For Immediate Release, May 12, 2005

Hope Ginsburg, Double Dare
June 2- 18, 2005

"Double Dare" opens Thursday, June 2, 6-8pm at Julia Friedman Gallery, 504 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.

The first solo exhibition in Julia Friedman Gallery's "Solo Shorts" summer program is Hope Ginsburg's new project, "Double Dare." "Double Dare," Nickelodeon's hit children's game show which premiered in 1986, put 12 year olds through a variety of absurd stunts, such as wading through kiddie pools filled with milk and cereal or competing to see who could pop the most whip-cream-filled balloons. Along with those "physical challenges" the kids were asked trivia questions about topics ranging from popular sitcoms to US presidents.

In 1986, Ginsburg and five of her 7th grade classmates were selected to be participants on the show. Ginsburg and two other girls chosen for the show were friends at the time and have gone on to develop enduring relationships with one another. And, as if the talent scouts had the uncanny ability to see into the future, each has grown up to be a cultural producer in her own right. Elizabeth Schambelan is the editor of Artforum.com and a regular contributor to Artforum magazine. Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, (known to her fans as "Mirah") is a recording artist on the K Records label. And Hope Ginsburg is a conceptual artist who has exhibited internationally.

By tracing the lives of three emerging creative professionals, the exhibition "Double Dare" poses questions about the way our culture is shaped by the intersecting arcs of media, individual creative output and personal relationships.

Hope Ginsburg (1974) is a visual artist, whose practice incorporates life experiences that typically exist outside the realm of traditional art production. Ginsburg has shown at venues such as P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; American Fine Arts, Co, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; and Kunst-Werke, Berlin.

Julia Friedman Gallery is located at 504 West 22nd, Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-6. For more information or high resolution images, please contact Julia Friedman at Telephone: 212-366-0690, Cell: 212.729.3899 or info@juliafriedman.com.