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  Neuberger Museum of Art Receives $150,000 Grant
to Broaden Access to Its Rich History of
Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs

 
 
A three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the “Activating Our Cultural Legacies” initiative, a project to sort and store the museum’s analogue and digital historical materials in a new information architecture for future accessibility.
 
Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, announced today that the museum received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant supports the Neuberger’s “Activating Our Cultural Legacies” initiative, a project that will allow the Neuberger to sort and store its analogue and digital historical materials related to its collections, exhibitions, and programs into an architecture of information. The grant is for a period of three years, beginning May 1, 2019.
 
“We are truly grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon foundation for their generous support. As one of the largest university museums in the country, this grant is a necessary first step toward actualizing our vision of providing our communities better access to the Neuberger and its vast resources,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.
 
President of Purchase College, SUNY, Thomas J. Schwarz observed, “The generous Mellon Foundation grant supporting this project will allow the Neuberger to better serve our students, faculty, and staff, enhancing the many ways in which the museum enriches the curriculum at Purchase. We are very grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their confidence in our institution and commitment to broadening public access to the arts.”
 
The grant from the Mellon Foundation will enable the Neuberger to improve access to its cultural legacies by laying the groundwork for the museum to excavate, label, and sort the Museum’s historical information into a new architecture of information. The funding will also allow the Museum to hire an archivist. Opened on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, in 1974 with a core collection donated by Roy R. Neuberger, one of the greatest private collectors, philanthropists, and arts advocates of the twentieth century, the museum’s almost 50-year history is rich in content. The grant will be a first step in making that rich history accessible to the public.
 
 
 
 “Art Got into Me”:
The Work of Engels the Artist

October 09, 2019 - December 22, 2019
 
This monographic exhibition features more than fifty works created by Engels the Artist over the past ten years. Born and raised in Haiti, he has been living in Brooklyn for more than three decades. For Engels, the canvas is a limited space that requires subversion, inversion, expansion, or containment. He engages in a sort of metonymic game, whereby the container becomes the contained, and the support becomes the object itself. The fabric of the canvas, the wood of the stretcher, and the metal staples are part of his iconography. Abstract and poetic, his sculptural paintings are both aesthetically appealing and profoundly meaningful. “The strict economy of line and texture, the use of everyday objects, and makeshift elegance recall my grandmother’s home in Port-au-Prince, which against all odds had splendor,” says the artist.
 
While Engels’s art is in dialogue with European and American art traditions such as abstraction, arte povera, conceptual art and minimalism, to name a few, his work also contains spiritual elements and tackles Haitian historical and social themes. One of the key works in the exhibition, Cotton Pearl (2017), reflects the historical tension that accompanied the colonization of the Americas. The word cotton refers to the slaves who were brought from Africa to work the cotton fields, while pearl signifies Haiti in colonial times, when, because of its natural beauty and rich soil, it was considered the “pearl of the Caribbean.” The apparently calm surface of this white Cotton Pearl hides a world of conflict, as the large wall sculpture is in fact made of broken parts that seem about to explode.
 
The themes of Engels also echo the reality of other Latin American countries. Haiti is located in the Caribbean, in the heart of Latin America. Not surprisingly, Engels’s work was included in a 2012 exhibition at Zane Bennett Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico) titled Latin American Art: A Contemporary View, and was presented alongside the work of major Latin American artists including Mexican Rufino Tamayo, Argentine Antonio Segui, and Brazilian Tiango Gualberto.
 
Curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, with the assistance of Cynthia Newman, Curatorial Intern, “Art Got into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist will be view from October to December 2019. The exhibition will include an artist residency during which Engels will create new works inside the museum. A fully illustrated monograph, the first in the artist’s career, will accompany the exhibition.
 
“Art Got into Me”: The Work of Engels the Artist is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, in collaboration with the Willowell Foundation. This project is funded by the Alex Gordon Foundation, with the support of the Alex Gordon Estate, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.
 
 
 
 Neuberger Museum of Art Announces Yto Barrada
2019 Winner of the Roy R. Neuberger Prize

 
 
Prize Now Awards $25,000; Winner Selected by Advisory Panel
 
Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum’s 2019 Roy R. Neuberger Prize, now carrying an honorarium of $25,000, has been awarded to Yto Barrada, an internationally-­acclaimed French-­Moroccan multi-­media artist. In addition to the cash award, an exhibition of her work Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden, will be on view for the first time in the United States at the Neuberger Museum of Art from September 25 – December 22, 2019.
 
Ms. Barrada was selected from a long list of candidates nominated by the Roy R. Neuberger Prize Advisory Panel, consisting of the museum’s director and curators, and various faculty at Purchase College. Prior prizewinners are Tania Bruguera, Leandro Erlich, Robin Rhode, and Dana Schutz. Winners of the Prize embody outstanding artistic achievement that inspires innovative thinking, fresh perspectives, and greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. A belief in the artist’s promise and creative achievement to date also are factors, the goal being to support and encourage the next generation of artists. In addition to the cash prize, winners have the opportunity to work with the Museum on a special exhibition and accompanying catalogue.
 
Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden originated at the American Academy in Rome. This presentation of the exhibition was co-­‐organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art and the American Academy in Rome. The exhibition was co-­‐curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell, Arts Director at the American Academy and Helaine Posner, Chief Curator at the Neuberger Museum.
 
This biennial Prize reflects the historical mission of Roy R. Neuberger, the Museum’s founding patron, who had a lifelong commitment to support the work of living artists. The Prize was originally funded by Roy R. Neuberger and first made public in November, 2008, at a celebration of Mr. Neuberger’s 105th birthday. Mr. Neuberger’s son, Jim Neuberger, and his wife Helen Stambler Neuberger, who are actively involved with the Museum and serve on the Board of the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, carry on that legacy today.
 
“The support of innovative, international art and artists is a major institutional priority and the Neuberger Prize significantly advances this mission,” notes Dr. Fitzpatrick.
 
Yto Barrada, who was born in Paris and raised in Tangier, had her first solo exhibition in 2003 at the Galerie Polaris, Paris. Since then, her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2006); Venice Biennale (2007, 2011); and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009), among other venues. In 2011, she received Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year Award. According to Ms. Posner, Barrada’s wide-­‐ranging intelligence and global perspective inform her work in a variety of media including photography, film, sculpture, and hand-­‐dyed textiles. She creates aesthetically compelling images and objects and tackles serious sociopolitical and cultural issues leavened with humor.” Barrada now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
 

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