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May 2002
Future CUNY Facility on Governors Island Announced by Governor and Mayor.
Student Media Conference Addresses "Attack Mentality" after 9/11
Baruch Orients City Council Freshmen
Turning "D"s into Degrees: A CUNY Student Tells How
Life Resumes 500 Feet from Ground Zero
A Diaspora of CUNY Students into Halls of Power
A View to a Krill: Antarctic Expedition by College of Staten Island Scientists
The City University Attracts Talent from Near and Far
CUNY, PSC Announce Agreement on a New Contract
Chancellor Goldstein Initiates New Efficiencies, Greater Student Access to Learning Technology
Pulitzer Prize to Louis Menand
Executive Leadership Program Inaugurated
First Betty Shabazz Chair Appointed at Medgar Evers College
City University Retains New Fundraising Consultant
Former Congressman Dellums to Speak on AIDS at CCNY
City Tech Scholarship For All Four Seasons
Major CCNY Grant for Remote Sensing

Student Development, Enrollment Conference by Mayor

ReBuilding New York

New City College Biomedical Engineering Department

"Trailer Heroes" of BMCC Build at CCNY

A Life of Laura Bridgman—Disabled Pioneer in Education

Exotic Bird Alights at The Graduate Center

 
 

Exotic Bird Alights at The Graduate Center

Visitors to the Dining Commons at the Graduate Center now have a choice—not a gustatory choice (there have always been plenty of those) but a visual one. They can stand at the east end, look skyward, and take in the Empire State Building. Or they can stand on the west end of the Commons, look up, and tie their eyes around Frank Stella's exuberant and monumental "Dove of Tanna," created in 1977.

The brilliantly colorful work, in mixed media on aluminum, was recently installed on long-term loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art, which received it in 1990 as a gift from the family of Victor W. Ganz in his memory. Though enormous—13' x 19' x 3'—"Dove of Tanna" spreads its wings comfortably in the monumental space of the Commons, and the vast skylight allows access to what every big bird needs.

Stella, long associated with New York City's art scene, grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, studied at Princeton, then achieved his first local recognition in the 1960s as part of the color-field and hard-edge movements. Initially, he worked with a monochromatic palette and adhered to rigid shapes and parallel lines. "Dove of Tanna," part of Stella's exotic bird series, typifies his later work, which breaks away from two-dimensional painting and employs vibrant color and sculptural form.

© 2002 Frank Stella /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York