Howardena Pindell

Image courtesy of Sandler Hudson Galleries

Adelphi University is proud to present Howardena Pindell: Paintings and Works on Paper in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery.  This exhibition features several of Pindell’s widely known and exhibited handmade punched paper collages, prints, and photo collages. The exhibit will be on display from Sunday, January 22 through Tuesday, March 6, 2012. A gallery talk will be held on Sunday, February 19, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a free opening reception to follow, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This exhibition is presented by the Adelphi University Exhibitions program and the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies.

Howardena Pindell: Paintings and Works on Paper features 14 mixed media works: from her etchings Distances From The Sun/Radius and Altitude/ August to September 1997 / Northern Hemisphere, 2000-2001; and Antares, August, 2001, Northern Hemisphere, 2002, to her mixed media photo collages Autobiography: India (Lakshmi), 1984; and The Wave, 2010-2011. Several of her handmade punched paper works are also on view, Untitled #8B (Dragon), 2007; Untitled 7B (Genesis I), 2007; Untitled #5B (Krakatoa), 2007. In response to her punched paper works, the art critic David Bourdon once wrote: “By 1974, Pindell developed a more three-dimensional and more personal form of pointillism, wielding a paper punch to cut out multitudes of confetti-like disks, which she dispersed with varying degrees of premeditation and randomness over the surfaces of her pictures.”

Howardena Pindell, renowned artist, educator and curator, was born in 1943 in Philadelphia, PA. Artistically inclined as a child, an elementary school teacher suggested she further her studies by going to museums and galleries. As a result, her parents introduced her to several area artists, enrolled her in drawing classes at the Tyler School of Art, College of the Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial and she later attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She received her BFA from Boston University and her MFA from Yale University. Pindell worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York as an associate curator of prints and illustrated books and has taught in the Art Department at Stony Brook University since 1979. Howardena has received numerous accolades, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Grant, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Studio Museum in Harlem Artist Award, and the Most Distinguished Body of Work or Performance Award in 1990 from the College Art Association. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Yale Art Museum, New Haven; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The Rhode Island School of Art Museum; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, among many others.

The Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about this and other upcoming art exhibitions, please visit the Adelphi University Virtual Art Museum.

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