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“Benefit Print Project: 12 Years of Multiple Making”
Tues., Oct. 25–Thur., Dec. 8, 2022, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Since its inception in 2010, Benefit Print Project has collaborated with renowned artists from around the world who work in all media, from photography and the traditional graphic arts to ceramics and sculpture, in order to create small sets of multiples that allow a broader audience to access and collect the work of these important creatives. The Freedman is pleased to collaborate with Benefit Print Project on a comprehensive examination of these projects that include work by El Anatsui, Hernan Bas, Lynda Benglis, Olafur Eliasson, Fred Eversley, David LaChapelle, Vik Muñiz, Shirin Neshat, Larry Poons, Mickalene Thomas, Massimo Vitali and others. As part of the exhibition, Benefit Print Project will unveil new work by Tim Hawkinson.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; closed for official College breaks, Monday and Saturday.
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October 19, 2022
Albright College Communications
Albright College, Freedman Gallery
Albright College Hosts Archival Retrospective for Benefit Print Project
Reading, PA – From Oct. 27-Dec. 8, Albright College’s Freedman Gallery will display artwork from artists renowned around the world though a comprehensive Benefit Print Project archive. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m. In addition, an in-person presentation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, 4-5 p.m. (Klein Lecture Hall) followed by a reception and catalogue launch in Freedman Gallery from 5-7 p.m. All three events are free and open to the public.
From its inception in 2010, Benefit Print Project, a New York City-based fine art publisher, has collaborated with renowned artists from around the world who work in all media, from photography and the traditional graphic arts to ceramics and sculpture, in order to create small sets of multiples that allow a broader audience to access and collect the work of these important creatives, including El Anatsui, Hernan Bas, Lynda Benglis, Olafur Eliasson, Fred Eversley, David LaChapelle, Shirin Neshat, Larry Poons, Mickalene Thomas, Massimo Vitali and others.
The Freedman is pleased to partner with Benefit Print Project on this comprehensive examination of their archives. In addition to the artists listed above, the exhibit also features works by Hamra Abbas, Frances Barth, Ingrid Calame and Jitish Kallat, and will serve to premiere Benefit Print Project’s latest collaboration with artist Tim Hawkinson, a suite of three polymer photogravures.
Benefit Print Project was founded and is co-directed by Thomas W. Lollar, former director of visual arts at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and an internationally recognized ceramist, and Paul Limperopulos, the former assistant director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
“The vision of Benefit Print Project is extraordinary,” said David Tanner, Albright’s dean of arts and cultural resources, noting how excited he was to showcase the efforts of this distinguished and innovative collection. “Using funds from the Doris C. Freedman Art Acquisition Endowment, the Freedman was able to purchase a work by Fred Eversley in 2021. That work, along with another by Eversley will be on display in the Freedman’s exhibition. Eversley is well-known for his work as a pioneer of the Los Angeles ‘light and space movement,’ and is represented by David Kordansky Gallery. Eversley’s sculptures made from poured polymers normally would be far beyond the reach our institution, but Benefit Print Project’s collaboration with Eversley has provided a pathway for us to collect a work by this important artist and make it accessible to our academic and regional community. As a distinguished African-American artist, Eversley’s work is particularly meaningful to Albright and our shared work on diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Limperopulos stated, “Tom and I are grateful to be able to present such a comprehensive survey of projects. As educators, it is especially meaningful to exhibit in the Freedman Gallery at Albright College. We admire the Freedman’s incredible mission and thank Dean Tanner for his enthusiastic support of our programming and this exhibition.”
Eversley will be a virtual participant during an in-person presentation by Lollar and Limperopulos on Thursday, Nov. 17, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall. The event will be followed by a reception and catalogue launch in the gallery from 5-7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
An opening reception (also free and open to the public) will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m. The Freedman Gallery’s general hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free parking is available in the college’s main parking lot, on the corner of 13th and Bern streets.
Image Credit - Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Marie Sitting in Black and White, 2012, photogravure with chine collé, 21 x 16.75 inches, edt. of 20, image courtesy of Benefit Print Project.
Named a top national college by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Albright College (founded 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners who cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. Through learning experiences that engage a student’s creative and innovative capacities across all disciplines, both inside and outside of the classroom, an Albright College education guarantees that each student learns how to engage the world, understand the world, and is prepared to make an impact on a rapidly changing world. Located in Reading, Pa., Albright is home to undergraduate students, adult learners and graduate students.
David Tanner, Dean, Arts & Cultural Resource
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