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Art21 Film Preview of Abigail DeVille’s "Light of Freedom"
Join us to preview the forthcoming Art21 short film featuring DeVille’s sculpture, on view in the Park through January 31, 2021. A discussion on documenting public art amongst Madison Square Park Conservancy alumni artists and the Art21 Producer will follow, moderated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport.

Please see below for more information on the speakers.

Ian Forster has been with Art21 since 2009, first working on the Peabody Award-winning film "William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" and then on five seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century, most recently directing the "London" and "Johannesburg" episodes. He has overseen the digital series Extended Play since 2012 and has produced over one hundred short portraits of artists including the short film on Abigail DeVille. Forster graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse with a BS in television, radio and film.

Jan 19, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Abigail DeVille
Photo credit: Tonje Thilesen
Abigail DeVille (b. 1981) creates sculpture, installation and performance incorporating found materials from her neighborhood and streets around the exhibition venue. Her work focuses on gentrification, lost regional histories, community transformation and racism. She has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Institute of Contemporary Art, LA; New Museum; and the Stedelijk. DeVille received a BFA from Fashion Institute of Technology, an MFA from Yale University, and attended Skowhegan School. Residencies include International Studio and Curatorial Program, Studio Museum in Harlem, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Rauschenberg Foundation and American Academy in Rome. She's received awards from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Van Lier Fund of New York Community Trust, Creative Capital, United States Artists and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. DeVille is on faculty at MICA in Baltimore and Yale School of Art. She was born in New York and works in the Bronx.
Josiah McElheny
Josiah McElheny’s work is acclaimed for the way he explores the history of ideas as an integral part of his experiments combining glass with other materials. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2006. "Prismatic Park" — a collaboration with communities of dancers, poets, and musicians — was on view in Madison Square Park in the summer and fall of 2017. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery in New York, Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, and White Cube Gallery in London. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cornell, and Yale. Since 2005, McElheny has been featured on Art21.
Jessica Stockholder
Jessica Stockholder’s works draw attention to ordinary everyday materials; they engage the sensuality and pleasure evoked by color and formal order in an effort to call attention to the edges of understanding. She realized "Flooded Chambers Maid" in the summer of 2009 in Madison Square Park. Her work is the subject of an Art21 video from 2003, and is represented in many museum collections. She studied art at the University of Victoria in B.C, Canada, and received an MFA from Yale School of Art. She is represented in New York by Mitchell-Innes and Nash. Stockholder was Director of Graduate Studies at Yale School of Art for twelve years and is presently Professor in Visual Arts and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Chicago.