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Rico Gatson: Power Portraits

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Artwork | Gallery Walk-Through | Artist Talk | About the Artist | About the Exhibition | Acknowledgments | About the Gallery


ARTWORK

Nikki artwork

Nikki, 2019, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Medgar artwork

Medgar, 2018, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Black, Red and Orange Power artwork

Black, Red, and Orange Power, 2008, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Private collection; courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Still from Four Stations artwork

Still from Four Stations, 2018, video, run time 11:29. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Double Amiri artwork

Double Amiri, 2014, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Lena #4 artwork

Lena #4, 2011, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Private collection; courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Ornette artwork

Ornette, 2017, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

RD #2 artwork

RA #2, 2018, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Thelonius artwork

Thelonius #2, 2018, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Toni artwork

Toni, 2019, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

 

Chuck artwork

Chuck, 2017, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Private collection; courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Read About Chuck

 

Harriet artwork

Harriet, 2017, acrylic paint and photo collage on wood panel, 18 x 14 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Read About Harriet

 

James 2 artwork

James #2, 2018, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Read About James #2

 

Obama #2 artwork

Obama #2, 2017, color pencil and photograph collage on paper, 24 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches. Private collection; courtesy of Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Read About Obama #2

 

Panther Women artwork

Panther Women, 2017, acrylic paint and photo collage on wooden panel, 18 x 14 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Read About Panther Women

 


GALLERY WALK-THROUGH


ARTIST TALK


ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Rico Gatson photo

Rico Gatson is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, identity, popular culture and spirituality, through sculpture, painting, video, and public art projects. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2019, Gatson completed a large commission for MTA Arts and Design entitled Beacons: eight permanent, large-scale mosaics of prominent figures associated with and installed in a subway station in the Bronx. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Denver Art Museum, the Cheekwood Museum, the Kempner Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. His work is also included in numerous private collections.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Rico Gatson: Power Portraits opened in the College Gallery on March 4, 2020. The exhibition closed only three days later after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered public spaces across the country. This virtual version of the original exhibition includes twelve collages from Gatson’s Icons series, two paintings, a still from the film Four Stations, and a virtual walk-through of the original installation. We are pleased to share an artist talk produced by Gatson in which he discusses his artistic practice and answers questions submitted by Delaware County Community College students.

This exhibition also served as the centerpiece for the Spring 2020 Humanities 100: Introduction to the Visual Arts course at Delaware County Community College. Students produced original research on Gatson’s work, which formed the basis for object labels. To read these labels and the original catalog essay that accompanied the March exhibition, please see the Rico Gatson: Power Portraits Catalog Essay & Student Labels.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This exhibition was made possible, in part, by funding from a Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship. We are grateful for the collaboration of Rico Gatson and the Ronald Feldman Gallery, especially Marco Nocella and Burcu Oz. Important contributions to the exhibition also came from the College’s internal departments including the offices of Campus Life, Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, Finance, and Plant Operations. We thank Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, President, Dr. Marian McGorry, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Terri Amlong, Dean of the Communication, Arts and Humanities division, and the Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation.

-Caitlin Flaherty, Supervisor of Arts Administration, and Olivia Gruber Florek, Assistant Professor of Art History


ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Gallery at Delaware County Community College hosts up to five visual art exhibitions each year, showcasing the work of students as well as professional artists of national and international reputation. In addition to exhibitions, artists are periodically invited to hold lectures, collaborative projects, and workshops for the College community and the public. Unless otherwise stated, all Visual Arts events are free and open to the public! Join our Mailing List to stay up to date on all of the latest Arts events throughout the season. Learn more about the Gallery >>