Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Coleen Fitzgibbon
Curated Programs:  Artists on Artists
Sunday May 7th, 4:10 PM  

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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.

 

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Don Gummer

Curated Program:  Artists on Artists
Artist Archives documentary film project
Robert DiMaio, 25 min 46 sec
Sunday May 7th, 4:10pm

The Artist Archive was founded in 2002 when filmmaker Robert DiMaio was commissioned by the School Construction Authority to document a public art installation – a project that was funded by the Percent for Art program. Shortly after, DiMaio submitted a proposal to document, using film, all the art installed in public schools. His concept was that on the first day of every school year, students would be taken on a tour of the hallways where art was on public display. Their visit with the art would be followed by a short film about the meaning of the art and the history of the artist. Thereafter, when students would pass the art, they would be reminded of aspects of the artists lives and how creativity, imagination, and inspirations overcame challenges or led to success. TAA continues to create short films to encourage dialogue among teachers, parents/guardians, and younger people regarding the ways in which art contributes to issues of community pride, quality of life, and life-long education.

Don gummer
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 10 min 6 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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Don Gummer discusses the ability of public art to bring communities together. Inspired by his childhood fascination with urban structures, he is able to facilitate an unfiltered exchange of ideas between the many viewers that come into contact with his work around the city. This might allow a mother to better understand how her child views the world around them; get people into the habit of forming a greater tolerance to differing perspectives, and expand the mind.

 

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Moyers
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 2 min 16 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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In a visit to painter Burton Silverman’s studio, Bill Moyers discusses artists as the “carriers of the imagination”, and artwork as the vessels of otherwise inaccessible sensations and information. Moyers focuses on the impact that artwork has on the viewer’s perception and future emotional development, bringing light to the way certain works of painting, writing, etc. teach generations of people to feel empathy, learn about their histories, and to become more connected to the world around them.

 

Swoon

Swoon
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 13 min 24 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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This short film follows the work of Swoon, who gained notoriety from her street art and her unique use of materials. Highlighted here are her functional raft sculptures, which were created entirely out of salvaged materials from dumpsters and construction sites. The creations are bi-products of the community we live in, and viewers join together to watch their silhouettes on the East River, gathering in fascination and celebration.