A Survey of Working Artists on the Lower East Side
February 12 – April 1, 2015
Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at the Manny Cantor Center
NEW YORK, NY — ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT, a survey of current Lower East Side artists steadfastly engaged with the forever-changing and forever-the-same neighborhood, will be on view at the Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at the Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway from February 12-April 1, 2015. With work dating from 1982-2015, the exhibition brings together nearly 100 Lower East Side artists and arts organizations actively working in the community. ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT, a project of the Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center, will open with a reception on Thursday, February 12 from 7-9 p.m., featuring remarks at 7:30 p.m. by Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Alliance, and Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Curated by Linda Griggs with curatorial advisor Yona Verwer, ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT will present paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, prints, installation, and video from artists aged 29 to 92, including Kiki Smith, Roger Welch, Richard Hambleton, Kim Keever, Kembra Pfahler, Rick Prol, Jim Radakovich, Anton Van Dalen, Marc Kehoe, David Sandlin, Judith Simonian, and Susannah Coffey.
“We are excited to bring together the artists and organizations of the Lower East Side with work that ranges from minimalism to radical archiving, by those who set the tone for expressive freedom and the subsequent arrivals who inherited a culture that was unique to the area,” said Linda Griggs. “Although we lost many neighborhood artists to the AIDS epidemic, to drugs, and to rising rents, many stayed, fought for tenant rights for themselves and their neighbors, created communities, kept the spirit and attracted the next wave of artists who inherited the disjointed, yet allied individuality.”
The exhibition will be held on the occasion of the grand re-opening of the historic Educational Alliance Art School at the Manny Cantor Center, a cultural and community Center on the Lower East Side, following a building-wide renovation. The school, has offered high-quality instruction in the visual since its inception in 1917. Today, the Art School provides opportunities for creative expression, skill acquisition, and arts appreciation through a range of studio art classes, workshops and programs for people of all backgrounds and skill levels.
“For artists, the Lower East Side has always been a neighborhood where you could do as you pleased – with your art, with your life. This show pays tribute to the countless artists who have made and continue to make the Lower East Side an epicenter of creativity and of art,” said Emily Aldredge, Director of the Educational Alliance Art School.
Jan Baracz | Regina Bartkoff | Sarah Beatty | Linda Byrne | Kathleen Casey | Chico | Susanna Coffey | John Copeland | Jamie Dalglish | Jacob Daniels | Daria Deshuk | Elizabeth Dworkin | Ula Einstein | Steve Ellis | Erik Foss | David Friedman | Day Gleeson | William Graef | Robert Grant | Linda Griggs | Dominick Guida | Fred Gutzeit | Richard Hambleton | Allen Hansen | Daniel G. Hill | David Hochbaum | Kylie Heidenheimer | Bruno Jakob | Tom Jarmusch | Else Kahane | Kim Keever | Marc Kehoe | Tine Kindermann | Otis Kriegel | Lisa Lebofsky | Susan Leopold | Wayne Liu | Bonnie Lucas | Yuri Masnyj | Bill Massey | Everett McCourt | Mary Jane Montalto | Molua Muldown | Joe Heaps Nelson | Angel Ortiz | Andrei Petrov | Kembra Pfahler | Philly aka Kondor 8 | Jim Power – The Mosaic Man | Mark Power | Rick Prol | Jim Radakovich | Louis Renzoni | Cynthia Beth Rubin | Samoa | David Sandlin | Phyllis Sanfiorenzo | Karen Schifano | Mary Schiliro | Larry Silver | Judith Simonian | Kiki Smith | Nico Dios Smith | Robin Tewes | Miguel Trelles | Anton Van Dalen | Mary Jo Vath | Rafael Velez | Yona Verwer | April Vollmer | Melanie Vote | Pauline Walsh | David Wander | Roger Welch | Amy Westpfahl |Scott Williams | Hans Witschi | Jimmy Wright | Jeffrey Cyphers Wright | Guang Zhu | Anthony Zito
Carlucci Bencivenga | Edward Brezinski | Craig Coleman | Sean Earley | Blake Ferris | Luis Frangella | Greer Lankton | Tom Murrin | Chris Twomey
Please visit mannycantor.org/ATD for public program schedule.
Linda Griggs (MFA Hunter College, BFA Virginia Commonwealth University) has curated or assisted on 12 exhibitions and two art fair booths. She directs E32, an on-going Lower East Side crit/discussion group. As an artist, she has had solo exhibitions at Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, New York. Group shows include the Iwami Art Museum, Japan; Wustum Museum, Racine, WI; the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College; Gahlberg Gallery at the College of Du Page, Illinois; Albany International Airport Gallery; the New York Public Library; Cuchifritos, Vox Populi, and Bullet Space in New York; and at galleries in Philadelphia, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Fellowships include the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. She has received grants from Change, Inc. and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and a residency at the Artist Alliance Inc.’s LES Studio Program. Her work is included in public and private collections including JP Morgan Chase, Peter Klein/OBAC Corporation, Ann Partlow/ Earthrise Capital, Sheila Curran Bernhard, Dr. Kenneth Meisler, David Harris, Eileen Schwab and Therese Lichtenstein.
Yona Verwer (MFA Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands) has curated or assisted on 23 exhibitions and dozens of art events. She directs the Jewish Art Salon, an international organization of artists and scholars. As an artist she has had solo exhibitions at the Evergreen Arts Center, Evergreen, CO, in conjunction with the Mizel Museum, Denver; the Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts and the Russian American Cultural Center in New York. Group shows include the Y.U. Museum and the New Museum, New York; the Mizel Museum, Denver; The Bronx Museum; Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI; and the Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Daily News, The Jewish Week, and others. She has received grants from COJECO and Vector Artists Initiative.
ABOUT THE MANNY CANTOR CENTER
The Manny Cantor Center, a project of Educational Alliance, is a state-of-the-art, 103,000 square-foot, six-story community and cultural center located at 197 East Broadway on the Lower East Side. The newly renovated Center offers high-quality services for people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels including: a new health and fitness center, a Jewish preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, parenting programs, a senior center, an Art School, a Teen Center and cultural programs. For more information on the Lower East Side’s new hub, visit www.MannyCantor.org. Follow the Center on Twitter and Facebook: @MannyCantorNYC
ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE ART SCHOOL
Founded in 1917, the Educational Alliance Art School is a Community Arts School headquartered in the Manny Cantor Center. The School’s modernized facilities provide a supportive environment for creative development and arts study where students enjoy spacious, well-lit painting and drawing studios, a newly equipped ceramic and sculpture studio, a multidisciplinary studio, and two gallery spaces. Courses include drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as workshops in jewelry making for all skill levels and at affordable prices. Notable alumni and faculty include Chaim Gross, Peter Blume, Elias Newman, Jacob Epstein, Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson. To learn more or register for classes, visit www.MannyCantor.org/Art
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