May 24 - June 27, 2018. Opening Reception: May 24th, 6-8pm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2018
The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Natural Proclivities, on view from May 24 through July 27, 2018.
Curated by Kim Power and Melanie Vote
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6pm – 8pm
Insights and Innovation: Artist Panel Discussion: Wednesday, June 13, 6pm – 8pm
Natural Proclivities examines the relationship between humans and nature, both our responsibility and response to it, how we transform it and how it transforms us. Nature inspires the creative impulse, showing all the wonders of the cyclical process of life and death from growth to decay, and returns us to the elemental forces of our own existence. Co-curators Kim Power and Melanie Vote have invited thirty-one artists working in the mediums of paint, photography, thread, and mixed media, to stand as a representation of the synthesis of environment and materiality through their own individual creative expressions.
The interconnectedness of Homo sapiens and the natural world we live in and on, our planet, is in crises. The epoch of the Anthropocene is upon us. The artworks included in Natural Proclivities portray a cross section of nature’s acts of creation and destruction, the fecund proliferation of life, and the abject road to extinction. Through quiet visions and complex creations of both macro and micro images of natural beauty and the poetry of primal, elemental existence, this exhibition presents a visual dialogue that aspires to stimulate awareness and create empathy towards our natural environment.
The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming, through which it seeks to promote and enrich the educational mission of BMCC. The Shirley Fiterman Art Center provides a venue for diverse gallery programs, fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural understanding, and serves as a resource for the BMCC and lower Manhattan communities. Artist talks, tours, and other programs, as well as all exhibitions, are free of charge and open to the public.
The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is a not-for-profit organization housed in BMCC’s Fiterman Hall. The original structure, built in 1959, was donated to CUNY on behalf of BMCC in 1993 by Miles and Shirley Fiterman. Irreparably damaged in the attacks of 9/11, when Word Trade 7 fell against it, the building was rebuilt and reopened in 2012. Among other distinctive features, the Fiterman Hall features a spacious, ground-floor gallery that aims in part to honor the legacy of the Fitermans.
Leading philanthropists and collectors, the Fitermans amassed a collection based on a deep passion for art and artists, and a profoundly held belief in the transformative power of art and culture. The Fiterman family has demonstrated ongoing commitment to BMCC’s mission to serve students from New York City, across the United States, and from countries around the world, who are working to improve their lives through education.
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and enrolls over 24,000 degree-seeking and 11,000 Continuing Education students a year, awarding Associate Degrees in 33 fields.
Shirley Fiterman Art Center
81 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10007
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 6pm
For more information contact the gallery at 212-776-5631 or ShirleyFitermanArtCenter@bmcc.cuny.edu