Curated Programs: Artists on Artists
Sunday May 7th, 4:10 PM
Jonathan Silver, Brooklyn born artist, gained recognition for his emotionally charged large hallucinogenic sculpture installations in the late ‘80’s. Silver, a Columbia University scholar under art historian Meyer Shapiro, shifted gears and began creating genre bending artworks influenced by Hellenistic thought, Rodin, Giacometti, and Freudian psychoanalysis. During Silver’s meteoric rise, his work was acquired by the Walker Art Center, the MET, the City of Baltimore/John Hopkins, and the Weatherspoon Museum, and was shown at the Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, and numerous galleries before his early death in 1992. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America and Art News, among others. In 1986 NYTimes art critic Michael Brenson wrote: “Silver’s aim is syncretic…He takes one chunk from here, another from there, and then struggles to assemble works that that can suggest both the crushing gravity of the fragmentation and the possibility of clawing and climbing towards a new whole.”
Filmmaker Coleen Fitzgibbon first filmed Jonathan Silver four months before his death, with art writer Michael Brenson, then-Director of the Weatherspoon Museum, Bert Carpenter, and sculptor Tom Otterness.
Fitzgibbon has screened her documentaries and experimental films internationally as a filmmaker and artist at the Greenpoint Film Festival, Viennale in Austria, Toronto International Film Festival, MOMA, Rotterndam IFF, Salon 94 Gallery, LA MOCA, Anthology Film Archives and others.
Co-producer Michael Grenadier has produced and edited many documentaries, including High Wide and Handsome with Loudon Wainwright III and The Ultimate Wish.