There Will Come Soft Rains at CANDICE MADEY, New York, September 12-November 7, 2020

Uri Aran, ektor garcia, Julia Haft-Candell, Adam Henry, Steffani Jemison, Sahar Khoury, Marlene McCarty, Joan Nelson, Em Rooney and Didier William


For its inaugural exhibition at 1 Rivington Street, CANDICE MADEY is pleased to announce an exhibition titled There Will Come Soft Rains.


The exhibition title comes from a short story by Ray Bradbury published in The Martian Chronicles in 1950, in which a fully automated house continues its daily routines devoid of human life. The domestic setting symbolizes humanity’s more ambitious attempts to control time and the environment, and the disastrous outcome of excessive productivity, consumption, and competition. The story concludes with the mainframe repeating the same date and time endlessly, linear concepts of time and progress having become obsolete. Rather, entropy and nature reclaim what remains of built human architecture.

The exhibition examines the tenuous logic of human lexica—such as language, architecture, taxonomies, or timelines—and the anthropic arrogance inherent to systems that are created to uphold existing hierarchies. Artists in the exhibition explore the tensions between structure and chaos, culture and nature, reason and instinct—ultimately embracing a strategy of fissure, decay, chaos, and rebirth.

The gallery is open to the public Thursday–Saturday, 11am to 6pm, in accordance with city guidelines and with enhanced safety measures in place. A limited number of visitors will be permitted at a time, so advance appointments are recommended.