ARTISTS ROBERT BIRMELIN, RICHARD BOSMAN,
ANN CHERNOW AND ANDREW RAFTERY
DISCUSS NARRATIVE PRINTS WITH
IN SPOKEN STORIES ABOUT PRINTED STORIES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 AT 6:30 PM
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY
|WHAT:||Artists Robert Birmelin, Richard Bosman, Ann Chernow and Andrew Raftery discuss the role of visual narrative in their work, highlighting personal approaches to visual storytelling in prints. Moderated by art historian and artist Jonathan Weinberg, Spoken Stories About Printed Stories, is presented in connection with Visualizing Time: Narrative Prints from the National Academy Museum, Selected by Andrew Raftery, NA.|
|WHEN:||Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6:30 - 8 PM|
National Academy Museum
1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY 10128
|TICKETS:||General Admission: $15 | Seniors & Students: $10 |
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY:
VISUALIZING TIME: NARRATIVE PRINTS FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM
Selected by Andrew Raftery, NA
Showcasing a selection of narrative prints from the Academy's collection, artist Andrew Raftery examines tactics for visual storytelling, finding unexpected links between artists across many periods. Visualizing Time focuses on how printmakers structured the representation of time as they created narratives that were comprehensible to their original audiences and compelling today.
Andrew Raftery is a printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life. Trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale, he has focused on burin engraving for the past 12 years. In 2003 Raftery received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and in 2008 he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was elected to membership in the National Academy in 2009, and is a Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design.
WILLIAM TROST RICHARDS: VISIONS OF LAND AND SEA
This exhibition features over 60 works by William Trost Richards (1833-1905), one of the finest landscape and marine painters of the 19th century. Richards was associated with both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement and became a member of the Academy in 1871. The exhibition will feature groups of oils, watercolors and works on paper from the Academy's rich collection - over 100 works of art were bequeathed to the Academy by the estate of Richards's daughter, Anna Richards Brewster, in 1954. Also shown are four
paintings borrowed from private collections and Anna Richards's 1892 portrait of her father by the artist. The majority of the exhibited works have not yet been on public view.
JEFFREY GIBSON: SAID THE PIGEON TO THE SQUIRREL
The first exhibition presented as part of the Academy's new series of biennial shows that spotlight the work of promising young artists, will feature new and recent works by Jeffrey Gibson. Coned by the New Yorker as "formally agile and conceptually astute," Gibson combines ethnic motifs with a contemporary visual vocabulary.
Half Cherokee and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Gibson investigates notions of transgressive and marginalized identities by drawing on his own heritage as a Native American artist and a gay man. Over the last ten years he has created a body of work that has drawn critical acclaim and has established him as a leading artist of his generation, exploring cultural hybridity through painting, sculpture and installations.
PAT STEIR: BLUE RIVER
Pat Steir created three new works for Blue River-Orange, Green, and Yellow, presented together with the artist's largest canvas to date, Blue River, (135 ¾ x 445 ¾ inches). Steir's monumental paintings depict more than simply the fluidity of water and paint. They also suggest a metaphysical place in which psychological states of being ebb and flow. For the artist, these paintings are explorations of perception, mood, and a contemplative space. They are immense, durational, and experiential not only through their sheer size, but also through their inherent gestural and evocative qualities. Ultimately, they envelop the viewer and allow us to become lost in an ethereal, aqueous world. On the subject of water, Steir has stated: "I paint water often, but don't depict it; it is the paint itself that flows."
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY
The National Academy is one of the country's oldest art organizations, founded in 1825 by artists Samuel F. B. Morse, Thomas Cole, and Asher B. Durand as a place to exhibit and teach art. Each year, artists and architects are named by their peers as National Academicians (NA), with the 2012 class including Siah Armajani, Wendy Evans Joseph, Jeanne Gang, Robert Gober, Michael Graves, Bruce Nauman, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Richard Tuttle, and Bill Viola.The Museum's collection features more than 7,000 works from artist members, representing three centuries of new ideas and approaches to American Art. Located on Museum Mile between the Cooper-Hewitt and Guggenheim Museums, the National Academy's newly enhanced galleries showcase permanent and temporary exhibitions.The National Academy School has included Winslow Homer, George Inness, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning as students, and welcomes beginning and intermediate artists of all ages into its studios for classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. Frequent exhibitions allow for display of student work.
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Photo caption:Ann Chernow, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, 1995