Rainbow Credits | Basia Goszczynska, Raphael Montañez Ortiz | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
FREE—The Corner Room doors open at 2PM
Artist Basia Goszczynska and influential artist and academic Raphael Montañez Ortiz converse about the artist's site-specific Art in the Windows exhibition Rainbow Credits, ecology, material culture and her other projects.
Basia Goszczynska (b.1985, Poznan, Poland) is a visual artist who explores her interests in ecology and material culture through a variety of media, including sculpture, video, installation, and performance. Her stop motion film, Dziad i Baba (The Old Man and the Old Woman), has been screened at numerous film festivals, including the Nantucket Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. In 2013, she was named a Film and Video Fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2015, Basia’s work in sculpture was recognized with an Honorable Mention from Dave Bown Projects and a Best in Show Award at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition’s Recycle show. Basia received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she also taught undergraduate sculpture and new media courses.
Raphael Montañez Ortiz (b. 1934, Brooklyn, New York; lives in New Jersey) is a Distinguished Professor of Art at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Visual Arts Department in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ortiz earned a BS and an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, US (1964), as well as an Ed.M and a Doctorate from the Teachers College at Columbia University, New York, US (1982). He has exhibited his work at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.(2013-14); Tate Britain, London (2013); Labor, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U, Dortmund, Germany (2010); Jersey City Museum, New Jersey (2007); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
(2004); Centre Pompidou Régional d’Art Contemporain (CRAC) Sète, France (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles (1998); the Whitney Biennial, New York (1997, 1995); and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (1963); among many others. Ortiz was awarded the Gran Prix for his video, Dance Number 22, at the Locarno International Video Festival, Switzerland (1993); founded and served as the first director of El Museo Del Barrio, New York (1969); participated in the Destruction In Art Symposium, London (1966), where Ortiz performed Mommy Daddy-Self Destruct at the Mercury Theater, which Dr. Arthur Janov cited as a critical influence in the development of his psychoanalytic technique. Ortiz wrote Destructivism: A Manifesto (1962), and has since performed more than eighty Piano Destruction Concerts in the US, UK, Austria and Germany. His Destructed Pianos have been accessioned into museum collections internationally, including MoMA, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., The MUDAM Museum of Contemporary Art of Luxemburg and TATE, London.
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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