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We look forward to seeing you at the opening of Molding/Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and Their Drawings on January 21.

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January 21 – March 25, 2018
Molding / Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and Their Drawings
Featuring the work of Ann Agee, Lynda Benglis, Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini,
Elisa D’Arrigo, Peter Gourlain, Joanne Greenbaum, Valerie Hegarty, Stephanie Imbeau, Kristen Jensen, Julia Kunin, Alice Mackler, Annabeth Rosen, Arlene Shechet, Peter Shire, and Betty Woodman

Curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Allison Peller
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2-5 pm

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February 11, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm
Artists in Conversation: Ceramics, Drawing, and the Female Body
A conversation between exhibition artists, Kathy Butterly and Elisa D'Arrigo, with the curators, Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Allison Peller

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Solid Stand by Kathy Butterly Around the Bend by Elisa D'Arrigo
Solid Stand, 2016, by Kathy Butterly; Around the Bend, 2017, by Elisa D'Arrigo

This conversation will focus on the subtle (and not so subtle) allusions to bodily forms rendered in clay and on paper by two artists for whom the female body and, by extension, the self are primary sources of inspiration. The work of Kathy Butterly and Elisa D’Arrigo share many common interests connecting them with imagery referencing the female body—surface beauty and seductive color, humor and pathos, rapture, mystery and more. The artists will examine the allure of the body as a source of inspiration. They will also explore why working in clay is so essential to their practices and why the medium seems particularly well-suited to exploring the female form including its sensuality, eroticism and vulnerability. Both artists will discuss how drawing has been an important vehicle of exploration, allowing them to probe similar ideas in either two or three dimensions.

Kathy Butterly is a New York-based sculptor, working in clay. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California, Davis. She has exhibited throughout the United States and her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. In addition, Butterly has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and inclusion in a Carnegie International.

Elisa D’Arrigo is best known for her labor-intensive sculptures using thread, cloth and paper. She recently returned to working in ceramics after a 30-year hiatus and it has become her primary studio practice. During a residency at The Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, she created a suite of drawings that echo her improvisational handling of glazed surfaces, complementing her ceramic work. She was awarded a NYFA Fellowship for Works on Paper and residencies at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Ariana Foundation for the Arts. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in such publications as The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, Sculpture and The New York Observer among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Mead Art Museum, Mint Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and Dieu Donné Papermill.

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February 25, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm
The Allure of Ceramics as an Expressive Medium
A conversation between exhibition artists, Stephanie Imbeau and Julia Kunin, with the curators, Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Allison Peller

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Imbeau Image Kunin Image
Untitled (Résider, Luster Drawing 6), 2016, by Stephanie Imbeau; Untitled Figure on Green, 2017,
by Julia Kunin

Julia Kunin and Stephanie Imbeau share a passion for the expressive potential of ceramics. Although each artist began her art practice using other materials, ranging from cardboard and umbrellas (Imbeau) to leather and glass (Kunin), they will discuss they how came to focus on working primarily in clay. During this informal conversation with the exhibition’s curators, they will discuss their use of clay in communicating complex emotions about art, life, nature, domesticity, home, politics, gender and feminism. They will address how form and surface play equal roles in allowing them to produce work that is simultaneously painterly and restrained. They will talk about the highly specialized glazing techniques they have researched and adapted from historical sources in pursuit of greater fluency of expression.

Stephanie Imbeau received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2004 and an MFA from Newcastle University in 2007. Her competition-winning work Shelter made her the first female artist to create an installation for Channel 4’s Big 4 logo in front of the company’s London headquarters in 2009. She was the youngest artist in the exhibition Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams at Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY, in November 2014. She has exhibited in Germany, France, England, Greece, and various locations throughout the US. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Julia Kunin earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.F.A. from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to Hungary in 2013 and is the recipient of a 2010 Trust for Mutual Understanding Grant to Hungary. In 2008 she received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and had a residency at Art Omi. In 2007 she was awarded the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Artist Residency. Fellowships have included: The MacDowell Colony, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, A CEC Artslink grant to The Republic of Georgia, The Bellevuesaal residency in Wiesbaden, Germany, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, The Core Program in Houston, TX, and Skowhegan, WI. Kunin was a member of the Women’s Action Coalition, and is a founding member of the activist group “We Make America.” She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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March 18, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm
New Thinking for Ceramic Artists
A Panel Discussion moderated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson, independent curator , Glenn Adamson, gallery director, Trey Hollis, and exhibition artists Ann Agee, Nicole Cherubini, and Joanne Greenbaum

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Greenbaum Image Agee Image
Untitled, 2016, by Joanne Greenbaum; left to right: Twin Vase (right), 2015; Garniture Vase, 2017;
Twin Vase (left)
, 2015 by Ann Agee

Ceramics have been experiencing a welcome revival of interest among artists, museum curators, galleries, collectors and audiences alike. Museums are showing their support of ceramics with major retrospectives by masters of the medium and galleries are mounting sell-out shows by young emerging ceramic artists, while ceramic classes and studios throughout the New York Metro area are in high demand. This panel will examine how and why this phenomenal upsurge of interest in the medium in recent years is linked to new ways of thinking about ceramics. Artists Ann Agee, Nicole Cherubini, and Joanne Greenbaum will share how they use clay in their art practices to create works that are both expressive and contemporary, bridging the historical role of ceramics as a craft to its centrality as a medium for the creation of fine art. Independent curator, Glenn Adamson, along with P.P.O.W. gallery director, Trey Hollis, will describe the changes in attitude about ceramics they have witnessed in the museum and gallery worlds, how audiences and the marketplace for ceramics have changed, and what they think the future might bring for ceramic art and artists.

Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques, he was previously Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); Thinking Through Craft (2007). Most recently he was the co-curator of Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at MAD (2016); curator of Beazley Designs of the Year, at the Design Museum in London (2017); and co-curator (with Martina Droth and Simon Olding) of Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, at the Yale Center for British Art (2017).

Trey Hollis is director of P.P.O.W Gallery, NY (2016 to the present) and former associate director of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, also NY (2011-2016). He studied art history and architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, earning two separate BA degrees in 2009. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on David Wojnarowicz.

Ann Agee lives and works in Brooklyn. She has had installations at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, and her work has been included in notable ceramics exhibitions, including Dirt on Delight, Institute of Contemporary Art, PA and the Walker Art Center, MN, and Conversations in Clay, Katonah Art Museum, NY. In 2011 she was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and has also been the recipient of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among others. Her works are included in the permanent collections of notable institutions including: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The RISD Art Museum, RI; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Henry Art Museum in Seattle, WA; The Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, FL.

Nicole Cherubini lives and works in Hudson and Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME in 2002 and earned an MFA in visual arts at New York University, New York, NY and a BFA in ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Her work has been included in solo or group shows at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL, Tracy Williams Ltd, NY, D’Amelio Terras, NY, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, Cranbrook Art Museum, MI, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, MIT List Visual Arts Center, MA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, among others.

Joanne Greenbaum lives and works in New York City. She earned a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Over the past twenty years she has participated in numerous shows in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, Greenbaum exhibited her work at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Crone Gallery, Berlin, Van Horn Gallery, Dusseldorf, Texas Gallery, Houston, and Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. Other recent solo shows include Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and D’Amelio Terras, New York. Greenbaum has also been exhibited at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, PS1 MoMA, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Kunsthalle, Basel, and Whitechapel Gallery, London. A career-spanning survey of her was mounted by Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, and travelled to Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany in 2008/2009. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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