About Activity: Making Connections Installation Views Participants Press Release Findings Acknowledgements

Ruthie Ackerman
Jimmie Briggs
Elisabeth Eaves
Kofu Fosu Forson
Wesley Gibson
Deborah Greco
Mandy Keifetz
Lisa Levy
Rich Moskal
Robert Pearre
Justin Petropoulos
William Raden
David Ramm
Shaun Randol
Ron Richter
Luc Sante
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Abrazo Interno Gallery
107 Suffolk Street, Second Floor (between Delancey & Rivington Streets), NYC

Gallery Hours
Thursday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 11, 2012
3:30-7:00pm daily

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Readings & Discussion
Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Davide Cantoni
Brian Dupont
Danielle Durchslag
Ryan Frank
Linda Griggs
Allen Hansen
David Hodges
Felicity Hogan
Isaiah King
Jillian Mcdonald
Marcie Paper
Robert Pearre
Duke Riley
Daniel Rosenbaum
Sarah Schmerler
Nicole Wittenberg
Nicole Zehr
“What makes a story worth telling?” To explore that question, co-curators Linda Griggs and Erik Sanner asked eighteen writers to offer up short, meaningful passages. Eighteen artists were then encouraged to respond to one of the texts in the visual medium of their choice. Viewers are invited to investigate the urge to share stories as they encounter this exhibition of all-new visual art and the words which inspired each piece.

Upon entering the space, viewers are given copies all of the writing. However, there is no indication as to which visual piece corresponds with which text. Viewers will need to find those connections, and perhaps more deeply engage with the thoughts of the writers and the artists as a result. Viewers may choose to play a kind of matching game, filling out a scorecard indicating which written and visual works go together. Visitors will also be invited to share what they think makes a story worth telling or otherwise respond to the exhibit.

Griggs and Sanner will review the scorecard results and the other responses submitted by participating visitors. At the close of the brick-and-mortar exhibition, they will present their findings online. The matching game will be made available as a permanent online exhibition, accompanied by documentation of the materials shared by viewers.

In presenting a variety of artistic mediums, thematic material and genres, we hope the audience will walk away contemplating some of the issues these writers and artists see as paramount. Perhaps we may also come to a better understanding of the deeply-rooted instinct to share stories.