Edward Hopper Citation of Merit in the Visual Arts Recipient Exhibition
Carrie Mae Weems: Beacon
November 10, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Carrie Mae Weems is the 2017 recipient of the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists, presented by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Council on the Arts in recognition of her significant artistic contributions to the state of New York. For this series of photographs, Carrie Mae Weems documented the changing landscape and culture of Beacon, NY, over the course of her year as artist-in-residence there in 2002. Weems places herself as the subject in the Beacon photographs, always pictured standing with her back to the camera, observing and “bearing witness, confronting something, [serving] as a guide to the viewer standing with me.”
Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Weems is celebrated for her photography, films, and videos that address social themes focusing on race, gender, and class. She has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Prix de Roma, and many more. She lives and works in Syracuse, NY.
Sean Scully: No Words
March 9 – May 27, 2018
Sean Scully is renowned for his abstract paintings featuring colored stripes of thickly applied oil paint. Though abstract, he sees referential meaning in his work, “I’ve always used metaphors that relate to things outside painting.” These works were created in his studio in Tappan, New York, not far from the Nyack of Edward Hopper’s formative years. Born in Dublin in 1945, Scully moved to London as a child and studied art at the Central School of Art and Croydon College of Art before receiving his BA from Newcastle University in 1972. Scully moved to United States in 1975 and currently lives and works New York and Munich, Germany.
June 8 – September 2, 2018
Claudia Alvarez creates ceramic sculptural installations of child-sized figures imbued with adult-like characteristics. The work engages in diverse and timeless subjects such as immigration, violence, youth/aging, and power struggles. The incongruity of these childlike figures placed in unexpected situations suggests a dreamlike state that challenges our perceptions of reality and emotional clarity.