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CU School of the Arts Built Environments

Empirical Evidence (Detail), Amy Pollack, 2013

Empirical Evidence (Detail), Amy Pollack, 2013

Curated by Rich Blint
February 6 – May 9, 2014 

Mary Lasker Building
3960 Broadway (@166th St. between Bway and St. Nicholas Ave.)
Joint Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6pm-8pm
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (@168th Street)
Regular Viewing Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm

“Slight Presences, Flashes of Remembrance features work across a range of media by the artist, Amy Pollack. In this solo exhibition, Pollack renews her interest in gathering the fragments of the tragic history of Jews in mid-20th century Europe. Utilizing an arresting array of materials and techniques (from textiles, wood, beads, lace, metal, painting, and collage), the artist offers up an exquisitely jarring visual narrative of ruptured familial bonds, the complex meanings of quotidian materiality, as well as the fictions and always incipient violence which continue to inform ideologies of human difference. Ultimately, what is presented “reads” at once as critique, cautionary tale, and embrace—recalling the viewer to the capacity of art to contend with the too often fatal realities of modern life.

Amy Pollack graduated from the High School of Music and Art, then earned a B.F.A. from Cooper Union, and a B.A. from Brandeis University with a major in Art History and honors in Graphics.  Her recent works include illustrations for publications of the Stevens Institute of Technology’s College of Arts and Letters, illustrations for the Columbia University student magazine Sanctum, and illustrations inCrosscurrents magazine. In addition to illustrating articles, she enjoys making soft sculptures, tee-shirt designs, collages, quilts, and a variety of props and panels for stage productions.  Presently, Pollack is working on a book of 40 illustrations on Natural Selection with commentary by R. Pollack, The Course of Nature.  A draft of this book has been used as a reading in the Columbia College Core course, “Frontiers of Science.”

This exhibition is part of the series built environments, a curatorial initiative conceived by Columbia University School of the Arts’ Office of Community Outreach and Education, to engage contemporary issues in fine art concerning aesthetics, value, difference, and public space. As a term, built environments functions as a framing and rhetorical device to capture the ambition and goal of every artist. The term is also presented as a way to think about the sustainability of exhibition contexts that extend beyond the confines of the white cube gallery or museum space. And most directly related to the fields of architecture and urban planning within which the concept emerged, built environments marks the project’s location in Northern Manhattan and its exploration of alternative fine art exhibition north of 96th Street.”


Past Events & Shows

“The Course of Nature: showcasing Amy Pollack’s drawings”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House Presidential Ballroom
Sponsored by the Columbia University Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Columbia College Office or the Core Curriculum, and the Columbia Science Review

The Course of Nature: showcasing Amy Pollack's drawings, November 6, 2013

The Course of Nature: showcasing Amy Pollack’s drawings, November 6, 2013

4th Annual “Through the Looking Glass: An Exploration of Art and Science”
Friday, April 19th, 2013, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Columbia University Wien Hall Lounge
Sponsored by the Columbia Science Review and the Arts Initiative at Columbia University 

4th Annual "Through the Looking Glass," April 19th, 2013

4th Annual “Through the Looking Glass,” April 19th, 2013

“The Course of Nature” Publication Celebration
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio Atrium
Sponsored by College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology

Celebrating the publication of "The Course of Nature," April 12, 2012

Celebrating the publication of “The Course of Nature,” April 12, 2012


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