PLAY/GROUND is a weekend-long series of events featuring curated, site-specific installations by contemporary artists with a focus on the experiential, immersive, and ambitious. Resource:Art, the fine art consultancy hired to curate and coordinate the event, reviewed applications from all over the country and Canada finally selecting a list of 29 artists and artistic collaborations. PLAY/GROUND is thrilled to announce its list of participating artists with representation from all over Western New York, New York City and Toronto:
Adam David Brown, Allen C. Topolski, Amanda Besl, Amanda Browder, Bethany Krull, Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (Emily Ebba Reynolds/Nando Alvarez-Perez), Catherine Heard, Chambliss Giobbi, Colleen Toledano, Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik, Elizabeth Cooper, Ginny O'Brien, Jim Morris, John C. Santomieri, Jonathan Casey, Julian Montague, Katherine McMahon, Kyla Kegler, Kyle Butler, Lyla Rye, Melanie Fisher, Michael Bosworth, NC Miller, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Roberley Bell, Steven Pestana, Virginia Melynk, Virocode (Peter D'Auria and Andrea Mancuso), and Yvette Granata.
PLAY/GROUND has also established essential cultural partners and sponsors. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) are the event’s main cultural sponsors and members of each organization will receive half price tickets to PLAY/GROUND on Saturday and Sunday. PLAY/GROUND has also partnered with the Hotel Henry for their preview kick off party on the evening of Friday, October 12th, 2018 (21 and over only). Party-goers can choose between three different ticket tiers. PLAY/RIDE/STAY includes two tickets to the event, a ride to and from the event, an overnight stay at Hotel Henry and brunch the next morning. There is also a PLAY/RIDE option which includes a cocktail party at the Hotel before a shuttle ride to and from the event. Tickets to the Preview party alone are also available for purchase. All options and details are available through the event webpage https://www.artplaygroundny.com. The party will include a variety of fine food and beverages from local vendors, live music and some installations and happenings that will only be on view for the first night. “Early Bird” pricing is in effect until September 1st, where you can save $5 off of any PLAY/RIDE ticket.
PLAY/GROUND continues 11 - 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and tickets to Friday night’s preview party are also valid for entrance both of these days. The weekend hours will include interactive experiences geared towards family participation presented by Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC), and exhibiting artist Ginny O’Brien. Single tickets to both Saturday and Sunday will also be available for $10, or $5 for Hallwalls or RoCo members (to be purchased at the door). A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.
The event has been made possible by all of PLAY/GROUND’s generous sponsors including Agency 15, Bootleg Bucha, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Hotel Henry, Imagine Staffing, Raclette’s, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), and WNYBAC. Visit www.artplaygroundny.com for more information.
ABOUT THE SITE
The inaugural PLAY/GROUND is taking place in the former Medina High School at 324 Catherine Street, Medina NY 14103 (enter off of the parking lot on Ann St.). Erected in 1924, the building stands on the ground where the original Victorian-era Medina Academy building once stood and was built to replace the structure, which was felt to be too small to accommodate the then growing population. The building was designed by William B. Ittner, best known for his pedagogical architecture across the United States, who focused on creating a welcoming environment for both students and teachers. Using what became known as the “open plan,” Ittner stretched out the traditional vertical box into H-, U- and E- shaped structures; filled the schools with natural light by lining up the classrooms along a windowed corridor; drew the damp outside with revolutionary ventilation devices; and introduced modern plumbing and fireproofing. Ittner is credited with the design of over 430 schools nationwide and has over 35 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was well loved as a school until the early 1990s when it was it was acquired by a local church and used for varying community purposes. Impact Restoration purchased the building in December of 2017 with the vision to convert the 90,000 square foot space into unique loft apartments. The project is named “Mustang City” after the Medina High School mascot. Preleasing begins Winter 2019. For more information contact Tessa Hartway at [email protected].
RESOURCE:ART fine art consultancy group is a unique collaboration that brings together the talents of three independent Western New York gallerists: Anna Kaplan (Anna Kaplan Contemporary, formerly BT&C Gallery), Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Art), and Emily Tucker (Benjaman Contemporary). Kaplan, Samuels, and Tucker each have extensive curatorial experience and professional relationships with artists working in a wide range of media. RESOURCE:ART also manages the execution of site-specific fine art and considers every project as a unique collaboration between the artist and the site, navigating aesthetic, formal, and functional concerns. RESOURCE:ART’s most recent project is “The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry,” a rotating exhibition program in partnership with Hotel Henry in Buffalo. www.resourceartny.com for more information.