Myth & Menagerie by Lesley Dill with Typography by David Charles Chioffi
Curator: Cynthia Nourse Thompson, MFA
April 24 – July 29, 2016
Friday, July 29
5:00 – 7:00 PM
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FREE Admission with advance registration
The University of the Arts and the Gershman Y are proud to present an exhibition of work by renowned artist Lesley Dill. Dill works in sculpture, photography, printmaking, and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experiences. Myth & Menagerie serves as the premiere of a newly produced body of work by Dill. These new works are a collection of unusual animal/human puppet-like forms incorporating text and language.
Lesley Dill’s work has been widely exhibited and collected and can be found in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, among many others.
Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has received a Joan Mitchell grant, an NEA grant, a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program grant, New York Foundation for the Arts grant, and an Anonymous Was A Woman award. She is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland by Marisa Scheinfeld
Curator: Susan Isaacs
August 11 – November 18, 2016
Artist reception and book talk
Thursday, October 13
6 – 8 PM
For much of the 20th century the Borscht Belt was a thriving vacation destination, home to hundreds of hotels and motels, from famed high-end resorts such as Grossinger’s and the Concord to modest bungalow colonies. In its heyday, the area was known especially for its nightlife, with top comedians and other performers appearing regularly there.
By the time photographer Marisa Scheinfeld was growing up there in the 1980s and ‘90s, however, economic and other factors had sent the region into rapid decline, leading many of the hotels and clubs to close. For the past five years, Scheinfeld has documented that decline through a series of evocative, sometimes ghostly, large-scale images of dozens of empty hotels. Echoes from the Borscht Belt will include resort and hotel memorabilia that Scheinfeld has collected over the years as well as selected images from her “re-photographic” series, in which she used promotional shots from the region’s glory days as inspiration for new photos showing the same settings as they look now.