Recent Past Exhibitions
Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue
On view at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College
September 8-December 3, 2011
The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue. This exhibition was on view from September 8-December 3, 2011, and comprised some twenty-six works on paper by the esteemed poet, performer, and visual artist Patti Smith as a response to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. The artist’s elegiac homage does not align the Twin Towers with one nation, religion, or race, but instead offers them as symbols of the universal resiliency of the human spirit. Smith’s “9.11” series was created between 2001 and 2002 and will be shown in its entirety for the first time in New York, in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, coincided with the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Hunter College Art Galleries were honored to share this timely exhibition with the Hunter Community and the City of New York.
Patti Smith, equal parts writer, performer, and visual artist, has been a pivotal figure on the downtown New York art and music scene since the late 1960s. Her transformative words and uncompromising commitment to art has inspired subsequent generations of musicians, writers, and artists. Smith’s work has been extensively exhibited in solo exhibitions internationally including Land 250 exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2008 and her upcoming exhibition Camera Solo at the Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford, CT in October of 2011. She is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Musée National d’art Moderne, Centre Georges Pomipidou, Paris, among others. The artist has been widely recognized for her multifaceted accomplishments. Smith was the recipient of the 2010 National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids, and has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded her the Commandeur des Arts et Letttres, France’s highest honor for contributions to the arts and culture. Most recently, the artist was awarded the Polar Music Prize by the Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Hunter College Art Galleries, under the auspices of the Department of Art and Art History, has been a vital aspect of the New York cultural landscape since its inception over a quarter-century ago. This exhibition, titled Patti Smith. 9.11 Babelogue, organized by Michelle Yun, Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries, underscored the galleries’ unique ability to share the highest levels of academic scholarship and curatorial connoisseurship with the general public, thus facilitating a dynamic cultural exchange.
Patti Smith. 9.11 Babelogue was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that included writings by Patti Smith; a forward by Dr. Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Art Galleries and a critical essay by Michelle Yun.
This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Hunter College Art Galleries Fund in collaboration with YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Additional funding provided by Morris and Wendy Evans of the Richard and Rebecca Evans Foundation.
Photo Left: Patti Smith (American, b. 1946) Ground Zero and Gold Poured Forth, 2002 Silkscreen, colored pencil, graphite, and acrylic paint on nineteenth- century handmade paper 15 1/2 x 22 1/4" (39.37 x 56.52cm) © Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery
Photo Right: Patti Smith (American, b. 1946) South Tower Silver Double Image, 2001 Silkscreen on paper 41 3/4 x 29 3/4” (106.05 x 75.57 cm) © Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery
Industrial Aesthetics Environmental Influences on Recent Art from Scotland
On view at the Hunter College/ Times Square Gallery
September 28 - November 12, 2011
Laura Aldridge / Ruth Barker / Neil Clements / Martin Creed / Rory Donaldson / Alex Frost / Carla Scott Fullerton / Douglas Gordon / Jessica Harrison / Ilana Halperin / Iain Hetherington / Jim Lambie / Duncan Marquiss / James McLardy / Andrew Miller / Dan Miller / Craig Mulholland / Alex Pollard / Kate V. Robertson / Gary Rough / John Shankie / Sandy Smith / Ric Warren
With Glasgow at its heart, Scotland has, over the past twenty-five years, developed into one of the world’s most influential and imaginative centers of artistic production. New generations of artists continue to emerge from this unique city’s cultural rebirth, and the country’s transformation into a vital creative nexus.
This exhibition brought together the work of an extraordinary group of artists from Scotland and contextualizes their various aesthetic and conceptual concerns within the wider social and civic legacies of their environment.
While each artist has a purely individual approach, as a group they display the threads of a spiritual kinship, an elemental sensibility that invokes aspects of Glasgow’s manufacturing and municipal history, as well as its cultural and fiscal renaissance. The work evinces a considered, material restraint coupled with a profound intellectual commitment. These common characteristics are deepened by a workmanlike intensity to the craft of art-making that lends gravitas and substance to the process as much as to the finished work, resulting in often exquisite and evocative realizations of urban or human experience.
One of the largest exhibitions of contemporary art from Scotland ever seen in the United States, Industrial Aesthetics: Environmental Influences on Recent Art from Scotland presented a collection of works forged from a unique set of circumstances. The participating artists are the originators and caretakers of a dynamic and inventive art scene that echoes ideals of social organization and communal action—hallmarks of Glasgow’s political and commercial history.
Glasgow’s industrial base was once the reason for its status as the “Workshop of the Empire.” While today the empire is long gone, the workshop remains. These artists are creative heirs to the city’s specific cultural and economic developments, and to Scotland’s alternately illustrious, resilient, and ongoing evolution.
Industrial Aesthetics: Environmental Influences on Recent Art from Scotland was curated by Darren Jones (Hunter College MFA ’09) and was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that included a foreword by Dr. Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Art Galleries, critical essays by David Harding and Darren Jones, and an interview with Sam Ainsley. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Hunter College Art Galleries Fund in collaboration with YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Additional Funding provided by the Ruth Stanton Foundation, Madina Stepanchenko/Phenomena Project, The Foundation To-Life and an anonymous donor.
Installation Photo Courtesey of: Yao Zu Lu.
For further information please contact: Karli Wurzelbacher, Assistant Curator, HCAG at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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