‘Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill’ celebrates diversity, builds bridges among art cultures; participants range from eight to 91
More than 90 local and regional artists and galleries are participating in “Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill,” a groundbreaking outdoor exhibit at The City College of New York that opens Thursday, September 12, and runs through Thursday, December 12. The show can be seen at CCNY’s Amsterdam Plaza, located along Amsterdam Avenue between 136th and 137th streets in Manhattan.
Diversity of race, religion, culture, gender and age is front and center in the exhibit. It features photographs, sculptures, paintings, prints and works by fiber and mixed-media artists who are both emerging and masters in their fields.
Dr. Myrah Brown Green, the exhibit curator, said it was aimed at building bridges among a variety of art cultures. “It opens up opportunities for dialogues among artists, galleries, and community organizations so that they might draw from one another the support needed to continue to thrive,” said Dr. Green, a master quilt maker and CCNY executive director, arts and culture.
Participating artists range in age from eight to 91. The youngest, eight-year-old Angelica Gonzalez, is a fourth grader at Harlem School of the Arts. Koho Yamamoto, 91, the oldest, is a master sumi-e, a Japanese brush painting style.
Many City College students, staff and alumni are participating in the show. The latter includes feminist and writer Faith Ringgold, ’55, whose “Who’s Bad?” mixed media rendition of Michael Jackson’s hit song will be displayed by ACA Galleries.
About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education; and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks among U.S. News’ top regional universities.