Refiguring the Future Exhibition

Refiguring The Future Exhibition
February 8th – March 31st, 2019
Opening Night: February 8th, 6-8pm
205 Hudson Art GalleryHunter College Art Galleries New York, NY 10013


Organized in partnership with the REFRESH collective and Hunter College Art Galleries, Refiguring the Future is a new exhibition (Feb. 8 – Mar. 31) and conference (Feb. 9 – 10) offering a politically engaged and inclusive vision of the intersection of art, science, and technology.


Curated by REFRESH collective members Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Dorothy R. Santos, the exhibition title is inspired by artist Morehshin Allahyari’s work defining a concept of “refiguring” as a feminist, de-colonial, and activist practice. Informed by the punk ethos of do-it-yourself (DIY), the 18 artists featured in Refiguring the Future deeply mine the historical and cultural roots of our time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become.


The exhibition opens on February 8, with a public reception at Hunter College Art Galleries’ 205 Hudson space, followed by a weekend of programming for the Refiguring the Future conference from February 9-10.


The exhibition will present 11 new works alongside re-presented immersive works by feminist, queer, decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-ableist artists concerned with our technological and political moment including: Morehshin Allahyari, Lee BlalockZach Blas*micha cárdenas* and Abraham AvnisanIn Her Interior (Virginia Barratt and Francesca da Rimini)*, Mary Maggic, Lauren McCarthyshawné michaelain holloway*, Claire and Martha PentecostSonya Rapoport, Barak adé Soleil, Sputniko! and Tomomi Nishizawa, Stephanie Syjuco, and Pinar Yoldas*

*Names with asterik denotes participation in the conference. 


Read the full curatorial statement here

Read more about the artists and their work here



205 Hudson is an accessible space. The entrance and lobby is on the ground floor at 205 Hudson at Watts St.  The mezzanine level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Restrooms are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at the opening


Refiguring the Future is supported by grants from the Open Society Foundations and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the NetGain Partnership. This partnership is a philanthropic collaboration seeking to advance the public interest in the digital age.

Additional support for the presentation of Refiguring the Future at the Hunter College Art Galleries is made possible by the David Bershad Family Foundation, the Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Inc., Carol and Arthur Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Joan Lazarus, and the Hunter College Foundation.