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Photographs by Robert Gilson
January 12 – February 27, 2017
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5-7 pm
Robert Gilson started taking photographs when he was a child and never stopped — his 28-year career directing arts programs at 92nd Street Y notwithstanding. He served as Director of what is now 92Y’s Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts before retiring in 2015.
Gilson credits the summer road trips he took with his mother as the inspiration his earliest photography. “When I was about 10 years old, we passed through China, Maine,” Gilson recalls. “I insisted that we stop so I could have my picture taken in front of a road sign that read: Entering China. In retrospect, this photograph represents the birth of my photographic career in that it contains many of the elements of my current work: text, humor, irony, travel, self-portraiture, and the landscape.”
The photographs in this show have been selected from three large, ongoing bodies of work: photographs that document human interventions in rural and urban landscapes; images that chronicle amusing events in the art world; and pictures from a series called Fundamental that takes a humorous look at religion in America.
Gilson earned an MFA in photography from the Program in Photographic Studies at the Visual Studies Workshop in 1981 (at the time a satellite program of SUNY Buffalo). Prior to joining 92Y, he was Director of Special Programs in Art at Skidmore College, and Director of Fine and Applied Arts at the Chautauqua Institution.
Robert Gilson is on Instagram at robertgilsonphotography.
92Y Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts
Located in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, 92Y’s Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts is internationally recognized for the quality and scope of its adult and childhood arts education programs. Regarded as one of the country’s top community-based art centers, the 92nd Street Y Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts comprises the School of Music, the Harkness Dance Center and the Art Center, which includes the Ceramics Center, the Jewelry Center and Fine Art & Design. We offer more than 400 classes a semester for all ages and all levels of expertise — from preschool to high school, from enthusiastic amateurs and emerging professionals to senior adults — all taught by a faculty of working professional artists.