Hurricane Sandy had a particularly devastating effect on New York City’s arts community. Many artists lost significant parts of their life’s work, and use of their studios, or both.
But New York artists are exceptionally resilient, and in the year since Sandy wreaked havoc, they have struggled to recover. Many of +these artists are presenting works in “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1,” an exhibition that commemorates the first anniversary of the monumental storm. They will be joined by colleagues who were not gravely affected by Sandy but are participating as a gesture of solidarity within the art community.
“Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” will be on view from October 20 through December 15, 2013 at a new exhibition space at Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (As part of the collective recovery process after Sandy, Industry City has donated the use of 18,000 square feet of space to volunteer conservators who worked on the recovery of hundreds of works of art.)
The exhibition is curated by the artist, writer, and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail Phong Bui and his curatorial associates: Sara Christoph, David A. Willis, Margaret Graham, Noah Dillon, Serena Qui, Eric Sutphin, Cy Morgan, Yuan Fu, and Terence Troillot.
This exhibition is a unique collaboration between the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, the Jamestown Charitable Foundation, and Industry City. It marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between the Dedalus Foundation and Industry City, and Jamestown Charitable Foundation to continue, after this inaugural exhibition, numerous exhibitions and educational initiatives will be programmed annually.
Among over 200 hundred participant artists are those who were victims of Sandy: Rita Ackermann, Rachel Beach, Robert Bergman, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mike Cloud, Diana Cooper, Mark di Suvero, Ryan Foerster, Lucy Fradkin, Juan Gomez, Ron Gorchov, Lonnie Holley, David Humphrey, James Hyde, Suzanne Joelson, Darren Jones, Michael Joo, Benjamine Keating, Clay Ketter, Ronnie Landfield, Josiah McElheny, Donald Moffett, Jo Nigoghossian, Jennifer Nuss, G.T. Pellizzi, Rona Pondick, Max Becher & Andrea Robbins, Alexander Ross, Brie Ruais, Bill Schuck, Michelle Segre, Arthur Simms, Ray Smith, Colin Snapp, Gary Stephan, Lee Tribe, Daniel Turner, Wendy White, Nicole Wittenberg, Will Yackulic, Dustin Yellin, Lisa Yuskavage, and more, as well as artists who were invited to join in to celebrate the spirit of solidarity include: Stephen Antonakos, Shoja Azari, Vivien Bittencourt, Rackstraw Downes, Tamara Gonzales, EJ Hauser, Alex Katz, Matthew C. Lange, Matvey Levenstein, Chris Martin, Jonas Mekas, Loren Munk, Shirin Neshat, Thomas Nozkowski, Ellen Phelan, Joanna Pousette- Dart, Joyce Robins, Alexis Rockman, Cordy Ryman, Ethan Ryman, Will Ryman, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, Tomas Vu, Merrill Wagner, Nari Ward, Terry Winters, Joe Zucker, and more.
In addition there will be two group exhibitions “Come Together I: Rock Art & the X Ray Style” (After the collective works of Ryan Foerster & Hannah Buonaguro and over 60 artist friends installed in every conceivable part of their recently restored Brighten Beach home) and “Come Together II: The Beauty of Friends Being Together” (a selection of 50 artist friends of the Rail along with their 50 fellow artists who were Sandy victims).
During the course of the exhibition, there will be several supplemental events, including poetry readings by 20 poets (each of whom have been commissioned to write poems about their experience of Sandy), musical performances, and panel discussions regarding the conservation of works of art and preventive measures with regard to future natural disasters.
The VIP opening will be on Thursday, October 17th from 6 to 9 pm. The general opening will be on Sunday, October 20th from 4 to 9 pm.
The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, December 15th.