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Dana Levy

Recapturing the Scenic Wilds
Glyndor Gallery | September 06 - December 07, 2014

Pictured above: The Wake, 2011, Single-channel video, 5:24 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Braverman Gallery

In the two videos on view in this exhibition, Dana Levy contrasts dead specimens with intruding live animals: released into a space designed to contain them, butterflies flutter amid their flattened cousins and doves perch by packaged kin. The traditional association of these species with freedom and peace heightens this contrast. The videos were staged with the support of museum staff in the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh (The Wake) and Beit Shturman, a archaeological museum in northern Israel, (Silent Among Us). Through video and installation, Levy traces the many ways that we uproot, strip bare and isolate, whether in museum displays, storefronts or private homes.

Levy has had solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; LOOP Art Fair, Barcelona; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY; Habres+Partner, Vienna; and the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; the Franklin Museum, Miami, FL; and Invisible Exports, New York, NY. She has also participated in numerous film festivals, including in TriBeCa and Rotterdam. Residencies have included I-Park Residency, East Haddam, CT; Art Omi, Ghent, NY; Triangle Residency, Brooklyn, NY; and Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace residency. She received the Young Israeli Artist Award from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport. Levy earned an MA in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and a BA from Camberwell College of Art.

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Pictured above: Silent Among Us, 2008, Single-channel video, 5:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Braverman Gallery

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.