In the Gallery

In the Gallery

WOMEN OF YORK – “SHARED DINING”

Open now through April 8, 2019
10am to 5pm M-F or call to arrange a group viewing.

A group of ten women incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, calling themselves “Women of York,” produced this work of art inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. Shared Dining echoes the structure of The Dinner Party, with entry banners and place settings, each composed of a plate, chalice, and runner dedicated to a woman of personal significance to the artist. Reflecting on the enduring power of Chicago’s iconic masterwork, the installation celebrates women’s historical achievements and acknowledges the continuing impact of feminism in the twenty-first century.

The artists have responded to the constraints of producing work within a correctional institution by repurposing pedestrian materials, playing on historical craft-based associations of art made by women. The table is accompanied by audio recordings of each artist describing her place setting and its meaning. An act of determined self-representation, Shared Dining uses individual narratives to raise critical questions about politics, gender, and incarceration.

Works include:
Feminine Energy by Kelly
Eve by Shannon
The Mother (Virgin Mary) by Yajaira
Juliet by Chasity
Lena by Tricia
Phyllis Porter by Lisette
Princess Diana by Panna
Rainy by Shaquima
Danica Patrick by Cara
Malala Yousafzai by Tracie

Presented in conjunction with Hartford Public Library/Hartford History Center’s March/April Focus: Stories of Incarceration. Find related programs and exhibits here.

These didactics were originally included in the exhibition Women of York: "Shared Dining", organized by Catherine J. Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, with Stephanie Weissberg, Curatorial Assistant, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, in 2015.

Photo by Susan Meiselas.

The exhibition is on loan from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation through the sponsorship of the Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in partnership with Hartford Public Library and the States of Incarceration traveling exhibit.

The Shared Dining artwork was facilitated by Elizabeth Sackler, Founder and Rebekah Tafel, Director of Programs for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation with the assistance of Joseph Lea, Library Media Specialist (retired) at York Correctional Institution.

Catherine Muther and Susan Meiselas documented this project through the support of the Three Guineas Fund which resulted in the creation of the Shared Dining catalog, digital and audio files of the artwork and artists’ statements which will all be on display along with the exhibit.

The exhibit was organized by Joseph Lea, Donna Berman, Donna Gerard, Nana Amos and Glenn Mitoma.

Shared Dining has been exhibited at the CT Prison Arts Show at University of Hartford, Hartford, CT (2014), The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2015), the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (2016), and The Maier Museum at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA (2017).

Works from Judy Dworin Performance Project’s Bridging Boundaries™

Open now through April 8, 2019
10am to 5pm M-F or call to arrange a group viewing.

The original artwork that surrounds the Shared Dining exhibit was created by participants in Judy Dworin Performance Project’s Bridging Boundaries™ Performance Residency at York Correctional Institution for Women” between 2005 and 2018.

Since 2005, the JDPP York Performance Residency has been predicated on the restorative capacity of movement, narrative, song, visual arts, and performance, woven with the important supports of social services to allow women behind the razor wire unprecedented opportunities for self-discovery, artistic growth, community building, and the development of pro-social life skills. 

These pieces give voice and presence to these women and demonstrate the human power for creative endeavor and resilience, even in the most challenging of places.

The artwork on these t-shirts represents a decade of Judy Dworin Performance Project's work behind the walls of York Correctional Institution for Women in Niantic, CT. These t-shirts were worn by participants in JDPP's Bridging Boundaries Residency at York at their concluding performances for peers, family and friends, and invited guests held each June since 2005.

Alan Falk – Between Two Worlds

Begins April 11.
Exhibition Opening Reception: April 11th 6pm to 8pm.

For the past several years, Alan Falk has incorporated diverse Jewish influences into his art, including biblical passages, prophetic writings, rabbinic commentaries, modern Jewish theology and the experience of history. These influences concern a wide range of emotional, spiritual and social elements of human life. Falk has been particularly interested in the panoply of emotions revealed in the Biblical narratives of familial relationships, including unconditional love. 

The focus of this exhibition, entitled “Between Two Worlds,” represents Falk’s exploration of the romantic and magical aspects of love and the search for the sublime. The exhibition primarily consists of twenty two watercolors based on The Song of Songs(Shir HaShirim),and four paintings based on Sholom Ansky’s celebrated Yiddish drama, “The Dybbuk.” 

In these starkly contrasting accounts of requited and unrequited love, The Song of Songsis physical, earthbound, and rich in the abundance of life, whilst The Dybbukis tortuous, spiritual, and weighed down by tragedy and death. Yet, in both, unconditional love prevails over all challenges. Falk’s works direct us towards the unity attained by the lovers and the shedding of duality through acts of love. 

About the artist:

Alan Falk was born in England in 1945 and studied painting and printmaking at Manchester College of Art & Design. He was awarded the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art and taught painting at several colleges in England and also taught fine art at colleges and universities in the US and Canada, including New York University.

In England he was represented by major London galleries including the Piccadilly Gallery and New Art Center and was included in numerous group exhibitions in the U.K. and Europe before moving to the United States in 1974 where he has continued exhibiting in group and museum exhibitions including the National Academy of Arts & Letters, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; New York International Art Expo; Minnesota Museum of Art; Columbus Museum Of Art; Bradley University, Peoria;  McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; Kraft Center, Columbia/Barnard College, New York;  Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, PA; Hillel Galery, University of Southern California; The Manny Cantor Center, NY: Amstelkirk, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

He has also had numerous solo exhibitions and has been represented by commercial galleries including E.P Gurewitsch, AM Sachs, Katarina Rich Perlow, and The Krasdale Galleries in New York City, the Alpha Gallery in Denver, CO and public institutions including Montclair State University, NJ ; The Jewish Religious Center at Williams College, MA, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center, CT.

His work is in many public, corporate and private collections in the USA and Europe, including Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT; Canisius College, New York; Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, New York; Columbus Museum, Ohio;  The Hebrew Arts School, New York City; Academy for Jewish Religion, New York; New Yorker Magazine; Touchstone Rochdale Art Museum, England; Manchester University, England; The Sandiland Collection, England.

His work can be viewed at www.alanfalkart.com.