Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) will present Natural Proclivities, an art exhibition curated by Kim Power and Melanie Vote, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan.
The exhibition will be on display through July 27. An artist panel discussion, Insights and Innovation, will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
According to Power, “Natural Proclivities examines the relationship between humans and nature; both our responsibility and response to nature, how we transform it and how it transforms us.”
That transformation inspires the creative impulse, Vote says, “showing all the wonders of the cyclical process of life and death; from growth to decay, and returns us to the elemental forces of our own existence.”
Creating empathy through a variety of media
The 31 featured artists explore their themes through painting, photography and mixed media. In the end, Power posits, “This exhibition presents a visual dialogue that aspires to stimulate awareness and create empathy towards our natural environment.”
The featured artists include Joan Bankemper, Daniel Bilodeau, Dina Brodsky, Naomi Campbell, Bradley Castellanos, Eteri Chkadua, Gocha Chkadua, Elisabeth Condon, Elizabeth Demaray, Inka Essenhigh, Owen Gray, Julie Heffernan, Vera Iliatova, Lisa Lebofsky, James Lipovac, Zachari Logan, Alessandra Maria, Tanya Marcuse, Ali Miller, Alyssa Monks, Nunzio Paci, Rafael Perez, David Pettibone, Kim Power, Lesley Richmond, Katia Santibanez, Emma Tapley, Gregory Thielker, Melanie Vote, Virginia Wagner and Aron Wiesenfeld.
A venue for diversity and dialogue
Dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming, the SFAC promotes and enriches the educational mission of BMCC. It presents diverse gallery programs and fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural understanding.
The SFAC also serves as a resource for the BMCC and lower Manhattan communities through artist talks, tours and exhibitions that are free of charge and open to the public.
Middle Image: Gregory Thielker, Differential, 2016
Bottom Image: David Pettibone, April – May from the Year With a Tree series (clockwise from top left: Overcast, Rain, Sunny, Cloudy, Sunny, Sunny), 2017