Bill Aron: Forever Young, Forever Old: Panoramas of Israel

With a Focus on Jerusalem

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5-6:45 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 5 - October 22, 2012

 
92nd Street Y opens its season of exhibits in the Milton J. Weill Art Gallery on Thursday, September 6 with Bill Aron’s photographic collection, “Forever Young, Forever Old: Panoramas of Israel.” The exhibit features a variety of multi-image panoramas, created by digitally stitching together as many as 25 images to create one large panorama. Aron explains that this technique adds a “certain largeness of scale” to the details captured in the single frame images.
 
 Aron, who travels to Israel annually, has developed a close relationship with the country and explains that he has always felt at home there. “Israel is inspiring,” he says. “The blend of cultures is exciting. The vistas are remarkable. The colors and the light are unlike any other place I have been.” He spent the summer of 2010 and the spring of 2011 on location in Israel experimenting with perspective in his work in an attempt to capture the intersection of cultures in Israel.
 
 While Jerusalem and Israel have been the subject of countless images throughout history, Bill Aron’s multiple-exposure, panoramic photographs provide a fresh perspective. Robert Gilson, director of 92nd Street Y’s School of the Arts, says, “Aron challenges our traditional understanding of time in photography: events that happened in one portion of the photograph were over by the time exposures for other parts were taken. The resultant image creates a time-based narrative structure within the picture plane of a single photograph.”
 
 Bill Aron’s exhibition has been loaned to 92nd Street Y from the Pucker Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
 

Dates For Public Viewing (between 12-4 pm)

Mon, Sep 3                              Mon, Oct 1
Tue, Sep 11                            Thu, Oct 4
Sun, Sep 16                            Mon, Oct 15
Thu, Sep 20                            Tue, Oct 16
Thu, Sep 27                            Mon, Oct 22
 
 

About the 92nd Street Y Art Center

Founded in 1930, the 92nd Street Y Art Center is one of the country’s oldest community-based visual arts programs. The Center offers over 5,000 children and adults hundreds of courses in both traditional subjects like figure drawing, painting, and sculpture and less common subjects like cartooning, jewelry-making, and metalsmithing. The Center is also home to the country’s only Judaica Silversmithing program, in which master craftsmen teach students how to fabricate Jewish ritual objects. Complementing classroom instruction are an exhibit program, gallery tours, and master classes taught by artists like Philip Pearlstein, Brian Rutenberg, Diana Cooper, Yun-Fei Ji, Betty Woodman and Jean Shin. The annual Artists’ Visions interview series brings a Who’s Who of the art world to the Y’s stage; Kara Walker, Marina Abramovic, Tina Barney, Dale Chilhuly, Chuck Close, Gregory Crewdson and William Wegman are just some of those who have participated. The 92nd Street Y’s scholarship program ensures that everyone can enjoy these programs regardless of means while the Recanati-Kaplan Program for Excellence in the Arts recognizes achievement by young people. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/artclasses.

About 92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity. More than 300,000 people a year visit 92Y’s New York City venues, and millions more join us through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives.  For more information, visit www.92Y.org.