Past Exhibitions

January 24 - April 4, 2016

Now Showing: Jessi Reaves

Jessi Reaves, New Life Shelving Unit - Part B, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC.


Now Showing is a program that highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building and is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to our audiences.

Operating as both furniture and sculpture, New York-based Jessi Reaves's unique sofas, tables, shelving, and other functional objects often look as if they have been turned inside out. The elements that are normally concealed or inside—such as foam cushions, stains, hardware, plywood, and other structural supports—instead become the primary textures and shapes for her works. In her pieces, the utilitarian and decorative aspects of furniture are recombined into new compositions that create their own logic and reveal their biography as a thing. For Now Showing, Reaves presented a chair and ottoman set, an artwork as well as a comfortable seat.

Jessi Reaves (born 1986 in Orgeon) has been included in group exhibitions such as Natural Flavor at Ludlow 38, New York (2015); Pavillon de L'Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home at Swiss Institute, New York (2015); and American Basketry at Bed Stuy Love Affair, New York (2014). She presented her first solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, New York in April 2016.

Installation view, Now Showing: Jessi Reaves, SculptureCenter, 2016. Photo: Kyle Knodell