On Monday, October 1 New York's Cheim & Read Gallery in Chelsea will host a special event to benefit the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Special guest at the event will be Jack Pierson, renowned artist and photographer and former Fine Arts Work Center Fellow. General ticket admission to the event is $175 with Premier tickets also available. The event will be held from 6-8 pm and includes cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres. In addition to selected works on view by Pierson, the gallery exhibition will feature the work of Louise Fishman, American abstract painter and former MFA Program Faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Jack Pierson makes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings, and artist's books that explore the emotional undercurrent of everyday life, from the intimacy of romantic attachment to the distant idolizing of others. Using friends as models, Pierson has consistently engaged star culture through his work, whether the stars are from the screen, stage, or art world. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the CAC Malaga, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Cheim & Read, New York. Pierson's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles among other museums worldwide. Pierson is represented by Cheim & Read, New York. He was a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in 1993-1994.
Other guests attending the New York event include several former Fine Arts Work Center Fellows including writers Michael Cunningham, Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, and Major Jackson. Additionally, many esteemed members from the event Host Committee are expected to be in attendance including theater director/writer Andre Gregory and writer/screenwriter Tony Kushner.
The Fine Arts Work Center was founded in 1968 by a group of artists and writers, many from New York City, in an effort to sustain the year round vitality of the most enduring art colony in the country. The vision of the founders, including Robert Motherwill and Stanley Kunitz, is embodied in the Work Center's Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists and Writers, now an internationally renowned long-term residency program. With over 100 Fellows living in the five boroughs, the Fine Arts Work Center remains vitally connected to New York. Additional programs include open-enrollment summer workshops featuring award-winning faculty, a low-residency MFA degree in visual arts in collaboration with MassArt, a new online writing program called 24PearlStreet, and an extensive series of cultural events offered to the public throughout the year. The Work Center is located on an historic site in Provincetown, MA, the oldest arts colony in the country, minutes away from the pristine natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
The NYC Benefit Event is made possible by the generous support of sponsors Cheim & Read Gallery and Google. Catering provided by MatchBox Catering. The event is co-chaired by Ted Chapin and Torrence Boone. Additional support continues to grow from numerous individuals.
Ticket information is available through the Fine Arts Work Center website at www.fawc.org/tickets, or by phone at 508-487-9960 x 101.