Recent and Upcoming

Soul Shell

 January 9 - February 10

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 9, 6-8PM


This January, Klaus von Nichtssagend will show three new sculptural works by Joy Curtis in the front gallery. Curtis uses hand-dyed fabrics inlaid with wire supports to create cavity-like forms alluding to bodies, skeletons, or armor. Their forms extend down from the walls to the floor in long strands. Within some of the fabric forms, bronze-cast objects hang suspended like talismans or organs.

Curtis’s work is informed by her studies of natural and synthetic dyes, and the historical and social implications associated with them. The pieces in this show are made with indigo and madder root dyes, which played a role in the African slave trade. Indigo is used in North and West African, South American and Indian cultures, while salmon and beige-toned madder root is native to many parts of Europe and the Middle East. Both were grown under colonial powers and are deeply tied to the commodification of agriculture and human bodies within mercantile economies. In one instance Curtis uses synthetically dyed fabric to represent inner body muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The invention of synthetic dyes, while challenging ecosystems, was instrumental in ending slave labor and other abusive labor practices globally.

Curtis’s sculptures look to vocabularies of anthropology and color to examine histories and past abuses. Through this work she hopes to foster some of the awareness and attention that healing requires.

Joy Curtis (b.1976) lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from Ohio University, Athens.  Her work was recently included in the “Found Outside” exhibition at the  Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Curtis's practice has been covered in Hyperallergic, Time Out New York, and Artcritical.  This is her fourth solo show with Klaus von Nichtssagend.


For more information contact Ingrid Bromberg Kennedy at ingrid@klausgallery.com

Baggage Claim

Lisha Bai, Joy Curtis, Tamara Gonzales, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Mahalchick, Kanishka Raja, David Scanavino, and Alessandro Teoldi.

Klaus von Nichtssagend 54 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002


Songs for Presidents is pleased to present:
Throat Chakra: Inna Babaeva, Joy Curtis, and Gail Fitzgerald

Curated by Christine Heindl
April 15 - May 7, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday April 15th 7 - 9 pm

Throat Chakra features three artists who engage in concrete wizardry - re-forming elemental material into transformative objects. Insistently abstract, these art objects are interventionist - protruding, bulging. They take up space.


Weight Over Time: Joy Curtis and Terence Hannum
Curated by Vincent Como, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, NY
April 1 - May 8, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 1, 2016 6-9 PM


Ecco Domus

ArtHouse Productions, Jersey City, NJ

The Exhibitions Program at Art House, in cooperation with The Dorado Project, proudly presents Ecco Domus from May 13 to June 26, 2016. Guest curator Enrico Gomez presents a selection of artworks from nine local, national, and international artists; Abdolreza Aminlari, Joy Curtis, Katherine Di Turi, Karl England, Emily Hass, Teresa Moro, Jeremy Coleman Smith, Kirk Amaral Snow, and Krista Svalbonas, engaging themes of replication, recombination, and repetition as found within the framework of architectural inspiration.


Rational Curves

Joy Curtis, Ryan DaWalt, Matt Phillips

Curated by Robert Otto Epstein

March 12 - April 3, 2016

Mattewan Gallery, Beacon, NY


Drawing for Sculpture, curated by Courtney Puckett
January 8 – February 14, 2016

Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of 2016, Drawing for Sculpture, a survey of drawings by forty-one sculptors: 

Alice Adams, Margery Amdur, Rachel Beach, Charlotte Becket, Sarah Bednarek, Louise Bourgeois, Amy Brener, Amanda Browder, Nicole Cherubini, Lauren Clay, Diana Cooper, Petah Coyne, Joy Curtis, Kate Starbuck Elliot, Stacy Fisher, Martha Friedman, Rachel Higgins, Kristen Jensen, Katy Krantz, Denise Kupferschmidt, Emily Noelle Lambert, Katerina Lanfranco, Fabienne Lasserre, Elisa Lendvay, Jill Levine, Esperanza Mayobre, Shari Mendelson, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Megan Pahmier, Claudia Peña Salinas, Sheila Pepe, Meridith Pingree, Courtney Puckett, Carolyn Salas, Gabriela Salazar, Lisa Schilling, Judith Scott, Michelle Segre, Shinique Smith, Courtney Tramposh, and Eileen Weitzman.  

Joy Curtis