2020 Vision artists and writers Clifford Owens, Steve Mumford. Paine the Poet, and Pamela Sztybel discuss documenting crisis in real time, moderated by Clifford Owens.
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Click to watch a recent Zoom panel discussion with the curators and artists Eric Fischl, Luján Pérez Hernández and Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Chris Wilson.
Presented by New York Academy of Art with Southampton Arts Center
Curators: David Kratz and Stephanie Roach
Editor: Emma Gilbey Keller
The pain, loss and uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The awakening cry for social justice following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and many others.
The unnerving possibility of global recession.
2020 has already experienced seismic events that are shifting values and shaping our choices as citizens and as creators.
Artists and writers are always the antennae of our society, all the more so at a time as challenging as this one. They have an opportunity—some might say, a duty—to interpret this moment and imagine the world not only as it is, but also as it could be.
This is the guiding challenge of the group exhibition, 2020 Vision. We asked artists, writers, and creative thinkers to consider three questions of critical importance: Our lives will never be the same, but what will change look like? What do we want to keep as we rebuild? And what must we guard against?
We invited these creators to express what they saw, what they felt, and what they experienced during this time of pause and reassessment, upheaval and risk, and anxiety and uncertainty.
It is our hope that 2020 Vision marks one of many beginnings in the necessary process of ‘post-traumatic growth’ and positive change for our society and our world.
Artists: John Alexander, Scott Avett, Mary Ellen Bartley, Amy Bennett, Tim Buckley, Tawny Chatmon, Kate Clark, Taha Clayton, Monica Cook, Shiqing Deng, Vincent Desiderio, Peter Drake, Richard Dupont, Eric Fischl, Audrey Flack, Natalie Frank, Elizabeth Glaessner, Ramiro Gomez, Andrae Green, Matthew Hansel, Candace Hill, Nir Hod, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Rashid Johnson, Kurt Kauper, Cédric Klapisch, Adam Lupton, Steve Mumford, Tim Okamura, Clifford Owens, Adam Pendleton, Luján Pérez Hernández, Jean-Pierre Roy, Bastienne Schmidt, Krista Louise Smith, Pamela Sztybel, Phillip Thomas, Justin Wadlington, Chris Wilson, Frank Wimberley, Alexi Worth, Jiannan Wu
Writers: Curtis Bashaw, Thomas Dyja, idreamofcovid.com, Keionna Jackson, Julia Jordan, David Kamp, Emma Gilbey Keller, J. Kenji López-Alt, Bernard Lumpkin, Vivek Murthy, Wendy Olsoff, Paine the Poet, Sarah Paley, Steve Porcaro, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Stephen Roach, Brooke Shields, Douglas Unis
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David Kratz is a painter and the President of the New York Academy of Art. In 2008, he received an MFA from the Academy, where he focused on figurative art and won the Vasari Prize for best-in-show painting at the MFA Thesis exhibition. Kratz has shown in group exhibitions at the New York Academy of Art, Lodge Gallery and Sotheby’s, and at Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barth. Prior to attending the Academy, Kratz was the founder and CEO of Magnet Communications, a leading public relations firm. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Law, Kratz has served on the boards of Citymeals-on-Wheels, the Lifelines Center, and the New Group, as well as helping to found One Day’s Pay. He became president of the Academy in 2009, and since then developed a new strategic plan, spearheaded a facilities renovation and expansion, overseen the Academy’s accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and organized some of the most successful fundraising events the Academy has seen.
Stephanie Roach has been the director of The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, since the institution’s founding in 2008, where she has developed and overseen more than sixty exhibitions with a range of guest curators, including those by Lisa Dennison, Jim Hodges, and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as in-house exhibitions featuring over six hundred established and emerging international artists. At FLAG, Roach curated One, Another (2011) and Space Between (2015), a co-curated exhibition with Louis Grachos. She is currently an Institutional Advisor for the Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize and was on the jury panel for the New York Academy of Art Seventh Annual Summer Exhibition in 2013. She has been a member of the Leadership Circle at The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania since 2009 and a member of the Contemporary Circle at The Jewish Museum, New York, since 2016. Roach graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.
Emma Gilbey Keller
Emma Gilbey Keller is an author and a journalist. She has written two books, The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went From Career to Family and Back Again (2008) and The Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela (1994). She has been a contributing writer and a columnist for The Guardian, and her work has appeared in Slate, Vanity Fair and The New York Times among other publications. She lives in Southampton with her husband, Bill Keller.
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Curated by Amy Kirwin Program Partners include Drawdown East End, Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition features artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, science, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. The vision for eARTh is to use art to creatively confront the alarming state of our precious planet and its inhabitants in a way that all can understand and appreciate. The intention of eARTh is to ask questions and inspire action. What can you do to make a difference? Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Jonathan Shlafer, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Image: Alejandro Duran; Vena, 2011