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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

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.