Swoon: Seven Contemplations
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – Sunday, January 10, 2021
Beginning September 26, Caledonia Curry, known to her friends as Callie and to the art world as Swoon, will transform Albright-Knox Northland into an open and meditative environment featuring a number of her large-scale sculptural installations as well as her first stop-motion animation video. Equally important for the artist, however, is the space set aside for individual reading, meditation, and contemplation and public programming. In collaboration with local wellness and mental health workers, Swoon hopes to organize a series of programs to support efforts to alleviate stress in our community and work toward healing from trauma.
This exhibition is organized by Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott.
Admission to Albright-Knox Northland is always Pay What You Wish.
Albright-Knox Northland will remain closed through September 25, as the planned exhibition for summer 2020 was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum will monitor developments and continue gathering information on the status of the pandemic and its potential impact on the reopening date, and will share updates on its website and on social media.
About the Artist
Since achieving acclaim in the early 2000s for her deeply empathetic portraits illicitly wheat-pasted to buildings around New York, Swoon has expanded to creating sculptures, collages, paintings, and installations for museum and gallery spaces as well as participatory social projects, including working with residents of Braddock, Pennsylvania, on a series of community revitalization and job creation initiatives and developing models for earthquake-resistant structures in Haiti through Konbit Shelter. Connecting all these endeavors, for the artist, is a deep commitment to a spirit of generosity and an understanding of artmaking and sharing as a process of personal and communal healing and working through monumental change.