Thank you again to the hundreds of you that came out to our opening of ‘Invisible College’ at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) earlier this month.
We just got back the professional photos of the opening night festivities and the exhibition layout and wanted to share some of the gems with you all. Look for the full set on our Facebook in the week ahead.
So very happy with how strong the exhibition came together and the museum staff could not have been more amazing to work in tandem with. All the visiting artists were well taken care of and we really got to experience the Fort Wayne community thanks to the unofficial mayor of the town (and the show’s co-curator), Mr. Josef Zimmerman. Everywhere we went, all knew Joe haha
Much love to the museum’s head adjunct curator Josef Zimmerman and President and CEO Charles Shepard III for allowing us into their beautiful space and being such gracious hosts. Props to registrar Leah Reeder as well as Joslyn Elliott and Lauren Wolfer for the excellent job with getting all the works checked in and up on the walls. Big ups to Kay Gregg too (Josef’s better half) for being so welcoming to all of us (hope your ankle is healing up!).
Don’t think I’ll ever forget buzzing about the skies of Fort Wayne with Rabi from Cyrcle in a small helicopter we rented at the town fair.
View the works from ‘Invisible College’ here:
We look forward to returning to Fort Wayne soon for our next adventure with the FWMoA!
We’re thrilled the share the Long Beach Museum of Art has extended ‘Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape’ an additional month till October 25th. If you have yet to be convinced to make the trip down to Long Beach for this monumental exhibition, here is the press round up of the show highlighting the fantastic work and its importance to the post-contemporary art movement.
Artist Meggs, who created a triptych throughout the museum, describes his pieces in his own words.
“‘Not the Enemy’ my 3-part installation represents the misconceptions, fears and negative stigmas associated with graffiti culture.
When institutions begin to recognise the social and artistic importance of this movement, its also important to recognise and understand the roots of that movement and the broad spectrum of people & practices it involves. Several weeks prior to this monumental show, unarmed 19 year old Hector Morejon was shot & killed by police in Long Beach whilst allegedly painting graffiti in an abandoned building.
One of two teens killed in Long Beach in so many months. As an artist who has explored and painted in abandoned buildings myself, I felt it was important to recognise this tragic event and how unnecessarily extreme this course of action was, as is much of the negative social stigma and over-inflated harsh legal penalties associated with Graffiti Art.
This is also part of a larger problem, the treatment and violence towards unarmed citizens in the US.
No doubt police and lawmakers have a hard job to do, but the re-occurrence and number of these ‘unarmed’ shootings is evidence that current practices and policies must be changed to end community tensions and avoid more unnecessary deaths.”
*Update: The News Sentinel full article is now up on their website, “Invisible College” will be seen starting Saturday.
Local Fort Wayne, IN newspaper The News Sentinel came by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art the other day and interviewed Thinkspace’s co-owner/curator Andrew Hosner and co-curator of ‘Invisible College’ Josef Zimmerman. Look for a full piece on the exhibition in tomorrow’s newspaper, but the paper posted a lil’ snippet of the interview in video form today here:
89.1 WBOI in Indiana interviewed ‘Invisible College‘ co-curator Josef Zimmerman and artist Andrew Schoultz to discuss the upcoming exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The three-minute segment touches on ‘new contemporary’ arts’ place in the traditional art world and how artists are developing outside white walls. Please visit WBOI website to listen to the full segment.
But a new exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is blurring those lines – bringing traditional public and street art inside its walls. “Invisible College” includes pieces from all over the world, and five original murals painted right inside the museum.
July 11th – September 27th, 2015
We’ve been in Indiana this week getting Invisible College up at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Co-curated by Andrew and Shawn Hosner of Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Gallery, and Josef Zimmerman of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Invisible College offers a cross-section of some of the most exciting artists working in the New Contemporary genre. As it continues to evolve and expand, the movement embraces talent from all over the world and ushers in a new guard that seeks to increase the social and popular relevance of contemporary art. Below are process shots of a few of the mural installations coming from Andrew Schoultz, Cyrcle, Mark Dean Veca and Troy Lovegates. The exhibition will also include a featured installation by Brett Amory.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website for more information.