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CULTURAL PASSAGES
Celebrating Life Through the Lens of Our Heritage

May 27 - June 25, 2005
Opening reception and street festival: Sunday, May 29, 1-5pm
Featuring music, dance, food and visual art demonstrations representing a variety of cultures. FREE

Audubon Art on the Edge Coordinated Gallery Openings
Saturday, June 11, 5-8pm.
A second reception in concert with seven local galleries, plus more street festivities throughout the day. FREE

I Break for Art!
Wednesdays, June 1, June 8 and June 22, 12:15pm
Special noontime presentations by the curators and artists of Cultural Passages. FREE

Cultural Passages is sponsored by NewAlliance Foundation, Inc.

 

ABOUT CULTURAL PASSAGES
Artists are storytellers, whether they use words, images, movement or music, and the artists of Cultural Passages have an amazing collection of stories to tell. Stories of immigration and assimilation. Stories of mothers, fathers and grandparents. Stories of religion, spirituality and humor. Stories of oppression and stories of triumph.

Cultural Passages blends their stories together into a fascinating portrait of the people of Greater New Haven, celebrating the richness and diversity in our cultural heritage. It brings together artists who identify themselves as African American, Guatemalan, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Puerto Rican, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and more. Professional artists, students and people who have never before considered themselves “artists” display work together. Contemporary art and folk art appear side by side.

This diverse group of artists interpreted the theme of the show in many different ways. Some chose to focus on familial images and memories, incorporating family photographs or using traditional craft techniques, like quilting and woodcarving, which have been passed down through generations. Others were inspired by ethnic, religious or spiritual heritage, reflecting on their relationship to their country of birth and exploring religious symbols and iconography. A smaller number of artists explored urban and political cultural influences, both contemporary and historical.

The Selection Committee composed of curators and community arts advocates Mary Kordack, Ann Langdon, and Benjamin Ortiz selected works representing a range of races, religions, ethnicities, and histories. They noted the importance of this event to the community as a means of reopening and reexamining the complex issues of multiculturalism and diversity. In a time when society often feels fragmented and disjointed, Cultural Passages works to strengthen and build connections.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

One of the greatest strengths of this region is its cultural diversity. Within a relatively small geographic area live people whose roots can be traced to countries around the globe. Each community has brought its unique art forms, music, ceremonies, clothes, dance, stories and cuisine. The sounds, colors and smells of our city have become increasingly complex and rich. Cultural Passages celebrates this diversity and honors the enduring and evolving traditions of the people of Greater New Haven.

Since the creation of the position of Program Director and the hiring of Kate Paranteau in January 2004, Creative Arts Workshop has been able to work more closely with the various communities that comprise Greater New Haven. Cultural Passages is the culmination of two years of work and is the first of what we hope will become a regular exhibition on our gallery schedule.

We thank the three members of the community who helped with the selection of work for Cultural Passages: Mary Kordak, the former Jan and Frederick Mayer Curator of Education at the Yale University Art Gallery, Ann Langdon, the former Director and Curator of Erector Square Gallery and Gnossis Gallery in New Haven, and Benjamin Ortiz, an independent curator and former Curator of Art and Collections at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. It was a difficult task, and they did a wonderful job.

More than one hundred artists submitted their artwork to Cultural Passages, and we thank all of them. It is from their art that this exciting exhibition has emerged.

We also thank members of the Outreach Committee and Kate
Paranteau, who worked hard to involve artists from a wide variety of communities. Diane Svigals, Chair of the Gallery Committee, and staff member Sandy Bartle also deserve our gratitude for their hard work. A special grant from New Alliance Foundation sponsored Cultural Passages and allowed us to provide auxiliary programs.

Susan Smith, Executive Director
Creative Arts Workshop

 

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE OF CULTURAL PASSAGES

MARY KORDAK is the former Jan and Frederick Mayer Curator of Education at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she was responsible for the overall planning and oversight of the museum’s education programs for adults and children. She was the museum’s community liaison to New Haven area schools and arts organizations. Kordak has a B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design, and a M.A. from Yale University in African American Studies. She is a private consultant to arts organizations, museums and schools.

ANN LANGDON was a co-founder and board member for Women in the Arts/New Haven, and the Director and Curator of Erector Square Gallery and Gnossis Gallery in New Haven. She was also an art reviewer for Art New England magazine and the New Haven and Hartford Advocate newspapers. She has lectured and served as a juror throughout the region and has been active in many local and national arts organizations, including as a board member of CAW. Her paintings, prints and sculptures have been included in solo and group exhibitions across the country. She participated in the International Women’s Conference in Kenya and has work in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

BENJAMIN ORTIZ is an independent curator who formerly served as the Curator of Art and Collections at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. He has also been a curator for the Connecticut GraphicArts Center, UConn Stanford Art Gallery, Housatonic Museum of Art and Barnum Museum. He has coordinated major exhibitions in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, and has lectured extensively throughout the region. He has served on committees and boards for several organizations, including the Hispanic Arts Development Program, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Bridgeport Arts Council and Silvermine Arts Guild.

Cultural Passages is sponsored by NewAlliance Foundation, Inc.

 

 

 

 

PAST CULTURAL PASSAGES SHOWS:

2007: Cultural Passages: Identity Made Visible, addressed the many ways that art is used to express personal identity.

2005: Cultural Passages: Celebrating Life Through the Lens of Our Heritage, the inaugural Cultural Passages exhibition, which focussed on the diverse heritage of our region.

 

 

 

 

THE ARTISTS
OF CULTURAL PASSAGES

Shafiq R.F. Abdussabur
New Haven

Kwadwo Adae
New Haven

Judie Alderman
Branford

Johanna Besnick
New Haven

Jari Chevalier
New Haven

Lucienne Coifman
North Haven

Colleen L. Coleman
Hamden

Marie Cox
North Haven

Catherine Ferrucci
Branford

Lily Kok-Forbush
Hamden

Howard el-Yasin
Hamden

Carlos Estrella
New Haven

Oi Fortin
New Haven

Julie Fraenkel
Branford

Kathryn Frederick
Killingworth

Roberta Friedman
New Haven

Huey Gaddy
West Haven

Arthur Guagliumi
Guilford

Mari Gyorgyey
Orange

Pat Haley
New Haven

Barbara Harder
New Haven

Tung Hoang
East Haven

Aniko Horvath
New Haven

Sharon Hunter
New Haven

Suzanne Kachmar
Milford

Sheila Kaczmarek
Guilford

Karen Kassap
Woodbridge

Holly Keller
New Haven

Jack Lardis
Beacon Falls

Enoc LaViera
New Haven

Mary Lesser
New Haven

Linda Lindroth
New Haven

Lori-Ann Locke
West Haven

Nina LoRicco
New Haven

Owen Sea Luckey
Branford

Fethi Meghelli
New Haven

Andrea Miller
New Haven

Irene K. Miller
Woodbridge

Felipe Molina
Killingworth

Caitlin B. Murphy
Bethany

Lisie S. Orjuela
Trumbull

Elizabeth Ortoleva
New Haven

Jeanne Palagonia
Naugatuck

Hank Paper
Hamden

Winfred Rembert
New Haven

Sandy Rhodes
New Haven

Cynthia Beth Rubin
New Haven

Lisa Davis Rucinski
Branford

Gerald Saladyga
New Haven

Martha Savage
New Haven

Jim Sheehan
Wallingford

K. Levni Sinanoglu
New Haven

Maureen M. Squires
Branford

Loretta Staples
New Haven

Rashmi Talpade
Wallingford

Agustina E. Taylor
New Haven

Colleen Tully
New Haven

Connie Vitagliano
New Haven

Thuan Vu
Hamden

Toni Kayser Weiner
New Haven

Zeke Ziner
Branford

Peter Ziou
New Haven


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