Date Wed., February 20, 2019 at 7pm
Pre-meeting conversations begin at 6pm
Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist 40 E. 35th St. (between Park & Madison Avenues), New York, NY. (Entrance at street level on the far right of the church itself; doorway marked #40.)
Free for TSGNY’s Full, Donor, and Student Members. $15.00 for Newsletter Subscription Members and Guests. Admission fees support TSGNY’s Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Award.
The 6pm Pre-Meeting:
How do you deal with the physical and archival storage
of your work? Do storage
needs influence how you
make things? Share your
solutions in our general
See you there!
If you have an idea or suggestion for an upcoming pre-meeting program contact Joan Diamond to discuss your presentation and available dates.
March 20: Andrea Feeser
April 17: Channing Hansen
May 15: Carol Shaw Sutton
June 19: Annual Members’ Show
(free admission in June for all !)
GUEST SPEAKER: ANN SLAVIT
FEBRUARY 20, 2019 aT 7PM
Ann Slavit’s search for ways to blend her life and multiple interests— e.g., design, drawing, sculpture, and painting as well as feminist politics, community, and sense of place—has taken her in diverse directions over four decades.
Early on, her concern for women artists’ wait for recognition by museums and galleries led to the creation of large-scale fabric air structures in public spaces—these combined humor and social commentary. “The best solutions seem to have entered my consciousness in sneaky and unexpected ways. . . using textiles and fabric was one of the elements that seemed to come through a back door,” she said.
More recently, she worked on a series of fabric acrobats inspired by the silk kites that she encountered in China as a member of the first delegation of American artists and educators to be invited to the People’s Republic of China in 1982. She has also developed 2-and 3-dimensional versions of a fictional character named Emily Bones. The iterations include a cloth-printed doll and doll kit through which the artist hopes to embody in fabric the spirit of a young girl who shares many of her own passions.
Slavit lives in the Bronx, where she initiated a studio design project that drew upon the analytic and artistic strengths of young people with disabilities. At Lehman College, her “Pathway Project” helped guide people with disabilities along the most accessible routes on the campus.
Ann Slavit’s career began with studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University. As a graduate student at Tufts, she studied under Otto Piene, a German-born artist and technological innovator who directed the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT.
For additional information, please visit www.aslvit.myportfolio.com