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Volume XXVII, Number
Thursday, Mar 08, 2012

Nature’s Return: On View In The Arsenal Gallery

Noreen Dean Dresser, Edges in Eternity, Acrylic on canvas,
Noreen Dean Dresser, Edges in Eternity, Acrylic on canvas,
Photograph by Allicette Torres

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce Nature’s Return, a multimedia exhibition curated by Omo Misha. On view from March 8 through April 19, Nature’s Return explores the growing dissonance between humanity and the natural world.

Through creative works of wonder, integrity and beauty, seventeen contemporary artists present works that examine our fragile relationship with the planet. Each artist offers a unique perspective, with some drawing attention to specific landscapes, industrial conflicts and urbanization. Others simply seek answers to perplexing environmental questions. Nature’s Return is a vivid call to focus on the planet, recognize our oneness with the earth, and to respond, with action, to the occurrence of environmental injustice.

“Each piece in this exhibit provides a window for contemplation” says curator Omo Misha. “A quiet space from which to consider the earth, its concurrent magnificence, power and fragility, and our inherent connection to it.”

The exhibiting artists are Al Johnson, Allicette Torres, Capucine Bourcart, Grace Y. Williams, Ivan Stojakovic, John Lawson, Katie Hovencamp, Noreen Dean Dresser, Paul Deo, Razia Said & Jamie Ambler, Tijana Bjelajac, Tomo Mori, Tony Ingrisano, Vaimoana Niumeitolu, Victor Littlejohn.

A native of Detroit, MI, curator and artist Misha McGlown attended Wayne State University and Center for Creative Studies (CCS). The name Omo Misha means “Misha's children” in Yoruba and has come to identify the artist and her myriad creative endeavors. Misha’s most notable curatorial projects include EVOLUTION: The Changing Face of Harlem, an exhibit hosted by Columbia University; Women of Colours at the Knox Gallery; and Harlem Artists on the Square presented by Empire State Development Corporation. Misha has executed public art installations on behalf of the Harlem River Park Task Force and the 125th Street Business Improvement District and been awarded artistic grants by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation and Harlem Arts Alliance.

The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks, and park history. It is located on the third floor of the NYC Parks & Recreation headquarters, in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art or call 212-360-8163.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

“It was such a lovely day, I thought it a pity to get up.”

W. Somerset Maugham
(1874 – 1965)

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