Members of Pingry's Robotics Team postponed their Spring Break by a few days the weekend of March 9—and with impressive showings at two separate events, their sacrifice was well worth it!
Hostetter Arts Center Gallery
- Art Faculty Exhibition: Now and Then
- Rich Freiwald "Just Clay: From Porzellan to Pop"
- Photographic Works from the Permanent Collection
The annual Art Faculty Exhibition was on view in the Hostetter Gallery through February 1, 2019. The exhibition features work in a variety of media from Pingry studio art teachers including Jane Asch P '04, Xiomara Babilonia, Melody Boone, Miles Boyd, Russell Christian, Rebecca Feranec Sullivan, Rich Freiwald, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, and Nan Ring. Each faculty member displayed work that highlights the evolution of their artistic practice by showing older work alongside current work.
The show, titled "Just Clay: Porzellan to Pop," is comprised of over one hundred pieces of clay sculpture and pottery selected mostly from the Art Nouveau Period and going back 150 years.
"I get this crackling sensation imagining myself as a time-traveler walking with Athena, the goddess of pottery, or standing on the shoulders of the giants of the Ceramic Arts. They elevate me as I create, and inform me as I collect these magical objects. When I work, I feel like I’m sharing the room with the great masters represented in this show. I’ve been a collector of ceramics for over forty years. This began when I was very young; during the summer months in the Poconos, I remember shopping with my mother in a country store where there were some small collections of porcelain objects that caught my eye. With some pleading, completion of chores and being a good citizen, Mom caved and bought me the two small porcelain dogs statues that I wanted. Another clear influence was my grandmother’s collection of fine porcelain that she displayed with the respect you would expect in a museum. There is no doubt that this influenced my desire to become an art maker and collector. Historical and contemporary collecting has focused for me the importance of history, the canon and becoming an artist who teaches. This show is the culmination of a dream of mine to share my passion for collecting and my work with my students and colleagues. At the turn of the 20th century, the “Cult of Beauty” represented through the arts emphasized a move away from manufacturing to handmade objects. I hope to “full send” this idea of a cult of beauty into our community and beyond." - Richard Freiwald
Pingry is proud to present this museum quality exhibition with works by international artists who had shaped and defined modern photography. Lucien Clergue, close friend of Pablo Picasso, received the highest honor bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture as a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur in 2003, and was featured in a solo show at the MoMA. Harold Feinstein helped define the “New York School” of photography and Donna Ferrato ignited a national discussion about sexual violence and women’s rights. Surrealist photographer Ralph Gibson is included in important collections including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center for Creative Photography. Alen MacWeeney’s photographs are in permanent collections at the MoMA, the MET, the Philadephia Musueum of Art, and the Art Institure of Chicago, to name a few. Mary Ellen Mark is recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers of her generation. She has published 18 books and published photo-essays and portraits in LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. She has received worldwide attention for her work, which is included in over 50 major museum collections.
The Hostetter Gallery is exhibiting selections from Pingry’s Permanent Collection through December 9th, 2016. The exhibition will feature photography by artists Lucien Clergue, Harold Feinstein, Donna Ferrato, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney, and Mary Ellen Mark.
Previous Exhibitions at the Hostetter Gallery
Harry Allen '82
Elizabeth A. Demaray
Adam Kalkin '80
Scott Loikits '90
James Mullen '81
Jon Sarkin '71
Jack Youngelson '85