Art Faculty Exhibited All Over the World This Summer
By Tiffany Lopes
Featuring a summer filled with shows, exhibits, and residencies around the world, Pace’s New York City Art Department faculty members spent the last few months honing their crafts—from traditional fine arts to cutting-edge social media experiments.
Professor Roger Sayre has done some things that we can say with some confidence few have ever tried before. A few years ago, Sayre turned himself into a walking piece of art by offering to shave his beard into anything the highest bidder on eBay wanted. Under the title “Shave my beard for art, real life Wooly Willy,” he kicked off his auction at $4.99, generating thousands of hits and making newspaper and TV headlines worldwide. The end result was a $160 bid, which he generously donated to charity, and an “Amish” beard which he proudly wore for a month.
This summer, his fascination with hair has continued as Sayre’s work is part of the “Hair Tactics” exhibition, which explores hair as subject matter and medium at the Jersey City Museum on display through August 22. Additionally, Sayre has a collaborative installation piece titled “Wall of Sound,” made of 11,000 CD cases, with artist and former Pace Professor David Poppie, currently on display in Downstreet Art 2010 in North Hampton, MA.
Recently promoted Associate Professor Will Pappenheimer collaborated with Chipp Jansen to score a major hit last year with his large-scale public art project “Mood Ring,” hosted by local news website Tampabay.com, which allowed visitors to rate the mood of an article and physically change the lights on the 30-foot steel Super Bowl ring-inspired structure he designed. The installation was on display in Tampa for the time leading up to and including Super Bowl XLIII.
This summer, Pappenheimer tackled an even bigger project in China with John Craig Freeman: the Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic, which boldly blurred the lines between art and society. In a sense a performance art project, Pappenheimer’s exhibition tests a digital drug that is meant to address the hypothetical current problem of “Internet addiction” by sending users on unpredictable travels throughout the virtual world of Second Life.
There’s little rest for Pappenheimer who is preparing another project when he returns from China—this time with a class of students. This spring, the digital art expert will team up with Martha Driver, one of Pace’s distinguished professors of English and an expert on medieval literature, to teach a Learning Community Course for first-year students. The course will be a combination of medieval art and literature. The kicker? They’re going to teach it using the 3D virtual world program, Second Life.
|“Sean Duffy’s Dream #2” Linda Herritt|
Art Department Chair Linda Herritt, whose accolades include a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship, and prestigious Yaddo Residency, was busy giving words a whole new meaning this summer with a solo exhibition at 1K Project Space in Amsterdam. Textbox, depicted warped fields of text using computer modeling of landscape as an armature for presenting textual strategies. The exhibition, which ran through the end of June, was at 1K project space in Amsterdam.
Jillian Mcdonald participated in the group exhibition “Self-Conscious Experiments of the 21st Century” at the Michael Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco, and “Plastic Summer” at 601 ARTSPACE in New York. In September she did a performance art piece, “Steel Rail Session” on a rail trail in Waterloo, Canada, and had a solo exhibition, “RedRum” at the Gallery One One One at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She will have another solo exhibition at Drew University’s Korn Gallery October 26 through November 30.
Jane Dickson’s work was included in the museum group exhibitions, “Basquiat bis Seripop” at Kunstalle in Vienna, Austria; “Neither Model nor Muse” at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX; and “University Galleries’ Permanent Collection Exhibition” at Illinois State University, and in the gallery group exhibitions “DOWN BY LAW: New York’s Downtown Art Explosion 1970s-1980s” at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton, NY, “Born to Die/Every Artist Thinks They Make Gold” at Secondhome Projects in Berlin, Germany; and “American Iconography” at Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City.
This summer Barbara Friedman had a solo exhibition of her paintings at The Spectator Place, and in September and October her work was included in the group exhibition “Where There’s Smoke” at the Hampden Gallery in Amherst, MA. Barbara’s work was also featured in an exhibition hosted by the Berlin Collective in Germany.
|“Double Dwasline” Linda Gottesfeld|
Linda Gottesfeld attended a residency at Yaddo this past summer. A solo exhibition of new paintings based on Google Earth images is on view in Pace’s Peter Fingesten Gallery throughout October.
Find out more about this and other upcoming exhibitions and events hosted by the Pace New York City Art Department.