Art and the City - Bristol in New York

1 October 2019, 6.30 PM - 1 October 2019, 9.00 PM

Frank Benson and Chrissie Iles, Curator of Whitney Museum of American Art

The Cornell Club, 6 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017, USA

Alumni based in the US are invited to an in conversation with curator Dr Chrissie Iles and artist Frank Benson on Tuesday October 1 2019 at the Cornell Club in New York City.

Internationally acclaimed curator, art historian, and Bristol alumna, Dr Chrissie Iles (BA in History and History of Art) is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chrissie is known for her work with emerging artists, and for curating shows including two Whitney Biennials, surveys of Dan Graham, Sharon Hayes, and Louise Bourgeois, and a series of groundbreaking thematic exhibitions of moving image art. She was awarded a prestigious honorary Doctors of Letters (DLitt) degree from the University of Bristol in 2015.

Frank Benson is a New York based contemporary artist. His work Castaway, a life-size bronze statue was created in response to Goldney, its Gardens and Grotto at the University of Bristol, where it was installed in March this year. Another edition is currently being exhibited at the Andrew Kreps Gallery (22 Cortlandt Alley, NYC, 10013) and can be seen during September 6 – November 2 2019.

“Castaway is a depiction of a modern figure – a symbol of displaced and isolated people in the here and now. The work evokes an enduring fictional archetype – that of the solitary individual who makes do with the detritus of modern life, and gains a different understanding of society and the world in the process. This narrative offers an analogy for the contemporary artist who finds meaning – and a means of survival – by reimagining the found object.”

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear artist and curator in conversation. 


Cost This event is free to attend, but you must register.

Dress code Smart casual

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