Ron Agam was born in France in 1958. Arriving in New York in the 1980s, he established himself as a photographer and opened the Artlife gallery in SoHo. In 1994, his debut monograph, At the Wall, garnered wide acclaim for its penetrating photographs of the ultra-orthodox inhabitants of the Mea Shearim neighborhood and the daily rituals of the Western Wall. In 2009 Agam was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France, cited for his “key role in establishing a relationship of trust and cooperation between France and the Jewish community in America.” In 2010, Agam picked up a crayon and began to draw. He has since established a fruitful second act in his artistic career as a painter. Rendered in formally precise, texturally refined surfaces, his wide-ranging works yet cohere as a unified body that questions the mechanics and metaphysics of the act of seeing itself.
This exhibition of work by the faculty of 92Y’s Art Center is an integral component of the 92Y annual exhibition program. The Art Center at 92Y is committed to the practice of hiring teaching artists: individuals trained in fine art, ceramics and jewelry who maintain their own professional careers while giving back as teachers. Featuring their work as artists in this exhibition is our way of acknowledging and celebrating their creative identities outside of 92Y. It is also a way to say thank you for the time and energy they commit to our students in the studios. While celebrating the talents of the current faculty, this exhibition also serves as a reminder of the long and rich history of the Art Center and the contributions of its prestigious faculty to the wider field of visual arts.
This exhibition, along with the student exhibitions that are held in the spring, is generously supported by one of 92Y’s most dedicated supporters, Gilda Block and her late husband Henry. A patron in the best sense of the word, Gilda is also a regular participant in many 92Y programs from lectures to concerts to painting classes. Gilda experiences firsthand all that 92Y has to offer its community and has found meaningful ways to contribute to this effort for which we are ever grateful.
Allison Valchuis Chapman
92Y Art Center
92Y welcomes celebrated artist Shantell Martin to a three-month multimedia residency at 92Y. Martin’s work is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invites viewers to share a role in the creative process. With her characteristic black-and-white, 3D, spontaneous freestyle compositions, Shantell Martin will break down the wall between creator and community. Audiences are invited to interact with Martin’s work through intimate moments that bridge fine art, performance art, technology, and conversation.
Why Now. is an exploration of identity. It explores how the process of self-discovery plays into one’s identity with community and society at large. While this is an important and serious journey every person must make for themselves, Martin demonstrates the positivity of a spontaneous, fun and humorous approach.
This project is made possible by generous support from the Mary Lou and Robert J. Morgado Charitable Trust.
For over 88 years the 92Y Art Center has provided students of all ages and all levels of accomplishment with a superior educational experience, whether in art appreciation, fine art, ceramics or jewelry and metalsmithing. As part of this mission, the Art Center provides training that helps to build technical skills as well as an informed appreciation of the arts. What is paramount is the art-making process: the self-fulfillment, intellectual engagement, challenge and fun that the practice of studio art can provide. However, the exhibition of one’s work can be an important part of this process. It provides a forum for contemplation, comparison and critique, along with the simple joy of sharing one’s accomplishments. This annual exhibition of work by adult students enrolled in 92Y’s studio art classes celebrates the talents of individual students, the devotion of the faculty to the process of teaching, and the 92Y community of artists.
The numerous entries received always require us to limit the number of objects exhibited in the gallery. We would like to sincerely thank Sara Softness, assistant curator of special projects at the Brooklyn Museum, for serving as the guest juror of this year’s exhibition. As part of her duties, she has selected her favorite work from each of the following categories: oil painting, drawing, collage, watercolor, ceramics and jewelry design.
In addition, the Art Center would like to thank Gilda Block for her continued generous support of this annual student exhibition.
Allison Valchuis Chapman
92Y Art Center
Balanchine: The Eternal Present
New York City Ballet
Photographs from over 40 years
By Paul Kolnik
Credit: George Balanchine rehearsing Stephanie Saland in Apollo; Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust; BALANCHINE is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust.
Since 1935, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center has been a historic home of modern dance, nurturing the talents of such pioneers as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham. In the tradition of these trailblazers, we pride ourselves on carrying forward the art of dance in our educational and performance programs.
Each year we present the Harkness Dance Festival – five weeks of performances with today’s innovators and history makers of dance. The 2018 festival, which ran February 23 to March 24, featured a varied spectrum of artists and works, from revivals of classics to world premieres, and reflects the reputation of 92Y’s Harkness Dance Center as the place not only where modern dance was born … but where it’s all heading.
We were so pleased to present Paul Kolnik’s stunning photographs as part of the 2018 festival. For more than 40 years, he has had an extraordinary window into the world of the New York City Ballet and the astonishing dancers who have worked with the company over the years. These images truly capture the exalting spirit of these artists and specifically the “Eternal Present” of Mr. Balanchine’s legacy.
Director of Dance and Adult Programming
This event and the exhibition are supported by Producers Circle members Meryl Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman.