Blavatnik Family Foundation and Stravinsky Foundation New York City

Blavatnik Family Foundation supports an art event at the Academy. 

 May 17 – May 18, 2013                                                                       

2 East 63rd Street, New York                                                                                   

Open to the general public: Friday, 2 PM – 10PM; Saturday, 12 -10 PM

The End of Light an art event at the Academy.  The venue is an architectural gem and an Edwardian landmark that once housed the New York Academy of Science. Its grand neo-classical interiors serve as a backdrop to the two-day show featuring art installations and performances.

Blavatnik Family Foundation supported an art event with Renata Jaworska
Academy of Science in New York City
Blavatnik Family Foundation supported an art event with Renata Jaworska

The End of Light is a farewell to the mental frame of Enlightenment expressed through a variety of media.

 “…Yet from those flames no light, but rather darkness visible, served only to discover sight of woe.” John Milton, Paradise Lost

The End of Light presents a group of international artists, who channel their angst and postmodernist ambivalence into painting, sculpture, installation, performance, music, photography and video projection. The artists belong to different generations but they all share fin de siècle sensibilities. The “visible darkness” of our time, appealing to the artist’s intellect rather than his rational perception, becomes a common point of departure. The exhibit takes place in the grand old New York Academy of Science building, whose eclectic interior evokes the bygone age of Enlightenment, humanism, and veneration of science. The tension between the harmonious atmosphere of this neoclassical mansion and the liberal spirit of experimentation emanating from the exhibited works adds a layer of fine irony and dialectic complexity.

The artists featured are: Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium), Maria Ignacia Edwards (Chile), Anna Frants (USA-Russia),  Pablo Garcia Lopez (Spain),  Renata Jaworska (Poland),  Alex Katz (USA),  Lev Kazachenko (Holland),  Vadim Moldovan (USA),  Irina Nakhova (USA-Russia),  Abram Nitsberg (USA),  Julia Nitsberg (USA),  Jamie Rubin (USA),  Marcus Schwier (Germany)

The theatre performance “I Take Good Care of My Corpse” by Terra Incognita Theatre, under the artistic direction of Polina Klimovitskaya (USA), with actors Jeremy Goren, Jenna Kirk, Natalia Krasnova, and Renzo Rios.

The event is generously supported by Blavatnik Family Foundation

Vadim Moldovan


Renata Jaworska, educated at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf, has exhibited extensively throughout Poland, Germany and London since 2004 and focuses on collaborative performance and painting. Most recently she has collaborated with twenty American and fourteen German artists in Lake Constance, Germany for the project Salem2Salem, a pilot scheme of Bodensee Kulturraum that encourages interdisciplinary art production and takes its inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. Her "119-minute circle" project also called "a dancing congress" was held on 14th of march 2010 at Whitechapel Gallery in London. She invited representatives of sixteen different nations who gathered at the "The Nature of the Beast" – international, round table to form a live human exhibition. The piece was instigated in front of an installation by Goshka Macuga that explored Pablo Picasso’s Guernica exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1939, thus framing it with a reader-centric production of material exploring connections between art, propaganda and war. Each participant recited their national anthem individually followed by all reciting them again simultaneously creating a cacophony of dissonance, miscommunication and aural power struggles. The conference aimed to emphasize the rules of cultural identity whilst highlighting the sense of duty, individualism, thought process and behavior of each individual. Through this project Renata commented contemporary times, particularly the lack of communication among people and the feeling of loss experienced by many. Recording of the “119-minute circle” project as well as a documentation and research material would be a part of an exhibition Young Polish Art_ Metal at Metal Chalkwell Hall in Southend on Sea between 8th-12th of September. Born 1979, Poland. Lives in Germany and Poland