Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy

January 13 – March 4, 2017
USF Contemporary Art Museum

USFCAM will present a solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Duke Riley, known for his ambitious and immersive projects that investigate historical and contemporary social issues, often through subversive performative action. Featuring two projects in our gallery spaces, DUKE RILEY: Flights of Fancy explores and celebrates Riley’s history of examining the role and relationships of humans and nature through his interactions and interventions with pigeons in public space and the nautical landscape.

Duke Riley

CAM’s Lee and Victor Leavengood Gallery will feature a re-configuration of Duke Riley’s project, Trading with the Enemy (2013), where Riley bred and trained fifty homing pigeons to fly one-way from Havana to Key West, Florida. Half of the pigeons carried Cuban Cohiba cigars, the other twenty-five carried video cameras documenting the journey across the Florida Straits. The exhibition includes a pigeon loft, the smuggled cigars, and videos filmed by the birds, which Riley refers to as the “smugglers” and the “filmmakers”, as well as research material related to the historic flight training of the pigeons. This project specifically references the US trade embargo on Cuba and contributes to the evolving dialogue and diplomatic relationship between the countries as well as referencing the State of Florida’s history of trade with Cuba and its direct influence on the development of the cigar industry and socio-political landscape of Ybor City and West Tampa.

CAM’s West Gallery will include photographs from Riley’s most recent work and largest project to date, Fly By Night (2016), produced for the New York-based public art organization Creative Time. Expanding on his history of working with pigeons, Riley converted a former naval ship into a floating pigeon loft and trained 2000 pigeons, outfitted with small illuminated LED bands, to fly in orchestrated performances above New York City’s East River. Captured during evening performances over the six-week run of the project, the time-lapse photographs document the flight patterns of the birds, swirling, twirling and swooping as moving constellations in the night sky. Paying homage to the waning culture of pigeon fanciers, Riley’s Fly By Night reimagines the role of the pigeon from a nuisance dweller within the urban landscape to a celebrated and revered messenger, companion and collaborator.

Riley’s work encompasses drawing, printmaking (the artist will be in residency at Graphicstudio to create two prints over the course of 2017), mosaic, sculpture, video and performative interventions. His signature style interweaves historical and contemporary events with elements of fiction and myth to create allegorical histories. His re-imagined narratives, presented in his distinct scrimshaw and maritime aesthetic, comment on a wide range of issues, from the cultural impact of overdevelopment and gentrification of waterfront communities, to contradictions within political ideologies as well as commerce and the role of the artist in society and at war.


RELATED EVENTS

CONVERSATION WITH DUKE RILEY *
January 13, 6pm
USF School of Music Barness Recital Hall (MUS107)
Artist Duke Riley joins curator Sarah Howard for a conversation about his work prior to the opening reception.

DUKE RILEY: FLIGHTS OF FANCY OPENING RECEPTION
January 13, 7-9pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum

ART THURSDAY: CURATOR’S TOUR
January 26, 6-8pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Join USFCAM Curator Sarah Howard for a tour of Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy.

ART THURSDAY: FOR THE BIRDS *
February 2, 6-8pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Come learn about the fascinating world of pigeons with world-class pigeon fancier and “Legend of the Sport” Erio Alvarez from Tampa’s own Alvarez Lofts. Alvarez will discuss the breeding and racing of pigeons and the history of the sport in the Tampa Bay region.

SYCOM CONCERT: MUSIC FOR FLIGHTS OF FANCY
February 17, 7-9pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum
This two-hour concert will feature the students and faculty of USF’s Composition and Electronic Music Studio performing original compositions inspired by the artworks in CAM’s exhibition Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy.

ART THURSDAY: FLY BY NIGHT WITH CREATIVE TIME’S JEAN COONEY *
February 23, 6-8pm
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Learn more about Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty produced by Creative Time, a NY-based public art agency that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Creative Time’s Director of Public Projects Jean Cooney will share insights to the unique challenges presented from her experiences with temporary projects in public space.

*American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at these events.


MUSEUM HOURS + ADMISSIONS

USFCAM Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 1-4pm.
Closed Sunday and University holidays (January 16)
Admission to the Museum is free; however a USF parking permit ($5.00 daily) or pay-per-space parking is required. Please visit our website cam.usf.edu for parking, directions, or more information on events associated with the exhibitions. Groups and organizations interested in tours should contact USFCAM to schedule at least two weeks in advance. Call (813) 974-4133 for additional information.

Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy is supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Board of County Commissioners, and by the USFCAM Art for Community Engagement (ACE) Fund Patrons. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


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On a Clear Day: Theo Wujcik Paintings

April 5 – May 3, 2013
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL

An exhibition of Theo Wujcik’s paintings whom is a professor emeritus of University of South Florida where he taught from 1972 to 2003.

April 5 – May 3, 2013
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL

Theo Wujcik is a professor emeritus of University of South Florida where he taught from 1972 to 2003. Wujcik’s works have been included in exhibitions and in the permanent collections of America’s premier art institutions such as New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; and Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut.

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Internationally, exhibitions featuring Wujcik’s work were organized by the New World Museum in San Francisco through the United Nations World Environment Programme: Melting Ice: A Hot Topic, Envisioning Change, premiered at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway; traveled to the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium; the Ministry of Culture in Monaco and closing at the Field House Museum in Chicago.

Wujcik is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, University of South Florida Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship, Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting and a Fellowship Award from the National Academy of Design, New York.

Wujcik was a master lithographic printer for Tamarind and Gemini G.E.L. print studios, both in Los Angeles, California and the Detroit Lithography Workshop, Michigan and a shop manager for the University of South Florida’s Graphicstudio. He has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Robert Morris, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Nicholas Krushenick. Wujcik’s own prints have been published by Brooke Alexander Gallery in New York, Tamarind Lithography Workshop in California, Pyramid Arts and Graphicstudio.

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Graphicstudio’s 14th Annual Benefit Sale

Friday, October 12, 2012
GRAPHICSTUDIO, Tampa, FL

Hundreds of original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples are available at discounts from 10-60% off the regular list price. All sales benefit Graphicstudio¹s artists¹ residencies, continuing research and educational programming.

Friday, October 12, 2012
GRAPHICSTUDIO, Tampa, FL

10am – 9pm | Sale (6pm ­Reception)

The Graphicstudio Benefit Sale is a one-day-only event that will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012. Hundreds of original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples are available at discounts from 10-60% off the regular list price. All sales benefit Graphicstudio’s artists’ residencies, continuing research and educational programming. This once a year event includes work from world-renowned artists including Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Lesley Dill, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Janaina Tschäpe, William Wegman, and many others. There will be a FREE drawing at 8pm for St. Petersburg artist Robert Stackhouse’s Blue 5606!

Philip Pearlstein, View of Rome, 1986, Direct gravure/aquatint with roulette work, 41 ½” x 52”, Edition: 60, Images courtesy of Graphicstudio/USF, Photo Credit: Will Lytch

Some prints are the last available in inventory, with just one impression remaining. Techniques include traditional hand-printing processes such as relief, etching, photogravure, and lithography; digital printmaking; and technically advanced sculpture fabrication methods. Subject matter ranges from portrait to still life, representational to abstract, and all sizes Something for everyone at one-day-only prices. This event is free and open to the public. All major credit cards accepted, and all sales must be completed the day of the sale! Save the date: October 12th! Do you want to begin a collection of works by major contemporary artists, or maybe expand your current collection? Even if you just want to be an art collector one day a year! This is it! You don¹t want to miss the 14th Annual Graphicstudio Benefit Sale!

Please contact Kristin Soderqvist, Director of Sales and Marketing, for more information at (813) 974-5871 or at kristins@arts.usf.edu

About Graphicstudio

Graphicstudio is a university-based atelier engaged in a unique experiment in art and education. Founded in 1968 as a non-profit art making facility, Graphicstudio is committed to research and the application of traditional and new techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculpture multiples.

James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Vik Muniz, Kiki Smith and other leading contemporary artists have been invited to work in collaboration with expert artisans in our studios to create works on paper and editions of sculptures in a variety of materials. Ongoing research by Graphicstudio has been remarkably productive and many new processes and treatments of traditional methods have been developed such as waxtype (encaustic screen printing) and heliorelief (a photographic woodblock process). Graphicstudio editions have been acquired by leading museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the USF Contemporary Art Museum maintain complete archives of Graphicstudio editions. Graphicstudio also offers a Subscription Program.

Graphicstudio with the Contemporary Art Museum and the Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida.

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Between the Lines: Word and Image from Graphicstudio

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Featuring works by Lesley Dill, Kiki Smith, Ed Ruscha, Arakawa, and others at St. Petersburg Eckerd College.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Featuring works by Lesley Dill (Featured Interview), Kiki Smith, Ed Ruscha, Arakawa, and others.

Opening at 6pm in the Reception Fox Hall, continuing at 7pm for th eExhibition Tour Armacost Library. It is requested that you RSVP by March 22 by calling 727-864-7713 or email advancement@eckerd.edu.

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Lesley Dill | Poem Dress of Circulation | Multimedia assemblage lithographed | image courtesy of Graphicstudio
Graphicstudio Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith | The Vitreous Body | Book of 18 woodblock prints with text by Parmenides of Elea | image courtesy of Graphicstudio
Graphicstudio Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith | The Vitreous Body | Book of 18 woodblock prints with text by Parmenides of Elea | image courtesy of Graphicstudio

About Graphicstudio
Graphicstudio is a university-based atelier engaged in a unique experiment in art and education, committed to research and the application of traditional and new techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculpture multiples. Graphicstudio with the Contemporary Art Museum and the Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida.

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GRAPHICSTUDIO Benefit Sale

October 14
For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Friday, October 14
Sale: 10am–9pm

13th Annual GRAPHICSTUDIO Benefit Sale. Fine Art Prints and Sculpture Multiples
Reception: 6–9pm
Free Drawing at 8pm: Richard Tuttle’s Surface

For one day only, USF Graphicstudio will offer more than 100 original, artist-signed, fine art prints and sculpture multiples with discounts of up to 60% off the list price.

Artwork will be available by Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Iva Gueorguieva, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Alyson Shotz, Janaina Tschäpe, and William Wegman, among many others.

Some prints are rare, with just one impression remaining in inventory. All sales benefit Graphicstudio’s continuing research and educational programming, and must be completed on October 14th.

For more information contact Kristin Soderqvist at (813) 974-5871 or kristins@arts.usf.edu. Visit Graphicstudio’s extensive website at graphicstudio.usf.edu.

Iva Gueorguieva Stained, 2011

Iva Gueorguieva, Rolling Anvil, 2011 / photos: Will Lytch
USF Graphicstudio, founded in 1968, is a university-based atelier committed to working with leading artists from around the world in a collaborative environment dedicated to research and the application of new and traditional techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculptures.

Graphicstudio editions have been acquired by leading museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Directions to Graphicstudio: From I-75, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed west. From I-275, exit Fowler Avenue and proceed east. Graphicstudio is on Spectrum Boulevard, just north of the Embassy Suites Hotel on Fowler. Look for the Embassy Suites, turn at the light, north on Spectrum Boulevard, Graphicstudio is on the right.

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University of South Florida
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