NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 27,2018: VOLTA is pleased to announce apartnership with The NationalAcademy of Design (NAD). This collaborationactualizes as intimate public gatherings at the New York fair, and it advocatesfor the fair’s social reach. NationalAcademicians, the Academy’s artist and architect honorarymembers, provide further insight for fair visitors on the themes of influenceby engaging in dialogue, exhibiting video works, and supporting the VOLTA Cares initiative.Programming and participating Academicians will be announced in January.N
Founded in 1825 by painterThomas Cole, painter and inventor Samuel B. Morse, and noted Hudson schoolarchitect Asher B. Durand, the Academy’s simple yet powerful mission is “topromote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.”Notes Mary Fisher,NAD’s Interim Executive Director, “TheNational Academy is proud to partner with VOLTA to promote artists and supportthe next generation of creative minds.”
Recent inductees to theAcademician Class of 2018 include Hank Willis Thomas, who was featuredin VOLTA’s 2016 Salon Series at the New York fair. The newest Academicians, thefifth largest class in NAD’s history, join more than 420 living members, withover 2,300 elected since the Academy’s founding. VOLTA has collaborated withsuch notable Academicians in the past, including Mickalene Thomas at the 2018fair, and the inclusion of key pieces from the Academy’s collection will add alayer of depth and context regarding American art history for fair visitors.
“Education has always been agoal of ours, from the entire context of the New York platform — immersive soloprojects by emerging or underrepresented international artists — to thenavigation of our fairs — focused and approachable for both veteran and nascentcollectors,” adds Amanda Coulson,VOLTA Artistic Director. “Assuch, I look forward to this first collaboration with the National Academy .Its rich cultural scholarship and lineage of Academician mentors promotescreativity, accessibility, and inclusion — qualities we strive for in everyVOLTA edition.”
Founded in 1825 by a group of artists and architects, The National Academy of Design (NAD) isan arts organization founded on three key components: an honor society ofAmerica’s top artists and architects; a presenter of arts; and an agent of artseducation. Over the decades, the Academy has enriched and educated countlessgenerations of artists and architects, while celebrating the diversity ofAmerican art, architecture, and culture.
VOLTA New York isa contemporary art fair comprised of solo projects by leading and emerginginternational artists. The American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTAshow, VOLTA New York has since its 2008 debut operated as a beacon for creativediscovery and social engagement during Armory Arts Week. VOLTA New York returnsto PIER 90, adjacent to The Armory Show, from March 6 – 10, 2019.
VOLTA Cares was initiated in 2018 as a multitiered socialprogramming outreach by the New York fair to more meaningfully connect with alllevels of cultural purveyors, from public school students to patron collectors.
VOLTA New York
Wednesday, March 6 –
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Mutually acknowledged VIP access
with The Armory Show
Wednesday, March 6, 4 – 9 PM
Thursday, March 7, 12 – 8 PM
Friday, March 8, 12 – 8 PM
Saturday, March 9, 12 – 8 PM
Sunday, March 10, 12 – 5 PM
How to get there:
Pier 90, 12th Ave at West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
Direct shuttle from The Armory Show, Pier 94
to VOLTA at Pier 90
C and E train to 50 Street / 8 Avenue
1, A, B, C, D to 59 Street / Columbus Circle
TAKING THE FERRY FROMNJ:
Frequent ferry service to Midtown at Pier 79,
a 13 min walk to Pier 90 on the Hudson River Greenway
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