The Artists as Innovators — Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships — exhibition will be on display at Staller Center’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery from October 26 through December 14. It will re-open January 26 and continue through February 20, 2020.
A reception will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 6 pm to 8 pm, and a panel discussion will be held on Monday, November 4, at 2:30 pm. The Gallery and events are free and open to the public.
Participating artists include: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Carroll Dunham, Chitra Ganesh, The Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Marilyn Minter, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana, and Fred Wilson.
The artists in this exhibition are acclaimed and respected around the world. They have shaped the art of the end of the 20th century and continue to influence art making in the 21st century. This exhibition shows how these influential artists interpret our times, question our values and prompt social awareness by creating works of art that are innovative and full of visual power. They have realigned art from a concern with only the formal to the social and political. Working independently of one another, these artists come together here as agents of change, merging art and activism and challenging traditional conventions of how and for what reasons art is created and consumed.
What is less known about these artists is that they all received NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships at crucial points in their careers. Their significance as artists bears witness to the importance of NYSCA and NYFA in nurturing the vigor and continuity of the creative community in New York State. More than 30 years of Fellowships, NYSCA and NYFA have supported over 4,000 New York State artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and continues to do so today, thus helping to generate and support the next generations of the state’s creative individuals.