WHAT TO SEE OUTDOORS WHILE OUR GALLERIES ARE CLOSED IN AUGUST
(OUR GALLERY REOPENS ON SEPT 15, 2021)
We hope that you’re enjoying your summer so far. Over here at ArtYard, our team has been busy working on a number of exciting projects. We wanted to take a minute to let you know that the ArtYard galleries will be closed in August for final renovations and preparations for our fall program.
While the ArtYard galleries are closed in August, we invite you to visit our outdoor installations of works by Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper, and monumental works by Ledelle Moe, on view at different locations on our campus.
Please keep scrolling for details about these works and where to see them.
Location: In The backyard of ArtYard’s Trenton Avenue Residency, at 50 Trenton Avenue, Frenchtown, NJ.
When: On view until September 5th.
In this outdoor installation, Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper have created a work about the necessity of remembering, even as time corrodes our grasp on the past. Ito, whose grandfather survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Keiper, whose grandfather worked as an engineer on the Manhattan Project, collaborate on artwork about their shared heritage, seeking to heal the generational trauma wrought by the bombing and to insist on the urgency of the current nuclear threat. Using 108 concrete cubes, steel, sound, and exposed but entombed photographic film, they invite us to join them in contemplating how the deeds of our forebears resonate with us today, and how our actions will echo into the lives of those who follow us.
LEDELLE MOE’S SCULPTURES
ArtYard is pleased to present Monuments, a permanent installation of five monumental works by the artist Ledelle Moe. Sprawled across four locations on the ArtYard campus, these massive recumbent figures are immense and fragile, evoking anonymous victims of xenophobic violence, beloved ancestral figures, and gargantuan fallen animals while reckoning with issues of land and place. They nod to recently deposed statues of confederate “heroes,” and to histories of appropriated lands. Constructed of welded steel and cement with incorporated soil from the locations of their construction, Moe’s recumbent figures grapple with permanence and impermanence, strength and vulnerability, and the intersection of the personal and political.
Location: In front of the ArtYard Center building on 13 Front Street, Frenchtown, NJ.
In Collapse, Ledelle Moe acknowledges the death of an individual killed in violent conflict in South Africa in 2019. The work is created as an anonymous memorial and references not only the loss of his life but of the many others who have been similarly victimized. This work was produced in South Africa and incorporates sand/aggregate from the Western Cape region.
Title: From the series Erosion
Location: ArtYard’s Creekside Residency at 50 Trenton Avenue, accessible from Trenton Avenue or the riverside Rail Trail.
The Erosion pieces were influenced by elements of graveyard statuary in Greenmount Cemetery (Baltimore) and Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond), and contain sand/aggregate from these locations. When walking and spending time in these spaces, Moe was struck by the way in which the sculpted female form serves as a placeholder for grief, loss, and the immortal spirit.
Title: From the series Erosion.
Location: In front of the ArtYard Bridge Residency at 12 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, NJ.
We are expecting Ledelle Moe to be at ArtYard in September for an artist talk. We will share details about her visit at the beginning of September.
COMING UP SOON, GOING TO THE MEADOW
When: Sept 15 – Dec 30, 2021
Where: ArtYard Center on 13 Front Street, Frenchtown, NJ.
Going to the Meadow is a residency-based exhibition wherein distinct collaborative groups, consisting of four to five artists at a time, enact weeklong collaborations while in residence at ArtYard. It is one of two inaugural year exhibitions in ArtYard’s new building. The gallery space, the Delaware River Basin, and surrounding areas outwards to the palisades, and farmland surrounding ArtYard will comprise the artists’ sites of engagement. Invited participants with diverse backgrounds come from across the United States and work in an array of disciplines; painting, social practice, sculpture, installation, photography, poetry among them.
The collaborative groups will engage in conversations, verbal and tactile, and will employ a curated set of materials to make their conversations visible. The results of their experiments will culminate into one large-scale, collaboratively-generated installation. During the three-month span of the exhibition, visitors are welcome to observe the artists at work and play, as well as to engage with a study-based installation in the lower gallery.
Featuring: Carmen Argote, Milcah Bassell, Hannah Chalew, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Iris Cushing, Joanne Douglas, Dahlia Elsayed, Anna Mayer, Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Ramekon O’Arwisters, SHENEQUA, Yvonne Shortt, Andrew Sullivan, Sophia Wang, Angela Willetts, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.