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APRIL 2012

Westchester County Business Journal • ARTSWNEWS

on the cover: Westchester Explores American Culture AMERICAN MODERNISM at Neuberger Museum of Art

During an era of disillusionment between two world wars, a group of artists saw the opportunity for inno- vative and progressive ideas that re- defined American art. Now through April 29, the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College explores this artistic shift toward American Mod- ernism. With over sixty displayed works, American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, De Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942 focuses on the influ- ence of art lover John Graham upon new modern painters and sculptors.

Lee Krasner, Composition

Influenced by radical new concepts brought forth by Graham, these art- ists were eager to exchange ideas while grappling with issues such as

the nature of abstraction and a con- scious search for identity. American Vanguards brings together evidence of these dialogues as well as works that demonstrate the artists’ similar inspirations.

During a time of the Depression and an overwhelming sense of hopeless- ness, the idealistic notion that society could rebuild itself brought vitality to the art world. The objective of many modern artists shifted toward captur- ing the emotion of a subject more than the literal representation of it. What resulted were fresh approach- es to Abstraction and Cubism.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Neuberger presents two opportuni-

ties that allow visitors to explore these works: an April 20 “Lunch & Tour” event, with renowned curator William C. Agee and a private, ca- tered lunch (tickets: $50); an April 27 lunchtime tour, part of the museum’s “Noon @ The Neu” series (free with admission). For more information about these tours, American Van- guards, and The Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, visit:


FABRIC OF AMERICA: Quilting Our History Why do

passed down to future generations, the quilt comes to symbolize our values as individuals and societies, telling a tale of our American history.

Donna Chambers, Friends

New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA)’s newest exhibition, Fabric of America: Quilting Our History, will display intricate, richly designed original quilts by members of the Pelham Quilters. The group, which includes artists from all over Westchester, aims to preserve and promote this tradition and its ability to illustrate a story, as well as to push the boundaries on what quilting will become in the future.

Quilting, unlike many other art forms, is collaborative. Historically, it brings together a community of individuals who laboriously work on a single quilt. Often

According to Linda Tarrant-Reid, Vice- President of NRCA, Fabric of America allows visitors to “go back in time and learn about the quilters' [relationships], the environment and our shared his- tory." Pelham Quilters President Renee Fleuranges-Valdes adds that “around the globe, quilts have become a visually stimulating expression of art. The result is an art form that is as diverse as its maker.”

The free exhibition, which runs through April 27, will inaugurate their newest Rotunda Gallery space in New Rochelle’s City Hall. As part of Fabric of America, additional quilts will simultaneously be on display at the Media Loft Gallery on 50 Webster Avenue in New Rochelle.

Two workshops explore different aspects of the history of quilting: "Six Generations of Quilters" on April 3 and "An African American Journey through Quilts" on April 10. For information, visit:


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When a young person says “I can,” “I know,” “I see,” “I hear,” the arts have provided that magical gift of creativity and mastery… be it a doodle, a scale, a poem, a drawing, a rainbow …it is real!

-Mary L. Bianco

Ownership Representative of Brooks Shopping Centers LLC

Why do the arts matter? Because the arts touch everyone.

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