Sacred & Dangerous: Boats as Transport to the Hereafter

In this insightful talk led by Roots/Anchors exhibiting artist Will Corwin, we will discuss several readings from ancient literature concerning the use of boats as transports to the next world, and connect them to more modern writings on the subject. Corwin will present several case studies looking at the archeological traces of burial ships, linking such concepts to his own process in creating work for the Roots/Anchors exhibition.

WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art | Main Hall Gallery
WHEN: October 17 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ADMISSION: $5 (includes gallery admission) | BUY TICKETS HERE

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccine is now required for all visitors ages 12 and above entering all indoor spaces, as mandated by the City of New York. Face coverings for visitors ages 2 and up are required in all indoor spaces and the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, as well as in outdoor areas when social distancing is not possible, even if vaccinated.

About the Artist

Will Corwin (b. 1976, New York City) is a sculptor, curator and writer. He has worked with and exhibited with The Clocktower Gallery, Theater for the New City, La Mama, Middle Collegiate Church, PS122 and Judson Memorial Church, among other downtown institutions. Internationally he has exhibited at George and Jorgen Gallery and Gazelli Art House in London, Frise Kunstlerhaus in Hamburg, Red gate Gallery in Beijing and the Taipei Artists Village. He has written for Frieze, Bomb Magazine, Canvas Magazine, ArtCritical, and currently writes for The Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers and Arcade Project. Recent exhibition projects include curating Postwar Women (in 2019) at The Art Students League of New York, a show of the school’s alumnae active between 1945-65; co-curating 9th Street Club (2020) an exhibition of Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Mercedes Matter, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning, at Gazelli Art House in London; and a series of exhibitions featuring the work of painters Marguerite Louppe and Maurice Brianchon. He is the author of the book &Model, a history of a grass-roots artist-run gallery in the north of England published by Leeds Beckett University/Leeds School of the Arts in 2019, and is the editor of the upcoming book Formal Concerns (selected essays of Saul Ostrow) to be published in 2021 by Elective Affinity Press. Corwin is curating Downtown Train at PS122 in September 2021 which features the work of Boris Lurie, Penny Arcade, ggggrimes, Gordon Matta-Clark, and many others.

Roots/Anchors is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Roots/Anchors is supported in part by the Dedalus Foundation, the Francis J. Greenburger Foundation, and the Jocelyn Kress Family Charitable Foundation, with additional support provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort.