Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin

Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin


January 13, 2005

Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin
January 16 – April 10, 2005
Opening reception: Sunday, January 16, 4 – 6pm

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SculptureCenter is pleased to present the premiere of the touring survey exhibition Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin, organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Coyne’s work first came to public attention in the fall of 1987, with a full-scale environment installed at SculptureCenter’s former gallery on East 69th Street in Manhattan. Over the course of seventeen years she has maintained a protean pace, constantly challenging herself to engage varied spaces and to experiment with new media. This traveling survey, encompassing all phases of her development, includes significant hay, mud and sand works from the late 1970s, wax chandelier pieces from the 1980s, hair and mixed media pieces from the 1990s, and the most recent works focusing on the border between the visible/invisible, as well as femininity, faith and traditional representational strategies in sculpture. Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York and is made possible through the generous support of Toby Devan Lewis.

The exhibition is presented at SculptureCenter with the support of Phyllis and Edward Kwalwasser, John Burger, MD, Zoe and Joel Dictrow, and two anonymous donors. Special thanks to Galerie Lelong, New York. A concurrent exhibition of Petah Coyne’s work takes place at Galerie Lelong, January 29 – March 12, 2005. Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin will travel to the Chicago Art Center, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art before concluding at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2006.

About SculptureCenter
SculptureCenter, an active contributor to New York’s cultural community since 1928, is a non-profit organization that champions contemporary sculpture in all of its forms. SculptureCenter’s mission is to engage with artists in evolving the definition of contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter’s programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision through solo exhibitions of mid-career and established artists. These programs include exhibitions, artist residencies, public art projects, publications, lectures and other public events intended to further the historical documentation and critical dialogue around contemporary art and sculpture in particular. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, Queens. This facility, designed by artist/designer Maya Lin, includes 6,000 square feet of interior exhibition space, offices, and outdoor exhibition space.

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