For anyone who has ever said that Ithaca needs a more vibrant, dynamic contemporary art scene – suddenly it appears we have one.
As far as I see it, the only thing that is going to make what is shaping up to be a tantalizing lineup of art happenings even better – all things considered – is if we all turn up to support the scene. Here are my recommendations for the week – hope to see you there!
Kicking it all off is an artist sometimes-known-as Bravo, Cornell MFA candidate Jess Evett-Miller, who will present her installation, in perpetuity, in the Tjaden Experimental Studio, at Tjaden Hall, Cornell University, from Monday, Dec 1, 2008 at 8am to Friday, Dec 5, 2008 at 5pm
An opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 4th, from 5-7pm.
On Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, Brick Balloon in Collegetown, a project of Cornell MFA candidate Anthony Graves, is hosting its first exhibition, presenting works by Graham Parker, Ryan Harden Brown, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Mark Orange. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, December 3rd from 6pm–9pm
Exhibition runs: Dec. 1–31
Hours: T–Th 12–5pm or by appointment
Brick Balloon Space
108–110 Collegetown Ct. @ Dryden Rd.
Also of interest, The Working Relationship collective are presenting: “Temp Space: Four-Day Social Club,” a contemporary art community event at the former Battery Warehouse on 423 Franklin St. An event of art, interventions and disruptions that will continue throughout the weekend to offer unique encounters with art and artists. Special events and unexpected happenings will be taking place during open hours: Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-9pm; Friday, Dec. 5, 12-9pm; Saturday, Dec. 6,12-9pm; and Sunday, Dec. 7, 12-5pm.
And don’t forget that this Friday, Dec. 5th, 5-8pm, it is Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca. For a complete listing of all of the participating galleries, contact the Ithaca Downtown Partnership or the Community Arts Partnership. Sorry this is the best I can do, they don’t seem to have a website – please correct me if I’m mistaken.
Highlights for me include the State of the Art Gallery’s Invitational Exhibition – which word on the street has led me to believe will be chock full of interesting and exciting surprises – as well as the CSMA Annual Open Show at the Community School of Music and Arts, and the Ink Shop’s new exhibit, Fine Edge: 9 Intaglio Artists, looks like one not to be missed.
On Friday, after you’ve finished perusing the downtown galleries, make sure to head over to Sfumato Studio between 8:00pm – 11:00pm for an evening of contemporary video art including a diverse cross section of nine regional artists working in video/new media. It promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening for all.”
The after gallery night screening
Friday December the 5th from 8 until 11pm
201 Dey St. Loft 202 (Hickey’s Music Building)
Am I missing anything?
Hope to see everyone out and about for these events. What a town.