Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
Curated by David C. Terry and Judith K. Brodsky with the assistance of Madeline Scholl
August 30 – November 12, 2017
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries
Ross Bleckner, Dome, 2015, image courtesy the artist. (Photograph by Jeffrey Sturges)
Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships showcases a program that has supported over 4,000 artists in various fields in the visual arts, literature, and performing arts at critical stages throughout their careers. NYSCA/NYFA Fellows have a history of addressing pressing and often controversial issues such as the status of women, sexual orientation, equality, consumerism, globalization and more. The Dorsky and five museums on State University of New York campuses (SUNY Cortland, Alfred University, SUNY Plattsburgh, Stony Brook University, and Westchester Community College) are partnering with NYFA to present an exhibition that will travel throughout the state from Fall 2017 through Spring 2020. As part of the exhibition tour, regional SUNY partners will present complementary exhibitions and programs. SUNY and NYFA are obvious partners in this project as both shape the culture of New York State by nurturing its creative and intellectual communities.
The roster of NYSCA/NYFA Fellows includes such significant figures as Doug Casebere, David Hammons, Barbara Kruger, and Shirin Neshat in the visual arts, A.M. Homes, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks in theatre and literary arts; Todd Haynes, Spike Lee, and Mira Nair in film; and Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor and Yvonne Rainer in the performing arts. These artists have reflected on the era in which we live. Their impact is not only on the arts, but also on our values and social awareness. Their work is not only powerful in social and political terms, but also as visions that stand in their own right as an enduring artistic legacy, bearing witness to the importance of NYFA in nurturing the continuity and vigor of the creative community.
Participating Artists: Elia Alba / Ida Applebroog / Dawoud Bey / Ross Bleckner / Wendell Castle / Tara Donovan / Chitra Ganesh / Guerrilla Girls / Christian Marclay / Marilyn Minter / Lori Nix / Tony Oursler / Faith Ringgold / Martha Rosler / Dread Scott / Andres Serrano / Schinique Smith / Fred Wilson