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Avram Gallery at Stony Brook Southampton Reopens with Pollock-Krasner House Collaboration

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Gallery postersThe Avram Gallery at Stony Brook Southampton has reopened as part of an innovative collaboration between the campus and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

In commemoration of the June 21 reopening, the Avram Gallery will host Lovefeast, an exhibition by Ghislaine and Lando Fremaux-Valdez, from June 21 through August 4, 2024. The exhibition begins a four-part contemporary art series produced by the Pollock-Krasner House for the Avram Gallery.

“The reopening of the Avram Gallery is a testament to the power of partnerships and our commitment to reinvigorating the Stony Brook Southampton campus,” said Wendy Pearson, vice president for strategic initiatives. “Leaning into our rich arts legacy brings contemporary art to the forefront and opens avenues to amplify the artistic voices of the community, the university, and beyond. I am excited about the possibilities this collaboration will bring.”

Lovefeast will feature grand-scale pastel and mixed media works by the Lubbock, Texas-based couple. This series of self portraits examines embodiment through the triple lens of medicine, religious mythology and the artists’ relationship with one another as both collaborators and spouses. Lovefeast is the latest installation in the gallery since Pianofest, held in July 2022.

Featuring more than 1,000 square feet, the Avram Gallery is an exhibit space where artists and art lovers can interact, both directly and through the inviting world-class-level displays the gallery offers. The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center produces select contemporary art exhibitions to be shown at the​ Avram Gallery.

Back view right“The Avram Gallery provides us with a great space to showcase exciting early and mid-career artists,” said Matthew Ward, director of the Pollock-Krasner House. “By activating the gallery and bringing these artists to the Southampton community, I feel that we can invigorate the campus.”

The Avram Gallery and Theater, which are both located at Stony Brook Southampton, were named after Dr. Morrell Avram and his wife, Maria, long-time patrons of the arts, in 1998. The 429-seat Avram Theater has been the site of artistic events since the 1980s, including readings, dance and musical recitals, operas, theater productions, and Pianofest, a series of concerts by internationally acclaimed classical musicians.

Visitors can enjoy a free public reception at the Avram Gallery and partake in Lovefeast on Friday, June 21, from 6 pm to 8 pm. A special installation by Fremaux-Valdez will be installed at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center concurrently to their exhibition at the Avram Gallery.

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