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Polite, Pleasant, Endearing: The History of the Smile

Katya Grokhovsky presents "Polite, Pleasant, Endearing: The History of the Smile", a performance-lecture, which explores the cultural, personal and historical significance, symbolism and the labor behind a smile, accompanied by a live dance interpretation by Jeremy Olson.

Katya Grokhovsky is an interdisicpinary artist based in New York City. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, Studios at MASS MoCA, MA, SOHO20 Gallery NYC, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, NYC, VOX Populi AUX Curatorial Fellowship, PA, Residency Unlimited, NYC, NARS (New York Residency and Studio Foundation), Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, NM, Watermill Center International Summer Residency, NY and others. She has been awarded the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, APT (Artist pension trust) Membership, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, Australia and others. Her work has been exhibited extensively.

Jeremy Olson performances manipulate, misuse, and subject mundane actions and objects - for example, gesturing, speaking, walking, and tomatoes, ants, Gatorade, and Spandex – to rigorous but incongruous technical systems and procedures, especially those of choreography, law, and scientific visualization. In doing so, these actions and objects become sites for critical analysis as well as play, experimentation, and productive failure, a rehearsal of potential alternative forms and uses. A former dancer and physicist, his work has been exhibited in New York City and internationally, and he has performed with choreographers David Neumann, Trisha Brown, Polly Motley, among many others. He has an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design and studied physics at Princeton and Harvard.

This event takes place in conjunction with Once More, with Feeling (November 11 - December 23, 2016) at EFA Project Space.