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Press Release: Pace University Art Gallery Presents We’re Home Exhibition

June 3, 2024

The exhibit explores the gentler intricacies of human connection, capturing the essence of home through the lens of shared experiences and memories

Artist Steven Anthony Johnson II's, “Multitasking”. A 2022 charcoal, graphite, and ink on mounted paper. Image shows a mother working at the kitchen table with her son nearby.
Artist Steven Anthony Johnson II, “Multitasking”, 2022, charcoal, graphite, and ink on mounted paper, 18” x 24”

Pace University Art Gallery is pleased to present We’re Home, an exhibition which explores relationships within the domestic sphere featuring artists Destiny Belgrave, Katherine Hubbard, Steven Anthony Johnson II, Yung Oh Le Page, Pixy Liao and Margaret Zox Brown. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, June 7, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The We’re Home exhibit navigates the gentler intricacies of human connection, capturing the essence of home through the lens of shared experiences and precious – though sometimes difficult – memories. As co-curator Kassandra Schengili ‘25 explains, “We’re Home encapsulates how we view home and create it.” Home is often thought of as simply the house or apartment in which we dwell, but home is more accurately the people who surround us and hold us dear. Home can be in the embrace of a lover, a waft of your caregiver’s perfume, or the sound of your child’s cry. The exhibit delves into the enduring ties that bind us together within the sanctuary of the homes we are born into and those we build for ourselves.

Schengili, along with Jordanna Naidoo ’26, received the Amelia A. Gould Undergraduate Research Assistant Award from Pace’s Center for Undergraduate Research Experience to work with Art Gallery Director Sarah Cunningham to develop the exhibition. Naidoo states, “This exhibit has been an interesting journey from the start. Being given creative leadership on this project has been inspiring.” Schengili continued, “Curating the exhibit allowed me to meditate on how relationships truly make a house a home.”

Artist Margaret Zox Brown's “Twilight Time”. A 2022 oil on canvas displaying a person laying in bed with their dog while their cat is laying under the bed frame.
Artist Margaret Zox Brown, “Twilight Time”, 2022, oil on canvas, 60” x 74"” 

This exhibit, which remains on view through Saturday, September 14, 2024, is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The gallery is in Lower Manhattan at 41 Park Row. All the gallery’s exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Wednesday/Thursday 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Friday/Saturday 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and by appointment. Please check the art gallery Instagram for university holiday closures.

About the Artists

  • Destiny Belgrave (b.1996) was born and raised in Brooklyn NY and nurtured, with a multi-cultural upbringing. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2018 with a BFA in General Fine Arts, and a concentration in Painting. Belgrave is a collage artist, who uses various mediums as a means to explore culture, love and family.
  • Katherine Hubbard (b. 1981) lives and works between Stone Ridge, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages the intersections of photography, performance, and text. Considering analog photography as a mimesis of the body, Hubbard asks how its procedures might be called upon to investigate social politics, history, and narrative. She has had solo exhibitions at Company Gallery, Higher Pictures, Baxter St. Camera Club of New York, and The Kitchen, all in NYC. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Marfa Ballroom (TX), A Luminary (MO),The Institute of Contemporary Art (MA); and MoMA PS1 (NY). Hubbard received her MFA in 2010 from Bard College and is currently an Associate Professor of Art and MFA Graduate Director at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art.
  • Steven Anthony Johnson II (b. 1993, Baltimore, Maryland) is a draftsperson, interpretive archivist, writer and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. They hold an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Utilizing the language of drawing, animation, and photo-documentary their work attempts to make peace between the religious, intellectual, and humanistic ideals in relation to Blackness and “Otherness” through multidisciplinary storytelling. Johnson’s work has recently been shown at The Armory; New York, The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP); New York, VAE Raleigh; North Carolina, Cooper Gallery; United Kingdom and others. Johnson has been in-residence at Skowhegan; Maine, BRIClab, ISCP and Field Projects; New York, Inbreak; Los Angeles, and The Royal Drawing School; London and others.
  • Yung Oh Le Page is a Brooklyn based artist who primarily works as a Museum Educator and Teaching Artist when not pursuing his passion to create cardboard sculptures and build community based mini golf. Recently, Yung has been focused on social practice with his current Slow Dance Project, inspired by his wife’s physical complications from stage 4 cancer.
  • Born and raised in Shanghai, Pixy Liao is a Chinese artist residing in New York. Her long-term photo project “Experimental Relationship” challenges conventional ideas of gender dynamics. She also explores female identity in video and sculpture. She has participated in exhibitions internationally, including the Fotografiska, Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, Asia Society, the National Gallery of Australia, etc.
  • Margaret Zox Brown lives in New York City's Greenwich Village and works in her Garment District studio. Her paintings are of authentic feelings and intimate realities that she has experienced firsthand. Brown attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she studied Psychology. For nearly three decades, she perfected her painting technique in weekly studio sessions at the 92nd Street Y. Brown's paintings are in private collections worldwide, as well as public spaces including Danny Meyer’s restaurant, Maialino and the lobby of the commercial building 462/470 7th Avenue, NYC among others. The artist has been featured in notable interviews, both on television and in print with WNBC, White Hot Magazine, Art of the Times, Creativ Magazine and more.

About the Pace University Art Gallery

Founded with the conviction that art is integral to society, the Pace University Art Gallery is a creative laboratory and exhibition space that supports innovation and exploration for both artists and viewers. Open to students, staff, and faculty from across the Pace campuses and, equally, to the Lower Manhattan community and visitors from around the world, the Art Gallery encourages personal investigation and critical dialogue via thought-provoking contemporary art exhibits and public programming. Enhancing the Art Department's Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, the Art Gallery offers students real-world opportunities to exhibit their own art and to work directly with professional artists to install and promote exhibitions. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College, offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has been transforming the lives of its diverse students—academically, professionally, and socioeconomically. With campuses in New York City and Westchester County, Pace offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs to 13,600 students in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, Sands College of Performing Arts, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

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