close

click image to close

Send to a Friend | Print This Page

Jerzy Kedziora, Golfer © The Art&Balance Foundation
Old Westbury Gardens, in association with the Art & Balance Foundation of Poland and with support of the Polish Cultural Institute NY present

“Art must get out of museums and reach the people”
PANEL DISCUSSION and PICNIC LUNCHEON closing reception of Balance in Nature: Sculptures by Jerzy “Jotka” Kedziora

Saturday, October 19, 2019





The Polish Cultural Institute NY is proud to announce a panel discussion “Art must get out of museums and reach the people” on the occasion of the closing reception of Balance in Nature! Sculptures by Jerzy “Jotka” Kedziora exhibition currently on view at the historic landmark, Old Westbury Gardens. We invite you, your family and friends for an accompanying afternoon luncheon picnic and special docent led tours of this spectacular exhibition which spans the grounds of this magnificent Charles II-style mansion nestled amid 200 acres of formal English style gardens.


In response to Jerzy Kedziora’s firm belief that art must be accessible, the panel discussion will examine contemporary figurative sculpture and its role in connection to public space within the art historical narrative, specifically centering around the current exhibit of the artist’s works at Old Westbury Gardens.


The artist will elaborate on the intricacies and challenges of the process from concept to creation of his sculptures. The role and meaning of public art in NYC Parks and public spaces will be discussed by the Deputy Director of Art & Antiquities at NYC Parks, Jennifer Lantzas. The panel will be moderated by an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Managing Director of Arsenal Contemporary NY. Before and after the picnic luncheon and panel, visitors are invited to join for exhibition tours led by the docents of the Old Westbury Gardens Programs.


Perched high above the ground and between trees, Kedziora’s fantastical life-sized sculptures are unique for their ability to remain balanced in mid-air despite being attached at only one or two points. These captivating objects playfully mask the technique’s serious origins. The show features works from a dozen or so years, including Kedziora’s world-acclaimed series of gravity-defying sculptures.


PROGRAM


1:00pm — Picnic luncheon begins

1:30pm— I docent-led tour of the exhibit Balance in Nature! Sculptures by Jerzy Jotka Kedziora at the Old Westbury Gardens. Approximately 1-hour.

2:00pm— II docent-led tour of the exhibit

3:00pm- 4:00—Panel Discussion “Art must get out of museums and reach the people” followed by Q&A, moderated by Marie-Ève Lafontaine.

4:30 pm—III docent-led tour of the exhibit

The panel discussion luncheon is organized by the Polish Cultural Institute New York in collaboration with the Old Westbury Gardens, in association with the Art & Balance Foundation of Poland.




Jerzy Kedziora has been awarded numerous prizes, presidential awards and honorable mentions in various exhibitions and competitions such as LICC in London, Representational Art in Madrid, or A Sculpture for the City in Lakeland. Since the 1990s, Kedziora has been working on a series of hanging sculptures of balancing figures. Among them is “The Confession,” which won one of Poland’s major sculpture competitions. His works can be found in museums, galleries and governmental institutions, including the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and diplomatic sites in the United States. Recently, the artist was a special guest at Art Basel Miami, ArtExpo New York, Art San Diego, Art Palm Beach, and the Art Biennale in Venice. www.jerzykedziora.com



Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence. Today, Old Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours of Westbury House, in-depth tours of the formal gardens, school visits, children's programs and events, family programs, museum exhibitions, classic car shows, indoor and outdoor classical and pop concerts, lectures, book signings, horticultural demonstrations and workshops, Scottish Games, botanical arts and gardening classes, and Master Gardener and Educator-led talks and tours of topics relating to horticulture, art, history, design and architecture www.oldwestburygardens.org


The Art & Balance Foundation was established in 2015 to promote the Polish national heritage, promote knowledge of contemporary art, including Polish sculpture, and to support, promote, consolidate and secure the work of Jerzy "Jotka" Kedziora. Over the short period of activity, the Foundation has co-organized a number of exhibitions of balancing sculptures of Jerzy Kedziora in Poland (including Rabka, Sandomierz, Lublin, Pulawy, Belchatów) and also around the world: "The Art of Balance" (Miami, USA, 2017-2018), "Charlie Chaplin & Friends" (St. Urban, Switzerland, 2018-2020), "Polish Cultural Trail" in Singapore (2018-2019), "Balance in Nature" (Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, USA, 2019), which will be moved to several locations in Columbus, Ohio (2019-2020), as well as the widely commented exhibition "Between the Water and the Sky" presented from 2016 on the Father Bernatek Footbridge in Krakow, which so well entered the city landscape, that it has been transformed into a permanent outdoor gallery. The Foundation also took part twice in the International Day of Contemporary Sculpture "start'17" and "start'19" organized by the "Sculpture Network" - an international association of sculptors (our events were the only ones from Poland), as well as presenting the sculpture of Jerzy Kedziora at the exhibition accompanying the Venice Biennale, "Personal Structures - Open Borders" (2017) and installed seven balancing sculptures at ARTZUID 2019 - Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial (it's a great success, so far no other artist from Poland has been invited there).



Jerzy Kedziora has been awarded numerous prizes, presidential awards and honorable mentions in various exhibitions and competitions such as LICC in London, Representational Art in Madrid, or A Sculpture for the City in Lakeland. Since the 1990s, Kedziora has been working on a series of hanging sculptures of balancing figures. Among them is “The Confession,” which won one of Poland’s major sculpture competitions. His works can be found in museums, galleries and governmental institutions, including the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and diplomatic sites in the United States. Recently, the artist was a special guest at Art Basel Miami, ArtExpo New York, Art San Diego, Art Palm Beach, and the Art Biennale in Venice. www.jerzykedziora.com


Sohrab Mohebbi is a writer and Curator at SculptureCenter. He has he organized solo exhibitions with Banu Cennetoglu, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Tamara Henderson, John Knight, and Falke Pisano among others. Group exhibitions include Searching the Sky for Rain at SculptureCenter; It is obvious from the map co-curated with Thomas Keenan at REDCAT, Los Angeles where he served as associate curator. He received the Tremaine Exhibition Award for the exhibition Hotel Theory and Arts Writers Program for the blog presencedocuments. He holds a BA in photography from Tehran Art University and MA in curatorial studies from Bard College. http://www.sculpture-center.org/about/6870/board-staff



Jennifer Lantzas is the Deputy Director of Art & Antiquities at NYC Parks. She works with a diverse group of artists, community groups, arts organizations, and government agencies to maintain NYC Parks’ permanent collection of 800 objects, and bring experimental and traditional public art to parks in New York City’s five boroughs. Since she started at NYC Parks in 2009, she has managed over 325 temporary public art installations and organized 50 exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Jennifer has her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Art History from the University of Maryland. https://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities



Marie-Ève Lafontaine, an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, was formerly curator at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin and chief curator at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Stettin, Poland. Lafontaine has curated solo exhibitions of artists such as Janet Cardiff, Alicja Kwade, Gilad Ratman and Ari Benjamin Meyers, and was involved in Schinkel Pavillon’s recent critically acclaimed Louise Bourgeois show, “The Empty House” in 2018. In addition to her institutional experience, Lafontaine is a regular contributor to online journals and editor of several solo catalogues of contemporary artists. www.arsenalcontemporary.com



All sculptures ©Art&Balance Foundation



MORE INFORMATION


Share this event on your social media.




        
December 2019
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31





| Home | Visual Arts | Theater/Dance | Film | Music | Literature | History | Lectures | In Poland | Links |
| About Us | Contact Us | Download PCI Logo | Newsletter |

Site Powered by the siteMaster® Content Management System