Valerie Piraino: Reconstruction


Valerie Piraino: Reconstruction
October 18-November 30, 2013
at Crosstown Arts, 422 N. Cleveland

Crosstown Arts is pleased to present Reconstruction, an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Valerie Piraino. Her work examines how sentimental objects are used to rebuild portraits of place and time. With slide installations, framed porcelain cameos, and works on paper, Piraino uses conditions from a recollected past to address the meaning of nostalgia and memory. The artist will visit Memphis and present a discussion of her work on Wednesday, November 20, at 6 pm at the gallery.
Valerie Piraino (b. 1981 Kigali, Rwanda) received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2009.  She was artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2009-2010 and was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant in 2011 and 2012.  Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include “Could Not Bear the Sight of It” Contemporary Art Interventions on Critical Whiteness at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, Illinois (2014), Photoplay at Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY (2013), Present Future at Artissima, Turin, Italy (2013). She lives and works in New York City.

Crosstown Arts thanks Elliot Perry for co-organizing this exhibition.

Please contact Emily Halpern for more information and hi-res images.
Image: Valerie Piraino, With Pen in Hand, 2010, frames, slide projectors, slides, tables, 7’x7’x9’

Valerie Piraino: Reconstruction
October 18-November 30, 2013
Artist Talk: Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm
On view at Crosstown Arts, 422 N. Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

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