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January 12, 2010

CCNY Center for Worker Education and Powerhouse Projects Launch ‘The Halls at Bowling Green’ Exhibition Program

PowerHouse Projects and The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) have announced that they will pioneer new exhibition space in the Center’s Lower Manhattan campus at 25 Broadway.  Dubbed “The Halls at Bowling Green,” the new space will show the work of emerging contemporary artists in service to CWE students and the downtown community.  

“The Halls is a fantastic incubator for curators to develop exhibitions that will get 2-D work like drawing, painting, photography, video and assemblage out of the ‘white box’ gallery environment and in front of a more varied public,” said PowerHouse Projects Director Astrid Persans.  “We’re excited to be working with the Center for Worker Education on such an innovative project.  In the process we get to take part in the broader artistic revitalization going on downtown, so we feel like there’s plenty to be thrilled about.”Hunter Satellite 2-D image

CWE Dean Juan Carlos Mercado concurred.  “The Center for Worker Education is really focused on giving people not just the technical tools, but also the cultural capital they need to move up in the professional labor force,” he said.  “The Halls at Bowling Green is one more way to achieve this, and showcase broader resources within the CUNY system in the process, as well.”  For example, the last of the five shows planned for Spring 2010, Hunter Satellite 2-D, will be a group show highlighting graduating students from the Hunter College MFA program.

Ms. Persans noted the The Halls’ location inside the historic building that once was the U.S. headquarters of the Cunard Steamship Line, was especially appropriate for the space’s first show.  Titled, “Passing,” it is artist Bayeté Ross Smith’s look at immigration and identity documents in a globalized world.The Halls Logo  

Ms. Smith takes the historic African-American cultural practice in the show’s title and expands it to a global context.  Using an array of simulated international travel documents all bearing her photo, but each listing a different name that evokes some distinct ethnic or national identity, the show challenges viewers to examine their presuppositions about race, nationality and gender.  In the process, it reveals how globalism has exploded these notions.

Organized by New York-based writer and curator Kalia Brooks, the show will be on view from January 28 through March 5.  It is Ms. Smith’s first solo exhibition in New York and is timed to coincide with Black History Month.

Subsequent exhibitions include: “Envisioning the Wall,”* by Karen Bausman, which takes a glimpse at the possibilities for urban navigation unfettered by the grid; “Source,” which presents the work of seven abstract artists who all show the powerful influence of key women and which celebrates Women’s History Month, and “Untitled,” in which photographers Jimmy Fountain and Catherine Kunkemueller demonstrate arrestingly formal approaches to the mundane.

Along with the exhibitions themselves, The Halls at Bowling Green will include ancillary programming such as artist and curatorial talks and special presentations.

* “Karen Bausman: Envisioning the Wall” is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Exhibit Schedule

January 28 - March 5
Artist: Bayeté Ross Smith
Exhibit: Bayeté Ross Smith: Passing
Opening reception, 6 -9 p.m. Thursday, January 28
Organized by Kalia Brooks

March 11-April 16
Artist: Karen Bausman
Exhibit: Envisioning the Wall
Opening reception, 6 -9 p.m. Thursday, March 11
Organized by Astrid Persans

April 22-May 28
Artists: Glen Cunningham, Mark Dagley, Laura Fayer, Molly Herman, Lori Kirkbride, Ben LaRocco and Rachael Wren
Exhibit: Source
Opening reception, 6 -9 p.m. Thursday, April 22
Organized by Susan Ross and Medlissa Staiger

June 3-July 9
Artist: Jimmy Foundation & Catherine Kunkemueller
Exhibit: Untitled
Opening reception: 6 -9 p.m. Thursday, June 3
Organized by Erin Riley-Lopez

July 15-August 27
Artists: Selected Hunter College’s 2009-2010 MFAs
Exhibit: Hunter Satellite 2-D
Opening reception: 6 -9 p.m. Thursday, July 15
Organized by Astrid Persans

PowerHouse Projects Contact Information
Astrid Persans, Director (646) 675-5687 or

CWE Contact Information
Elena Romero, Communications Coordinator, CWE, (212) 925-6625 x 258,