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GO ELSEWHERE 2015

GO ELSEWHERE 2015

Apply now | Elsewhere is now accepting applications for residency and fellowship opportunities, staff positions, internships, and university retreats. Deadlines in December 2014 and January 2015.
Holiday Gifts

Holiday Gifts

ELSEWHERE LIMITED EDITIONS Share Elsewhere’s magic for the holidays with limited edition handmade gifts by Elsewhere artists. This year we offer the whole package, featuring elegant gift wrap, playfully illustrated winter holiday cards, a sterling silver, hand-cast, bubble wand necklaces. Take Elsewhere imagination everywhere and to everyone this holiday season.   All items...
Southern Constellations

Southern Constellations

Now entering its third year, Southern Constellations is a curatorial initiative that supports the creation of experimental new works at the museum and connects contemporary art practices in the south. Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program embeds six fellowship artists into Elsewhere’s artist residency for...
South Elm Projects

South Elm Projects

Greensboro, NC (population 277,100) is home to a vibrant, natural occurring cultural district in its South Elm neighborhood. Through South Elm Projects, Elsewhere is creating site-specific activations of four underutilized alleyways and green-spaces throughout the district. These activations will encourage further, naturally occurring development in the neighborhoods adjacent to South...
Alive in the Kitchen

Alive in the Kitchen

Alive in the Kitchen is a food tv show for the web produced by the Communications Department at Elsewhere with assistance from Elsewhere House(pitality) and olive the friends. Watch the packaged episodes at http://elsewhere.tv. From September 1 through October 31, watch the live broadcast at http://acretv.org.   Upcoming Screenings + Events Thursday, October 30 6-8pm |...
Elsewhere TV

Elsewhere TV

Elsewhere TV (EWTV) is a media platform that broadcasts alive from Elsewhere‘s living museum in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Using one woman’s 58-year collection of thrift, EWTV offers a space to share artistic happenings, projects and interviews from visiting artists. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of...
2014 Artists

2014 Artists

Announcing Elsewhere's 2014 season line-up of visiting artists, Southern Constellations fellows, and special residencies.
QueerLab

QueerLab

QueerLab is a youth-led media program exploring LGBTQ experience in North Carolina. Each QueerLab session brings together an editorial team of queer identifying youth to publish I Don’t Do Boxes, and organize workshops focused on creative media production and digital storytelling. QUEERLAB WORKSHOPS: SPRING 2014 Join us for QueerLab workshops every...
Become a Member

Become a Member

Elsewhere members + sponsors experience the great adventures and mysterious depths of an endlessly changing spectrum of living art. Benefits include a passport guide to Elsewhere, free admissions, special invitations, seasonal members events, public studio access, tax-deductions, and featured thanks in the museum and online. We invite you to join...
Recent Projects
Scenes from Sonship Pass

Scenes from Sonship Pass

For his residency project, Justus Harris subtly transformed Guadalupe Martinez’s Apothecary installation into a stage set for a performance that involved inviting participants to co-create improvised performances that blend the personal and the fictitious. These performances were guided by a screenplay Scenes from Sonship Pass, written by Harris’s uncle, that tells the story of a character...
The Future Begins Today

The Future Begins Today

For The Future Begins Today, Kate Gilbert created a series of artifacts for a fictitious time-travelling fashion designer, Elliotte, who returns to the 1970s from a distant future to launch her new line of prêt-à-porter. These artefacts include: a press release for the launch of Elliotte’s new line, a letter contacting Sylvia Gray about carrying the...
There's No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

For There’s No Place Like Home Robert Reed created a headdress and pair of oversized pumps adorned with items from the collection that relate to the story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz. Reed wore these for an impromptu performance in homage to gay icon, Judy Garland during a party that Elsewhere hosted.  
Safe Passage

Safe Passage

  For Safe Passage, Audrey Love reconstructed and installed a new lighting system for the main staircase up to the second floor at Elsewhere that incorporates retrofitted lamps from Elsewhere’s collection. To further the ethos of self sufficiency and working with materials at hand, which guides the production of work at Elsewhere, Love created a step...
Make Safe, Make Space

Make Safe, Make Space

For her residency Nsenga Knight hosted a series of conversations for members of the black community in Greensboro to explore connections between perceptions of physical safety and psychological well being. These conversations centered around the restructuring of Leslie Kelman’s “Safe Place” fabric fortress, through the addition of a window, new flooring and resecured...
Mandalas, Elsewhere China and Elsewhere Rainbow

Mandalas, Elsewhere China and Elsewhere Rainbow

The mandalas Elsewhere China and Elsewhere Rainbow by Hillerbrand and Magsamen were constructed out of collection materials. They are part of an ongoing series in which the artists examine their relationship to the material goods that sustain and provide structure to their lives. As Mary Magsamen notes, the mandalas can be seen as a model for...
Capture Elsewhere

Capture Elsewhere

Capture Elsewhere by Margaret Bowes is an interactive painting as game where players consider micropolitical exchanges and resource sharing at the museum. It was inspired by Bowes’s interest in the legacy of the colonial era and her observation that the ideals associated with this era are still embodied in many of the objects in the...
Revival Wallpaper & Din Din

Revival Wallpaper & Din Din

For the project Revival Wallpaper, Laura Bigger designed a wallpaper series based on historic wallpapers found on premises at the museum.  In several designs she reproduced the wallpapers as they may have originally appeared as an act of historical preservation. Other designs are based on the current condition of the wallpapers and  incorporate signs of...
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Honi Ryan scattered a series of prompts throughout the museum to encourage staff and visitors alike to bestow kindness on one another.  Look for them on bars of colored wood tucked into various collections of things on the first floor to participate.
Accordion Suits for Commutes

Accordion Suits for Commutes

Inspired by the movement of trains that pass through downtown Greensboro, Laura Bernstein produced a series of accordion pleated coats, which can be buttoned together in sets for up to six wearers. These shared garments both restrict movement and ensure that their wearers choreograph their movements together. In collaboration with dancers Cynthia Ling Lee, Brianna...
The Green Space Initiative

The Green Space Initiative

Treating the museum as a city within side the city of Greensboro, Elizabeth Hamilton created a new municipal department for Elsewhere that produces pop-up parks and other greening projects for the city. For it’s inaugural act, GSI created three temporary green spaces, including a temporary remembrance garden for the front stage of elsewhere to honor...
Collected and Recollected

Collected and Recollected

In the video Collected and Recollected, husband and wife artist team Hillerbrand and Magsamen construct and deconstruct a series of precarious barriers for themselves and their children by stacking collections of items found on location at the museum. Items include thrift store objects, artist projects, and items that support the daily functions of the museum....
Flannery's Bunker

Flannery’s Bunker

  A reinstallation of the museum’s collection of military surplus as a display of historical artifacts. Whittington has included a gallery of newly polished mess kits that have been artfully engraved by WWII soldiers, including “Flannery” for whom the work has been named. These items came to the museum in the mid 1940s when the Gray...
Treatments

Treatments

In an effort to address the fading wall paper on the third floor ghost room Devin Balara created a series of whimsical treatments based on suggestions found in 1960s and 1970s era interior design books from Elsewhere’s collection. Acting as an interior decorator, Balara coordinated the window treatments with the walls to provide a feeling...
Parade

Parade

A parade in celebration of all things absurd to usher in the grand re-opening of the museum. Take to the sidewalks of Downtown Greensboro with the Elsewhere crew, Cackalack Thunder and friends. Items from the collection out on tour. Floats, dancing, funny bikes, merry mischief + more. Foolish costumes strongly encouraged. Departs from Elsewhere April 1 at 6pm. Followed by a Feast of...
Call for Submissions: artist working in auto correct art practices

Call for Submissions: artist working in auto correct art practices

Did you mean, 2014, Signal Matthews, screenshot jpg, Google Docs, grant application, auto-correct function Elsewhere seeks artist working in auto correct art practices.   Elsewhere is announcing fellowship funding for artists exploring auto-correct as medium. Auto correct art serves as a gateway into automated thinking, mechanic intelligence, and the rhetoric of semantic web technologies. Artists working across media to discover the ghost in the machine are...
The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box

Part of Pop! Downtown Greensboro, The Jewel Box is a storefront window art installation at The Guilford Building (301 S. Elm Street) in Downtown Greensboro. The art installation series is sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Inc. in collaboration with The Open Art Society. The spring series theme is blues. From March through June, Elsewhere will curate a selection of...
Seder

Seder

4th Annual Passover Seder An intimate evening of traditional foods with an untraditional telling of the Passover story across the museum’s three floors. Elsewhere’s Seder connects Jewish  liberation with historic and contemporary liberation texts. Excerpts include Bell Hooks, David Wojnarowicz, Baal Shem Tov, Malcolm X, Susannah Herschel, among others. $10-25 sliding scale. Please RSVP to kitchen@goelsewhere.org by Monday,...
Intern Elsewhere

Intern Elsewhere

Internships at Elsewhere offer students across disciplines and interests exceptional experiences with learning in action. Elsewhere interns support the non-profit’s organizational, artistic, and community based projects that maintain and advance the living museum. Elsewhere introduces interns to a litany of collaborative skills in artful life and purposive art. We welcome applications from smart, dedicated, helpful...
Hand See Space Between

Hand See Space Between

Hand See Space Between is a suite of colorful, textile batons constructed from tubes used to store Elsewhere’s fabric rolls. They function as open ended materials for play that encourage users to to explore various compositional effects and to create ephemeral constructions that engage the tradition of hard edge abstract paintings. Installed in Elsewhere’s third...
Vote

Vote

Inspired by the civic spirit of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Jan Wade created a painting as political mandate to encourage reflection on contemporary enfranchisement issues and to get out the vote. The IOOF, is a fraternal society that met on location in the early 20th century.    
Leukerbad

Leukerbad

Stacy Wadell took one of Elsewhere’s humble hand hewn tables marked with the scuffs and scratches of daily use and gilded it with gold leaf to give it distinction among the tables at the museum and to revalue it as an objet d’art. The title, Leukerbad, comes from the name of the town that James Baldwin...
Surplus

Surplus

Sam Holleran’s video Surplus is an investigation of Elsewhere’s army surplus collection that considers what happens to military goods after war’s end. By combining images excerpted from the Carolina Sales Company Catalog with those of  popular advertising and military toys from the same time period (roughly the 1950s-1970s), it draws out the ways that producers...
Looking for Ghosts

Looking for Ghosts

Izel Vargas’s Looking For Ghosts is a mixed media collage series based on Elsewhere’s collection of mass produced toys that presents the haunting effects of past popular forms that continue to linger past their cultural moment of inception, reminding us of our binds to the past and its forms as well as the unsticking effects...
Gray's Folly

Gray’s Folly

Jacob Stanley created a new light installation for the back facade of Elsewhere built out of florescent light casings from the museum’s collection that are arranged as a set of whimsical, non-functional ladders.    
Fallen Pages

Fallen Pages

A series of poetic tapestry collage works  based on Levin’s insights into the histories of  some of Elsewhere’s textile collection.  The series incorporates both sales tags and the selvage edges of the fabrics to draw attention to these histories.  It has been placed over Grant Heap’s Quilts from 2008 on the 2nd floor of the...
Memento Mori

Memento Mori

Ali Aschman created an animated video with a new installation for the 3rd floor hallway, reflecting on the ravages of time and the tendency of all things towards death and disappearance.    
The Wind in the Wood (Take Me Back to Carolina)

The Wind in the Wood (Take Me Back to Carolina)

  For the installation The Wind in the Wood, Kim Holleman’s infamous Toynado (2007) got a deep clean and new cinematic frame through the introduction of a rainbow of dolls, a cabin, and a set of mystical windchimes. As part of the opening of the reinstallation, Jasper Lee and Leah Hamby staged a performance that dealt...
Horses at the Museum

Horses at the Museum

Horses at the Museum is a trio of projects that reflect Lee Deigaard’s ongoing exploration of interspecies thresholds of shared experience, and human desire to connect with the animal kingdom.     Gus and Deuce Go Elsewhere. Deigaard invited two horses, Gus and Deuce,  to visit museum.  They decided to enter the building, explore the permanent collection, sample...