PaintersNYC: Panel Discussion

Exhibition view of “PaintersNYC”, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico (March 11- May 19, 2015). Photo Credit: Cary Whittier.

PaintersNYC Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 19, 2016
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Curatorial Intensive alumna Meaghan Kent and co-curator & Artist Maureen Cavanaugh will moderate a panel discussion with artists Inka Essenhigh, Clare Grill, and Eamon Ore-Giron.

The participating speakers will discuss the artistic and studio practices revolving around the medium of painting in New York. The panel coincides with the exhibition PaintersNYC, which focuses on the general shifts and styles currently found in New York, while also referencing and examining its historical roots. The painters in this exhibition comprise a newer generation of established and emerging artists, who are part of a larger community of artists based in New York that often engage with each other with concerns over space, politics and culture.

The panel will include PaintersNYC curators Meaghan Kent and Maureen Cavanaugh with Inka Essenhigh, Clare Grill, and Eamon Ore-Giron. It will also include segments from historical interviews by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel with Lee Krasner, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alex Katz that were included in the exhibition at el Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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May 19, 2016

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Meaghan Kent

Meaghan Kent is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood in Florida. She is the Founder of Site95, an organization that holds exhibitions in available spaces including Locust Projects, Abrons Arts Center, and public outdoor spaces in Miami and New York. Kent was also a gallery director for the past fifteen years where she managed the careers of internationally emerging and established artists and coordinated exhibitions locally and worldwide. She co-founded Páramo in Guadalajara, Mexico and directed off-site projects at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles, Casa Pedregal in Mexico City, and El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños in Oaxaca. Prior to Páramo, she worked at Casey Kaplan, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and I-20 in New York. Kent completed her MA in art history at George Washington University, Washington, DC and her BA at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a participant of Independent Curators International (ICI) Intensive in 2012 and a mentor for the 2016 Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme. Kent has written for several publications including Site95 Journal, ArtHaps, and Art in America. Exhibitions have been reviewed in Frieze, The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Gallery Monthly, The Miami Herald, and The New York Times.

Maureen Cavanaugh

Maureen Cavanaugh, a Nebraska native and Brooklyn-based artist, studied painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Exhibitions include solo and group projects: “Sister Garage Project,” Los Angeles, California; “Everything Must Go,” Casey Kaplan, New York, New York; “Talk Show,” Edward Thorp New York, New York; “Contemporary Painting,” Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine (curated by Alex Katz) and “PaintersNYC,” Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California. Cavanaugh work is currently part of PaintersNYC a traveling show at El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO) in Oaxaca, from March 11 to May 15, 2016.

Inka Essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh is a New York-based artist. Her painted visions are richly colored distorted fables peopled with archetypes, sprites, and anthropomorphized nature. The paintings breathe and undulate with life as ocean becomes sea monster, tree becomes goddess, or hipster bar-goers become drunken ghouls. The imagery is imbued with a sense of a collective unconscious and mischievous narrative that makes its way into each landscape, building, and figure. As she describes it, her mythologies strive for “the feeling of an inner vision” captured during the witching twilight hours. Inka Essenhigh has been in such shows as “Comic Abstraction” Museum of Modern Art in New York, “USA Today” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, 2nd Berlin Biennale in Berlin, Germany, SITE Santa Fe Biennial in Santa Fe New Mexico and the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has had many one-person museum shows such as: the Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; DA2 Domus Artium, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the years she has shown with Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery and 303 gallery. She has recently shown at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen. She is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery in London. She is currently getting ready for “Between Worlds”, a show of works form the last 10 years at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville TN, opening May 27, 2016.

Clare Grill

Originally from Chicago, Clare Grill lives and works in Queens, NY. Since receiving her MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2005, Grill has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. Solo exhibitions include Zieher Smith & Horton, (New York, NY) The Freedman Gallery at Albright College (Reading, PA), Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA), Soloway Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Reserve Ames (Los Angeles, CA), and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT). Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, New York, Hawaii, San Francisco, Guadalajara, London, Bologna and Denmark. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011) and is the recipient of a Steep Rock Arts residency this summer in CT. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

Eamon Ore-Giron

Eamon Ore-Giron (b. 1973) received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1996) and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (2006). He has had solo exhibitions at LAX ART, Los Angeles (2015); Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York City (2014); MUCA ROMA, Mexico City (2006); Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco (2005) and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia (2005). His work has been included in group shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Prospect 3, New Orleans; the Perez Art Museum, Miami, and Deitch Projects, New York. Ore-Giron’s work has been covered in The New York Times, Art Forum, ANP Quarterly, and SFAQ, among other publications. Eamon Ore-Giron is based in New York and Los Angeles.

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