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The Info Commons presents Inside Art: Talks with Artists & Art Educators about Contemporary & Modern Art 

The NARS Foundation is pleased to be part of the Inside Art Series hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library. During this session, NARS Program Manager and Curator, Elisa Gutierrez, will give an overview of NARS’s history and programs, as well as upcoming projects. Also joining this session, NARS Alumni Sandra Lapage (Brasil) and Sa’dia Rehman (USA) will introduce us to their artistic practices and current projects.

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link prior to the event.

The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level as well as engaging the local community in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists through short-term integrated residency programs, progressive exhibition programs, international exchanges, and engaging public programs that foster global understanding and dynamic cross-cultural dialogues. These services operate in conjunction with our community outreach initiatives to promote greater accessibility to contemporary art for the under-served local community in south Brooklyn. Our mission is to present diverse platforms on which to nurture creative inspiration and innovative cross-pollination of ideas.

Sa’dia Rehman explores how contemporary and historical images communicate, consolidate and contest ideas about race, empire and labor. Through techniques such as wall drawing, cut outs and assemblage, Rehman pulls apart and puts together images from family photographs, historical records, and mass media to interrogate their resonances. Rehman has presented her work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Kentler International Drawing Space, and Queens Museum. She has been awarded residencies at the Abrons Arts Center, NARS Foundation, Edward Albee Foundation, Byrdcliffe Woodstock, Vermont Studio Center, Rasquache Residency, ASI/LMCC & Creative Capital and AIM Bronx Museum.

Sandra Lapage got her MFA from the Maine College of Art in 2013. She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Brazil, Europe and the United States, notedly at the Brazilian Embassy in Brussels (2007), at the Ribeirão Preto Art Museum for the 2006 exhibition program, at the Centro Cultural São Paulo in 2012, at the Gowanus Loft (NYC) in 2014 and 2015, at the Blumenau Art Museum and Aura Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo) in 2018, Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto and Andrea Rehder Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo) in 2019, and A60 Contemporary Artspace (Milan), Kunsthalle am Hamburguer Platz (Berlin), Surface Gallery (UK), Tianjin International Digital Imaging Exhibition (China), SP-Arte (Brazil), CICA Museum (Korea) and Art/World Brazil and Art to Wear, BG Gallery, (Los Angeles/Artsy) in 2021. Sandra has resided at various institutions such as the Fondation Château Mercier (Switzerland) and NARS Foundation (NYC), Camac Art Center (France) and Paul Artspace (USA), Massachussets Museum of Contemporary Art and Monson Arts, and will hopefully attend ART OMI and Odyssée (Château de Goutelas, France) in 2021. Sandra was a visiting artist at the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) and Maine College of Art (Portland), United States. In addition to her solo work, she develops a collaborative work in the collective Eclusa and runs, with 4 other artists, the independent art space Galpão Japaratuba in São Paulo. She lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

During the long months of quarantine, many of us found ourselves missing art: the deep encounters that surprise and move us, helping us to understand the world (or reevaluate what we think we know about it). Virtual encounters with art, while not the same as face-to-face, allow us access to art with tour guides — artists, art educators, and institutional directors who can guide us to new understandings of iconic art or introduce us to art we have never seen before. The Info Commons presents Inside Art: Talks with Artists & Art Educators about Contemporary & Modern Art, a monthly series, to take a deep dive into some NYC exhibits, to (re)examine some dominant narratives of modern art, and to explore the practice of working artists in their own words. We hope you’ll join us online. 

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