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Sasha Chavchavadze
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus

ARTIST STATEMENT: Sasha Chavchavadze's mixed-media drawings, paintings and installations focus on forgotten history and its effect on memory and place. Her recent work explores the forgotten legacy of women mentors, such as Margaret Fuller. Past work has touched on conflict and memory, in response to the Cold War and the often-forgotten Battle of Brooklyn. She has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including: the Luise Ross Gallery and Cooper Union Gallery, New York City; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; the U.S. Embassy, and the Museum of Literature, Tbilisi, Georgia; Kentler International Drawing Space and the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn. She has been invited to present her work in lectures and workshops by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in a TED talk at TedxGowanus. Her awards and residencies include: 2018 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome; BCAT Multimedia Residency (BRICmedia); finalist, International Monument to the Cold War competition; Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Chavchavadze's public art installation Battle Pass: Revolution II is located at Smith and Bergen Streets in Brooklyn, commissioned by the New York City Department of Transporation Urban Art Program. Chavchavadze has created numerous collaborative art projects in Brooklyn, that connect art to other disciplines and to the community. She is the founder of Proteus Gowanus, an exhibition and event space that was a cultural hub in Gowanus for ten years. Other artist collectives initiated by Chavchavadze are: the Battle Pass Collective, D'Amico Gowanus Laboratory, and the Carnival of Connectivity, which received a 2018 Brooklyn Arts Council grant and was profiled by BRICTV BK Stories. Excerpts of Chavchavadze's visual work and writing have been published in the art and culture magazines Cabinet, Bomb, Marginalia and NYFA Current, and as a book (Museum of Matches,Proteotypes 2011).

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2018 “Margaret Fuller Rome Project,” American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist,
researched and developed a multidisciplinary installation of art and archival
material on Margaret Fuller’s last year in Rome (1850)

“Carnival of Connectivity”, Expo Gowanus 2018, Brooklyn, NY, Conceptualized
and implemented a collaborative, multidisciplinary street carnival engaging
community with their history and environment through hands-on art projects.
Inspired by Children’s Art Carnivals (1942 – 1969) created by forgotten
Museum of Modern Art education visionary, Victor D’Amico. 2018 Brooklyn Arts
Council grant recipient.

2017 “Carnival of Connectivity”, Expo Gowanus 2017, Brooklyn, NY.

2016 “D’Amico Gowanus Laboratory”, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ,
Conceptualized and lead a multidisciplinary workshop and presentation on
forgotten early 20th century Progressive art history and practice.

2005 – 2015 “Proteus Gowanus”, Brooklyn, NY, Conceptualized , implemented and lead a
ten-year collaborative, multidisciplinary project and event space. Developed
interactive installations of art and archival material and related
programs revolving around yearlong themes. Andy Warhol Foundation grant

2014-2015 “D’Amico Gowanus Laboratory”, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY,
Conceptualized and implemented a research-based laboratory of artists and
scholars to activate archival material on the forgotten Museum of Modern Art
education visionary Victor D’Amico (1904 – 1987) through multidisciplinary
installations, hands-on art workshops and demonstrations, and presentations by

2015 “Useful Objects”, bkbx[Brooklyn Box] Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. “D’Amico Gowanus
Laboratory” collaborative installation of art and archival material focused on
activating forgotten Progressive art history at MoMA, in particular the 1930/40s
“Useful Objects Under $5” exhibitions.

2014 “Battle Pass”, Museum of Modern Art, NY, conceptualized, implemented and
lead a collaborative, multidisciplinary project on conflict and memory, exploring
forgotten Revolutionary War history through a pedagogical presentation, hands-
on art workshops, and an interactive performance.

TEDxGowanus, Brooklyn, NY, TED talk and installation of art and archival
material on the “Battle Pass” project and the “Proteus Gowanus” creative

2013 “A Way of Thinking”, Museum of Modern Art, NY, conceptualized and
implemented a collaborative, multidisciplinary demonstration of the “Proteus
Gowanus “ creative process through an interactive presentation and hands-on
workshop incorporating art and archival material from the MoMA collection.

“Battle Pass – Revolution V”, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY.
Implemented research-based, hands-on art workshop exploring conflict and
memory through forgotten Revolutionary War history.

2012 “Berlin Tunnel Project”, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY. Conceptualized and
implemented a collaborative, multidisciplinary installation activating forgotten
Cold War history.

2005-2011 “Museum of Matches”, Project-in-Residence, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY.
Conceptualized and implemented a seven-year, interactive “one-room Cold War
museum” of art and archival material focused on forgotten Cold War history,
and a related website.

2005 ”The Match Game”, Cabinet Magazine Issue 18, Artist Project. Excerpts of text
and reproductions of mixed-media art and archival material revolving around
forgotten Cold War history.


2012-present “Battle Pass – Revolution II”, Brooklyn, NY. Art installation commission, New
York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program (Arterventions)
The installation explores conflict and memory through forgotten Revolutionary
Battle of Brooklyn history, including text from Walt Whitman’s poem about
the Battle.


2017 “Excavations”, Gowanus Souvenir, Two-person exhibition of mixed-media
paintings and assemblages.

2013 “Dispatches and Disappearances”, bkbx [Brooklyn Box] Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,
Two-person exhibition, mixed-media painting.

2012 “Clothing for the Revolution”, Artestarium, Georgian National Parliamentary
Library, Tbilisi, Georgia, Solo installation of mixed-media art and archival

“Museum of Matches”, Georgian Museum of Literature, Tbilisi, Georgia,
Solo installation of mixed-media art and archival material.

2005 “Matchwork”, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. Solo
exhibition, mixed-media work on paper.

2004 “Goldwork”, Dart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Solo exhibition, mixed-media paintings.

2000 “Crewel Work”, Bangs Street Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Solo exhibition, mixed-
media paintings and drawings.

1996 -1999 “American Artists Abroad”, U.S. Art-in-Embassies program, U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi
Georgia, three-year solo exhibition of mixed-media paintings.

1994 “Family Series”, Luise Ross Gallery, NYC, Two-person show, mixed-media


2017 “The Bedroom 2”, Holland Tunnel, Brooklyn, NY.

“Self Storage USA”, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY.

“Centennial: SHE”, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY

“The Bedroom 1”, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY.

2015 “Common Grounds Gowanus”, Old Stone House Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

2014 “International Cold War Monument Exhibition”, 41 Cooper Gallery, The Cooper
Union, NY, finalists, International Cold War Monument competition.

“Battle Pass”, Old Stone House Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

2011 “Battle Pass – Revolution I”, GRIDSPACE, Brooklyn, NY.

2009 “Your Documents Please”, traveling exhibition: Japan, Slovenia, Berlin, Mexico.

2006 Radiant”, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Archival installation from the “Museum of Matches” project. “

2003 DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA.

1996 “Women Role Models: Heroes and Antiheroes”, BAC Downtown Gallery, Brooklyn.

1995 Pleiades Gallery, NYC. Curated by Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art,
Brooklyn Museum.

“Angry Needles”, Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

1993, 1991 “Collector’s Choice”, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR. Curated by Townsend
Wolf, Director, Arkansas Art Center.

1991 “Juried Exhibition”, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ. Curated
by Art Critic Donald Kuspit.

“New Jersey Painting Today”, Phyllis Rothman Gallery, Madison, NJ.

1988 “All on Paper”, AAO Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Curated by Barbara Haskell, Curator,
Whitney Museum of Art.

1987 “Home Show”, Goddard Riverside Center, NYC. Curated by artist Faith

1986 “Emerging Women Artists Series”, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, mixed-media drawings

PUBLICATIONS (Authored books, essays, artist projects)

2011 “Museum of Matches”, book published by Proteotypes, Collection,
Brooklyn Museum.

2007 NYFA Current online magazine, “Game, Set, Match”, excerpt of text/images
from “Museum of Matches” project commissioned by New York Foundation
for the Arts.

2006 Bomb magazine, “Matchwork”, excerpt of text/image from “Museum of
Matches” project.

“Play book, Nabokov’s Matches or Another Trick”, Proteotypes, artist project
from the “Museum of Matches” project.


2018 American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist

Brooklyn Arts Council 2018 grant, “Carnival of Connectivity” project.

2013 International Cold War Monument competition, Finalist.

2012 GeoAir, Tbilisi, Georgia, Artist Residency.

Creative Capital, “On Our Radar”, database for projects advanced to the final round.

2006 Rotunda Gallery/BCAT Multimedia Residency, Brooklyn, NY.

1991 New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Judges Award, First Place Painting, judged by art critic Donald Kuspit.

1989 Cummington Community for the Arts, Cummington, MA, Artist Residency.

1988 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA. Artist Residency.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (Artist Profiles and Reviews)

BRIC TV, BK Stories, “Carnival of Connectivity” project, 2017

Hyperallergic, “Your Concise Guide to Gowanus”, 2017

New York Times, “An Ever-Changing Brooklyn Gallery Says Goodbye to Gowanus, 2015

The New York Times, “Ten Galleries to Visit in Brooklyn and Queens”, 2015

Wall Street Journal, “The King of Micro-Libraries”, 2011

Huffington Post, “Ten Cabinets of Curiosities From Around the World”, 2010

The New Yorker, “Borough Haul”, 2010

The New York Times, “Cold War Memories Burning Bright”, 2006

Wall Street Journal, Arts and Entertainment, “How Russia and U.S. Have Changed Since the End of the Cold War”, 2006

The Village Voice, “The Best Proof that the Gowanus Art District May Not Be a Real Estate Fiction”, 2006

The Brooklyn Arts Council Newsletter, “Sasha Chavchavadze, Featured Artist”, 2007

The Birch, Columbia University, “ “Cold War Memories, Sasha Chavchavadze’s Museum of Matches”, 2007

Novoye Russkoye Slovo (The Russian Daily), “Sasha and the Matches”, 2007

Russian ITV, “Sasha Chavchavadze, Museum of Matches”, 2006


2016 A Blade of Grass, The Aesthetics of Doing: Tangible Utopias, panelist.

2012, 2011 Apex Art Gallery, NY, Apex Art Franchise Program, juror.

2012 Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ , “Dangerous Toys”, curator.

Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia, Lecture/Artist’s Talk.

2011 Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn, NY, “Congress of Curious Peoples,”

Wellfleet Public Library, Wellfleet, MA. Reading/Artist’s talk, “Museum
Matches” project.

2005 Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. Reading/Artists Talk,
“Museum of Matches” project.

1981 – 1983 School of Visual Arts
1977 BA University of Vermont
1973 – 74 University of Pennsylvania

2006 – 2012 Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY, Art Teacher
2003 Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA, Art Instructor
1995 NYC Public School System, Art instructor
1994 Denver Public School System, Art Instructor
1991 – 1993 Hospital Audiences, Inc., NYC, Art Instructor

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