THE CHURCH TO HOST ROSS BLECKNER
IN CONVERSATION WITH ERIC FISCHL
MAY 5TH, 2022 I 6 PM
Sag Harbor, NY — The Church is pleased to announce renowned artist Ross Bleckner in conversation with artist and The Church co-founder Eric Fischl. The two will have a lively discussion about Ross’s extraordinary work featured in our Empire of Water exhibition, Here is the Ocean, This is Moonlight, 2021(featured above). Bleckner has been evoking emotion and elegy in his beautifully abstract work since the 1980s, and has addressed with great compassion the AIDS epidemic, loss itself, and the passage of time. Eric and Ross have remained good friends since meeting at Cal Arts in the 1970s. The two will discuss Ross’s painting and his previous work in a relaxed setting while viewing his painting with the audience.
Ross Bleckner was born in New York City and raised in Hewlett, NY. He received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 1971, a Master of Fine Arts from Cal Arts in 1973, and he has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. He is currently a professor in the graduate program at NYU Steinhardt. During his career Mr. Bleckner has exhibited throughout the United States and Internationally at venues such as SFMoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Zuriche, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and many others. In 1995 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York held a major retrospective of his works. For ten years Mr. Bleckner served as the president of the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, a non-profit community-based AIDS research and treatment center. And in 2009 he was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations for his work helping to rehabilitate child soldiers in northern Uganda. Recently exhibitions include, Architecture of the Sky at the Bohme Chapel in Cologne, Pharmaceutria at Petzel Gallery in New York, Overhead and Below at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, and Paralipsis at Maruani Mercier in Brussels.
Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik bought the building as a shell three years ago and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.
For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org.