October 29 - December 15, 2020
On view online and at JCAL's
Miller Gallery by appointment only.
Paddling Tour of Flushing Creek
October 31, 2:30 & 4PM
Virtual Artist Talk
November 18, 7PM
Live-Streamed on JCAL's Youtube Channel
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is pleased to present the second of two culminating exhibitions for ARTWorks, JCAL’s year-long professional development fellowship for emerging artists, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.
The exhibition, A Way of Learning From Everything, showcases the art produced by the ARTWorks Fellows, Cody Ann Herrmann and Patrice Robinson, during their residency at JCAL. Referencing Learning from Las Vegas, a 1972 book co-authored by legendary architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, the exhibition signals the artists’ open attitude and position in their studio practices.
Herrmann is devoted to social-practice art that explores real estate development projects, urban ecology and related issues of gentrification. She has organized guided tours through downtown Flushing and Willets Point to the Flushing waterfront, and performed guerilla actions, such as installing street signs to raise public awareness of local environmental issues. Robinson paints portraits in oil on wood panels, exploring the complexities that a human carries with him/her internally as an individual and externally as a social being. She questions if it is habitual or instinctual to anchor ourselves to people, places, ideas and even objects. As a Black woman artist, she shares her experience of living in today’s America, implicitly pointing out critical conditions that need structural change and improvement.
A Way of Learning From Everything will be exhibited at JCAL’s Miller Gallery from October 29 to December 15, 2020. The artists will be present in the gallery to engage in conversation with the audience on Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 and December 5, and 12, from 12PM to 5PM. General public hours are Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM. All visits must be made by appointment -- see JCAL.org/visit-the-gallery for more information. An Artist Talk will be live-streamed on the JCAL Youtube Channel on November 18 at 7PM (RSVP here).
Alongside her work in the gallery, Herrmann is hosting a guided tour of Flushing Creek on October 31 in collaboration with Guardians of Flushing Bay and members of the Flushing for Equitable Development & Urban Planning (FED UP) coalition. They will be providing participants with an opportunity to kayak and canoe in the creek, with groups setting out at 2:30 and 4PM (RSVP here).
[Pictured above: Patrice Robinson, Starry-eyed (left) and Cody Ann Herrmann: Valley of Ashes (Mike; Andrew; Bill; Melinda; Francisco) (right)]
For artwork inquiries, contact JCAL Visual Arts Program Associate, Naomi Kuo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.