When an international art star curates an exhibition revisiting one of the most dynamic eras in American art history, expect fireworks. Eric Fischl, master of the loaded group portrait, has been the curatorial advisor for a stunning show featuring more than a hundred works by all the great personalities of the Eighties, beginning with him and his wife April Gornik, along with Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Bryan Hunt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Lemieux, Charlie Clough, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jonathan Lasker and others. The show also features a “hall of fame” of music and sports memorabilia, including Michael Jackson’s glove, Prince’s fashion, Madonna’s jewelry, and autographed items from the Islanders, Mets and the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
In his brilliant keynote to the show, Fischl wrote:
"When I think about the 80s I think about the energy, the confusion, the passions and the fault lines. At that time, no one knew who was going to last, who was better, everything was just pushing everything else." What a decadent decade it was! Madonna and the Ramones, David Bowie and the B-52s were rocking the Palladium and the Mudd Club, the Dow was rocketing and Wall Street was in the movie theaters, the Islanders built a dynasty and the Berlin Wall was torn down. The artists were on top of a media craze that foretold the digital era and riding a flood of investment in the art market. Fischl compared it to catching a wave off Montauk: “That feeling of being swept up and carried by something so much bigger and more powerful than yourself, something you’d worked so hard to catch, and now you’ve caught it and you’re in it.”
Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring, New York Subway, 1983;
Photo credit: ©Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc.;
Artwork credit: ©The Keith Haring Foundation
Newark’s original art form, the Animodules™, travel across the river to bring their message of peacemaking through the arts to Long Island at The Manes Center, an arts and education center with its own exhibition space at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Animodules are unique interlocking sculptures that are artist facilitated, community created, contemporary totems. The exhibition is accompanied by Animodule making workshops where children and adults of all ages can work together to create this unique Public Art by the Public.™
Cory Booker, Former Newark Mayor, current U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate
An Animodule is a revolutionary, shared-value public art form and movement that is changing the way art and creative expression connects to community, business, and youth. The Animodule is a three dimensional “Animated “module” created sculpture, formed by notching two flat planes together to create a third dimension. It is an original urban art form, born in Newark, created by children and youth under the direction of professional artists. Working collaboratively, solving conceptual and design problems, merging art and science, program participants gain invaluable artistic, academic, and teambuilding experience creating a permanent artwork that represents their community.
Animodules form a strong bridge between communities, schools and businesses. Among many accomplishments, Animodules have engaged over 10,000 children in Newark, welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to Newark Airport, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Newark Peace Education Summit and appeared in Times Square for the UN International Day of Peace. Each year the Animodules come together to celebrate creativity and art in the annual Newark Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade.
The grounds of the Nassau County Museum will never be the same after the installation of Marko Remec’s monumental and thrilling new works, commissioned for the Museum and sited by the artist himself: Field Totem and Tall Totem. Along the sinuous drive, rising and falling with the gentle contours of a pair of hills, the elegant Field Totem stretches like a diamond tennis bracelet over the landscape. The entrance of the main building receives a fanfare in brilliant mirrors soaring twenty-six feet into the sky with Tall Totem.
Remec is an internationally renowned figure in contemporary art whose recent triumphs with similar site-specific works have included immensely popular works at Mass MOCA and the Long House Reserve. A former investment banker turned sculptor, Remec is a graduate of Williams College. This is the first phase of a major program of new works planned for the grounds of the Museum, long renowned as one of the region’s most important collections of outdoor sculpture.
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