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Scrolling Confluence | Carla Lobmier, Rika Burnham | An Artist Dialogue Series Event

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March 19, 2016

FREE - The Corner Room doors open at 2:00 p.m. 

Scrolling Confluence, Place to Place, exterior panel, detail, watercolor and graphite on vellum, 5 x 13 feet, 2015
Scrolling Confluence, Place to Place, exterior panel, detail, watercolor and graphite on vellum, 13 x 5 feet, 2015

Rika Burnham,  the Head of Education at The Frick Collection, joins artist Carla Lobmier to discuss Lobmier's Art in the Corner Room and Art Wall on Third site-specific exhibitions at Mid-Manhattan Library. Rika and Carla met years ago when Carla participated in workshops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art led by Rika. Their relationship has continued at The Frick Collection Art Dialogues where Rika leads a small group of viewers in discussion about a work of art. The pleasure is in the prolonged art viewing and what can be discovered through the talking. Carla and Rika hope to create a similar dialogue for this event with the union of both art historical investigation and a joyful search of the art itself.

Soundscape composer Michael Gatonska is currently out of the country. His soundscapes composed especially for Carla Lobmier's exhibitions at Mid-Manhattan Library, are played before and after the discussion which also expands Michael’s words “to open the ears in new ways and to pull the viewer deeper into the world of the project.”

The Head of Education at The Frick Collection Rika Burnham was previously  a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was recognized by the National Art Education Association for sustained achievement in teaching and was appointed a Getty Museum Scholar, as well as an Attingham Trust Scholar in the Royal Collection Studies Programme. She also received the James D. Burke Prize and the Charles Robertson Memorial Award from the School Art League for achievement in the arts. Rika Burnham has been a guest lecturer and conducted workshops at art museums nationwide and internationally, and has been an adjunct professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a visiting museum educator for the Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is the ongoing project director of the Teaching Institute for Museum Educators/TIME. Her publications include several essays on museum education and a catalogue essay in Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009). Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience (Getty, 2011), which she co-authored with Elliott Kai-Kee, won a PROSE Award for best title in education of 2011 from the Association of American Publishers. She earned a degree in art history from Harvard University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2014.

Scrolling Confluence Supernova, 1, watercolor and graphite on rice paper, 18 x 36 inches, 2015
Scrolling Confluence Supernova, 1, watercolor and graphite on rice paper,
36 x 12 inches, 2015

The music of Michael Gatonska has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC), the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Talea Ensemble among others. His work has recently evolved to include capturing soundscapes in an effort to present audiences with a deep listening experience, and to advance the development of a personal artistic vision which combines the two things in life that he is very passionate about, music composition and nature’s acoustics.

Carla Lobmier was born a reader in central Illinois, studied painting, drawing and art history there and moved to New York City in 1999 following a residency with the Studio Program, APEX ART. Her paintings, drawings and collages have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are in the permanent collections of Tarble Arts Center, William Rainey Harper College, Sheldon Swope Museum, Lund and Company Inventions, Whirlpool Corporation and the 25th Congressional District, NYC. Recent watercolor exhibitions include Love Letter (to Light), Memphis, TN, Dirt, rock and far views, Langston Hughes Library & Cultural Center, NYC and Not so fast, Resobox Gallery, NYC. Her fourteen-panel slate and mixed media installation piece titled I walk,walk looking for the spot was exhibited with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan for an 18-month loan. Her watercolor and acrylic paintings have been featured in the online publication Unlikely Stories.

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogues Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.

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