About Activity: Making Connections Installation Views Participants Press Release Findings Acknowledgements

July 29, 2012
Press Contact: Linda Griggs & Erik Sanner
lindagriggsart [at] gmail.com
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Photo credit: Nicole Wittenberg

August 30 - September 11, 2012
Gallery Hours: Daily from 3:30-7:00pm
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm

NEW YORK – What makes a story so important that you want to share it? To explore this question, 18 writers were asked to share 100-word passages to which 18 artists responded in the visual medium of their choice. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to guess which artist's work was inspired by each text.

Worth Telling invites viewers to investigate the urge to share stories as they encounter this exhibition of all-new visual art and the accompanying texts. The exhibition includes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, author Luc Sante and artists Duke Riley and Nicole Wittenberg. It is curated by Linda Griggs and Erik Sanner.

The pairings are not at first revealed; rather, viewers are encouraged to make connections between the written and visual works, engaging with each piece more deeply than they would have otherwise. Upon entering the space, viewers are given copies all of the writing and scorecards to indicate which written and visual works they believe go together. Visitors will also be invited to share what they think makes a story worth telling in their choice of pencil on paper, email, or video. At the end of the brick-and-mortar exhibition, the scorecards will be reviewed and the results posted online. These findings will be made available as a permanent online exhibition, accompanied by documentation of the materials shared by participating viewers.

Art has the unique ability to push the viewer to think about the world differently. Through the many artistic mediums, thematic material and genres presented, we hope the audience will walk away contemplating the role of writers and artists in spotlighting the important issues of our time.

Featured Writers:
Ruthie Ackerman
Jimmie Briggs
Elisabeth Eaves
Kofu Fosu Forson
Wesley Gibson
Deborah Greco
Mandy Keifetz
Lisa Levy
Rich Moskal
Robert Pearre
Justin Petropoulos
William Raden
David Ramm
Shaun Randol
Ron Richter
Luc Sante
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Featured Artists:
Davide Cantoni
Brian Dupont
Danielle Durchslag
Ryan Frank
Linda Griggs
Allen Hansen
David Hodges
Felicity Hogan
Isaiah King
Jillian Mcdonald
Marcie Paper
Robert Pearre
Duke Riley
Daniel Rosenbaum
Sarah Schmerler
Nicole Wittenberg
Nicole Zehr

This exhibition has been made possible through the donation of the Abraza Interno Gallery by the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. Curatorial support from Lauren Cronk. Special thanks to East Village Wines & Liquors, FreshDirect and Streit's Matzos for providing refreshments for the opening and closing receptions.

The Abraza Interno Gallery is located on the second floor of 107 Suffolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets.
Gallery hours: Daily from 3:30-7:00pm.
For more information please call 212-260-4080 or visit www.csvcenter.org.


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