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Escape From New York: CUAC board members Adam Bateman and Jason Metcalf in group show

Official Escape From New York press release

Our heroine runs with purpose through the darkened streets of Chelsea, looking for a way out.  At every corner she’s met with roadblocks.  Turning down 24th Street, racing past Feuer, Boone, and Gagosian, she sees a clearing.  She leaps across 11th Avenue without a thought, spotting the Hudson! “If only I can only make it!”  Darting through the traffic of the West Side Highway, she leaps over the concrete barrier.  Herein lies the pier.  Out of breath, she looks up.  Spotting lights in the distance, New Jersey’s glacial cliffs taunt her, their beams of shimmering color bouncing off the water’s surface.  A sirensong like Gatsby’s eyes, she walks to the end of the path.  She has no vessel.  “How will she get there?”

Throughout American history, the concept of Manifest Destiny has greeted us with a newfound optimism for the future of what COULD BE versus what IS.  “Go west, young man” held true for generations.  Escape From New York concentrates specifically on the breaking free of long-held notions and mistaken beliefs that Manhattan only can be the center of the art world.  An active experiment in reverse bridge and tunnel, Escape From New York highlights Paterson, NJ— a historic community in transition with massive venues less than a 15 minute drive from the George Washington Bridge.  Ready and waiting with open arms to help reignite a cultural renaissance, the city has given us heretofore unheard of space to showcase contemporary art in a former silk factory.

Escape From New York will show the work of 43 top contemporary artists currently working today.  The exhibition includes artists working in a broad breath of genres—from painting, to video, photography, installation, sculpture, performance, and social media-based art.  Come and join us for our opening reception, Saturday, May 15, from 3-9PM as we leave behind the cramped spaces of Manhattan for the broad horizons of New Jersey.  The exhibition will be on view in the historic Fabricolor Building at 24 1/2 Van Houten Street, across from Federici Park in downtown Paterson.  We will be located on the 2nd, 4th and 5th floors of the building.  For more information, please contact curator Olympia Lambert at

Below is the final list of participating artists:


2010 Whitney Biennial selectees
*The Bruce High Quality Foundation
*Kate Gilmore

Robert Aitchison
Robert Appleton
Man Bartlett
Adam Bateman
Jason Robert Bell
Alison Blickle
Boyce Cummings
Jennifer Dalton
Vicki DaSilva
Sumner Dilworth
Debra Drexler
Murray Dwertman
Richard Eagan
Jeremy Earhart
Agnes Eperjesi

Stephan Fowlkes
Nicholas Fraser
Angela Freiberger
Micah Ganske
Alex Gingrow
Dean Goelz

Grant Haffner
Iliyan Ivanov
Daniel Leeb
Thomas Lendvai
Julie Lohnes
Michelle Manley
Jason Metcalf
Michael Paul Miller
Laelia Mitchell
Laurel Nakadate
Mia Pearlman
Rafael Perez
Don Porcella
William Powhida
Christopher Saunders
Robert Schatz
Sean Slemon

Peter Soriano
Tamas Veszi
An Xiao

9:24 am  •  16 April 2010

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