Alumni and Students Tour Lower East Side Galleries
On May 17, more than 30 AAP alumni and students joined hosts Peter D. Gerakaris (B.F.A. '03) and Mark Gibian '79 (B.F.A. '80) for a day-long walking tour of galleries on the lower east side of Manhattan. This year's Alumni Artwalk & Tertulia took the group on a tour of Cornell-affiliated galleries ranging from large, established venues to startup spaces.
The tour visited eight galleries, including Storefront for Art and Architecture, where Irina Chernyakova (B.Arch. '10) and Piotr Chizinski (M.F.A. '13) work; Novella Gallery; Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space, where work by John Ahearn (B.F.A. '73) was on display; Invisible Exports; and William Holman, where artist Farideh Sakhaeifar (M.F.A. '11) presented her piece that is included in a current group exhibit. The day ended with a reception at Central Booking, owned and founded by Maddy Rosenberg (B.F.A. '77).
"It was a great day, and enjoyable to connect with a diverse group of people who share the same experiences at Cornell and in Ithaca, in addition to design and art making," says Dianne Matyas (B.F.A. '84, M.F.A. '89), who is the vice president of exhibitions and programs at the Staten Island Museum of Art.
Rosenberg adds, "I'm eager to help build a local community of people who are interested in art and have Cornell as a common experience, and was very happy to provide a venue for this event. I am just glad to have all this space, and it's my pleasure to share it."
This was the largest group yet for Gerakaris and Gibian whose previous alumni outings featured visits to alumni studios instead of galleries. "We couldn’t have been more pleased with the quality and quantity of our group," said Gerakaris. Gibian added, "The diversity of creative Cornellians spanned generations of artists, architects, and planners to gallerists, curators, and writers — it's the kind of exciting, creative melange entirely unique to Cornell AAP." Gerakaris and Gibian both serve on the AAP Alumni Advisory Council.
By Rebecca Bowes