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The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program and the Social Practice Queens MFA Concentration at Queens College invite you to join multidisciplinary artist Gregory Sale for a presentation and discussion of his work.
About Gregory Sale
Gregory Sale is a multidisciplinary artist with a socially engaged art practice. Currently he is producing two bodies of work. One gives voice to the multiple constituencies of incarceration and criminal justice systems through engendering civility and discourse around complex issues without easy answers. The other, quieter initiative takes on love and language by flirting with the fluid parameters of public and private, prose and poem.
It’s not just black and white, 2011, at ASU Art Museum in Tempe, AZ unfolded during a three-month residency exhibition. With support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, it considered the cultural, social and personal issues at stake in the day-to-day workings of the criminal justice system in Arizona. As a next multi-year investigation, Sleepover grapples with the challenges of individuals reentering society after periods of incarceration. Now in research and development, Sleepover (supported by a 2013 Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields and a 2014 Art Matters grant) will bring together key stakeholder constituents for extended periods of time to reconsider their understandings of re-entry and their relationships to one another.
In summer 2012, as a resident artist at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and at VCCA in Amherst, VA, Sale initiated Love for Love, a socially engaged project created in collaboration with eight organizations and 120 community participants in Chapel Hill, NC. The project was commission for More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s at the Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 and traveled to Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN in 2013-2014.
Sale is Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Public Practice at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Before that he served as the Visual Arts Director for Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Curator of Education at ASU Art Museum, and as a public art project manager for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
About Social Practice Queens
Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY), with the long-standing community-based activism of the Queens Museum.
The new MFA concentration in social practice integrates studio work with social, tactical, interventionist and cooperative forms. SPQ’s goal is to initiate interdisciplinary projects with real world outcomes rooted in CUNY’s rigorous departmental offerings (e.g.: urban studies, environmental science, public policy, experimental pedagogy, social theory) in tandem with the Queens Museum’s ongoing community-based activities.
About Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
The expanded Queens Museum features a new, expanded slate of artist services, including a brand new Studio Program, with professional development features and a networking Lecture Series that draws on human resources at the Queens Museum. Open A.I.R. programs will offer professional development topics targeted specifically to all interested emerging artists.
Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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