Visions From India artist Kanishka Raja, who visited us during the exhibition for a wonderful artist talk, has a large oil on paper diptych in a group show of Experimenter’s first New York showcase as part of Condo at Bridget Donahue gallery. If you're in the area, the show is on view from June 29 - July 28, with previews on Friday, June 29, 12pm-8pm and Saturday, June 30, 12pm-6pm.
For Freedoms is an artist-run initiative founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. Their work has been seen on billboards, posters, in the news and at public events, and it addresses fundamental questions about the link between our culture and our politics. For the 2018 midterm elections, the initiative is building the largest creative collaboration in the history of the United States by commissioning artists to take over 50 billboards across all 50 states (and beyond).
The 50 State Initiative is a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, the hope is that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.
Here at the Pizzuti Collection, we have joined the movement as a partner along with hundreds of other museums, universities, libraries, nonprofit organizations, galleries, and media companies with a shared goal of empowering everyone across the United States fo feel welcome in civic conversations. Artists practice free speech every day, and art plays an important role in galvanizing us to meet, talk, and share with our fellow inhabitants of this country. It’s time we come together, raise our concerns, and move towards a more representative form of self-governance.
Take a look at the Kickstarter and learn how to help bring the largest creative collaboration in US history to life.
Duke Riley (NOW-ism) epic outdoor work will see over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the River Thames in collaboration with LIFT.
"In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, Riley’s world-class airborne installation has been reimagined for London’s historical military location of Thamesmead, paying beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes who played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.
Fly by Night follows in a LIFT lineage of exceptional outdoor productions that bring London to life. From Sky Orchestra which saw hot air balloons broadcast a dawn symphony over the city’s rooftops, to One Extraordinary Day for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad which saw acrobats scaling London landmarks such as City Hall, the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye.
Fly By Night was originally commissioned by New York based public arts non-profit, Creative Time. It is co-presented with Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and Thamesmead’s 50th anniversary." - LIFT
Deborah Roberts' works "capture[s] perfectly what it feels like to have assumptions and expectations foisted upon you, to feel like a collection of pieces instead of a person," as described in this Los Angeles Times review of her solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Her work "Everything but the burden" is featured in our current GO FIGURE exhibition. Come visit during our hours to catch her powerful and playful piece, and the many other fantastic works on view now through August 12.
Firelei Báez, whose works are on view in our GO FIGURE exhibition, has a solo exhibition currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. To See Beyond is an exhibition "in concert with added dimensions of anthropology, folklore, science fiction and mythology." The show is on view from May 18 through August 19, 2018.
We're thrilled to welcome our new Interim Director, Terri Gehr.
Gehr’s varied career has spanned sectors and functions. Terri is the former Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Columbus State Community College, former Development Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, and most recently she served as Interim President and CEO at The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.
Gehr will partner with the Board and the team to enhance the education program, prepare for the Collection’s 5th anniversary in September, and continue to position the Collection as a value-added asset in the Central Ohio arts community.
“Terri brings strong credentials and a robust portfolio of business, development and leadership experiences that will help us continue elevating awareness of and interest in the Pizzuti Collection,” noted Ron Pizzuti, Board Chair. “Her experiences leading teams in a variety of organizations, large and small, will serve us well during this interim period.”
“I’m looking forward to working in the arts again, and am honored to serve as Interim Director of the Pizzuti Collection as it approaches its 5th anniversary. I’m eager to learn more about contemporary art while focusing on further strengthening the organization as it prepares for its next leader,” commented Gehr.
We are thrilled to announce that the Madison Square Park Conservancy has honored Ron Pizzuti for his dedication to Madison Square Park. The commitment and support of Ron has been critical to the Conservancy’s success in preserving this cherished green space.
The Madison Square Park Conservancy protects, nurtures, and enhances Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. As stewards, the Conservancy strives to engage the community through the beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming.
Exhibition catalogs for Pair: Glen Baldridge & Alex Dodge have arrived. The catalog features an essay by David Kennedy Cutler, installation shots, and photo credits of all the works in the show! Stop by and catch the exhibition before it closes on April 29, 2018, and pick up the catalog, on sale for $10.