Our next monthly meeting is this coming Monday, June 20th, from 7-9 PM at Pioneer Works.
We will be joined by Mary Mattingly, the artist behind SWALE, and Andrea Grover, curator of the Radical Seafaring exhibit at the Parrish Museum (bios below).
After a short introduction to their work we will have a chance to discuss how we live in relation to a natural world from which we are detached not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. The artists in the show apply direct engagement strategies that remove this distance and reconsider the notion of the artist's studio as separate from the world.
Mary will also outline the approach to the first working group, launching in the Fall, around Public Food Policy. The group will work as a mapping, research, and advocacy initiative designed to explore the utopian and the practical, in identifying potential pathways for food to become a public service in New York City.
See you in the 2nd floor classroom at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St.
Andrea Grover is the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, where she is initiating new models for temporary and off-site exhibitions via the Museum’s Platform and Parrish Road Show series. From 1998–2008, she was the Founding Director of Houston’s Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit cinema specializing in media art and the presentation of multi-disciplinary performances and screenings. In addition to ten years of film and video programming at Aurora, she has curated film programs for both the Dia Art Foundation and The Menil Collection.
Mary Mattingly creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. She is currently working on a floating food forest for New York called “Swale” and recently completed a two-part sculpture “Pull” for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo National de Belles Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Mary Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo.