Friday, March 23, 2012

The Ladies of tART will exhibit at JCAL

Press Release

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Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Collectivity: Art-making in a Collective

Jamaica, New York, March 28, 2012 — Collectivity: Art-making in a Collective will open on April 4, 2012 at Jamaica center for Arts & Learning from 6—8pm. The exhibition featuring selected members of the tART Collective will run through June 6, 2012. The exhibition examines ways in which being a part of an artists’ collective influence their work individually. For example, what is the impact of peer studio visits, collaborations and the ongoing critiques by fellow artists have on a particular artist’s body of work.

Heng-Gil Han, curator at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, will explore these issues and draw some conclusions through a curated exhibition of a select group of tART Collective members. The exhibition will examine work created prior to members’ inclusion in the collective alongside current work, looking at ways that an artist’s style and subject matter has changed and affected their aesthetic sensibility; thus providing an opportunity to appreciate the significance of collaboration and collective endeavors to individual artists’ aesthetic and conceptual shifts, constants, and changes.

Considering the recent proliferation of collaborative projects and collective groups of artists, we believe that this type of exhibition is appropriate, relevant, and lends itself to a better understanding of the current state of art.

The artists to be featured include: damali abrams, Liz Ainslie, Julia Whitney Barnes, Suzanne Bennett, Suzanne Broughel, Anna Lise Jensen, Katherine Keltner, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Susan Ross, Nikki Schiro, Yasmin Spiro, Melissa Staiger, Rosemary Taylor, Petra Valentova.

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This exhibition is supported by individual donations.

About Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
For almost 40 years, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) has served as an arts oasis in a section of New York City where cultural opportunities are extremely limited. Created in 1972 as part of an effort to revitalize Jamaica, JCAL has earned a reputation for inspiring youth to take an interest in the arts, showcasing the talents of up-and-coming local artists and performers, and creating dynamic multicultural programs and workshops that have been embraced by the community. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, backgrounds and skill sets pass through its doors to attend classes and workshops, view art exhibitions, attend performances or immerse themselves in an art residency.
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The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is housed in landmark buildings owned by the City of New York and are funded with public funds provided through the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin; the New York City Council; Council Speaker Christine Quinn; the Queens Delegation of the Council; Deputy Majority Leader, Councilman Leroy Comrie; Councilman James F. Gennaro; Councilman James Sanders, Jr.; and Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.

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