Mana Contemporary and the International Sculpture Center present:
Wake the Town and Tell the People
April 24 – August 15, 2016
Curated by Ysabel Pinyol
A group exhibition opening on the Second Annual International Sculpture Day,
April 24, 2016, from 1PM-6PM
Contemporary sculpture is a medium that forms an intimate connection between the artist’s experience and that of the viewer. As a result, it is a unique platform for dialogue, particularly regarding social change. Each piece in this exhibit demands that we pay attention to our current moment and signals us to think about the future. Wake the Town and Tell the People is named for the work by Jamaican artist Cosmo Whyte, one of the eighteen emerging artists working across a dynamic range of materials, from porcelain to plywood and bronze to balloons. Whyte’s piece is a towering eight-and-a-half-foot-tall stack of plywood speakers that arcs like a cresting wave, using ambient sound and music to address themes of post-colonialism and migration. Artist Jamezie will present “…But Will The People Listen?”, a performance piece that focuses on the body as not only a means to create sculpture, but sculpture in and of itself. They will invite participants to consider individuality and gender by providing plates to print imagery on their skin. Jamezie will be performing in the 5th floor gallery among the other works on April 24 and May 1, from 3PM-5PM.
International Sculpture Day at Mana is free and open to all ages. It will also include open artist studios and an aluminum casting demonstration in the Keating Foundry, located on Mana’s campus. The T’ang Horse: Anthony Quinn, which highlights a number of sculptures by Anthony Quinn, and Ben Keating: The Piece of Her That’s Missing, will also be on view.
About International Sculpture Day:
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the International Sculpture Day program in 2015 as an annual celebration held worldwide on April 24 to highlight the creation and appreciation of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. This program has been made possible through generous donations by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on IS Day visit sculpture.org/isday.
The show will be in Mana’s 5th floor gallery and the main entrance lobby.