Friday, May 24, 2013

Last Chance to See Families/Cities SHIFT at Susan Teller Gallery

Cups of the Day #122
Mixed Media on upcycled paper coffee cups
Individual cups from "An Immigrants Dream of Home"
at Susan Teller Gallery, For Ideas City Festival 2013

It was an exciting week in New York City. The New Museum's Ideas City festival took over Lower Manhattan and the Lower East Side from May 1st - 4th with an extensive program of events, including a conference, workshops, art exhibitions, special projects, public art installations and a large, offbeat StreetFest on the Bowery on Saturday.

My particular contribution to the festival was at Susan Teller Gallery, 568 Broadway, #502, as part of her current exhibition Families/Cities SHIFT, which includes artwork by five members of the Leech/Gallagher family and four members of the Pinto family. My sister, Kitty Leech and I were on hand from 1-5 PM for informal discussion of life in a multi-generational art family. There are lots of stories to share! Anna Pinto, calligrapher was also there for part of the afternoon.

But if you missed it on that day, not to worry. The exhibition is still open Tuesday - Saturday by appointment through the end of May. Call the gallery at  212 941 7335 for more information.

Gwyneth Leech, Ecuador/New York, A Dream of Home, 2010-12
mixed media with 55 used paper coffee cups, 120 x 24 x 30 inches
An installation for Families/Cities SHIFT at Susan Teller Gallery, NYC
Jody Pinto, Fingerspan Bridge. Preparatory to the installation of the 
nine-ton bridge of Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia., 1987
mixed media, 60 x 72 inches, Image: Susan Teller Gallery

Families/Cities Shift
The Gallagher-Leech & Pinto Families,
Philadelphia and New York
In conjunction with the Ideas City Festival,
sponsored by the New Museum

On view: April 5 - May 11, 2013
Open: Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11-6


568 Broadway (Room 502)
New York, NY 10012

"This is a show about two families making significant contributions to Philadelphia and New York, the cities in which they live, including and beyond the form of individual works of art.

In the 1930s, Michael Gallagher, an administrator on the WPA, recruited impoverished artists including previously ignored African-Americans. (There, Dox Thrash helped invent carborundum printmaking, a technique that at once repurposed the material while compensating for meager supplies). Angelo Pinto taught at the Barnes Foundation for decades and in the late ’30s developed location photography techniques that freed the process from the studio.

The current generation inherited a Depression-Era ability to make do, reinvent, and inspire, especially regarding venues, resources, and people. They respond to urban conditions and they work collaboratively.

Jody Pinto, environmental artist, Anna Pinto, calligrapher, and Kitty Leech, costume designer, are teachers; Jody and Gwyneth Leech are community activists."

Anna Pinto, Solitude, with poem by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1998
mixed media, 7 x 20 inches, Image: Susan Teller Gallery 
 Kitty Leech, Three Men From Waiting Imprints on a Landscape, The Mining Project, 2008
hand-colored photostats, 11 x 8 inches. 
The dancers are three WPA printmakers, 
left to right, Hugh Mesibov, Michael J. Gallagher, and Dox Thrash.
Image: Susan Teller Gallery

Michael J. Gallagher, Anthracite, 1939-40
carborundum print, 8 x 10 inches

Image: Susan Teller Gallery 

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