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Partners, Parents, Pets: Contemporary Portraiture
Feb 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
An art exhibit at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, February 10, 6-9 p.m
Featuring live music by LJOVA from 7-8 p.m., and love story share with artist Iviva Olenick from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: February 10-June 20, 2016
Katherine Gressel, Curator
Exhibiting Artists: Sophia Dawson, Jamie Diamond, Natalie Gruppuso, Meghan Keane, Iviva Olenick,Bayeté Ross Smith, Mónika Sziládi
Viewing hours are Friday 3-7pm or by appointment at (718) 768-3195 or email@example.com.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, on February 10 the Old Stone House will open Partners, Parents, Pets: Contemporary Portraiture, a five-month exhibition exploring the nuances of different family/couple relationships through diverse artistic approaches. Each artwork also blurs boundaries between a traditional family portrait commission and the creative expression or social agenda of the artist. Artworks in all media include Meghan Keane’s gestural paintings of couples; Iviva Olenick’s embroidered love stories collected from Brooklyn residents; Sophia Dawson’s public mural of mothers who lost their sons to police brutality; Natalie Gruppuso’s domestic portraits of same-sex married couples photographed during the early marriage equality movement; and Jamie Diamond’s “family portrait” of unrelated strangers.
Together, these works aim to raise such questions as: how does an artist’ portrait work for hire influence his/her personal work, or vice versa? How (and why) are artists choosing to either use, or consciously break away from, family portrait conventions to comment on the nature of their subjects and/or portraiture itself? Finally, who typically has access to getting their “family portrait” created and seen (and who ultimately decides how these subjects are represented?)
Opening Reception Performances
The February 10 opening reception will include live music between 7-8pm by acclaimed violist and composer LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) (also the subject of one of exhibiting artist Meghan Keane’s portraits). Between 6:30-7:30, artist Iviva Olenick is inviting visitors to share their love stories with her for possible inclusion in her ongoing embroidery series Brooklyn Love Map.
Exhibition funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts. Image: Meghan Keane