On view from January 27, 2014, through March 25, 2014
at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
There is a rich history in art of removing an object or material from its intended context and placing it into one that is art specific. This recontextualizing of the everyday or the “found” has been a central strategy for many artists since its advent in Synthetic Cubism. Equally, a tangential tradition of using the found lives in non-traditional artistic production alongside that of the fine arts and the academy. Be it outsider art, naïve or folk art, or art that is not part of an established traditional canon, artists who work in these arenas have always looked to their immediate environment for their means of expression. The use of the found is fundamental to the entire mode of production for such artists and has been in play long before Picasso and Braque took their leap into the real. The ongoing aesthetic exchange between each of these traditions has enhanced the creative possibilities for all artists.
On view from November 4, 2013, through January 17, 2014
From 1960 when the crime rate was 3,384,200 for a population of 179,323,175 it has risen to 10,914,040 in a population of 13,914,902. From our public High Schools and Universities to the Movie Theater killings at Aurora, Colorado, where 12 innocent people were killed, and to the 32 Virginia Tech shootings we have witnessed an abundance of violent deaths in our country. It a particularly senseless act when perpetuated upon children as it was at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. (more…)
On view from October 8, 2013 – December 10, 2013
The German artist and pacifist Kathe Kollwitz observed in 1944 that “Every war is answered by a new war, until everything, everything is smashed. That is why I am wholeheartedly for a radical end to this madness…Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is work, hard work.” The artists in “Women’s Call for Peace” embody this very idea of pacifist militancy. While women are rarely the perpetrators of war, they nonetheless suffer its devastating effects—the loss of their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and homes. Therefore, women must assume responsibility for ending violent human conflict; they must raise their voices against violent aggression and insist on a world that is safe for themselves and their children. These are the goals of the distinguished participants in “Women Call for Peace”—Christian, Muslin, and Jewish, Black, White, and Asian—whose art works eloquently and vehemently advocate for global peace.
On view from April 15th – May 22nd, 2013
Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
History! Hauntings and Palimpsests investigates ways in which artworks convey complex layers of information and experience through narrative and through process.
The works in the exhibition encompass a variety of media, from video to print, from photograph to drawing, from sculpture to painting. They are a sample of the vibrant community of visual artists at John Jay College.
With works by: Michael Bilsborough, Corinne Botz, Paul Brown, Frank Gimpaya, Stephanie Hightower, Kira Lynn Harris, Cyriaco Lopes, Nyeema Morgan, Sana Musasama, Stella Nicolaou, Filip Nosterdaeme, Bill Pangburn, Milena Popov, Mary Ting, and Roberto Visani.