MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021
1/13/2021

MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021
 
MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021

The creative evocations by this professional group of 57 women artists seek to recapture aspects of lives lived and past experiences among other unique associations with memory, through their paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture included in this online art show. The featured works were created and selected for the exhibition by the members themselves during challenging circumstances brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their approaches to creating work for Memory are as varied as the women artists themselves: abstract, minimal, political, figurative, and expressionistic...even wild.

MEMORY: Referring to the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information or recollections of the past, artists’ interpretations of the theme of memory conjure deeply personal experiences. Memory and remembrance, perhaps evocations of hidden chambers of the heart, move through time and space to emerge in works of art. In this exhibition, the New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA) celebrates this theme. They express it through artistic joy, desire, longing, and nostalgia, or mourn the sense of loss of intellectual and bodily experiences with tenderness, pain and confusion.

The New York Society of Women Artists is an intergenerational organization founded in 1925. Some of the early members broke ground in the 1920’s, winning prizes such as Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome, and grants from the Federal Arts Project during the New Deal. Later members made their mark in the 1960’s and beyond, in the heart of New York City life. For Proust, the past could be recollected from the taste of a madeleine almond biscuit in a cup of verbena tea. For these NYSWA artists, it might be the smell of turpentine or pastel dust or terra-cotta clay or watercolor cakes which trigger their memories. In keeping with the theme of this exhibition, the New York Society of Women Artists honors the memory of its notable origins by archiving historical data and exhibitions of founding members, including Marguerite Zorach, Minna Harkavy, Anne Goldwaite, Ethel Meyers, Concetta Scaravaglione, and Theresa Bernstein(1).While NYSWA pays homage to its illustrious members of the past, its annual membership exhibition, Memory, reveals a constant in the sincerity, authenticity, and individuality of its current members

Participating artists in this exhibition include: Susana Aldanondo, Ellen Alt, Audrey Anastasi, Barbara Arum, Janya Barlow, Fran Beallor, Michele Bonelli, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Linda Butti, Pamela Casper, Rose Deler, Diana Freedman-Shea, Lynne Friedman, Natalie Giugni, Betsy Goldberg, Carol Gromer, Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta, Sheila Hecht, Betty Ann Hogan, Benice Horowitz, Lori Horowitz, Suejin Jo, Jerilyn Jurinek, Sarah Katz, Karen L Kirshner, Sueim Koo, Sheila Kriemelman, Yumie Kusuda, Yolene Legrand, Jacqueline Lorieo, Francine Perlman, Leah Poller, Siena Gillann Porta, Yupin Pramotepipop, Anna Rabinowitz, Stephanie Rauschenbusch, Peggy Silverstein, Anne Stanner, Lea Weinberg, Rachelle Weisberger 

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  1. Theresa Bernstein was a member of the Ashcan School. She painted until the age of 110 years. In 2014, she had a major retrospective at the City University of New York Graduate Center and at Baruch College. A recent show was curated by Professor Gail Levin, and was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue.

In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive at Ursa Gallery
12/30/2020


In Dialogue with Alexandra Rutsch Brock


Patricia Fabricant, Jo Yarrington, Katherine Jackson, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Miranda (missing Josette Urso) – watching President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Nov. 7, 2020 – after our gallery reception. Photo courtesy Dustin Malstrom 
The group exhibition In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive marks the opening of Ursa Gallery, an experimental gallery showcasing contemporary art and design located at the historic Arcade Mall in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This art venue was founded by Cris Dam and conceived in collaboration with Dustin Malstrom. Cris was also cofounder of Dam Stultrager in 1998 – one of the earliest galleries in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Co-curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda, the exhibition features mail art in the form of accordion-fold books and digital dialogues by the London Calling Collective over the challenging past year. It runs through February 12th, 2021.
How did Artists of the London Calling Collective form and what is your vision?
In the spring of 2019, during the #metoo movement, Patricia Fabricant and I planned a trip to London to see the Sixty Years exhibition at the Tate Britain. The exhibit was curated from their permanent collection of works from 1960-present, dedicated to women artists working in Britain over the past 60 years, as part of their ongoing commitment to increasing the representation of women across its galleries. The airfare was very inexpensive, and we asked friends to join us. The group grew to the seven of us, loosely connected to each other. 
We went in October 2019, and visited 7 museums and multiple galleries in 5 days, from morning to night. We would gather back at the AirBnB after 10 pm and discuss and debate art until the early morning, then get up and do it all over again. We had the most exciting, educational and enjoyable time together. While we were away, we used WhatsApp for communication and jokingly titled our group chat London Gang.
When we returned, we continued using the App to communicate daily. As time went on, the Pandemic happened and we all became extremely close, chatting on Zoom twice a week. This impromptu art trip turned into a tightly knit, strong, intimate, resilient, innovative cohort of women. We renamed ourselves the London Calling Collective, recalling the long history of women artist collectives and of course The Clash.


Interior of the Arcade Mall, Bridgeport, CT – photo courtesy Dustin Malstrom 
What is the genesis of this show at Ursa Gallery? 
When lock-down happened, our bond grew over dozens of messages each day and two Zoom meetings a week. This resulted in 25,564 posts, which amounted to over 3783 WhatsApp pages dating from October 3, 2019 to October 13, 2020. Information, advice, anxieties, about the pandemic and the world were discussed, along with shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, things seen out the window, nightly sunsets, flea market finds, politics, protests and actions, and personal stories. We printed out the yearlong dialog and wallpapered the gallery with 890 pages. The rest are on a pedestal, a physical tribute to our virtual communications.

Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Looking, 2020, gouache and thread on Indian paper, 15×8”, WhatsApp color prints on walls and pedestal- Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson


Installation View – Main Gallery – Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson 
What is the premise behind this exhibition?
This exhibition highlights seven women sheltering in place while remaining connected through the digital space. The dialogue flowing between WhatsApp and Zoom, the book collaboration, and also our individual works, reflect the bonds between us as individuals and as a group, as we reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic. 
The show includes artworks by seven artists. Tell me a bit about the featured work.
We wanted to create a physical collaboration of our solitary yet shared experience. We were inspired by Christina Massey’s wonderful USPS community project that we were all participating in. Jo Yarrington created seven small accordion-fold books that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes. We each started one in May 2020 and passed them along in the mail throughout the summer and early fall. Through improvisation and overlap, the diverse language of each artist responded to the others’ interventions using a wide variety of media. The last person created the cover, and we completed them in October, nearly one year to the day after we returned from London. 
The installation-as-environment features our seven collaborative accordion-fold books, 890 pages of the yearlong WhatsApp conversations papering the walls of the main room and 50 individual works throughout the entire gallery space.
We chose the accordion form because it represents a complex conversation in time. It folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole, which we saw as a perfect symbol of this newfound friendship, especially during these tumultuous times.
It is intriguing to look at the many different works by the seven artists on the walls, finding similarities and links throughout the conversations on the wallpaper, as well as the visual connections made within the books. Many of the other works were also created in the past year.


Book 5 – Outer View – Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson 


Book 2 – Outer View- Photo courtesy Daniel Johnson 
What would you like to share about your future plans?
This is our second exhibition as the London Calling Collective. The first was at the Harlem location of Odetta Gallery in August 2020. We hope to have many more opportunities to exhibit together. I love working with this tireless, talented and brilliant group of women. We have all supported each other so much this past year, through laughter, tears and art.


Patricia Miranda & Alexandra Rutsch Brock on the steps of the British Museum, London – Oct. 2019 , photo courtesy of – ARB 
Installation Photos :  Daniel Johnson 
In Accordion Time, Unfolding : A Pandemic Archive On view thru February 12, 2021 Saturdays 12-6 & by appointment  Ursa Gallery1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 718.431.4567 On view thru February 12, 2021 Saturdays 12-6 & by appointment Ursa Gallery 1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 
Artists:  London Calling Collective Alexandra Rutsch Brock  Patricia Fabricant Ellen Hackl Fagan  Katherine Jackson      
Patricia Miranda  Josette Urso Jo Yarrington 
Curators:  Alexandra Rutsch Brock  Patricia Miranda 
Etty Yaniv works on her art, art writing and curatorial projects in Brooklyn. She founded Art Spiel as a platform for highlighting the work of contemporary artists, including art reviews, studio visits, interviews with artists, curators, and gallerists. For more details contact by Emailartspielblog@gmail.com
 

890 What's App pages on the wall!
11/11/2020

890 What's App pages on the wall!
Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
The London Calling Collective
Ursa Gallery
On view- February 12, 2021
Curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda
 
Artists of the London Calling Collective: Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, Jo Yarrington
 
Recalling the long history of women artist collectives that endures today, the London Calling Collective was born from seven loosely associated artists who traveled to London in 2019. When pandemic lock-down came to NYC this inadvertent group of women solidified their connection through Whatsapp and Zoom. A bond of friendship grew over dozens of messages each day and two Zoom meetings a week, resulting in an extraordinary archive on WhatsApp totalling  25,564 posts over 3783 pages. Eight hundred of these pages paper the walls at Ursa Gallery, intimate conversations including info advice, anxieties, about the pandemic and the world; shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, the view out the window, nightly sunsets,  politics, protests and actions, first gatherings and personal stories. Original work from each artist dots the "wallpaper" throughout the space, reflecting the contrapuntal dialogue between artist, artwork and text. 
 
To add to the pandemic dialogue, the Collective designed a lockdown art project in the form of small accordion-fold books, that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes and be sent through the postal service. Each book made a stop at each artist’s home, the final covers completed by the last hands to receive them. The accordion form reflects a complex conversation of time, as it compresses and unfurls, folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole. The London Calling Collective responded to the challenges of the day by building deep friendships and a chosen family.
 
Patricia Miranda, co-curator
Oct 2020
 

In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
11/11/2020

In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
New Work by THE LONDON CALLING COLLECTIVE at URSA GALLERY
 
In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive
November 7, 2020–February 12, 2021
 
Ursa Gallery
The Arcade Mall / 1001 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
718-431-4567
 
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 12–9PM
On View: Saturdays 12-6
 
Bridgeport, CT—On November 7, Ursa Gallery will debut In Accordion Time, Unfolding: A Pandemic Archive, a seminal exhibition to coincide with the opening of the 2020 Bridgeport Art Trail. Co-curated by Alexandra Rutsch Brock and Patricia Miranda, the installation-as-environment will feature mail art in the form of poetic accordion-fold books as well as diverse digital dialogues made by the London Calling Collective over the past year.  
 
The pandemic made visible the domestic sphere, an oft hidden space of both labor and nurture, where women have historically lived, worked, built families and friendships, fought and loved. Recalling the long history of women artist collectives that endures today, the London Calling Collective was born from seven loosely associated artists—Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, and Jo Yarrington—who traveled to London in October 2019 on a brief art trip. When lockdown came to NYC, this inadvertent group of women solidified their connection through WhatsApp and Zoom. In dozens of messages throughout each day and two Zoom meetings a week, throughout quarantine and into today, a bond of friendship grew. The result is 3,783 pages of WhatsApp dating from October 3, 2019, to October 13, 2020—1,000 of which currently paper the walls at Ursa Gallery for this exhibition. Information, advice, and anxieties about the pandemic and the world were discussed, along with shared meals, recipes, books, films, artists, exhibitions, art opportunities, things seen out the window, nightly sunsets, politics, protests and actions, first gatherings, and personal stories. An unplanned impromptu group led to a tightly knit, strong, intimate, resilient, innovative cohort of women. The London Calling Collective responded to the challenges of the day by building deep friendships and a chosen family.
 
To add to the pandemic dialogues on WhatsApp, the LC Collective desired a physical collaboration of their solitary yet shared experience. They designed a project especially for lockdown in the form of small accordion-fold books that could fit easily into NYC mailboxes and be sent through the postal service. Each book made a stop at each artist’s home, the final covers completed by the last hands to receive them. Through improvisation, overlap, discordance, and harmonics, the diverse language of each artist responded to each other’s interventions. The accordion form reflects a complex conversation of time, as it compresses and unfurls, folds and unfolds, refracts and accumulates, parts in a single inextricable whole. 
 
In this exhibition of seven women sheltering in place while remaining connected through the digital space, radical is found in the ties that thread us together. The dialogue flowing between WhatsApp and Zoom, the book collaboration, and the individual works included in the exhibition reflects the bonds between these artists as individuals and as a group, as they reimagine community for life during and after a pandemic. The LC Collective reveals once again the power and legacy of women coming together—to forge chosen families, build resilient communities, and conspire for change in an uncertain world.
 
This exhibition marks the opening of Ursa Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located at the Arcade Mall in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ursa is founded by Bridgeport-based artist Cris Dam and is conceived in collaboration with Dustin Malstrom. For more information on Ursa, visit their website at www.ursa.gallery.