The historic Riva Yares Gallery is pleased to present the work of artist Rick Levinson. The exhibition, "A Collection", runs from February 16th to March 6th, 2019. The gallery, located at 3625 Bishop Lane in Scottsdale, will host an opening reception from noon to 4pm on February 16th.
Works on paper and large scale works on raw linen will be shown, as well as a light interactive metal, sculptural wall piece.
Shown internationally since the 1990's, this will be the first solo installation of Levinson's work in Arizona. Prior solo installations have included the Museo Nacional de la Estampa in Mexico City, Lehigh University Art Museum in Pennsylvania, the Yves Klein Archive in Paris, Gallery 44 and Galerie Splettstoesser in Kaarst, and the Luxe Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery, and Marc Straus Gallery in New York City.
"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to be shown in this beautiful and distinguished setting," said Levinson, who works primarily from his studio in Tempe, Arizona. "I am eager to tell my stories."
Rick Levinson is an artist and a pulmonary/critical care physician. He has been a medical school faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and he has served as the medical director of the intensive care unit at the Honor Health Osborn Medical Center. His work often reflects these parallel, intense life journeys. The intensity and the nature of his medical career serve as origination points for his deeply personal works.
"I have often been asked whether I wanted to make a choice between my art career and my medical practice. In point of fact, I believe that my medical experience is the well from which I draw the water."
About Rick Levinson –
Rick Levinson is an artist and pulmonary/critical care physician. He was born in Salem, New Jersey, and lives and works in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He splits his time between an active medical practice and his studio time. You may find his art at www.ricklevinsonart.com .
About Riva Yares Gallery –
The Riva Yares Gallery, founded in 1964 in Scottsdale Arizona, is a pre-eminent location for the exhibition of museum-level modern and contemporary art in America. The gallery has been profiled in virtually every major art publication including Art in America, ArtNews, Art & Auction, as well as Architectural Digest.
Turkish textile is globally known for its quality and in recent years, Turkish fashion design is blooming all around the world. Turkish fashion designer labels are being sold in prestigious fashion department stores from Saks Fifth Avenue to Bloomingdale's. Turkish textile and design will be promoted throughout the year as a project supplied by Turkey Promotion Group (TPG).
In the project's first part, New York Fashion Week will host four young Turkish Designers: Buket Ozkalfalar, Barut Gokhan Ildeniz, Ece Kavran, and Firat Neziroglu. Turkish designers will showcase their collections with a mixed brand catwalk in Industria at 5 pm on February 12th, Tuesday. Famous Turkish top models will walk the runway. Successful designers are coached by Hakan Akkaya, the famous Turkish fashion designer who participated three times in a row at NYFW. You can watch the catwalk live at 5pm on February 12th, Tuesday, from the official web site of NYFW: discoverthepotential.com.
About Turkey Promotion Group (TPG)
Turkey Promotion Group (TPG) was established under the roof of Turkish Exporters' Association (TIM) to unify all communication activities promoting Turkey, as well as Turkish products and services in the global marketplace. TPG's mission is to amplify and promote Turkey's 'Discover the Potential' brand in the global arena; to highlight Turkey's economic potential and provide facts and figures about the country and its exported products. For further information, please visit http://www.turkeydiscoverthepotential.com/
An art lovers dream: The Quin Central Park by Hilton offers ‘The Art of Love’ experience throughout February
February is one of the most romantic months in New York. Now, the Quin Central Park by Hilton Club has added its own artistic flair to the season, launching a package combining art and romance for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Love has inspired artists for centuries, after all, and guests are sure to be inspired themselves by the Quin’s “Art of Love” experience, available throughout February 2019.
The “Art of Love” experience invites guests to explore some of New York’s most famously romantic artistic works and includes:
In the afternoon, New York City will be your canvas as you explore some of the iconic sculptures and street art inspired by love. The Quin’s concierge team will reveal must-see pieces including Robert Indiana’s pop art LOVE Sculpture; Love Vandal, a tribute to New York by former Quin artist-in-residence Nick Walker; and James Goldcrown’s Love Wall.
The “Art of Love” experience at the Quin is available from Feb. 1-Feb. 28, 2019, with a starting rate of $309 per room, per night (taxes and fees apply). Reservations are available online at www.thequinhotel.com
About The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club
The Quin Central Park by Hilton Club, New York City’s quintessential luxury lifestyle hotel, is located on the corner of 57th Street and Sixth Avenue. At the intersection of art, music and fashion, its privileged Midtown location provides effortless access to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art and Fifth Avenue couture. The Quin melds modern opulence with its rich artistic heritage in each of its 208 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms, including 28 suites. Guests enjoy urbane and intelligent services from the Quin concierge team, who curate each guest’s New York experience, to distinguished amenities such as a state-of-the-art Technogym fitness center, Dux® beds by Duxiana® and Fresh® Spa Products. Guests can also indulge at The Wayfarer, a classic American grille, located adjacent to the hotel. Renowned architecture and interior design firm, Perkins Eastman, has transposed a contemporary masterpiece on the classical foundation that was once home to cultural icons like pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles is pleased to showcase “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA,” a complimentary exhibit by internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Naoki Urasawa, now through March 28.
The retrospective exhibition introduces more than 400 original drawings and storyboards, selected stories from seven of his major works, and delivers four consecutive YAWARA! stories every other week replicating the weekly serial style of many Japanese comic anthologies. Selling over 127 million copies in Japan alone, Urasawa’s dynamic storytelling captivates a global audience as his works are published in more than 20 countries. Continuing to garner international popularity, the award-winning artist was recently nominated by Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2019. Final Hall of Fame inductees will be announced this summer.
Since his professional debut in 1983, Urasawa has continually pushed the limits of the manga medium, engaging readers with innovative compositional techniques and versatile drawing prowess, as he creates works that are both introspective and philosophical. One of the core qualities of Urasawa’s work is the skill with which he weaves social context and detailed cultural settings into his narratives. Many of his stories connect personal dramas to a specific moment in human history, and illustrate how overarching social and historical forces influence the actions of his characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and underlying fears of humanity.
A special reading area stocked with full, published English translations turns the exhibition visit into a Japanese cultural experience.
JAPAN HOUSE offers interactive drawing workshops complementing the North American debut of the “This is MANGA – The Art of NAOKI URASAWA” exhibition with Los Angeles-based animator and illustrator, MinoMiyabi, for all ages. Information to be released soon on www.japanhouse.jp/losangeles.
“This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA” is presented and organized by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and The Yomiuri Shimbun; sponsored by Shimizu Octo; made possible in cooperation with N WOOD STUDIO, SHOGAKUKAN, KODANSHA, POMATO PRO., Yamato Global Logistics Japan, ANA, Bay Bridge Studio, AGASUS and VIZ Media; special assistance provided by Takashi Nagasaki, Kazuya Kudo, Hokusei Katsushika, Tezuka Productions Co. and Fujio Productions; art direction by Kaitaro Kiuchi (POMATO PRO.); curatorial support provided by Stéphane Beaujean (Art Director of the Angoulême International Comics Festival)
ABOUT JAPAN HOUSE
JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kenya Hara is Chief Creative Director. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland. The 2nd floor features a gallery space and shop. The 5th floor hosts a Japanese restaurant, relaxing library, and event venue, along with spectacular views of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles offers a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.
The journey of ÖVERALLT started with IKEA wanting to learn more about the contemporary African design scene and the creative explosion that can be seen in several cities around Africa.
Two years ago IKEA (IKEA.com) teamed up with a group of designers, architects, artists and creatives from five African countries to collaborate around modern urban rituals and the importance they play in the home. The result is the limited-edition collection ÖVERALLT, which will be launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town.
The journey of ÖVERALLT started with IKEA wanting to learn more about the contemporary African design scene and the creative explosion that can be seen in several cities around Africa. Ten designers, all connected to the South African multi-faceted platform Design Indaba and its network, teamed up with five IKEA designers.
With ÖVERALLT, we want to encourage and trigger people to come together and eat, share stories, be creative and spend time with one another
The starting point was to explore modern urban rituals connected to socializing around food, indoor and outdoor living, the rituals around expressing identity and sustainability. From there, the design and development process has resulted in a collection of products that is all about building bridges and discovering the “urban living room” together with others.
“With ÖVERALLT, we want to encourage and trigger people to come together and eat, share stories, be creative and spend time with one another. And, thanks to the merging of creatives and all the good discussions we’ve had along the way, each design has a way of supporting that. ÖVERALLT is like a palette of socializing tools,” says James Futcher, Creative Leader at IKEA.
The collection, which will be available in all IKEA markets in May 2019, includes larger pieces of furniture, tableware, textiles, and a sustainable tote bag, amongst others. The collection will be showcased for the first time ever during Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town, from 27th February to 1st March 2019. During these dates the majority of the ÖVERALLT designers will be present and a makers-lab will be set up where they will show how some of the products can be customized.
The IKEA collection ÖVERALLT has been designed by:
Selly Raby Kane
Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner
Mariam Hazem and Hend Riad
IKEA (IKEA.com) is one brand and many companies. Around the globe, a large number of companies operate under the IKEA trademarks.
IKEA Range & Supply, consisting of IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult and IKEA Supply AG in Pratteln, Switzerland, have the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores and sales channels around the world with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduces 2,000 new products. The total range is almost 10,000 products.
Lavishly Luxe Playground Invites Dubai to Hit Escape; Hotel to House the First Massimo Bottura Restaurant Outside of Italy.
The desert just got hotter. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world and one of Dubai's most iconic attractions. W Dubai – The Palm is the newest W Escape, the W brand's playful spin on the traditional resort experience and is set to add a new beat to the already dynamic and pulsating city. With its electrifying style, evocative design and eclectic destination restaurants led by world-class chefs including Massimo Bottura and Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm will shine bright in the famed City of Gold.
"Much like W has redefined modern luxury, Dubai is a city that is firmly in charge of writing its own narrative, fearlessly embracing the future through design, technology and global culture," said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. "The energy and marvel of this incredible city make it the perfect destination for a W Escape – our unique take on a resort holiday – where the bold style, iconic service and signature scene of a W come to play."
Splendor of Sight and Sound
The breathtaking design of W Dubai – The Palm celebrates the evolution of one of the most dynamic cities in the world, seamlessly juxtaposing the organic, natural curves of sand dunes and coastline with the marvel of the geometric lines of the city's skyscrapers. It begins with the hotel's iconic "W" sign patterned to resemble an evaporated desert river bed and the WHEELS (valet) area reminiscent of a falage, a cavernous riverbed covered by palm fronds. Leading guests into the hotel is a stunning display of Orsoni glass tiles in colors inspired by overgrown foliage which reflect the golden sun on the horizon. A head-raising, five-story atrium envelopes the Welcome Desk, a nod to desert fortresses and citadels of long ago. Golden trusses comprised of framed boxes sparkle throughout the space, representing different stages of modern construction in Dubai, a common sight of the ever-changing cityscape, and sit upon carpets that depict the island's surrounding waters reflecting both construction and clouds. Completing the dramatic entrance is "The Soundwave" – a 6.5 ton, 30m long visual vector that represents a W sound wave. With 640 glass pieces, the towering fixture puts on a show of its own, illuminating in alternating intensities and colors to reflect the beats of the DJ in the neighboring W Lounge.
The W Lounge (lobby) is a stage to see and be seen and celebrates the city's well-known love of opulence with several geometric fixtures that mimic the raw, natural form of gold. An artistic interpretation of a traditional fire pit sits in the center of the W Lounge, signifying the bonfires that Bedouin tribes would gather around during their desert travels years ago. Connecting the W Lounge to the nearby VIP Lounge is a 13.5-meter sofa in muted earth tones, representing a desert mountain range – the skyscrapers of the past.
All 350 guest rooms and suites offer uninterrupted views and dreamy amenities. Curved walls are intricately tiled to glisten like the lights and colors of the sea at various times of the day, bringing the shoreline into each room. Modern graffiti adorns the walls of every room, featuring lyrics in Arabic from an iconic song by Lebanese singer, Fairouz.
After checking in, guests can check out the incredible amenities of W Dubai – The Palm, including the hotel's multiple pools that sit in a wave-like pattern in the center of the Escape to form the W brand's iconic WET® Deck experience directly facing a fabulous beach with views of the Dubai skyline. Here, guests can swim, soak up the sun and enjoy signature beverages while listening to live DJ performances.
The W brand's signature AWAY® Spa invites guests to 'Stroll in and Strut out' offering ten treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, experiential showers, a hammam and a couples' suite. Guests are treated to a design inspired by the underwater perspective of a pearl diver, where iridescent shells reflect the sunlight that peeks through the ocean above. Relaxing, social and surreal, the space also features a Beauty Bar for touch-ups and 'Quick Fix' treatments.
Lastly, guests can sweat it out at FIT (gym) which boasts state-of-the-art equipment overlooking the WET Deck, beach and skyline views, featuring abstract art inspired by the graceful forms of both jellyfish and the parachutes of adventure-seeking skydivers.
Indulge the Senses
W Dubai – The Palm is set to infuse even more decadence into Dubai's booming, multicultural culinary landscape with six beverage and food destinations. Translated as "I will be right back," Torno Subito is the first restaurant outside of Italy by global culinary genius, Chef Massimo Bottura - whose Osteria Francescana has been feted as the "World's Best Restaurant." The new destination restaurant borrows the phrase from the signs that hang in closed store fronts along the Italian Riviera of Massimo's childhood. From the minute guests step through the doors to the last morsel, Massimo mixes deeply personal nostalgia with the decidedly avant garde in a masterful yet playful menu of his favorite recipes. The dishes and design of Torno Subito lean in to Dubai's reputation for all things playful. Guests dig into Massimo's favorite bites inside converted rescue boats and pedalos (paddle boats) and can choose a flavor from the roving gelato cart. Massimo, like W, has an eye for irreverence, which is evident in the options for decadent pasta bowls ordered by size: medium and large. Guests dine in a 60's-esque wonderland, decked with woven green chairs, life sized beachfront imagery, bold metallic accents adorning the ceilings and walls, and lighting reminiscent of dressing rooms and marquees from the golden age of Hollywood.
Pro snowboarder turned adrenaline-fueled culinary master Chef Akira Back brings his modern taste of Japanese cuisine prepared with a Korean essence to the Middle East for the first time at Akira Back. The entrance is marked by a vortex, meant to instantly transport guests to Back's world. Inside, the design is inspired by "Wabi-Sabi," the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and acceptance of the natural progression of growth, life and death. The walls of Akira Back are accented with shattered porcelain intricately arranged in inlaid concrete patterns.
SoBe (short for South Beach) is an adults-only playground inspired by the eclectic and vibrant spirit of Miami. This is the only rooftop bar in Dubai where guests can watch the sun sink into the Arabian Sea with 360-degree views to watch as the Dubai skyline lights up each night. Serving up eclectic live DJ performances, imaginative cocktails, and even tattoo artists, there will be nothing else like it in the city.
LIV offers guests greener, lighter, fresher and brighter options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and was designed using only upcycled materials, meaning no new materials were created to build the venue. The restaurant is sprinkled with artwork inspired by the patterns left on beaches by sand bubbler crabs, the official mascot of W Dubai – The Palm.
W Dubai – The Palm adopts a bold approach to take events from ordinary to extraordinary. Featuring over 2,000 square meters of event space, W Dubai sets the stage for any elaborate occasion. The sprawling 1,215-square-meter Great Room boasts an extraordinary oval shape, sensually designed with rotating walls letting in (or blocking out) the dazzling Arabian sun. Custom lighting features allow W Dubai to personalize each event, lighting up the scene with a myriad of colors. The Green Room serves as a holding area for events and weddings and features light pendants reminiscent of wedding bands and carpeting adorned in henna-like patterns.
"We are excited to bring the W brand to Palm Jumeirah with the highly anticipated opening of W Dubai – The Palm," said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. "As our first W Escape in the region, W Dubai – The Palm combines the city's unique allure with the brand's bold design and dynamic lifestyle and gives it a locally relevant twist. With game-changing style, amplified entertainment and innovative culinary offerings, this W Escape will inject a fresh vibe into the local hospitality scene and offer the most sought-after luxury getaway for locals as well as global jet-setters."
W Dubai – The Palm is offering travelers a lavish grand opening package, HIT ESCAPE now through December 2019. Book a Wonderful room for 2 nights or more and get upgraded to a Spectacular Room with unbeatable views of the city skyline. Indulge in breakfast at LIV, relish afternoon tea at W Lounge and head to an adrenaline-fueled dinner for two at Akira Back. Minimum length of stay 2 nights. AED 1750 (approx. $477 US) per night. Book now here.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.wdubaithepalm.com or get social with W Dubai – The Palm on Instagram @wdubaipalm.
About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with more than 50 hotels, W defies expectations and breaks the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests' lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand's provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand's super-charged energy celebrates guests' endless appetite to discover what's new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle
W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in the company's award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,900 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com.
The Arts Aventura Mall program recently introduced an iconic new piece to its museum-worthy, contemporary collection: an 8-foot tall by 8-foot long by 4-foot wide LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, one of the preeminent figures in American Pop art.
Conceived in 1966 and executed in 1998, the red, blue and green Pop art piece, with its signature tilted O, will be on permanent display adjacent to Aventura Mall's Cartier and Fendi boutiques.
Indiana, who passed away last year, said: "The LOVE Sculpture is the culmination of ten years of work based on the original premise that the word is an appropriated and usable element of art, just as Picasso and the Cubists made use of it at the beginning of the century."
Similar LOVE sculptures include the New York LOVE Sculpture, located on the Avenue of the Americas in New York City, the New Orleans LOVE Sculpture, located in the Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, the Philadelphia LOVE Sculpture, located in the JFK Plaza in Philadelphia and other various spots throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. The Aventura Mall piece will be the only one in a U.S. shopping center.
Starting in the 1960s, Indiana played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. A self-proclaimed "American painter of signs," Indiana has created a highly original body of work that explores American identity, personal history and the power of abstraction and language, establishing an important legacy that resonates in the work of many contemporary artists who make the written word a central element of their oeuvre.
The Arts Aventura Mall collection includes more than 20 contemporary pieces, including Aventura Slide Tower a nearly 93-foot-tall spiral structure by Carsten Höller, which acts as a towering landmark and an exhilarating slide; Gorillas in the Mist, a whimsical outdoor fountain by The Haas Brothers; Eye Benches by Louise Bourgeois; Moonrise, East by Ugo Rondinone and Florida's Soul by Jaume Plensa.
For more information on Arts Aventura Mall, visit www.aventuramall.com/arts.
ABOUT AVENTURA MALL: Aventura Mall is the best place to shop in Miami and one of the top shopping centers in the U.S. Anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, the center is highlighted by a mix of over 300 luxury boutiques and shopper favorites, including Apple, Adidas, Anthropologie, Burberry, Cartier, Givenchy, Gucci, H&M, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Microsoft, Sephora, Topshop Topman and Zara. Aventura Mall also features more than 50 eateries and restaurants, including Treats Food Hall, and the experiential Arts Aventura Mall program showcasing 20 museum-quality pieces in a range of mediums. Aventura Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call (305) 935-1110 or visit online at www.aventuramall.com.
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers announces 2018 Photographer of the Year
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers proudly announces Tracy Sweeney, of Elan Studio, as the 2018 Photographer of the Year. This top honor was determined by total number of points scored from both of the organization's International Image Competitions. Recognized for attention to detail, artistic composition and imaginative perspective, Sweeney specializes in child, family and commercial photography and has work featured on the Hallmark Channel, The UK Daily News and People.com.
Sweeney was a guest speaker at the January NAPCP Summit and will have her second-place photo "Color Me Bold" featured in Times Square. Each year, she teaches thousands of photographers through distinguished platforms, such as KelbyOne and Click Photo School, as well as the industry's leading conferences.
The organization is also pleased to announce the winners from both 2018 NAPCP International Image Competitions. With eight featured categories in the digital competition – Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Child, Toddler, Senior, Sibling and Family, and three creative categories for the print competition – Color, Water and Explore – submissions are judged on composition, creativity, impact and technical merit by a panel of field experts. This year's competitions received more than 700 submissions from NAPCP members across the globe.
Each of the 11 winners from both the digital and print NAPCP International Image Competitions exemplify photography's transformation into an international language. In addition to professional recognition, winners capture priority listing in the NAPCP Member Directory, a medallion, vendor endorsements and NAPCP member points.
The complete list of first-place winners is as follows:
• Baby: Kristine Crow for "Not Quite One"
• Siblings: Melissa Zimmer for "Never Let Me Go"
• Children: Ricardo Silva for "The Journey Begins"
• Toddler: Tracy Sweeney for "Fall Whirl"
• Family: Suzanne Taylor for "So Many Memories"
• Color: Tamara Gonzalez for "Corn"
• Maternity: Brandy Inkelaar for "Creek Goddess Expecting Mother in Creek"
• Explore: Diogo Loureiro for "Clouds"
• Newborn: Saren Cassotto for "Forever Connected"
• Water: Heather Rodburg for "Reach"
• Senior: Megan Drane for "On Top of My Game"
For more information on NAPCP, visit napcp.com
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. The NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers in their area with its professional members by providing a comprehensive directory of photographers and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. Serving as a valuable resource for both photographers and parents, NAPCP continually strives to raise industry standards in child photography.
The Ford Foundation Gallery Is a Major New Public Feature of the Renovated Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.
The Ford Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the Ford Foundation Gallery, an innovative exhibition space dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary art, performance, and public programming by artists committed to exploring issues of justice and injustice. The gallery's inaugural exhibition, PERILOUS BODIES, opens March 5th and runs through May 11th.
The new 2,000-square-foot gallery is located at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, a landmark of modern architecture that serves as the foundation's headquarters and reopened in November 2018 after a two-year renovation. In creating a space for artists whose work addresses pressing social issues, the foundation continues its decades-long history of investing in the arts to advance human welfare.
"The Ford Foundation Gallery is the latest reflection of our deep commitment to the arts, from supporting trailblazing dance and theater around the country to investing in transformative artists around the world who push boundaries and challenge the status quo," said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. "Arts and creative expression have played an indelible role in building social justice movements. We're thrilled to open the doors of this special space, a forum for artists to experiment and create a vibrant and necessary dialogue with the public."
With a mission focused on addressing inequality in all its forms, and providing more than $600 million annually in grant support to organizations on four continents, the Ford Foundation is a natural home for art that challenges viewers to grapple with fundamental questions of fairness and dignity.
Three exhibitions in this inaugural year offer varied interpretations on the theme of Utopian Imagination. The trilogy of exhibitions, curated by Jaishri Abichandani and Natasha Becker, brings together a diverse group of international artists who use tactics from craft, activism, data visualization, and agitprop to point the way to a more just future.
According to Lisa Kim, director of the Ford Foundation Gallery, "PERILOUS BODIES explores the inhumanity and injustice created by divisions of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. The artists in the exhibition offer a raw and honest look at the issues we must address head-on to ensure dignity for all."
The exhibition consists of photographs, sculpture, video, installation, and performance art in which artists incorporate their own cultural traditions to address oppression. Examples include David Antonio Cruz's painting of violence against the trans community, Tiffany Chung's lightbox installation depicting the shattering impact of the refugee crisis, and Hannah Brontë's video of indigenous women reclaiming the power of the earth. Their artworks are powerful statements about ideas people are often quick to turn away from: black and brown bodies, refugee camps, the detritus of borderlands, broken earth. With these works, the artists seek to transform a world in peril into one we want to live in.
The evening of the opening reception will include a "spoken word opera" performance by artist Vanessa German.
Artists in the exhibition are: Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Hannah Brontë (Australia), Margarita Cabrera (Mexico/US), Mahwish Chishty (Pakistan/US), Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/US), David Antonio Cruz (US), Nona Faustine (US), Guillermo Galindo (Mexico/US), Vanessa German (US), Mohamed Hafez (Syria/US), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria/Belgium), Jasmeen Patheja (India), Sara Rahbar (Iran/US), Wendy Red Star (US/Apsáalooke/Crow), Tenzing Rigdol (Nepal/India), Dread Scott (US), Teresa Serrano (Mexico), Thenmozhi Soundararajan (US), and Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon/France).
The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Saturday 11 am - 6 pm during exhibition runs. Throughout the year, the venue will host exhibitions, discussions, and performances where the art world and the public can come together for contemplation and conversation in an inspiring, adaptive space.
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Jaishri Abichandani is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and founded the South Asian Women's Creative Collective in New York and London. Abichandani served as the founding director of public events and projects at the Queens Museum. More recently, she engineered a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Asia Society, and the Queens Museum to organize a national convening and the exhibition "Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions."
Natasha Becker is an independent curator and the co-founder of Assembly Room, a new platform for independent women curators in New York City. She was formerly senior curator at the Goodman Gallery in South Africa and before that, the assistant director of academic programs at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Born in South Africa, Becker has spent the past sixteen years living and working between Africa and America.
ABOUT THE FORD FOUNDATION GALLERY
Opening in March 2019 at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City, the Ford Foundation Gallery aims to shine a light on artwork that wrestles with difficult questions, calls out injustice, and points the way toward a fair and just future. Our hope is for this to be a responsive and adaptive space, one that serves the public in its openness to experimentation, contemplation, and conversation. Located near the United Nations, the space is situated to draw visitors from around the world—and address questions that cross borders and speak to the universal struggle for human dignity.
The gallery is located inside the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice and is accessible to the public through an entrance on 42nd Street, just east of Second Avenue.
ABOUT THE FORD FOUNDATION
Across eight decades, The Ford Foundation's mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. We believe that social movements are built upon individual leadership, strong institutions, and innovative, often high-risk ideas. While the specifics of what we work on have evolved over the years, investments in these three areas have remained the touchstones of everything we do and are central to our theory of how change happens in the world. These approaches have been longstanding signatures of the Ford Foundation, and they have had a profound cumulative impact.
Boston based artist/activist, Domenic Esposito, placed a life-like 800 lb burnt opioid spoon sculpture at Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, L.P. today to protest the Purdue owned drug maker for their production of opioids.
With the news surrounding the family who owns Purdue Pharma, and their alleged role in the US opioid epidemic, this art-activism was designed to inform the public that Purdue in fact owns a second drug-maker that has produced millions of opioids every year.
Esposito gained national attention in June 2018 when he placed an 800 lb opioid spoon sculpture in front of Purdue's Stamford Connecticut headquarters to protest their role in the creation and production of Oxycontin. Esposito's newest sculpture is made of solid aluminum and includes the Rhodes moniker engraved on its handle.
Esposito organized "The Opioid Spoon Project" in November 2018 as a platform to provide the public with the truth and the facts about the various "players" responsible for the opioid epidemic. He selected Rhodes for this protest to inform the public of the Purdue connection. Purdue set up the subsidiary in 2007, four months after Purdue plead guilty to federal criminal charges surrounding their deceptive marketing practices of OxyContin over the previous decade.
Rhodes is comprised of a highly secured "campus" in Coventry, RI, which adds to the fact Purdue went to great measures to keep it as hidden as possible. Purdue's little-known company produces a plethora of opioid-based drugs.
"Purdue Pharma claims to represent a small percentage of opioid production, but in reality, they account for a much larger portion of opioid manufacturing," stated Esposito. "Lawsuits don't have an effect on big pharma, as they continue to find ways to profit, pay their fines, and carry on, making billions. Rhodes needed to be exposed so the public is aware of the strategic initiatives big pharma is willing to carry out to profit from."