NYU Kimmel Galleries presents ART CART: CHERISHING THE LEGACY, the culminating exhibition of a project documenting the work of older artists aged 63 to 100 years old. Created by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging, the two-site exhibition features ten New York City artists and nine Washington DC artists whose media include drawing, painting, quilting, installation art, photography and sculpture.

Art Cart: Cherishing the Legacy Exhibition at NYU Kimmel Galleries Sept. 5-Oct. 20
Michael Cummings--Floating World, 1990, Textile (Quilt), 67”x 67”

Kimmel Galleries Contact: Pamela Jean Tinnen | 212.998.4950 | pam.tinnen@nyu.edu

Exhibition Celebrates Professional Artists 63-100 in Saving Their Legacies

The exhibition will open September 5 at New York University’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 8th Floor and run until October 20, and September 11 in Washington DC at the Corcoran’s Gallery 31 until September 29.

The project, ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, grew from research conducted by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging. The study, Above Ground: Information on Artists III revealed that artists are in many respects a model for society, maintaining strong social networks and an astonishing resilience as they age. Yet 61% of professional visual artists age 62+ have made no preparation for their work after their death; 95% have not archived their work; 97% have no estate plan; three out of every four artists have no will and one in five has no documentation of work at all.

“This celebration of the resilience and tenacity of people who have spent a lifetime making art is a testament to creative aging and learning through the lifespan,” said Pamela Jean Tinnen, Curator for the Kimmel Galleries.

The artists and their work represent a living history of America – from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to the Civil Rights Movement to the Women’s movement. Matched with a documentation partner and two student fellows to organize, label and document their work, their records are then archived at Columbia University’s open source archive, Academic Commons.

“Never before could we have imagined a structured project that would involve helping me in my life's work.” Carmen Torruella-Quander, ART CART artist

“A transformative experience, one that I will cherish and reflect on for the rest of my own life.” Sarah Durkee, ART CART Fellow

ART CART: CHERISHING THE LEGACY is curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen, Allison Faye, Joseph Hale and Pamela Harris Lawton.  For more information please visit the Gallery’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KimmelGalleries

The Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging, founded at Columbia University, provides data and information in service of artists and the arts. It has examined the condition and situation of living artists for almost three decades. www.creativeaging.org/rcac; www.creativeaging.org/artcart

About the Kimmel Galleries:  Established in 2003, Kimmel Galleries are dedicated to providing visually dynamic and thought provoking exhibitions. Located on the East wall of the 8th floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life at 60 Washington Square South. They are free and open to the public. For more information, or a tour of the gallery please contact the Curator, Pam Jean Tinnen, at 212 298 4616, or pam.tinnen@nyu.edu.

Past exhibitions include: Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora; Preconceived Notions; and Perspectives: A photography exhibit about traveling and living in our world; among others.


Cecily Barth Firestein-- Let’s Get Out of These Wet Clothes and into a Dry Martini, 2009, Mixed media, 42” x 60”

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