The School, Kinderhook, NY, United States 17 May 2015 - 29 Aug 2015
El Anatsui , 'Stressed World' , Courtesy: Jack Shainman Gallery
Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School celebrates its one-year anniversary with an exhibition of work by El Anatsui, spanning four decades of his distinguished career.
The solo exhibition will be a comprehensive survey, from early projects in painting, wood, and clay, to the monumental metal works for which Anatsui is renowned. The School’s 24 foot ceilings will highlight the majestic scale that has become a hallmark of his oeuvre.
The School is a venue for special exhibitions as well as a home for the gallery’s collection. The architecture of the existing 1929 federal-revival elementary school lent itself to the vision of architect Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas. Torrecillas maximized the potential of the original structure through redesign features including a build out of the school’s gymnasium, creating a 5,000 square foot exhibition space with soaring 24-foot ceilings. A perimeter gallery rings the former gymnasium while classrooms on the second level function as more traditional exhibition spaces. In addition to the interior galleries, the property sits on five acres of land that will provide a temporary home for outdoor sculptural and site-specific installations.