The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art is pleased to announce American Genre: Contemporary Painting curated by artist, writer, and curator Michelle Grabner. Grabner is the Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
American Genre: Contemporary Painting is an exhibition built on a triad of traditional painting genres: still life, landscape, and portraiture. Fifty-two paintings by fifty-two American artists offers a critical balance to the conditions of atemporality, affected responses, and the material turn shaping much of contemporary painting discourse. Alternatively, this exhibition employs historically recognized groupings of subject and forms. Genres incorporate and invoke structures of knowledge by performing classification. Deeply embedded in everyday life, genre is conspicuous and powerful in its ability to chart historical continuity and differences through its organizing forces.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit MECA’s website here.
Creative Leadership: Art-Making, Activism, and Philanthropy, Intersect Aspen (2021)
Creative Leadership: Art-Making, Activism, and Philanthropy
Sunday, August 1 at 5:30pm
Panelists Coley Cassidy (Director, Tiedemann Wealth Advisors), Wendy Cromwell (Founder, Cromwell Art LLC, Art Advisory) and Paula Crown (Multimedia artist, social activist, and philanthropist) explore how philanthropy and the importance of making an impact through investing or charitable work can also be applied to art collecting and art engagement. The panel will also address the role artists play in creating unique solutions to socio-political problems, engaging with communities, and how they offer creative thinking as a means to address these concerns.
Inside Our Heads: Convergence of Art and the Brain (2020)
On Monday, December 7, 2020, Hebrew University hosted a discussion between Paula Crown, Artist & Professor Leon Deouell, Neuroscientist on the occasion of Paula Crown’s virtual exhibit INSIDE MY HEAD: A Contemporary Self Portrait at Hebrew University Art Gallery.
On October 29, 2020, Paula Crown sat down with Hank Willis Thomas and Paul D. Miller for Brooklyn Rail’s weekly Common Ground series for or a discussion on For Freedoms’ 2020 Awakening, a campaign to increase voter engagement through a reimagining of the 1860 Wide Awakes movement—which swept through our nation’s streets and welcomed Abraham Lincoln into the presidential office—for the 2020 Presidential Election. The discussion focused on a vital question: What does it mean to show up to the movement—or show up to the future—with our full selves?
This conversation was moderated by Malvika Jolly, and closed with a poetry reading by feminist avant-garde writer Rachel Levitsky.
NY Forum: Freedom from Fear: The Arts and Civic Engagement Forum
Aspen Institute, NY (2019)
Paula Crown was honored to participate in Aspen Institute’s inaugural Society of Fellows Forum in New York City, September 17, 2019, entitled Freedom from Fear: The Arts and Civic Engagement Forum.
This half-day program focused on the Freedom from Fear. A series of panels, comprising contemporary artists, filmmakers, and policy experts, they discussed issues of bias, gun violence, and criminal justice reform, as well as their interconnection and a path forward.