POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“Regardless of which medium you choose to start with, the most important thing is to buy art that moves you,” stated Jeannie Greenberg Rohatyn (Vassar College class of 1989), a New York City- based independent curator and art adviser, in a recent interview. Rohatyn’s belief in that statement will be demonstrated in a new exhibition, selected from her own extensive contemporary collection.
Rohatyn founded Salon 94 in the first floor of her Manhattan home in 2002, to be an experimental project space for emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Much of her own collection can be found just upstairs, in her family's living space, and for the first time several of these works will be exhibited publicly as a group.
The exhibition Excerpt: Selections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, to be seen September 26, 2008 through January 4, 2009, at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, “Reflects a personal connection to the artists she [Rohatyn] supports, and reveals how her passion for art permeates both her private and professional life,” according to Mary-Kay Lombino, the Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher curator at the Art Center.
Painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance art by 18 international artists will be presented in this group show, ranging from figurative sculptures, to large-scale abstract paintings. Works by Barry X Ball, Tamy Ben-Tor, Huma Bhabha, Glenn Brown, Jennifer Cohen, Benjamin Edwards, Katy Grannan, David Hammons, Sarah Lucas, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Richard Prince, Aïda Ruilova, Rudolf Stingel, and Piotr Uklanski will be included.
The exhibition will also include screenings of the Laurie Simmons film The Music of Regret, a mini-musical in three acts featuring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and dancers from the Alvin Ailey II Company. [Screening location and schedule to be determined.]
“While the work shows evidence of a diverse set of social, political, ethnic, and intergenerational interests, it is bound together in Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn's distinguished collection,” noted Lombino. “This exhibition not only illustrates the personal preferences of an experienced collector with a well-trained eye, but also reveals a rare intimacy and deep understanding of the power of the art of our time.”
The artists included in Excerpt are originally from England, Ethiopia, Kenya, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, and the United States, and now live and work in Jerusalem, London, New York, Poughkeepsie, San Francisco, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.
A fully-illustrated publication, Excerpt: Selections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, will accompany the exhibition.
Exhibition reception and lecture (free and open to the public)
Friday, September 26
Lecture: "On Shifting Ground in New York."
Brian Sholis, editor of Artforum.com: 5:00 pm Taylor Hall, Room 203
Exhibition reception: 6:00-7:00pm
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie
(845) 437-5632, http://fllac.vassar.edu
Brian Sholis, editor of Artforum.com is a freelance art critic and book reviewer. His essays and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, Parkett, The Village Voice, Print, and other publications, as well as in catalogues accompanying exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He has taught at New York University, and lectured or served as visiting critic at a dozen universities. Sholis is the editor of an anthology of criticism titled The Uncertain States of America Reader.
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Lehman Loeb Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 17,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American twentieth century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The art center is open to the public Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Sunday. 1:00–5:00 pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.