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Slavs and Tatars

Forever & Today, Inc. Grand Opening

Event:
September 13, 2008; with free commemorative editions by
J. Morrison, Slavs and Tatars, and Jasper Sebastian Stürup


Co-Directors and Curators Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton are delighted to inaugurate Forever & Today, Inc., a new non-profit contemporary art commissioning organization.

Ingrid Chu (MA, Curatorial Studies, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2003) and Savannah Gorton (MA, Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2004) formed a curatorial partnership to found Forever & Today, Inc. As an organization with no fixed identity and a playful sensibility, commissioned projects may take the form of exhibitions, site-specific installations, publications, editions, and public programs that focus on a collaboration with a single artist, collective, or collaborative entity.

Please join us to celebrate the completed renovation and opening of our 100-square foot storefront programming space located at 141 Division Street in New York's Chinatown/Lower East Side. Three commemorative limited editions by J. Morrison, Slavs and Tatars, and Jasper Sebastian Stürup are free and available to the public at the grand opening event.

Forever & Today, Inc.'s diminutive storefront is nestled between a Chinese family fruit market, a Mahjong parlor, an optician's office, and a tattoo shop, all on Division Street, an historic New York street known for once serving as a dividing boundary for the area's farmlands. Its storefront is in a former security guard office on the ground floor of the Ming Tower condominiums, at the triangular nexus where Division Street meets the busy intersection of Canal, Ludlow, and Essex Streets. Forever & Today, Inc. intends for this unique context to remain as a source of inspiration and consideration for many artists' future commissions by the organization.

Forever & Today, Inc. takes its name from a number of references, but most notably, from the concept that contemporary art is often in the precarious position of being both temporary and timeless, and existing within an uncertain future. Although often experienced in the momentary, the implications of contemporary art may last far beyond. Furthermore, as a small new non-profit, Forever & Today, Inc. faces the unknown as it constantly experiments with a new organizational model that is independent, flexible, and open to experimental propositions through its commissioned projects and public programs.

Forever & Today, Inc. Grand Opening is organized by Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton.