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Morgan Lehman Gallery

A Tale of Five Rings

  • Jennifer Odell,
  • Elisa Johns
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Press for A Tale of Five Rings

Current Exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery


A Tale of Five Rings

  • Jennifer Odell,
  • Elisa Johns
  • Opens: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Sax in the Attic

  • Jonathan Ryan Storm,
  • Louis Reith,
  • Opens: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aft Key

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

William Paterson MFA Summer 2018 Exhibition

  • Eleanor Louise Anderson,
  • Christine Brown,
  • Feride Comen,
  • Meghan DeMora,
  • Mark Filipkowski,
  • Angel Fosuhene,
  • Morgan Lawson,
  • Linda Steinhardt Majzner,
  • Vanessa Nilsson,
  • Sarah Schwindt,
  • Opens: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Aug. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Living/Breathing

  • Samuel Boehm,
  • Brian Edgerton,
  • Daniel Giordano,
  • Jamie Powell,
  • Lina Puerta,
  • Leah Tacha,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Audrey Stone

  • Audrey Stone,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Amy Lincoln: Sun, Moon, Stars

  • Amy Lincoln,
  • Opens: May. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ecstatic Vernacular

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Erin O'Keefe,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 31, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isness

  • Yevgeniya Baras,
  • Mildred Beltre,
  • Danielle Dimston,
  • Tim Doud,
  • Jackie Feng,
  • Rico Gatson,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Didier William,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leigh Ruple: New Work

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Opens: Jan. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Paul Wackers Pop-up Show and Book Launch

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How to Build a Fire

  • Carly Glovinski,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Osamu Kobayashi and Erica Prince

  • Osamu Kobayashi,
  • Erica Prince,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim McCarty: New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tone Poems

  • Tim Bavington,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kill Your Darlings

  • David S. Allee,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Object Lessons

  • John Salvest,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Conversations, Curated by Sharon Louden

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 22, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

1200'

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Everything Drawings

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Apr. 17, 2014
  • Closes: May. 17, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endlings

  • Laura Ball,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruby Palmer

  • Ruby Palmer,
  • Opens: May. 22, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradigm

  • Paul Villinski,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 11, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Visible and the Invisible

  • Katia Santibañez,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Work on Linen

  • Laurie Reid,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Up To You, Down To Me

  • David Rathman,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sun City

  • Rob Carter,
  • Opens: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 16, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

An Unevening Raga, Accoutrements for an Aposiopesic Précis, vol. 3

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 20, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thank You For Being You

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Basket Looked Like An Ocean, And I Was Just Throwing Rocks In It

  • Aaron Wexler,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rough Cut: Curated by Jennifer Samet and Elizabeth Hazan

  • Alexi Worth,
  • Amy Park,
  • Bryan Osburn,
  • Carrie Moyer,
  • Sangram Majumdar,
  • Trevor Winkfield,
  • Jennifer Sirey,
  • Elizbeth Hazan,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

20 x 16 New York

  • Curated by Geoff Young,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Long Goodbye

  • Kysa Johnson,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

stroturf-rooftop-picnics

  • ruby onyinyechi amanze,
  • Opens: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 18, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Night Vision

  • Selena Kimball,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elements

  • Nancy Lorenz,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meditations on Hunting

  • Emilie Clark,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Kim McCarty,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

DominoDomino

  • Edra Soto,
  • Dan Sullivan,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Accoutrements in Marwa, an Interlude in Sliver

  • Rubens Ghenov,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Year I Make Contact

  • Brittany Nelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RISD MFA

  • Marisa Adesman,
  • Christian Ruiz Berman,
  • Sanié Bokhari,
  • Ada Goldfeld,
  • Molly Kaderka,
  • Arghavan Khosravi,
  • Rebecca Levitan,
  • Saif Mhaisen,
  • Gina Palacios,
  • Ohad Sarfaty,
  • Opens: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Aug. 03, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Tomorrow

  • Jeff Perrott,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Austin Thomas

  • Austin Thomas,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hankerings

  • Matt Kleberg,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Show 2016

  • Leigh Ruple,
  • Sarah Bednarek,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Windows

  • Sharon Louden,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cotter Luppi

  • Cotter Luppi,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushless

  • Nathan Randall Green,
  • Halsey Hathaway,
  • Wayne Herpich,
  • Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson,
  • Rachel Ostrow,
  • Carolanna Parlato,
  • Andrew Schwartz,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Twenty by Sixteen Biennial

  • Curated by Geoff Young,
  • Opens: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Closes: May. 06, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Settlers

  • Paul Wackers,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip

  • Amy Park,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chasing Firefly

  • David S. Allee,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Inside-Out

  • Samantha Bittman,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: May. 11, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Andrew Hostick,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Nov 29 - Dec 22, 2018

  • Reception: Nov 29, 6 - 8pm

Where

Morgan Lehman Gallery

  • 526 West 26th Street, Suite 419, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.268.6699

About

Morgan Lehman Gallery is pleased to present A Tale of Five Rings, a multidisciplinary project by jeweler Jennifer Odell and painter Elisa Johns. Weaving together poetic writing with sensuous imagery and objects, this project brings to life an archetypal tale about character.

Odell’s jewelry unites precious colored stones and gleaming hand-hammered metals in a style that is unmistakably contemporary, yet honors a more mystical time in human history. In each unique piece, there is a distinct sense of the symbolic made visible through the beautiful. These ideas play out equally in the delicate and mysterious paintings of Elisa Johns, where archetypal female figures inhabit evocative, dreamlike landscapes, inviting us to enter into their narratives. The end result for both artists’ works is an immutability of story rendered afresh.

In the paintings, the play of luscious brushstrokes on wide swaths of white canvas lays bare a convincing spontaneity of process. This yielding to the power one’s chosen materials is a crucial part of the jeweler’s working method as well, whereby the process of melting raw gold into alloy and then sculpting a wearable work of art is unpredictable, and quite literally alchemical.

While the integrity of Odell’s fairy tale is timeless, these painted and sculpted images are decidedly of the present, reminding the viewer of the power and potential of the female spirit in the 21st century. Through their respective languages, the work of Odell and Johns conveys the message that femininity can, and should, be as commanding and strong as it is lovely. To quote the fifth ring’s instructions to its bearer: “Be fearless. Be Brave. Be courageous.”


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