--Artists Meditate on Gender and Cultural Identity through Allusions
To Heroine of Grimm's Fairy Tale --
FLUSHING, NY, March 27, 2012 – Contributors to "Rapunzel in the Library," a site-specific installation at the Queens College Art Center, will let their hair down at a groundbreaking group show on April 4. That's when artists, writers, filmmakers and performers will present pieces they created in response to a retrospective of work by lead artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk. Accompanied by artists' talks and a live performance, the exhibition will feature award-winning comedian and author Sara Benincasa, artist collective Holly Faurot + Sarah H. Paulson, artist Shervone Neckles, multi-media artist Kara L. Rooney, and playwright Sean Cunningham—a few of the 23 individuals who have been in residence at Queens College since Pundyk's Open Studio on March 22, conducting an open-ended artistic dialogue based on an investigation of the story of Rapunzel.
To Pundyk, Rapunzel's captivity in the tower is a metaphor for the ways people might feel confined by definitions of gender or race. "Rapunzel's hair is her means of communication and expression," the artist observes. "Ultimately, it becomes her vehicle of release." Pundyk has recently shown her work at Brucennial 2012, Fordham University; Exit Art; Susan Eley Fine Art; The Philoctetes Center; Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and Art Miami; A graduate of Pomona College and the Rhode Island School of Design, she writes regularly for The Brooklyn Rail, a monthly arts journal.
In addition to the artists listed above, her respondents in "Rapunzel" include Jonas Angelet, painter; Jami Attenberg, novelist; Apollonia Colacicco, photographer; Will Corwin, sculptor; G. Lucas Crane, sound artist, performer, and musician; Mary Hanlon, writer and photo-stylist; Tamara Jackson, novelist; Jodi Jett, comedian and singer/songwriter; Viola Kolarov, cultural theorist; Tara Mathison, writer, artist and QC Art Center curator; Tommy Mintz, photographer and performance artist; Kyle Morrison, filmmaker; Carin Riley, painter; Molly Seitz, filmmaker; Cynthia Sweeney, writer; and Gus Yero, painter.
"Rapunzel" represents the spring phase of In Perpetuum/forever, a multi-series conceived by Mathison. Inspired by the fractional blending of old and new vintages in solera—a winemaking technique known in Sicily as in perpetuum, or "forever"—she structured the series around the idea that artists continually influence each other and that this collective consciousness is central to the evolution of art. "The curatorial hope for IP/ forever is for artists to be empowered as catalysts for growth, experimentation, and evolution towards each other, rather than relying on their own practice or the support of the curator or organization," says Mathison. IP/forever was inaugurated in the fall with a smaller pool of participants; almost all of them, notably lead artist Corwin, returned to the project this season.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For additional information, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/exhibitions.html.
||Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
Curated by Tara Mathison, Queens College Art Center
Reception, Artists' Talks + *Performance: Wednesday, April 4, 6-9 pm
*Takes place in Rosenthal Library, Room 230.
Culminating Group Exhibition: April 4 – 25
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http://www.qc.cuny.edu/ABOUT/DIRECTIONS/Pages/default.aspx . For a campus map, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/2d/Pages/default.aspx (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).
The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.