A new work commissioned by the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery will be presented in the exhibition “Kate Gilmore: Top Drawer” at the Gallery in the Staller Center from Saturday, September 6, through Saturday, October 18. A reception and performance will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public and the artist will be present.
“Kate Gilmore: Top Drawer” features a new, site-specific work of sculpture, performance and video. Gilmore creates large-scale sculptural structures that present physical obstacles to the artist as she maneuvers around and through them, recording her performance in a single video shot. “For me,” Gilmore states, “the fun part of making work is not knowing what it will end up being. Understanding the materials involved and my capabilities as a body, but not having a full comprehension of what the end product will be. It allows me to be more spontaneous and react to the elements in the structure more immediately.”
The exhibition will present the new sculpture and video piece, entitled Top Drawer, as well as photographs and videos of previous works. Through her multi-media work, Gilmore explores themes related to the construction of identity and the shaping of power structures and hierarchies. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated brochure.
Gilmore’s solo exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Parasol Unit, London; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and White Columns, New York. Group exhibitions include the 2010 Whitney Biennial and shows at MoMA PS1, New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, among others. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gilmore holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and is currently Associate Professor of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase College.
The 2014-2015 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the County of Suffolk and the Friends of Staller Center.
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 pm, and Saturday, 7 to 9 pm. Additionally, the gallery will be open one hour before and during the intermission of most Staller Center performances.
Admission is free. For more information, please call the Gallery at (631) 632-7240 or email ZuccaireGallery@stonybrook.edu.