Guest Curated by RYAN FRANK & RISA SHOUP
Location: Old Hotel in the Maxon Mills
July 16th – September 4th, 2011
Risa Shoup (of BRIC) and Ryan Frank (of the Granary) curated the Old Hotel with Ode Hotel, a group exhibition presenting artwork that physically and conceptually interacts with its unique site. All seven rooms in the former hotel house individual artist installations, each of which are visually transformative while illuminating their previous function as temporary residences. A central hallway and common areas feature works that reflect the architecture of the space through unorthodox placement on ceilings, sprouting through floorboards, and tucked away in hidden alcoves. Working in a wide range of media and aesthetic styles, the artists in Ode Hotel collectively speak to the history of the space and the mysteries that lie within it. The result is an exhibition that utilizes preservation and investigates the hotel as a temporary home, with distinct and transient occupants visible through each doorway.
Man Bartlett, DADDY, Michael Galvin, Jessie Henson, Christopher Hewat, Moira Kelly, Brent Owens, Clare Parry, Ian Trask, Sam Vernon, Tracy Walter-Ferry
Risa Shoup connects artists with the resources they need to make manifest their creative vision. She spent four years as the Programming Director of chashama before she decided to work independently. Currently, she is the residency manager for the BRIC House Fireworks Residency, a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary artists residency set to open in 2013. Shoup is also the development consultant for The Wassaic Project, a cross-disciplinary artist’s residency and arts festival featuring artists, performers, writers and filmmakers from around the globe in Wassaic, NY from October-May. In 2010 and 2011 Shoup curated two small group shows of multi-media, sculpture and new media work at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, she is working on a documentary film about the significance of placing an orange on the seder plate, and most recently, she curated a series of performances and installations for the opening of Yotel NY. In her spare time, she cooks and blogs for the Huffington Post. Shoup travels by bicycle.
Ryan Frank is the Collection Director and Director of Education at The Granary, a private exhibition space located in Litchfield County, CT where he recently curated the exhibition Reflective Landscape. As an independent curator he organized an exhibition this past fall at the Winkleman Gallery Curatorial Research Lab and from 2006-2009 presented a series of pop-up exhibitions throughout NYC with the curatorial collective Ad Nauseam Lyceum. Ryan is a current artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project and has exhibited his work at various venues including the Invisible Dog, Ober Gallery, Recession Art, 112 Greene Street, and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival. This summer he will participate in the iCI Curatorial Intensive where he will develop an exhibition featuring artists whose work involves the process of collecting.