Art21 Access ’07 in New York: Judy Pfaff at SculptureCenter Tonight!



Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Art21 Presents: Romance at SculptureCenter
Featuring Judy Pfaff in Discussion with Mary CerutiSculptureCenter
44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens
Free. No reservations required

Discussion: Season 4 artist Judy Pfaff with Mary Ceruti, Executive Director, SculptureCenter

Join us for the first public screening of Romance in New York City, followed by a panel discussion with Judy Pfaff, Art21 organizers, and SculptureCenter Executive Director Mary Ceruti. Art in the Twenty-First Century is presented by Art21, in collaboration with Americans for the Arts, as part of Art21 Access ’07, a nationwide celebration of contemporary art and creativity.

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971) and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, Pfaff creates exuberant, sprawling sculptures and installations that weave landscape, architecture, and color into a tense yet organic whole. A pioneer of installation art in the 1970s, Pfaff synthesizes sculpture, painting, and architecture into dynamic environments in which space seems to expand and collapse, fluctuating between the two- and three-dimensional. Pfaff’s site-specific installations pierce through walls and careen through the air, achieving lightness and explosive energy. Pfaff’s work is a complex ordering of visual information composed of steel, fiberglass, and plaster as well as salvaged signage and natural elements such as tree roots. She has extended her interest in natural motifs in a series of prints integrating vegetation, maps, and medical illustrations, and has developed her dramatic sculptural materials into set designs for several theatrical stage productions. Pfaff lives and works in Kingston and Tivoli, New York.

Watch a clip from Judy Pfaff’s segment on YouTube.