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(Photo: © Brian Albert 1987)
I am happy to announce that HYMN, a public sculpture by John Fekner & Brian Albert will be included in the exhibition.
HYMN is a collaboration by John Fekner and Brian Albert. The project constructed on an embankment overlooking the Grand Central Parkway in Queens was intended as a call for peace, an immediate response to the growing racial tensions over the death of a young black man in New York City. A gang of white youths in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens brutally beat three black men whose car had broke down in the neighborhood, chasing one of the three, 23-year-old Michael Griffith from Bedford-Stuyvesant, to his death when he was hit by a car crossing the Shore Parkway on December 20th, 1986.
The piece consisted of a tombstone-shaped concrete electrical power box painted black with the word “HYMN” stenciled in 12-inch high white letters. Flush with the ground, in front of the ‘tombstone’ was a translucent 40” x 50” photographic print portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., illuminated from a light source in the ground. The electricity necessary for the underground lighting was tapped from a streetlamp, which switched on at sunset.
(Photo: © Brian Albert 1987)
Hymn was installed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19th, 1987. Passing motorists could see the work both during the daytime and at night when it transformed into a subtle glowing image of harmony and peace. The illegally sited work remained for a few weeks and was eventually removed from the parkway embankment.
In 1988, the Hillwood Art Museum (now the Steinberg Museum of Art) invited Fekner and Albert to create a new permanent version as part of their Public Art Program. Hymn was erected and dedicated next to the Interfaith Chapel at Long Island University C. W. Post Campus in Brookville, NY.
Detail (above) of the almost thirty-year-old Hymn installation which is in the process of being reconditioned and remodeled this month on the LIU Campus. It is included in the Concrete to Data exhibition at the Steinberg Museum of Art 1/26/15 – 3/21/15.
Concrete to Data Logo Remix by artist Caroline Caldwell
Announcing the Concrete to Data Official Artist List!
The Main Museum Space ::
General Howe – CAKE – Leon Reid IV – Chris Stain – Abe Lincoln Jr. – Luna Park – RJ Rushmore – Martha Cooper – John Fekner – Don Leicht – Ryan Seslow – Herb Smith – Henry Chalfant – Monique Spier – Chris RWK – Lady Pink – GAIA – Swoon – SEBS – Jaime Rojo – Jilly Ballistic – Col Wallnuts – Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter – Hrag Vartanian – Billy Mode – Inspire – Yoav Litvin – Katie Yamasaki – Garrison Buxton – Joe Iurato – Adam VOID – Caroline Caldwell – EKG & Cash4 – EKG – Scott Tongue – Daniel Feral – Encrypted Fills
Jilly Ballistic – Stinkfish – Broken Fingaz – General Howe – Caroline Caldwell – Abe Lincoln Jr. – Gaia – Enzo & Nio – John Fekner – Olek – Ryan Seslow – Swampy – Peter Drew – Adam VOID – Rone – Enzo Sarto – CAKE – Leon Reid IV – Monique Spier – Michael Branson Smith
The emphasis wholesale jerseys of this exhibition will celebrate techniques, styles and methods of generating street art and graffiti as the movements have transcended from Haftal?k the 1970’s through today’s new media technologies. The works range from ephemeral on site murals to site specific arrangements and Post installations. Techniques cheap jerseys with aerosol paint, stencils, brush application, paste ups, assemblage, карт sculpture, screen printing, photography, video art, GIF animations and Parkour internet technologies are represented. The works will be installed and composed simultaneously into the museum’s indoor space. A digital platform of the exhibition will also be accessible via an internet connection.
Curated by Ryan Seslow
Contact the curator here – Ryan@ryanseslow.com
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