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The Inevitability of Absence

Curated by Tess Howsam


On View: August 31 - November 19, 2023 during gallery hours, Thursday-Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm. Free Admission.


Opening Reception September 2, 6-9pm


The Inevitability of Absence is an exhibition that explores the literal, physical, and metaphysical concept of absence. Works challenge viewers to consider how we process and continue to move forward through a world of ever inevitable absences.


The exhibition is presented in dialogue with the immersive show The Incomplete Collection by Linked Dance Theatre.

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The Incomplete Collection

by Linked Dance Theatre

Starts September 30

A mysterious Curator is inviting you to a full gallery showing of The Incomplete Collection at Culture Lab LIC. But what is on display are no mere works of art, but ideas -  incomplete ideas to be precise - that are looking for just the right humans to complete them. Will you be one of the lucky few to get a chance to trade for these precious commodities? Will you become inspired yourself? Will you discover the secrets lurking at the heart of the collection and its mysterious Curator? Come unleash your inner artist and find out. 

The Incomplete Collection is a highly interactive, immersive show.  Your time in the gallery will also depend on what tier of ticket you buy and can last anywhere from 50 minutes to 2 hours. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your scheduled entry into the gallery, and note that if you arrive more than 5 minutes late, you may not be granted entry into the collection.

Conceived by Kendra Slack, Jordan Chlapecka, and Lydia Kapp
Written by Lydia Kapp 

Additional text contributed by the performers and production team

Produced in collaboration with Culture Lab LIC

Rita McCann - The Curator
Maya Gonzalez - The Apology
Matt Engle - The Insult
Jordan Chlapecka - The Escape Plan
Shan Y. Chuang - The Love Song
M. Carter - The Blessing
Charly Wenzel - The Bad Idea
Kwame Lily - Understudy for The Apology and The Blessing

Directed by Kendra Slack
Assistant Direction by Edward Mylechreest
Production Design by Jordan Chlapecka
Assistant Production Design by Noah Dunlap
Construction by Noah Dunlap, Monte Weber, Andrew Mercado
Lighting Design by Drew Florida

Movement by The Company
Music by Brendan Littlefield

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