Elise Rasmussen: Unbecoming—a New Exhibition of Video Works Opens at Baruch College

The exhibition will run from September 14-November 30 at the

New Media Artspace and is free and open to the public

elisa unbecoming still

Video still from Fragments of an Imagined Place, Elise Rasmussen, 2016.

Image courtesy of the artist.

NEW YORK, NY- August 17, 2016-Baruch College presents Elise Rasmussen: Unbecoming, an exhibition of video works by Elise Rasmussen, curated by Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College.

Elise Rasmussen: Unbecoming, which is free and open to the public, will open on September 14, 2016 and run through November 30, 2016 at the New Media Artspace gallery in Baruch College’s Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street, NYC.  The exhibition is made possible by support from the Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC) and the Newman Library.

Free discussion and lecture: 

Wednesday, October 26 at 1:30-3:30 PM:  The artists will speak to Baruch students in the New Media Artspace and room 415 of the Library and Information Building. RSVPs are recommended for members of the public. Email Katherine.behar@baruch.cuny.edu.

Wednesday, November 30 at  6:00 – 8:00 PM: An artist lecture and closing reception will be held at the Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC.

Elise Rasmussen: Unbecoming presents four video works that engage a range of sources: Surrealism, Sophocles’ Antigone, Modern Art, and the legacy of the heroic Earthworks artist Robert Smithson. In each, Rasmussen exposes how works that are typically regarded as politically utopic (Modernism, Earthworks) or moral (Surrealism, Antigone) nevertheless reiterate a patriarchal framing of history. Often unearthing feminine strength and resistance, she plays against conventions of so-called “unbecoming conduct” that decree what is socially permissible behavior.

Rasmussen received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by ESP | Erin Stump Projects in Toronto, and her work has been exhibited, performed and screened at international venues including the Brooklyn Museum, CCS Bard Hessel Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson), Pioneer Works (NY), Night Gallery (LA), Standpoint Gallery (London), Werkschauhalle (Leipzig), ThreeWalls (Chicago), Dazibao (Montreal), TPW (Toronto), Gallery 101 (Ottawa), TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) where she was a recent artist in residence. She was a recent Fellow of the Art & Law Program in New York and is an artist in residence at the Nirox Foundation in South Africa this fall.

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Gallery Location:  New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Gallery Hours: The New Media Artspace is open to the CUNY community during regular library hours. Members of the public may request access to the New Media Artspace at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. For this week’s public hours, please check the gallery website: www.newmediartspace.info or dial a docent at 626-312-1664.

The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.


Suzanne Bronski, (646) 660-6093, suzanne.bronski@baruch.cuny.edu

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134, evelisse.luciano@baruch.cuny.edu