Venues include the Rockwell Kent Gallery located in the Feinberg Library as well as the Burke Gallery and Myers Lobby Gallery located in the Myers Fine Arts building.
POP for the People
February 15 – March 12, 2021
Location: Burke Gallery
POP for the People celebrates pop as our most civic art, mapping the surfaces we share, and the startling human depths we find there. Inspired by and interwoven with the lyrical text of SUNY Plattsburgh English professor M.I. Devine’s Warhol’s Mother’s Pantry, the exhibit offers an inclusive, redeeming and multi-generational vision of pop. Through startling juxtapositions and thematic rhymes with regional artists, Pop for the People shines a new light upon Warhol and others in the college’s extensive pop collection.
Curated by Devine and Amy Guglielmo (artist, author, teacher and co-founder of Outside Art: The Plattsburgh Public Art Project), the exhibit draws widely upon the work of SUNY Plattsburgh student artists and filmmakers past and present; Outside Art muralists; Saranac high school students; and the work of the Art Detectives (a N.Y.-based art collective fostering the talents of neurodivergent students). At once playful and profound, the exhibit details pop’s urgent pursuit to find new depths, new meaning in the surfaces of things. If pop is more superficial than we can take, POP for the People suggests that it’s also deeper than we might ever suspect. POP for the People: a reminder — in this moment of isolation — to look upon our world anew and see how each one of us is connected, no matter how far apart.
Pop Art Party — February 20, 2021
POP ART PARTY story time and craft activity for kids hosted by author and art educator Amy Guglielmo. Tune in on Zoom for a fun, colorful children’s event. Bring paper and crayons — make some patterned pop-art hearts. Saturday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome.
To join the fun, please access via Zoom!
Coney Island Fables: The Films of Vagabond — February 22, 2021
What is more pop than Coney Island? From Joseph Stella to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, artists have long found a pop muse in the amusements of Coney Island.
In this Zoom screening and discussion (with Pop for the People curator M.I. Devine), the indie filmmaker and artist Vagabond will speak about Coney Island, and its place in his series of short films Coney Island Fables.
Brooklyn born and borough raised, Vagabond began his career in film working on Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and has gone on to create works addressing topics such as the Puerto Rican Diaspora (Machetero) and the Nuyorican poets (All Roads Lead to the Fire Escape). A multidisciplinary pop artist, Vagabond has created murals, posters, pamphlets and political art in conjunction with the Ricanstruction Netwerk.
Join the conversation via Zoom, Mon. Feb. 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
POP for the People: Meet the Artists! — March 3, 2021
A chance to meet the artists behind POP for the People! Join muralist Brendon Palmer-Angell (Michael Anderson/Jean Arthur murals), Adam Kritzer of the Art Detectives (a neurodiverse art collective), and many more of the PEOPLE behind the exhibit for a conversation on civic art, their work with and for people and the future of the arts in Plattsburgh. Hosted by curators M.I. Devine and Amy Guglielmo, the conversation is Wednesday, March 3 from 7 – 8 p.m. via Zoom.