SURFACE MAGAZINE | Itinerary: Olivia Smith

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Olivia Smith shares her December and January travel plans.

“By early December, I’ll be in Miami for Art Basel with the rest of the art world. Between art fairs and the beach, I’ll plan to swing by the Pérez Art Museum to see Matthew Ronay’s show in the project space (through Jan. 15, 2017). Come nightfall, you’ll find me ice-skating in the Basement at The Miami Beach Edition or dancing at FDR, the nightclub in the Delano. Later in the month I’m traveling to my hometown of Dallas, Texas, where the local food and art scenes have exploded in the last few years. At the Dallas Museum of Art, the artists Lucie Stahl and Nicolas Party have solo exhibitions that I want to check out (respectively through March 12 and Feb. 5, 2017). I’m also excited to see Kathryn Andrews’s satirical Bozo the Clown sculptures in her show at the Nasher Sculpture Center (through Jan. 8, 2017). I always plan a trip 50 miles south to 100 West Corsicana, an artist residency set in an 1898 Odd Fellows Lodge. I’ll ring in the New Year at Midnight Rambler in The Joule Hotel with a few friends, and maybe end up at Bar Belmont, the best place for a fantastic view of the city’s skyline. Any trip to Dallas would not be complete without a meal at Kalachandji’s, a vegetarian oasis inside a Hare Krishna temple, and a cup of coffee at my favorite spot, Novel Coffee Roasters. “If I want to escape to the cinema I’ll visit The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, which, aside from being the location where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, lets me bring my own vinyl to listen to at the bar.”


An installation view of Nicolas Party's "Pathway" at the Dallas Museum of Art. (Photo: Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art)


Lillian Schwartz: Panel & Conversation with Rebekah Rutkoff, Jon Gertner, and Alex Kitnick 

Magenta Plains is pleased to welcome Rebekah Rutkoff, Jon Gertner, and Alex Kitnick for a panel discussion moderated by Olivia Smith, Director of Magenta Plains, on Lillian Schwartz this Friday, October 28th from 6 – 8 PM.

REBEKAH RUTKOFF is the author of The Irresponsible Magician: Essays and Fictions (semiotext(e), 2015) and the editor of a forthcoming book about the filmmaker Robert Beavers (Austrian Film Museum, 2017). Her feature on Lillian Schwartz was the cover story for the October issue of Artforum. She is a 2016-18 Princeton Arts Fellow.

JON GERTNER is a writer currently focused on exploring the intersections of science, engineering, economics, and society. Jon’s articles have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Fast Company, among many others. His first book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, was published by Penguin Press in 2012 and earned the title of New York Times Best Seller.

ALEX KITNICK is an art historian and critic based in New York, and Brant Family Fellow in Contemporary Arts at Bard College. An editor of numerous volumes, including a collection of John McHale’s writings, The Expendable Reader: Articles on Art, Architecture, Design, and Media, 1951–1979, and October 136 on New Brutalism, he is also a frequent contributor to publications including Artforum, May, October, and Texte zur Kunst. He is currently teaching a course on Experiments in Art and Technology at Bard.



Introducing Magenta Plains

Dear friends and colleagues,

I'm incredibly pleased to announce that I have joined Magenta Plains as the Director. 

Magenta Plains is a new contemporary art gallery run by Chris Dorland, David Deutsch and myself. With an emphasis on community, history, and newly emerging art, the gallery's mission is to foster context and meaning for the development of new ideas as well as to present and preserve older generations' of artist work. 

Please join me Thursday, March 17, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the opening reception for our two inaugural shows:

March 17 through Sunday, April 24
94 Allen Street

Magenta Plains is pleased to present WILLIAM WEGMAN, an exhibition consisting of works on paper from the '70s, '80s, and one recent painting in conjunction with William Wegman: Postcard Paintings at Sperone Westwater.

March 17 through Sunday, April 24
95 Orchard Street

Magenta Plains is pleased to present TREVOR SHIMIZU at 95 Orchard Street, an exhibition in conversation with WILLIAM WEGMAN on view in the main gallery at 94 Allen Street. The exhibition is visible at all times from Orchard Street.

I hope to see you on Thursday for the opening.

Warmest wishes,
Olivia Smith

94 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Wed - Sun 11am to 6pm


Rending The Veil: A Poetry Reading curated by Arden Wohl

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Olivia Smith reads a poem alongside David Rimanelli, Andrew VanWyngarden, Glenn O'Brien, Emily Sundblad, Susan Kirschbaum, Jonah Freeman, Lizzi Bougatsos, and more.


Katherine Bernhardt Bean Bag Chairs on Exhibition A

Exhibition A is pleased to announce the release of Fruit Salad, an exclusive collaboration with Katherine Bernhardt and the first edition of its kind. This soft and durable bean bag chair allows you to lounge amongst Bernhardt’s explosively colorful patterns, embodying the playfulness of her artistic sensibility. Bernhardt's trademark depiction of hot pink watermelons, forest-green avocados, and ripe bananas recalls her recent tropics-inspired solo show at Venus Over Manhattan in fall 2015. Buy Now