WPKN Archives: Live Culture-- Episode 29: A Movable Feast

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Live Culture

Original Aired:
Saturday, July 29th, 2017
11:00AM to 12:00PM

1 hour

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 11:00AM

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Episode: Live Culture-- Episode 29: A Movable Feast

This months guests are:
Jeff Bergman, Director at Pace Prints, NY, and Artist Tom Burr.

The show will begin with a conversation with Gallerist Jeff Bergman, to discuss the recent spate of mid-size art gallery closures in New York and what the future is for brick and mortar galleries in the city that traditionally has been the hub for the visual arts in the United States. What does this mean for artists, collectors and those galleries which remain?

A lot is up in the air now, and we discuss the possibilities in these challenging times.
Two good recent articles on the situation are here and here.

Additionally, we will discuss Jeff's impending visit to Connecticut: he is one of the invited curators to visit this year's City-Wide-Open-Studios Festival in New Haven this October, where he will be perusing the local talent en situ.

My second guest will be Artist Tom Burr to discuss is current installation at the empty Pirelli Building in New Haven. Tom Burr/New Haven is part of Bortolami Gallery’s initiative Artist / City, which pairs an artist with a single space for one year. The gallery describes the initiative as:

"a new, experimental alternative for artists to show their work in American cities outside the standard five-week gallery show. Pairing an artist with a space in a different city for a year, we hope to set forth a progressive exhibition structure, expand our programming, and grow geographically without opening full-scale operations. The aim is to create a structure in which our artists can investigate their work without restriction."

The iconic Pirelli Building, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1968–70, sits unused, adjacent to Interstate 95 and serves as a dramatic gateway to the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Over the course of 2017, artist Tom Burr—a native of New Haven—has worked on the ground floor of the building, creating a series of site-specific artworks for the location. This endeavor represents a continuation of Burr’s reflections on site, subjectivities, and the eroded distinction between private and public spheres. 

We discuss his choice of the site,of coming back home to make art relating to one's past, the use of an unoccupied space to create art, and how this will translate into what he does in the gallery spaces he also shows in. Additionally, in 2017, he has present solo exhibitions at Maureen Paley in London; the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster; and Galerie Neu in Berlin.

More about the project and visiting the site can be found here: www.bortolamigallery.com/artistcity/


Show: Live Culture

Live Culture is a discussion of ideas in and around contemporary art, with monthly themes and guests. Join host Martha Willette Lewis on the last Saturday of every month from 11am - 12 noon for an engrossing hour of talk and music.

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