Permanent Vacation

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Educational Alliance - Ernest Rubenstein Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist and Educational Alliance - Ernest Rubenstein Gallery
Permanent Vacation
Curated by: Audrey Hope

197 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
July 10th, 2011 - August 10th, 2011
Opening: July 13th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, figurative, modern, sculpture


The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery and the Educational Alliance Art School are pleased to present a group show titled “Permanent Vacation.” Using the title of Jim Jarmusch’s first film as a point of reference, the exhibition brings together works by a broad range of artists, including students and teachers of the art school, as well as emerging and established artists, in order to offer a diverse group of artworks that develop from a space of wandering and wonder to depict other worlds and unusual exchanges.

The show’s title calls up a kind of menacing fantasy space, where alienated characters attempt to map out meaning in a web of chance encounters and interactions. The works that form the body of the show offer a variety of responses and approaches to the theme, both sublime and banal, of infinite absence. The title also refers to the Art School’s pending closure.

Participating artists include Ann Liv Young, Casey Inch, Chuck Webster, Devin Kenny, Ian Jeffrey, Josh Bayer, Katayoun Vaziri, Katie Humphries, Mathew Sova, Nathan Hilu, Nathan Gwynne, Rebecca Lepkoff, Zachary Diamond and Zoe Urban. The exhibition is organized by Audrey Hope.

The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery has a long history of bringing art exhibitions to the residents of the neighborhood surrounding the Educational Alliance, an original settlement house. Since the 1890s artworks have been loaned by private collectors in support of the free exhibitions mounted in the gallery. As the Alliance has cultivated direct relationships with artists, galleries and curators over the years, the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery has offered shows that focus on the personal relationships between artists and their locations.

The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery at the Educational Alliance is located at 197 East Broadway between Jefferson and Clinton Streets. It can be reached via the F train to East Broadway or J,M,Z trains to Delancey/Essex.
MTA buses: M-9, M-15, M-22, M-14.

Please contact Audrey Hope for more information. She can be reached by phone at 646-395-4237 or email at
The Art School website can be found at​yap

An opening will be held on Wednesday, July 13th from 6-8pm. The show is open July10-August 10. Gallery hours are 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday and 9am-8pm Monday-Friday.