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“Endangered Fossils” @ Bowling Green on December 4th

Event: “Endangered Fossils” at Bowling Green in honor of Wildlife Conservation Day
Date: Saturday, December 4th, 2021
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Bowling Green, Broadway and Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
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“Endangered Fossils” seeks to engage the public in considering the origins our ecosystem and our symbiotic role and relationship to that environment in light of disastrous climate change which is causing many species to tragically become extinct. Fossils are even “endangered” as certain species may not leave a trace that they ever existed. The “Endangered Fossils” project is a homage to our beloved Mother Earth in a critical time requiring immediate attention.

The “Endangered Fossils” event in Bowling Green will symbolically occur on one of the days honoring wildlife conservation, December 4th, in Manhattan’s oldest public park and former council grounds for Native American tribes. Wildlife Conservation Day seeks to spread awareness about preserving and protecting the natural world and its inhabitants. The observance strives to put an end to wildlife crime and supporting the Endangered Species Act.

This project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

“Endangered Fossils” are also on display in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through April 2022 as part of the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks Program. For over 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks Program has brought contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, making New York City one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. The agency has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 public artworks by 1,300 notable and emerging artists in over 200 parks. For more information about the Art in the Parks Program, please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.

Art for Your Collection @ The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center

Opening Reception: December 2nd, 2021 from 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition Dates: December 2nd, 2021 – January 29th, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 6 PM and by appointment
Location: The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center, 2 Atrium 102 Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT 06320
Artworks are available for sale on ARTSY
More about Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery
Passion I, Passion II and Here and There will be exhibited.

The Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center in New London, CT and The Visual Art Library will again host the annual Art for Your Collection exhibition, opening on December 2nd at the gallery in Harris Place, 165 State St, 6-8 PM. Art for Your Collection was originally held at The Worcester Art Museum in 1958 and 1959 and then moved to RISD where it was held for almost 30 years. Last year, The Fosnot Gallery and The Visual Art Library hosted the annual show in New London. Ten renowned art critics were asked to name 3 to 4 artists on their radar—artists they considered important to include in the show. These artists were notified of the recommendation and invited to submit images of their work for review. The artists were given free expressive reign: some artists submitted their latest works; others created a special piece for the show. A review committee was formed and chose over 70 pieces of art, which will be on display in the gallery through January 29, 2022.

The artwork selected includes signed prints, drawings, collages, sculpture, paintings, and photography. It is an exciting, thought-provoking mix of contemporary voices. The artists whose works are included in the show are Alchemyverse (Yixuan- Shao & Bicheng Liang), Brandon Anschultz, Charity Lynn Baker, Lisa Corinne Davis, Martin Dull, Fred Gutzeit, Sono Kuwayama, Stephen Lack, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Joanne Mattera, Judith Modrak, Donna Moylan, Jordan Seaberry, Clintel Steed, Gina Werfel, and Cecilia Whittaker-Doe.

The art is all available for purchase. Admission is free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit Visual Art Library, also located in New London.

“Eco-Traces” Artist Talk @ FMCP on August 21st

Artist Talk: “Eco-Traces” at Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of “Endangered Fossils”
Artist Talk Date: Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Artist Talk Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: August 2021 – April 2022
Location: South Rose Garden, near the Queens Museum and Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
NYC Art in the Parks Related Info: Installation Details

“What is it like to be an artist and what does it take to create a work of art? Find out firsthand when artist Judith Modrak, whose sculpture, “Endangered Fossils” is the latest addition to our park’s collection of outdoor art, speaks in the South Rose Garden near the Unisphere. Ms. Modrak’s talk , “Eco-Traces,” focuses on how she created “Endangered Fossils” and shares insights into her process and some of the ideas behind the new sculpture. “Endangered Fossils represents an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s large fossil record,” she says. The sculpture, located in the South Rose Garden now through April 2022, is on view at the talk and visitors are invited to ask questions about it after the talk – a rare treat when viewing a work of art. “A lot of people and organizations make my art possible,” she says. “This artwork, in addition to NYC Parks, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and private donors, owes a debt of gratitude to the fabricators at Sculpture House and the installers at Mariano Brothers.” The talk is free, and adults and children of all ages are welcome. Please bring a blanket or a low chair.”
~Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance, August 2021

“Endangered Fossils” represent an imagined archaeological excavation of New York State’s large fossil record. The sculptures are inspired by the trilobites, brachiopods and crinoids who flourished during the Devonian period, ~400 million years ago. These crab, clam, and starfish like organisms lived in marine environments very similar to the coral reefs of today. The project ponders the origin of the ecosystem we inhabit and our role, relationship, and responsibility to that environment in light of cataclysmic climate change and global pandemics.

Fósiles en peligro de extinción representa una excavación arqueológica figurada del gran registro fósil del estado de Nueva York. Las esculturas están inspiradas en los trilobites, braquiópodos y crinoideos que florecieron durante el período Devónico, hace 400 millones de años. Estos organismos similares al cangrejo, la almeja y la estrella de mar vivían en ambientes marinos muy similares a los arrecifes de coral de hoy en día. El proyecto reflexiona sobre el origen del ecosistema que habitamos y nuestro papel, relación y responsabilidad con ese medio ambiente a la luz del catastrófico cambio climático y las pandemias mundiales.