Katya Grokhovsky: System Failure
February 14 - April 10, 2018

Opening Reception February 14.18 5-6:30pm
Public Performance in the gallery March 14, 5pm
Artist Talk: March 21, 5 - 6pm
Closing performance: 
April 10, 5pm

Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College presents: System Failure, a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary New York based artist Katya Grokhovsky, System Failure will be on view February 14th- through April 10th 2018, in the Baker Center for the Arts. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Wednesday February 14th from 5 – 6:30pm. Public performances  will take place at the gallery on Wednesday, March 14th and April 10th at 5pm. The artist will give a lecture on Wednesday March 21 5-6pm in the Recital Hall.

System Failure explores the complexities of failing patriarchal regime through immersive site-specific sculptural installation, video and performance. The exhibition investigates power and labor hierarchies that are the result of systemic oppression, greed and overconsumption. Against a backdrop of post-industrial debris, the invisible, absurd, grotesque and difficult aspects of contemporary female experience are explored.  System Failure acts as a lens that examines social norms through the politics of protest, whilst employing analysis, experimentation and exposure. Exploring the daily battlefields of domesticity, relationships, desire, anxiety, ambition and failure in the capitalist society, the exhibition offers a deconditioned and decolonized vision, through a feminist perspective.

Grokhovsky’s process based practice encompasses several mediums, including installation, performance, sculpture, video and painting, which she utilizes in order to explore ideas of gender, identity, alienation, and the self. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky’s recent exhibitions include Smack Mellon, NYC, Equity Gallery, NYC, Center for Contemporary Arts, NM, EFA Project Space, NYC, San Francisco International Arts Festival, CA, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY, Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC, HERE Arts Center, NYC, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College, NY among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards including The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, BRICworkspace Residency, NYC, Wassaic Artist Residency, NY, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, Studios at MASS MoCA, MA, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, NM, Watermill Center Residency, NY, Asylum Arts Grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, Australia and others.

The Particular Past 
February 14 - May 20, 2018


The Particular Past  Features work by Tom Bendtsen, Foeiqua, Sharka Hyland, Andrew Johnson, Bang Geul Han, Donald Porcaro, Jessica Posner, Jessica Walker and is curated by Martin Art Gallery Director Paul M. Nicholson.

Opening Reception 2.14 5 – 6:30pm

Creative Research at Muhlenberg College
November 29 – January 10, 2018

Creative Research at Muhlenberg College is an exhibition highlighting the vitality of the creative community at Muhlenberg College.  Running through January 10, 2018, this galleria exhibition features work by faculty and staff from various departments and was curated by Margo Hobbs, Tim Clarke, and Paul M. Nicholson.  Participants include Ray Barnes, Aggie Bazaz, Mary Brown, Greta Brubaker, Les Fletcher, Carol Heft, Dawn Kramlich, Roger Loos, Sean Miller, Robert Mahar, Paul McEwan, Casey James Miller, Ruth Morris, Paul M. Nicholson, Karen Normann, Emily Orzech, Lydia Panas, Fred Wright Jones and Pearl M. Rosenberg.

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:

Roger Loos: Stone ‌Koans

An exhibition of stone works by Roger Loos. Four works remain on display in the garden walk (between Trexler library and Baker Center for the Arts). Exhibition runs through 2018.


Gods Eyes by Jen Huh will remain on extended loan and is on view in the Baker Center for the Arts Galleria through 2018. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an overhead installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling.

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Artists may submit an exhibition packet or proposal for consideration to the gallery. Packets should include contact information and web portfolio link. Our gallery mailing address is: Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, PA 18104. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing/rolling basis, and prospective artists will be contacted by the gallery. Please do not submit original art work as the gallery cannot be responsible for caring for or returning unsolicited submissions. Promotional materials submitted for consideration will not be returned.

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