Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design presents “EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer”

Beginning October 22, the Cooper Union School of Art and the Institute for Sustainable Design present EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer, featuring work by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Ruth Hardinger, Joe Lewis, Christy Rupp, and Rebecca Smith.

Coleen Fitzgibbon is an independent film and video director/producer on various documentary and experimental shorts, studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, NYU’s Film Studies, and in 1973-4 graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in film/video and the Whitney Independent Study Program/ISP. Her films and videos are shown at the New Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives in New York as well as film festivals, museums and galleries internationally (Rotterdam, Berlin, Oberhausen, Vienna Film Festivals; the Palais Des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Boda, Seoul, Korea and others). Fitzgibbon has also worked as an independent producer for various other directors and corporations (Mark Rappaport, Telecom Japan, AT&T Technologies, Sony, IBM and others).

Ruth Hardinger has a BA in Classical Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Hunter College, NYC, and was a recipient of an IIE Grant to Mexico, administered by the Fulbright Foundation. Her recent solo exhibitions include Sideshow, Creon, “In the Garden” at Lesley Heller Gallery, Washington Sq. Windows NYU, NYC.  Recent installations and group shows include the Whale Oil to Whole Foods, Catskill NY, Carriage Barn at Islip Museum, Collaborative Concepts in Garrison, Castle Gallery in New Rochelle, NY, MIC: Check at Sideshow and Kentler Fine Art in Brooklyn. She was an organizer for “Art and Activism against the Drill”, at Exit Art.  Her project in progress was accepted in the NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Program.  The Museum of Modern Art Library, Artist Book Collection, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Edward Albee Foundation, are among public and private collections including her work.  Her on-going project with Sideshow Gallery, Culture Trashes Nature, is conversation with artists who take on environmental issues.

Joe Lewis, a nationally known artist, arts administrator, educator and author is dean of The Clarie Trevor School of the Arts,University of California, Irvine.  He has also served as deal fo the school of Art and Design at Alfred University, NY and the faculty of California Institite of the Arts (Calarts) while also administrating a public art program for the City of Los Angeles.  Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards including several National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.  Most recently, he was named Deutsche Bank Fellow in Photography by the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Lewis has written for Art in America, Artforum, and was a contributing editor for Artspace and a correspondent for Contemporanea.  His essay regarding the confluence of art, technology and society have been  published in anthologies and peer reviewed journals.

Christy Rupp, is an American eco-artist, born in Rochester NY, too young for Elvis, and too old for Barbie. Currently living & working in NYC and Saugerties.

She has received grants from Anonymous was a Woman Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, & Art Matters Inc. Her work has been visible recently in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum of Art & Design  NYC, the Neuberger Museum, The Dorsky Museum, Lesley Heller Workspace and The New Museum in NYC.

Rebecca Smith is a visual artist who lives in New York City and the Adirondacks.  She has three children.  She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the New York Studio School.  In 2012 Smith received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  An exhibition of her sculpture will be mounted at The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia in 2014.  Smith’s art alternates between steel sculpture and tape drawing installations.  She has exhibited both kinds of work nationally and internationally, including in exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; The Brooklyn Museum, NYC; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia.  Since 2005 her work has often dealt in themes related to climate change such as holes in the ozone layer (“Finger Touch” 2005 commission for Ebsworth & Ebsworth, Sydney, Australia): melting glaciers (“Blue Cage Sculptures” at Jeannie Freilich Gallery, NY, NY  2007 and, currently, carbon levels in the atmosphere. Selected solo exhibitions include shows at “Tape and Steel” at The Studio School, New York, NY (2010); “TarraWarra Catchment” at The TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia (2005); “Rebecca Smith: The Ring Sculptures”at The Picker Gallery of Art, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.


There will be an opening reception on October 22 from 6-8pm and the exhibition will be on view until November 8 in the Great Hall Gallery at the Cooper Union (7 E. &th Street).

Read more about EMISSIONS and the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design at their profile page.

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