Art Exhibition at Manny Cantor Center, New York City
Curated by Keith Schweitzer
December 17, 2015 - January 21, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, December 17, 2015 | 6-8PM
Manny Cantor Center proudly presents Structures, a group exhibition that explores the built environment of the Lower East Side. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations by artists Caroline Caldwell, Ori Carino & Benjamin Armas, Esperanza Mayobre, Levan Mindiashvili, Sirikul Pattachote, Kurt Steger, and Frank Webster.
Structures thematically connects the viewer to the constructed surroundings of the neighborhood, offering a shared experience of structural milieu. Through diverse artworks, Curator Keith Schweitzer draws attention to the range of elements that create a framework for the common lived experiences of work, play, congregation, and learning.
Both the commonality and the dynamism of these structural environments have inspired the exhibition's signature work by Esperanza Mayobre. To investigate the viewer's role in shaping our neighborhood through participatory actions, Mayobre will present Everybody Knows That Cities are Built to be Destroyed, a site-specific city skyline drawn in pencil on the Jewish Communal Fund Gallery wall at the entrance of Manny Cantor Center. Placed nearby, a box of erasers challenges viewers to choose between preserving or destroying elements of this cityscape through erasure.
Kurt Steger will present array of sculptural works including Cart, a site-specific installation that combines imagery of a pushcart with that of a construction crane and wrecking ball. The pushcart alludes to earlier times on the Lower East Side, when vendors peddled their wares in public markets. The crane and wrecking ball gesture to the current construction boom in the neighborhood, begging the question: "What is being peddled now?"
Cart integrates elements of the local neighborhood, while also inviting viewer interaction. The wrecking ball portion of Cart will be formed from frozen water collected from the street outside of the Manny Cantor Center. As the ice melts, water will drip onto paper below, mingling with color pigment and debris sourced from nearby locations such as Seward Park. Visitors are invited to participate in the creation of this new artwork by directing the water drops as the ice melts. A series of these image-products will be displayed with in the exhibition area as they are created.
Through observation and participation in these site-specific artworks, Structures engages viewers' collective awareness of built environments and the means by which we influence and are influenced by those elements.
The opening reception will be on Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6-8PM.
About Manny Cantor Center
Manny Cantor Center is a living laboratory of the universal Jewish values of inclusion, diversity, and community. Housed in the flagship building of historic Educational Alliance, the newly-renovated space offers award-winning programs, critical services and exciting events for toddlers, teens, young adults, and older adults of all backgrounds. We work for and with our vibrant and diverse neighborhood to create experiences that make a difference in our lives and in our world. www.MannyCantor.org
About Keith Schweitzer
Keith Schweitzer is a New York City-based arts organizer, curator, and producer. He is the Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), a non-profit organization established to advance the East 4th Street Cultural District, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery. Mr. Schweitzer is also the Co-Founder and Director of The Lodge Gallery on the Lower East Side. Through his work, he advocates for community accessibility to the arts.
Thursday, 17 December, 2015
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