Video/Art/Ithaca – Friday night

Friday May 1 is gallery night in Ithaca.  Info here.

I think the most exciting thing going on that night will be the latest installment of Video/Art/Ithaca hosted and organized by John Criscitello at Sfumato Studios, 201 Dey Street, loft 282.  8pm.

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FORUM: Art for Ithaca’s Future

An opportunity to voice your opinion about “new directions for the arts in downtown Ithaca”:

On Saturday, April 25th, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance invites community members of all ages to ART FOR A JUST & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY, the theme for Art in the Heart of the City 2009 and the DIA’s contribution to Ithaca’s Earth Day ’09 celebration.

The event opens with a 12:00 Noon Parade for the Earth on the Ithaca Commons, followed at 1 pm by a Forum on Exploring Directions for the Arts in Downtown Ithaca in the Tompkins County Library Borg- Warner Room.

Everyone is invited to gather for the Parade at 11:00 a.m. The Parade will start from the Bernie Milton Pavilion at 12:00 noon.

The Exploring Directions Forum continues the exploration of a role for the arts in future downtown development which was launched last fall, as part of the DIA’s 2008 Art in the Heart of the City public art program.

Alastair Noble, internationally-renowned artist and former Cornell faculty member, will open with an overview of how artists working in public spaces are engaging sustainability themes. Kathy Bruce, whose bamboo and morning glory Graces were featured in Art in the Heart of the City 2008, will then draw on her own work to show how one artist might interpret Ithaca’s 2009 theme of Art for a Just & Sustainable Community. The Forum will conclude with an exploration of possibilities for creating a dynamic future for the arts in downtown Ithaca.

Specifically, panelists and participants will be asked to consider three key questions:

1. How should the arts factor into thinking about re-doing the Ithaca Commons?

2. What might ‘iconic art’ for downtown Ithaca look like?

3. How can the Downtown Ithaca Alliance engage local artists and the broader community in making public art a more prominent part of downtown life?

(add your questions here)

Ann Reichlin at Sculpture Space

Ann Reichlin, Translucent Home

Ann Reichlin, Translucent Home

I haven’t  visited Sculpture Space before.  Now seems like the perfect time: it’s spring and Ithacan Ann Reichlin is showing her new work, Translucent Home.

The reception is on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:00-7:00pm
Site tours will be from 3:00-5:00pm
Sculpture Space is located at 12 Gates St., Utica, NY
315-724-8381

Reminder: Public Art calls for submission

I did a larger post about this previously, but this is a reminder.  The deadline for both is Wednesday, April 15th.  There’s still time to submit!

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance‘s 2009 Art in the Heart of the City, previously defined as an outdoor sculpture exhibit, is now a public art exhibit.  While there is a theme, it is loose and meant to be a starting point.  The jury for this show includes: Patricia Phillips, Professor & Chair, Cornell Art Department; Frank Robinson, Director, Johnson Museum of Art; and Sydney Waller, Executive Director, Sculpture Space.  Here are the submission guidelines.

The City of Ithaca’s Public Art Commission is accepting proposals for a site specific artwork exhibition to be installed on the Green Street Parking Garage in Ithaca. Accepted work will be reproduced and sized for the exterior application.  Open to all NYS artists, collaborations welcome. Here are the submission guidelines.

Women Art Revolution – film Tuesday 4/7

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s documentary Women Art Revolution is playing this Tuesday night at 7:15pm at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts on Cornell campus.

Cornell Cinema’s page on the film is here. Lynn Hershman Leeson will be present at the screening.

If you attend the screening, let us know what you think.

How do we best address the continued exclusion of women at the highest levels of the arts?  Confront?  Assimilate? Ignore?

Copyright © 2007 by Guerrilla Girls, Inc

Copyright © 2007 by Guerrilla Girls, Inc

Spencer Finch – Thursday April 2

"Bee Purple", Spencer Finch, 2008

"Bee Purple", Spencer Finch, 2008

Reminder that Spencer Finch is speaking tomorrow at Ithaca College.  There’s a handy preview by Nick Carr in this week’s Ithaca Times.  And here’s a 2007 article from the NY Times describing his work.