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Macy Gallery to Exhibit Works by Older Artists Featured in TC Course

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Art Cart: Saving the Legacy

Art Cart: Saving the Legacy

Beginning September 5th, TC’s Macy Gallery will host a month-long exhibit titled “Art Cart: Saving the Legacy,” which documents the work of six older New York City artists. The exhibit is the culmination of an interdisciplinary pilot project at the College which paired the artists with 12 student fellows to share the artists’ life stories and use digital archiving software to catalogue their work (see story in the Fall 2010 issue of TC Today magazine).

The project, also called “Art Cart: Saving the Legacy,” included a one-semester course focused on the challenges and opportunities of aging and was created by Joan Jeffri, outgoing director of TC’s arts administration program and director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC). The project grew out of Jeffri’s 2007 study “Above Ground,” which looked at the experiences of 146 aging professional artists in New York City and found that one in five has no documentation of his or her work.

The exhibit, organized through the College’s Art and Art Education Program, will run through September 30th, with a special reception (open to all) on Thursday evening, September 8th from 5-8 pm in Macy Gallery.  The reception will be attended by the six featured artists and by student fellows in arts administration, art education, art history, occupational therapy and social work. Faculty in those same disciplines, as well in oral history, will also attend. For more on the exhibit visit http://bit.ly/qrTsdw.

The six artists in the exhibit, who range in age from 68 to 93, are Betty Blayton, Eva Deutsch Costabel, Ray Grist, Diana Kurz, China Marks and Peter Ruta. They will be exhibiting work that was documented during the Art Cart course. To view an online display of the artists’ work and to see a video about the Art Cart course, visit www.tc.edu/artcart.

“The course turned out to be hugely beneficial to the artists as well as the students, with several seeing their careers resuscitated by the project,” Jeffri says. “Eva Deutsch Costabel has since had a 60-year retrospective of her work at Gallery 307. Ray Grist is making a film, and China Marks received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As one artist’s partner said, ’This is the first time artists can write their own history.’”

The pilot Art Cart course that was taught at TC will be offered again in 2012 on an expanded basis at Columbia University and in Washington, D.C. through the National Center for Creative Aging. For more information, visit rcac@creativeaging.org. The project was made possible by donations from the National Endowment for the Arts, the TC Provost’s Investment Fund, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Hope Foundation, Gallery Systems and Dell. Jeffri also credits the “gracious support” of Macy Gallery and TC’s Art and Art Education Program.


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