Maximilíano Durón of Artnews reports that the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in New York is launching “Uptown,” a contemporary art triennial that will showcase works by artists who are known for living or working in upper Manhattan.
Organized by Deborah Cullen, the director and chief curator of the Wallach, “Uptown” opens June 2 and will be held through August 20. Its inaugural edition will feature sixty-six artists, including Sanford Biggers, Jaime Davidovich, Julie Mehretu, and Nari Ward.
“It’s really an important initiative for the gallery, the university, and the broader community,” Cullen said. “It’s a no-brainer, really, to have a format, a regular mechanism for the gallery to work with the boarder community . . . Our neighbors, the local community should be our first audience.”
The exhibition will be the gallery’s first major project in its new location at the Lenfest Center for the Arts on 129th Street. In addition, thirteen other institutions will present programming related to the artists included in the exhibition. The organizations collaborating with the triennial are Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center; Elizabeth Dee Gallery; the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center; Hunter East Harlem Gallery of Hunter College; the Langston Hughes House; the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion in collaboration with NoMAA, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Uptown Arts Stroll; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling; and Windows on Amsterdam Community Art Gallery.
The full list of participating artists is as follows:
Vladimir Cybil Charlier
Carlos De Jesus
Rene De Los Santos
Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez/FEEGZ
Felicia Megan Gordon
Michael Kelly Williams
Sara Mejia Kriendler
Reynaldo García Pantaleón
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Bayeté Ross Smith
Sable Elyse Smith
Virginia Inés Vergara