MCLA Gallery 51 presents "Visions from the Edge: The Artists of Pure Vision." Curated by eight students from MCLA's Advanced Museum Studies class under the direction of Dr. Anthony Gengarelly of MCLA's Fine and Performing Arts Dept., the exhibit showcases the work of eleven artists with disabilities who have extraordinary abilities.
The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held January 26, from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibition is presented in alliance with MCLA's Jessica Park Project; a multiyear study of the social challenges and singular accomplishments of Outsider artists. Most of the work included in the show is culled from Pure Vision Arts, New York's first specialized art studio and exhibition space for artists with Autism and other disabilities. Located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, PVA was founded in 2002 as a division of the The Shield Institute.
Dr. Gengarelly explains, "The title of the exhibit refers not only to the name of the collaborating organization, but to the visionary quality of the art and the artists included. The contributing artists come from a non-traditional, self-taught, art making background; their creations from a life experience outside mainstream art world or art institutions. The works included in this exhibition are unique as the artists that created them. They tell a story that pulls you far past their arresting images and bright colors."
Featured artists will include: Alba Somoza, Barry Kahn, Belo Green, Chase Ferguson, Evan Gozali, Jessica Park, Leon McCutcheon, Simone Johnson, Susan Brown, Walter Mika and William Britt.
During the run of the exhibit, the gallery will host a series programs and guest speakers. Each lecture will explore self taught art, outsider art and neuro-diverse art to introduce and comment about an often misunderstood community of artists. Check the gallery's website for a full listing. All events are free and open to the public.
"Visions from the Edge: The Artists of Pure Vision" runs through February 19, 2012.
A blog was created and maintained by the students of MCLA's Advanced Museum Studies class and Dr. Anthony Gengarelly during the creation of this exhibition. Visit it [here].