How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD.
Feb 1 — March 25, 2018

How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD.


Thursday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, March 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.


Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design presents How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD., on view Feb. 1 through March 25. This is Season Zero. It brings together printed historical materials from various creative fields. From art and design school exhibition posters to radical literature (Black & Red Books and Detroit Printing Co-Op), from fashion show invitations (Eckhaus Latta) to a philosopher’s notes (Alain Badiou), from a 1970 art tabloid (Culture Hero) to Columbus’ first art book fair. With an ethos of slow programming, these materials will accumulate throughout the season. Things will come and go and stay for different durations.


How can aesthetic, political, and intellectual urgency be conveyed and designed in the present moment? We look at —and look back at — these materials not as artifacts but as media-screens of first encounters. How well do we behave towards materials? How well do materials behave back? What resonances and resistance are there for the here and now? And finally, what responsibilities does a gallery situated in an art and design school have in the present moment?


How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. will feature archival work including:


• Micro-histories of art and design schools through their exhibition posters, postcards, and promotional printed matter. Including Portikus, Städelschule (Frankfurt, Germany), Villa Arson (Nice, France), ÉCAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), and California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California).


  • Black & Red Books and the Detroit Printing Co-Op, featuring the first unauthorized English edition of Guy Debord’s influential 1967 book The Society of the Spectacle. Curated by Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq.


  • • A special 1970 issue of the short-lived art tabloid Culture Hero founded by Les Levine, printed in rainbow-plated lithograph, dedicated to The Village Voice dance critic Jill Johnston, featuring writings by James Lee Byars, Teeny Duchamp, Meredith Monk, Yvonne Rainer, Andy Warhol, and more.  (From the CCAD Rare Books Archive.)


  • • New York fashion designer duo Eckhaus Latta’s runway invitations from 2013 to 2018, designed by Eric Wrenn.


  • • French philosopher Alain Badiou’s lecture notes on love, which formed the basis for his book In Praise of Love (2012), will be installed in Schema Corridor, leading into and informing the moving image programming of Beeler Gallery’s screening room, including artist Sable Elyse Smith, graphic designer duo Vier5 (of Documenta 14, Athens), artist Les Levine, filmmaker Ephraim Asili, and more.


  • • Architectural maquettes of Beeler Gallery containing free artist-made publications will be replenished throughout the season. In the galleries, artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann will envision functional seating spaces for reading and listening, and Chris Domenick and Em Rooney will construct flexible clothing racks.




An Art Book Affair

Saturday, Feb. 24, 12 – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 12 – 4 p.m.

Beeler Gallery invites the Detroit Art Book Fair, Copenhagen’s art book fair One Thousand Books, Mexico City’s Index Art Book Fair, and other art book publishers for Columbus’ first art book fair. Featuring rare and limited edition art books by local and international independent publishers.


Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

An Art Book Affair will feature a conversation with Danielle Aubert, Maia Asshaq, Steve Panton, and Lorraine Perlman, who will speak about the history of Black & Red Books and the Detroit Printing Co-Op and the contemporary art publishing scene in Detroit. Moderated by Daniel Marcus, Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at The Ohio State University.



Our Book to Come (this week, last year)

Six Mondays, Jan. 29, Feb. 12 & 26, March 5, 19 & 26, 7:30 p.m.

A discussion group led by Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University, based on his blog Minus Plato, exploring the process of reforming the daily posts written last year into thematic chapters of an upcoming book. The first and last lectures will take place during installation and de-installation of Season Zero.


Wager of Word

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Writer and thinker Jennifer Teets conceives an evening on fictocritique, materialisms and tone, with Michael Van den Abeele (artist and co-founder of Établissement d’en face, Brussels), writer Dodie Bellamy, and Gean Moreno (Curator of Programs, ICA Miami).


Listening To: Pop Resistance

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Robert Loss, Assistant Professor at CCAD, leads a listening event on Afrofuturism and pop music since 2000.


Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Series

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, and Carrie Yamaoka of the New York-based queer women collective fierce pussy (formed with Zoe Leonard in 1991) will speak ahead of the collective’s upcoming seasons at Beeler Gallery in fall 2018 and spring 2019.


Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Beeler Gallery’s new Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang will speak with his predecessors Michael Goodson (Senior Curator, Wexner Center for the Arts) and James Voorhies (Dean of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts), as well as Assistant Director of Exhibitions Ian Ruffino about the unique role of galleries within an art school context, the recent evolution and history of Beeler Gallery, and what it means to “take over” a space from a predecessor.


Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Neil Goldberg, known for his video, photo, and performance work about embodiment, sensing, mortality, and the everyday, will speak at Beeler Gallery following a Feb. 21 performance at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by CCAD Graduate Studies.


Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.

Conceptual artist Les Levine (founder of art tabloid Culture Hero, on view in the galleries) will speak with Sarah Robayo Sheridan (Curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto) about his work that spans five decades.


Saturday, March 3, 3:30 p.m.

Dushko Petrovich, artist and co-founder of arts journal Paper Monument, will speak and launch The Daily Gentrifier’s flyover flyer edition.


Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.

New York-based artist Sable Elyse Smith will present a screening and a talk about her interdisciplinary work. Co-sponsored by CCAD Graduate Studies.


How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. is organized by Jo-ey Tang, Beeler Gallery’s new Director of Exhibitions, and Ian Ruffino, Assistant Director of Exhibitions.


Photo ©2017 Jiahao Peng