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The MoCCA Fest has been a fixture of New York’s independent comics and art scene since 2002, even outliving its original namesake (the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art). Due the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, The Society of Illustrators will be organizing a virtual fest, the Comic and Cartoon Art Week, from April 12 to the 17th with live streamed panel discussions, workshops, and (virtual) meet-and-greets. All events hosted by the Society of Illustrators are free to view. Details are at https://www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek
The online festivities will have discussions on manga, the future of independent comics, workshops for aspiring artists and more.
The Society of Illustrators has stated that the MoCCA Arts Festival has been rescheduled for April 2-3, 2022, and will be hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
To learn more, go to: https://www.moccafest.org/
Comic and Cartoon Art WeekApril 12 - 17, 2021
Presented both online and in person, the 2021 Outsider Art Fair takes place in multiple event spaces across New York City. Running January 29 to February 7, OAF features seven curated exhibitions across five gallery locations around Manhattan:
The virtual program includes a series of enlightening talks and lectures. In Transgression and Taboo in Outsider Art featuring Michael Bonesteel, a leading authority on Henry Darger, art dealer Marion Harris, who has brought the work of Morton Bartlett to international acclaim, and renowned artist Joe Coleman, this panel, moderated by critic and curator Carlo McCormick, will present a risky conversation on the outré within outsider art, and consider what place this kind of work now occupies in a body politic increasingly defined by a new social consciousness and sensitivity.
In Grassroots Art in Vermont: Collecting Non-Mainstream Art at the Bennington Museum, Jamie Franklin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Bennington Museum, along with Gregg Blasdel, Ray Materson, and Kathy Stark, who have all played a role in the collection’s development. explore the development of a collection of work by self-taught artists working beyond the mainstream art world (at least initially) at a medium-sized regionally focused museum in rural southwestern Vermont.
In A Closer Look into Henry Darger's World, art historian Leisa Rundquist joins Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr to discuss the forthcoming book The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art. Rundquist's book is the first to examine Darger's conceptual and visual representation of girlhood as it charts his use of little girl imagery in contexts that many scholars have read as puerile and psychologically disturbed, including his direct appropriations from mainstream sources as well as girls modified to meet his needs. To illustrate their conversation, Kerr and Rundquist will use source materials from the Henry Darger Room Collection, located at Intuit, as references to discuss the intricacies of Darger's representation of girls.
To learn more, go to: https://www.outsiderartfair.com/
Outsider Art FairJanuary 29 - February 7, 2021
Highlighting up-and-coming as well as mid-career artists, VOLTA NY returns to Metropolitan West (639 west 46th St.) this March 4 to 8, 2020. Featuring 53 international galleries, this year’s installment is under new leadership from Director Kamiar Maleki, who has helped steered VOLTA towards becoming an intimate boutique event.
Focusing on a blend of longtime returning VOLTA galleries as well as first-time exhibitors, several galleries from VOLTA’s “extended family” return to the fair after several years’ absence from participating, each contributing a compelling voice to the boutique art fair. These “extended family” galleries include: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), presenting a solo project by celebrated American sculptor Paul Villinski, renowned for his signature found-steel butterfly sculptures, his ambitious public works projects, and his Emergency Response Studio, created to house displaced artists post-Hurricane Katrina and first exhibited at Prospect.1, New Orleans.
First-time exhibitors to VOLTA span the globe and artistic discipline, including strong outings by: Gallery 1957 (Accra), showcasing Yaw Owusu in a solo project built around the young artist’s socioeconomic concerns in contemporary Ghana; Marquee Projects (Bellport, NY), unveiling an installation and re-imagined studio space of the late artist, critic, poet, and performance artist John Perreault x-ist (Istanbul)
To learn more, go to: https://ny.voltashow.com/
VOLTA New YorkMarch 4 - 8, 2020
Metropolitan West639 W 46th St.New York, NY 10036
Organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show (running February 27 to March 1st) offers conversations with gallerists, upclose looks at original works, and a keen eye on the New York art scene. Held at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Ave, NY, NY), programming ranges from artist performances to dynamic keynote presentations, The Art Show provides its audience with a wide scope of cultural experiences, meaningful interactions, and illuminating exposure to phenomenal works of art.
The 2020 installment features a selection of solo presentations, including 19 focused on female artists, as well as joint and thematic presentations. Member exhibitors, 7 exhibiting for the first time, will offer new perspectives on influential artists and opportunities for in-depth exploration of up-and-coming and underrecognized contributions to art history.
Panel discussions include The Role of Art Dealers: Past, Present, and Future, and a look at Public Art.
To learn more, go to: https://artdealers.org/the-art-show/information
The Art ShowFebruary 27 - March 1, 2020
Park Avenue Armory643 Park Ave.New York, NY 10065
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