Today we are finishing installing the show Painting with Pictures. Only last week, we took down the show for the Scholastic Art Awards. During the day, parents, teachers and students came to pick up artwork. One parent saw Lyla Rose painting parts of the wall and said “you sure wear a lot of hats!” I’m even amazed at how many roles and jobs Lyla takes on. One minute, she’s extending her arm out to Lila Downs, the next she’s inspiring young artists to BE BOLD and now she’s installing an entire show for tomorrow night. What does she eat? Super human food? Probably. Or maybe there’s a cape in her desk drawer that she keeps for the moments she needs to fly. Yep. Shrimp and capes.
Our walls never seem to be empty. If they are empty, it’s usually because there’s work resting on the floor, waiting to be hung. It was strange to scrub the white walls down today. Without artwork, the walls blurred and almost dizzied me. The work that is going up now – curated by David Gibson, Savannah Spirit and Asya Geisberg – is amazing. I’ve never seen a show devoted to collage work before. The work is so alive it bursts. I love the use of color, text, pop culture and cultural history. The work is also very diverse. In our two large rooms, there are a total of 31 artists!
I’m sorry that I will be missing tomorrow night’s opening reception. Will you let me know it goes?
Painting with Pictures
May 21-July 21, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, May 21, 6-9PM
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
Casita Gallery, 6th floor
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, NY 10459
6 train to Hunts Point Av, 2 or 5 to Simpson Street