Miguel Abreu Gallery opened in March 2006 with an act of identification. The films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet were going to constitute the pivot around which the gallery’s program would unfold. A decision was made to screen one or several of their films, from time to time, on their own or in conjunction with the work of other artists, to manifest an allegiance to a certain ethic of the image these filmmakers have so potently developed over the last half-century. Precisely because Straub and Huillet do not consider themselves artists – this word signifies to them creation out of nothing, drawing out of the void – but craftsmen servicing pre-existing texts and other materials from history, there was an attitude here, a palpable spirit of rigorous apprehension, exchange and translation that could be proposed and shared, not only with the other artists in the gallery’s program, but with their potential public at large.
The gallery stages one-person and curated group exhibitions, and organizes film screenings and lectures by leading philosophers and critical theorists, such as Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, François Laruelle and Quentin Meillassoux. Sequence Press, the gallery’s publishing division, was established in 2010 to nurture potent, yet under-recognized voices in contemporary philosophy and the arts. The press has published books by artists R. H. Quaytman and Jimmy Raskin, and catalogues such as Fluid Employment on the recent work of Sam Lewitt. Sequence partnered with UK-based Urbanomic, to create a unique philosophy series that includes recent and forthcoming titles by François Laruelle, Nick Land, Quentin Meillassoux, Fernando Zalamea, Reza Negarestani and Gabriel Catren.
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W: Miguel Abreu
36 Orchard St