Rapunzel in the Library, In Perpetuum/forever II: Anne Pundyk & Other Artists at Queens College Art Center, February 9 – April 25, 2012


    –Second of Two-Part Exhibition Showing How Artists Continually Influence Each Other’s Work–

FLUSHING, NY, January 30, 2012 – Following the success of its fall 2011 exhibition, the second phase of In Perpetuum/forever will open on February 9, 2012 with a site-specific installation called “Rapunzel in the Library” created by artist Anne Sherwood Pundyk.  Following her Open Studio on February 22, twenty-one artists, writers and musicians, and one artist collective of two performers will get five weeks to react to themes in Pundyk’s work in a collaborative residency at Queens College Art Center, and she will have the chance to respond in an open-ended, continuing dialogue that suggests infinity. 

Known as IP/forever II, the exhibition will culminate on April 4 with a performance and presentation of works created this spring by these artists.  The cycle builds on phase one of the IP/forever project led by sculptor Will Corwin last fall with a smaller team of artists.

A New York artist whose interests focus on the intersection of art and philosophy, Pundyk favors such media as painting, paper, photoglyphs, and video for her work. She also writes about contemporary art for The Brooklyn Rail and publishes an artblog. In addressing how she arrived at the “Rapunzel in the Library” title, she explains, “Artists are enlisted to disrupt, with rebel yell and long locks flying, the fixed points of enchantment, entrapment and escape embedded within the story of Rapunzel.”

Pundyk’s work has recently been shown in the metropolitan area at Fordham University; Exit Art; Susan Eley Fine Art; The Philoctetes Center; Sideshow Gallery, and DFN Gallery.   Outside New York City her work has been exhibited at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Art Miami, Miami, FL; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA;  Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton; and at Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA. At Queens College, she participated in Express + Local | NYC Aesthetics (Spring 2011). Her artwork has appeared in corporate, institutional, and private collections around the world, and she has been extensively published. In April 2011, her painting-based video, “My Atlas: Lindsay/A Report to An Academy,” was given the Bronze Award at Artillery Magazine’s Open Call Screening at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood, CA. 

Rapunzel in the Library "Open Studio"

Respondents to Pundyk’s work will include Jonas Angelet, Jami Attenberg, Sara Benincasa, Apollonia Colacicco, Will Corwin, G. Lucas Crane, Sean Cunningham, artist collective Holly Faurot + Sarah H. Paulson, Ben Gottlieb, Mary Hanlon, Tamara Jackson, Jodi Jett, Viola Kolarov, Tara Mathison, Tommy Mintz, Kyle Morrison, Shervone Neckles, Carin Riley, Kara L. Rooney, Molly Seitz, Cynthia Sweeney, and Gus Yero.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For additional information, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/exhibitions.html.

Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts)
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Curated by Tara Mathison, Queens College Art Center


Open Studio with Anne Sherwood Pundyk: Wednesday, February 22, 6-9 pm 

Reception, Artists’ Talks + *Performance: Wednesday, April 4, 6-9 pm

          *Takes place in Rosenthal Library, Room 230.  Group bus transportation from Manhattan to Queens College will be provided, with a bus leaving the Southwest corner of 7th Ave. & 14th St. at 6 pm and returning at approximately 9:30 pm.

Culminating Group Exhibition: April 4 – 25

Gallery Hours:          
Monday through Thursday, 9am–8 pm; Friday, 9 am–5 pm; closed weekends and holidays. Free and open to the public.

Gallery Contacts:                  
For more info: (718) 997-3770

For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/ABOUT/DIRECTIONS/Pages/default.aspx . For a campus map, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/2d/Pages/default.aspx  (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).

BACKGROUND:  Inspired by the fractional blending of old and new vintages in solera—a winemaking technique known in Sicily as in perpetuum, or “forever”—the Queens College Art Center has applied the concept to the artistic process. Just as vintners use solera to infuse new spirits with the characteristics of older wines, the IP | forever and /forever II art projects seek to foster creative momentum within a group.

“The curatorial hope for IP | forever and /forever II is for artists to be empowered as catalysts for growth, experimentation, and evolution towards each other, rather than relying on their own practice or the support of the curator or organization,” says QC Art Center curator Tara Mathison, who conceived the project.  

The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established
artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.

For more about Queens College visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/default.aspx 

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