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Lenore Malen


Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Reimagining human culture as a beehive, Lenore Malen poses the philosophical question of what differentiates humans from animals and bees, while also calling attention to ecological crises. Titled after Jacques Derrida’s The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Come), 1997, this video combines interviews with beekeepers and historical and found footage. The video’s fast-moving pace and multiple perspectives point both to the world of insects and to the media in which we are immersed.

Malen is a writer and multidisciplinary artist working with photo, video and audio installation, live performance and artist’s books. She has performed and exhibited at Apexart, New York, NY; Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY; Exit Art, New York, NY; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany; and Zentrum für Medienklunst, Karlsruhe, Grermany. Her book, The New Society for Universal Harmony, was published by Granary Books in 2005. In 2009, she received a NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA Program at Parsons The New School for Design. She received an MA in art history from University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Skidmore College.


I Am The Animal, 2010


I Am The Animal, 2010

I Am The Animal, 2010
Video Installation
13 1/2 minutes
Courtesy of the artist

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.