cable TV show of the same name, alongside archival material, printed matter, and original photographs documenting the TV program's run between 1979 and 1984.

Exhibition / “Darcy Lange: Work Studies in Schools,” by Darcy Lange
Cabinet, 300 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
4 December 2009–16 January 2010

This exhibition drew from a series of videos by New Zealand artist Darcy Lange (1946–2005) which examine the processes of teaching and lear­ning. In 1976, Lange videotaped a number of classrooms at three schools in the English city of Birmingham, carefully choosing institutions that would represent different social classes. Curated by Mercedes Vicente.

Exhibition / “The Bubble”
Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile, Montréal
26 November 2009–17 January 2010

This exhibition considered the bubble, a wonder of surface tension. In its architectural interpretation, the bubble can be understoo­d as a feat of engineering or as a metaphor for an enclosed hermetic environment. As such, the bubble emerges as either a powerful symbol of the future or becomes synonymous with the condition of isolation.

Exhibition / “Zeno Reminder,” by Uqbar Foundation (Mariana Castillo Deball and Irene Kopelman)
Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
13 November–22 November 2009

As part of Performa 09, Uqbar's sculpture-structures, inspired by Futurist artist Fortunato Depero,  served as a setting for an ­array of objects­—including sculptures, drawings, and paintings—that posed the question: “What would the style of a creative automaton be?”

Project / “Time-Money Roll”
This continuous roll of time-money is Cabinet’s contribution to Time/Bank, an e-flux project in which groups and individuals trade time and skills directly and bypass money as a measure of value. Originally presented at e-flux’s launch of Time/Bank at the 2009 Frieze Art Fair, Cabinet’s roll of time-money is worth 24 hours.

Exhibition / “Hopeful,” by David Levine
Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
3 October–24 October 2009

The exhibition explored headshots—photographs of actors looking for work rather than publicity portraits of stars—both as genre and as material artifact.

Exhibition / “Fabrication of Blindness,” by Julia Mandle
Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
19 September–27 September 2009

A stirring memorial to, and protest of, America's use of torture in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and beyond, the exhibition “Fabrication of Blindness” took the form of a large dark cloud made out of the black military sandbags that are used to hood prisoners. The exhibition was organized by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and presented as part of its “Crossing the Line” festival.

Exhibition / “At the Eleventh Hour,” by Victor Houteff
Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
21 August–16 September 2009

An exhibition of paintings by the founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist group later taken over by David Koresh in Waco, Texas. The exhibition drew on the collection of Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw.­

Exhibition / “Recent Addition to the Permanent Collection,” by Nadia Wagner
Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
18 July—8 August 2009

Nadia Wagner's exhibit offered an invisible modification of the Cabinet event space that invoked change, decay, and prestige via the scent of Evernyl.

Exhibition / “Pre-Retroscope VI—Gowanus Journey,” by Conrad Shawcross
Cabinet, 300 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn
20 June—10 July 2009

Documenting an expedition undertaken this spring along the length of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal using a specially adapted rowboat, the exhibition—a fusion of urban performance, exploration, and the processes of scientific discovery—included video taken ­on Shawcross’s voyage, as well as drawings, photos, and the vessel itself.

Exhibition / “A Series of Coincidences”
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
21 February–13 March 2009

An art exhibition at Cabinet featuring Serkan Ozkaya, Daniel Bozhkov, John Menick, and Dario Robleto. Curated by Regine Basha.

Project / Documenta Magazines
Kassel, Germany
16 June–23 September 2007

Cabinet was one of the magazines asked by Documenta to participate in its “magazines project” and help commission texts responding to the three “leitmotifs” of Documenta 12.

Project / Cabinet at Proteus Gowanus
Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn

Cabinet contributed on an ongoing basis to Proteus Gowanus, an exhibition venue and reading room near the Gowanus Canal. Cabinet's activities and presentations took place in an enormous early-twentieth-century safe weighing 4.5 tons.

Exhibition / “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates”
Queens Museum of Art and White Columns, New York
September 2005–January 2006

An exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art and White Columns developing the Gordon Matta-Clark project initially presented in Cabinet issue 10.

Exhibition / “Philosophical Toys”
29 June–6 August 2005

An exhibition on pedagogical “toys” featuring Friedrich Fröbel, Jeannine Mosely, and Shea Zellweger. Organized by Sina Najafi.

Exhibition / “eBay: Buy or Sell or Buy”
Pace Digital Gallery (online)
6 May–6 September 2004

Cabinet’s New Mexico land shenanigans from issue 10 included in a show on eBay. Organized by Pace Digital Gallery.

Exhibition / “Get Rid of Yourself”
Weimar, Leipzig, and Munich, Germany
26 July 2003–15 February 2004

Cabinet included in a show organized by Frank Motz.

Project / “Cabinetlandia”
Luna County, New Mexico

An ongoing project on a half-acre parcel of desert scrubland in Luna County, New Mexico, which began with issue 10.

Exhibition / “The Paper Sculpture Show”
Various locations
A group exhibition featuring DIY paper sculptures by 29 artists. Curated by Mary Ceruti, Matt Freedman, and Sina Najafi.

Project / The Most Phallic Building in the World Contest

Jonathan Ames claimed that Brooklyn’s Williamsburgh Savings Bank building was the most phallic building in the world; he then challenged his readers to suggest a building more deserving of that title. These are the results.

Project / “Kiosk,” by Christoph Keller
Various locations

Cabinet was included in Christoph Keller's project “Kiosk,” an itinerant library showcasing the wide spectrum of independent publishing in the world today.

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