Chelsea’s Black & White Gallery presents its latest group exhibition, Commune, curated by Dominique Nahas. The name deliberately refers to the various meanings and usages of the word “commune.” Nahas draws attention to the crucial role of the art community within society. The show itself emphasizes this importance by choosing to include works that are considered not to be expensive, making the artwork accessible to the greater community. This choice addresses the role of contemporary art itself in the midst of a struggling economy. The exhibition effectively presents ideas about artistic community and responsibility through the work of 24 international artists. Among the work is Chitra Ganesh‘s digital collage, Her Shimmer Pulse, 2008, which draws on both cultural and religious aspects of Hinduism. While, Oliver Lutz‘s video, Ascender, 2006, addresses the idea of the individual as a part or apart from their environment. With differing approaches, these artists draw on their community and surroundings to produce such work.


Dominique Nahas is both an independent curator and critic based in NYC. He is a professor at Pratt Institute and has contributed to publications such as Art in America and d’Art International.