The Carter Burden Gallery announces its Five Year Anniversary Show, a group exhibition featuring the vibrant, cutting edge work of 35 artists in a variety of media and techniques, including sculpture, relief, photography, drawing and painting. This special exhibition marks the fifth year anniversary of the nonprofit Gallery and celebrates its mission to highlight artists who, as they age, face limited opportunities to show their work. The Five Year Anniversary Show opening reception will preview the upcoming documentary Double Portrait, a semi-surreal, hybrid film that centers on two octogenarian artists and their parallel stories which intersect in mysterious ways. In addition, a catalogue raisonné commemorating the Gallery’s history of championing work from older professionals will be introduced.
The Carter Burden Gallery, a 2,271 square-foot gallery space located in Chelsea at 548 West 28th Street, is committed to empowering re-emerging professional artists, over the age of 60, through exhibition and cultivation of their work. The Gallery targets artists who are increasingly being overlooked to show their work, despite any past renown. In the past five years, over 600 artists have submitted work for consideration, and the Gallery has had over 70 solo and group shows, exhibited more than 85 artists, and is scheduled through 2015. Exhibitions are curated based solely on quality and impact and represent older artists, many of whom were important participants in the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1960s in New York City.
“Throughout our five years, the Carter Burden Gallery has created a supportive community of re-emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to share their work and lives as vital members of the New York arts culture,” says Marlena Vaccaro, Carter Burden Gallery Curator. “The Gallery has a network of artists that respond to each other’s work and invigorate the spirit and creative process for each artist.”
“With a longstanding commitment to changing the face of aging in New York City, the Carter Burden Center established the Gallery to support artists who have seen their ability to exhibit their work diminish with age,” says William Dionne, Executive Director of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. “Our goal is to celebrate the unique perspectives of older professional artists and showcase their work as part of the rich cultural life of the city.”
In addition to the Five Year Anniversary Show, the Gallery’s ongoing and rotating public art installation, On the Wall, will feature Carter Burden Gallery artist Charles Ramsburg.
Five Year Anniversary Show is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.