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2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

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Lauren Kelley
Upside (video still), 2010
Video transfer to DVD, color, sound; TRT 03:30
Courtesy the artist
 

Valerie Piraino
Simone (study), 2010
Porcelain clay inscribed with shorthand, handwritten text on mat board and wood frames, Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist

Valerie Piraino
With Pen in Hand (study), 2010
Found frames, slide projectors, slides and tables, 84 × 84 × 108 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

Lauren Kelley
Lindy Trail, 2010
Digital chromogenic color print, 24 × 36 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

Mequitta Ahuja
Half Moon, 2010
Oil on canvas, 64 × 50 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

Mequitta Ahuja
Generator, 2010
Oil on canvas, 84 × 80 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Lauren Kelley
Upside (video still), 2010
Video transfer to DVD, color, sound; TRT 03:30
Courtesy the artist
 

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Valerie Piraino
Simone (study), 2010
Porcelain clay inscribed with shorthand, handwritten text on mat board and wood frames, Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Valerie Piraino
With Pen in Hand (study), 2010
Found frames, slide projectors, slides and tables, 84 × 84 × 108 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Lauren Kelley
Lindy Trail, 2010
Digital chromogenic color print, 24 × 36 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Mequitta Ahuja
Half Moon, 2010
Oil on canvas, 64 × 50 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley, and Valerie Piraino

Mequitta Ahuja
Generator, 2010
Oil on canvas, 84 × 80 in.
Courtesy the artist
 

Jul 15Oct 24, 2010

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In this year’s installment of the much anticipated Artist-in-Residence exhibition, Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976), Lauren D. Kelley (b. 1975), and Valerie Piraino (b. 1981) display diverse projects in a range of media, all visually addressing the construction of history and memory. Ahuja makes lush paintings in which mythological warriors and demigods move between landscape, self-portraiture, and abstraction; Kelley crafts stop-motion animations and sculptural installations telling stories of material and emotional excess; Piraino repurposes family artifacts to create installations drawing attention to the frames that shape experience and memory.

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The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation; New York Community Trust and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust, and Andrea Frank Foundation.