Please join Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs and exhibition curator, Margaret Mathews-Berenson for a tour of Homeland [IN]Security: Vanishing Dreams. She will be joined by five artists whose work is in the show: Ben Grasso, Stephanie Imbeau, Rob Stephenson, Brian Tolle and Chris Verene.The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation as the curator and the artists discuss the themes of the exhibition and the varied ways they have been addressed by the diverse group of artists in the show.
The gallery's current exhibition Homeland [IN] Security: Vanishing Dreams will be on display for the tour.
The Salon will be held at:
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs
1103 45th Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101
About the artist
Margaret Mathews-Berneson is an independent curator and art educator with special expertise incontemporary art and photography. Former director of the Drawing Society and editor-in-chiefof Drawing magazine, she is an accomplished lecturer and writer; her articles have been published in ARTS, American Artist, The Pastel Journal \and _Sculpture_ magazine, among others. Through her tour company, Art Today, she provides VIP and special-access tours of the contemporary art scene in New York and other cultural cities. She is currently on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y in New York.
Ben Grasso’s oil paintings present graphic description and analysis of the emblematic American home as seen in his Adaptation series. A 2011 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Ben exhibits throughout the U.S. and abroad and is in the collections of Agnes Gund, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and The James Hotel, New York, NY.
Stephanie Imbeau’s work articulates her interest in the search for community, shelter and home, by combining the familiar imagery of houses, umbrellas and boats with materials relating to shelters and domesticity usingthread, paper, cardboard and found items. Working in Brooklyn, NY, Stephanie has exhibited around the country and internationally. In 2007 she earned a Master of Fine Arts from Newcastle University, U.K.
Rob Stephenson’s photographs have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and The Museum of the City of New York. He has been awarded the Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism Fellowship and a 2013 NYFA Artist Fellowship and has been a darkroom resident at the Camera Club of New York. His first book, From Roof to Table, documenting the urban agriculture movement in New York City, was published in 2012.
Brian Tolle’s work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial; Liverpool Biennial at the Tate Modern; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Queens Museum of Art, New York, and numerous other institutions. He is the recipient of awards from the Irish American Historical Society, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Design Commission of the City of New York. Brian Tolle is represented by CRG Gallery, New York, NY, where he had his most recent solo show, Levittown, 2009.
Chris Verene is a photographer and performance artist working in Brooklyn, NY, widely known for his multi-decade documentary project chronicling the lives of his family and friends in Galesburg, Illinois. Verene’s work is in museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and others. Chris is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program.