A Necessary Shift
November 15 - December 21, 2013

Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (top left), Sarah Walko (top right), Ellen Uzane Schneiderman (bottom left), Theresa Marchetta (bottom right)

Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria (top left), Sarah Walko (top right), Ellen Uzane Schneiderman (bottom left), Theresa Marchetta (bottom right)

Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 6pm - 8pm

At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor

Artists: Sean Carroll, Paul Clay, Jonathan Durham, Francis Estrada, Chantel Foretich, Howard Halle, Elizabeth Hamby, Amber Hawk Swanson, Felicity Hogan, Gisela Insuaste, Jamie Kim, Theresa Marchetta, Naomi Miller, Karen Ostrom, Douglas Paulson, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Ellen Uzane Schneiderman, Roddy Schrock, Todd Shalom, Carolyn Sickles, Chad Stayrook, Rachel Vera Steinberg, David Terry, Sarah Walko, Beatrice Wolert.

Organized by: Michelle Levy, Lauren Bierly, Claire Barliant.

A Necessary SHIFT is an exhibition and series of events that celebrates and highlights EFA's Residency for Arts-Workers as Artists, now entering its fourth year. With the launch of this exhibition, we launch the official name for the residency: SHIFT residency, and highlight the activities and progress of the artists who have been selected to participate since 2010.

SHIFT residency begins to recognize and nourish the particular art-world subset of artists who work for arts organizations, offering New York City based artist/arts workers a catalytic opportunity for artistic development and experimentation through space, time, counseling, and community, while thinking about how their dual roles support each other. From an intensive studio session in August, to a year of follow up meetings, residents are encouraged to reflect on their art practice and arts professionals career as a symbiotic, balanced system. Each individual brings administrative resources, artistic skills, personal struggles and victories to the experience. With each different group, underlying themes reoccur and evolve through the framework of shared knowledge and passion for the art community as seen from both the front and back-end.

Past and present residents were invited to propose projects for A Necessary SHIFT that were produced during their residency year or inspired by their experience. A number of collaborations have emerged from this process. The exhibition covers the spectrum of painting, sculpture, video work, and performance. Exhibition-related events take the form of screenings, performances, bike- tours, and discussions that further demonstrate the complex challenges faced, unique rewards, and essential roles these artist/arts workers play in the arts community.

Affiliated organizations include: Abrons Art Center, Artists Alliance Inc., Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, CUE Art Foundation, Elastic City, Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, Flux Factory, FreeDimensional, Henry Street Settlement, International Center for Photography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Metropolitan Opera, Museum of Arts & Design, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York Foundation for the Arts, NURTUREart, Residency Unlimited, Time Out New York, Triangle Art Association, Vera List Center for Art + Politics at The New School, and Wave Hill.


Brochure designed by Kloepfer-Ramsey-Kwon.



Thursday, November 21st, 7:00PMLANDSHIP: A Special One-Night Screening by Chad Stayrook

Saturday, November 23rd, 12:30PMMeditation / Hatha Yoga organized by Gisela Insuaste with Yoga for Bliss director/founder Neem Dewji

Thursday, December 12th, 6:30PMAFTER HOURS (private event)

Sunday, December 15th, 12:00PM Tour de Labor (cancelled due to weather)

Friday, December 20th, 8:00PMLayover with Todd Shalom (RSVP for location)

Saturday, December 21st, 12:00PMUrban Nature Walk organized by Gisela Insuaste with naturalist, educator & uraban ecologist Gabriel Willow




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For press inquiries, please contact Lauren Bierly, Assistant Director for EFA Project Space at lauren@efanyc.org