Transitory art is celebrated in a yearlong exhibition that opened in April.

Ephemeral ArtworkAdelphi University’s Ephemeral exhibition of artwork curated by professor Carson Fox has been named an Arts Alive LI Classic Event by the Long Island Arts Alliance.  Artists Christian Boltanski, Oscar Munoz, Mary Temple, Cal Lane, Portia Munson, Mac Premo, Ariana Page Russell, Joe Mangrum, Sarah Heinemann, and Cara Lynch comprise Ephemeral; an exhibition that examines the human relationship with the transitory. Using materials that range from skin, sand, chalk, and earth, artists investigate the role of human experience, memory, and mortality in our lives, while raising questions about our expectations of the art object, our experience as viewers, and the function of creation.

This exhibition will be on view through October 20, 2013 at Adelphi University’s Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery, 1 South Avenue in Garden City. Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 2 where visitors are invited to be a part of the Ephemeral exhibition:

  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – The community is invited to join students, faculty and staff in “chalking up” the Adelphi campus with images and text; chalk will be supplied to participants; meet in front of the University Center for Chalk-Up.
  • 2:00 p.m. – There will be a “flash mob” performance by the Kinesis Project. Kinesis is a New York City based dance company founded by Melissa Riker ’96 as a choreographic vehicle for the constantly changing art of dance. Riker is assisted by Kristin Harris ’13 and Brazilian artist and performer Mariana da Costa Pinto. Their piece, DISTRACTION celebrates the beauty of form, femininity and color.  Powerful women and men appear from behind buildings and sculptures on the lawns of Adelphi, moving as a beautiful, proud community with their shoulders bared, and then disappear.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Visit the University Center gallery to see Maureen McCourt and Ashley Caferro of The Rebel Biddy Collective, they will demonstrate the art of knitting and crochet – come add your own knit bomb.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Listen to a panel of art professionals that includes David Revere McFadden chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC); Mac Premo, artist and creator of the Dumpster Project, which is on display as part of the exhibit; Joe Mangrum, sand artist who created an original piece on the Adelphi campus this past April; Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, curator from El Museo del Barrio; and Ken Johnson, art critic from the New York Times. The panel will present in the recital hall of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.
  • 5: 00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – A reception will be held, in the gallery, on Wednesday, October 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 in the evening. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Exploration of this theme, Ephemeral, takes on many forms‑Christian Boltanski, Mary Temple, Oscar Munoz, and Sarah Heinemann address aspects of experience that refers directly to the irretrievable: images of dead strangers, light arrested from movement, and the empty clothing of absentee wearers.   In his Dumpster Project [on display currently on the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Pollock Plaza] Mac Premo creates a nostalgic shrine in a bone fide dumpster, transforming the space into a walk-in jewel box displaying the cast-off mementos of his life.  Cal Lane creates a rich carpet of delicate pattern composed entirely of dirt.  Joe Mangrum and Cara Lynch celebrate the temporal by placing their artworks at the mercy of the elements; the life of their individual works is defined by the wind, sun, and rain.  Ariana Page Russell and Portia Munson employ photography to capture the fleeting; Russell uses her own body as a canvas, while Munson creates blooming mandalas that inspire contemplation of the quiet magnificence of life, while acknowledging these moments slip quickly from our grasp.

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. To learn more about the artists and view glimpses of the exhibition, please visit; or additional updates on the show, “Like” the Adelphi University Galleries Facebook page.

About the Long Island Arts Alliance: Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is a network of the region’s not-for-profit arts and arts education organizations, promoting awareness of and participation in Long Island’s world-class arts and cultural institutions.  Find out more at

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