524 West 59th Street
September 10 –October 19, 2012
The artworks in this exhibit are from Art for Justice, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization co-founded by Ann Marie Kirk and Graterford prison inmate Charles H. Lawson. Art of Justice supports prisoner art to stimulate dialogue on way to prevent crime, reduce levels of incarceration and find humane an effective ways to improve the criminal justice system.
Featured in the show are paintings by 11 artists from the Graterford and Greene State Correction Institutions in Pennsylvania. The exhibition spans a broad range of art media from traditional oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings to one painted with coffee and one with makers and toothpaste.
October 29 – January 28, 2013
To coincide with the NY Print Art Fair, Oct. 29-Nov. 14, 2012, Expressing the Social Conscience: Art Prints and Human Rights will feature fine-art prints dealing with issues of human rights in order to demonstrate the rich variegation of the medium but also to convey the immediacy of their social message. Human rights issues are the most appropriate themes for this medium because the print has been historically used to reach the greatest number of people.
February 11 – May 3, 2013
Co-sponsored with ACA Galleries, this exhibition will feature the art of the 1930s and 1940s of such canonical American political artists as Ben Shahn and Jacob Lawrence. Social Realism refers to a group of politically and socially conscious art works often of urban subject matter that were intended to highlight social problems and attack injustices within society.
May 17 – September 17, 2013
This exhibition of the art of John Jay's world class art faculty comprises two clusters, 1) Haunted Histories is composed of artists whose work that deals with historical events and social issues, i.e. Visani's work quotes from traditional African sculpture and reinterprets the history of slavery in the Unites States; Ming's work is a poetical, if nightmarish, evocation of the Nanjing massacre. 2) Palimpsests is comprised of artists that work abstractly on many material layers. i.e. Pangburn's painting involves many layers of superimposed colors; Bilsborough's draws on both sides of translucent paper exploring the relations through what is under and over the surface.
October 1 – December 10, 2013 (Subject to change)
This exhibit presents the works of a formidable group of thirteen world renowned artists of Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim heritage whose art is unsurpassed in its eloquent disavowal of violence of all kinds. While women are rarely the perpetrators of violence, they suffer its devastating effects nonetheless and, thus, must share responsibility for ending violent human conflict. The distinguished artists featured in "Women Call for Peace" (currently touring and organized by the Mid-America Arts Alliance) share a commitment to the unique power of art to sensitize and inform audiences about this compelling problem. In this new millennium—an age that has held the promise of global interconnectedness—the penchant for conflict and the need for resolution has never been more evident. Artists include Lebanon-born, Helen Zughaib, MacArthur Foundation "genius" award winner, Aminah Robinson, and other world-class artists including Judy Chicago, Flo Oy Wong, Sionia Benjamin, and Faith Ringgold.