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

The Whitney Museum's Vida Americana exhibit features 200 works by 60 Mexican and American artists. The show reorients art history by revealing the profound impact the Mexican muralists had on their counterparts in the U.S. during the period right after the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. These Mexican artists inspired their American peers both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life as well as to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices.   

We’ll see the murals of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siquieros and then "visit" Los Angeles and NYC to see their artistic influence on American artists Jackson Pollock, Jacob Lawrence and Ben Shahn.

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

Riva Blumenfeld began her career as an educator at the Brooklyn Museum and then became an art dealer specializing in contemporary art and printmaking, which she has been pursuing for over 25 years. Since closing her public gallery in January 2002, she has been teaching adult classes in contemporary art at the 92nd Street Y. Since 2004, Riva has been teaching school groups at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as families and access groups at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additionally, she was the New York chapter chair of ArtTable and on the board of the Lower Eastside Printshop.

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.

Upcoming events:

Feb. 18th: Michael Kelly Williams

Mar. 11th: Betye Saar: "Conscience of the Art World"

We want to hear from you!

Art and Society Census is a new project soliciting public opinion and group visioning designed to evolve the role of the arts and culture in contemporary life, developed in collaboration with independent curator and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Interim Executive Director Laura Raicovich and in partnership with Hyperallergic. Open for public comment until March 1, 2021, the Art and Society Census aims to invite a collective rethinking that would dissolve the boundaries of canonized art and institutions, in the hopes of finding new approaches, values and actions that would restructure the cultural field based on what audiences deem most important or overlooked, inviting a grassroots transformation of the arts sector. As museums, performing arts institutions, libraries, and other cultural organizations nationwide need to reassess how they are serving their communities, BPL’s Art and Society Census aims to be a leading organizer of a public referendum on culture. 

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