Tang Teaching Museum announces Dunkerley Dialogue and Electric Soup Party

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to an evening of events on Wednesday, March 25, that explore the work and legacy of artist Nicholas Krushenick.

Born in the Bronx, Krushenick (1929-1999) became a prominent figure on the 1960s and 1970s New York Art scene. His bold, dynamic paintings straddle the lines between the prevailing art movements of that time, most notably Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. For Krushenick, this independent, unclassifiable status was ideal. He once said: “They don’t really know where to place me. Like I’m out in Left field all by myself. And that’s just where I want to stay.”

The exhibition, which includes rarely exhibited paintings, aims to introduce Krushenick to new audiences. The events on March 25, which are all free and open to the public, are:

5:30 pm: Dayton Director Ian Berry leads a curator’s tour of the exhibition Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup.
6:30 pm: Dunkerley Dialogue on painting, abstraction, and the legacy of artist Nicholas Krushenick with Fabian Lopez, assistant professor of art, Skidmore College, and guest artists Kathy Butterly and Liz Collins.
8:00 pm: The Electric Soup Party with music, food, and make-your-own Nicholas Krushenick-inspired wearable art projects. Organized with Skidmore College’s Element Fashion Group.

About the exhibition:

Electric Soup, which opened Feb. 7 and runs through Aug. 16, 2015, features Krushenick’s dynamic paintings that juxtapose bold forms with hard-edged abstraction, revealing a body of work that exists independent of and simultaneously connected to Op art, Pop, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Color Field painting. The exhibition includes well-known works created in New York in the 1960s and 1970s as Krushenick rose to prominence, as well as works created in Baltimore during the 1980s and 1990s, when art market tastes shifted away from Krushenick’s unclassifiable style. The survey also includes rarely seen drawings and prints influenced by Abstract Expressionist Hans Hoffman’s theory of “push-pull,” in which bright contrasting colors activate the space—a practice Krushenick continued to use throughout his career.

Krushenick’s boldly independent vocabulary and style helped him become a prominent figure on the New York art scene in the 1960s. His vibrant paintings hinge on a tension between figure and ground; flatness and spatiality; edge and interior; geometry and disorder; with influences as varied as Henri Matisse, Edward Hicks, and Henri Rousseau. While Krushenick’s graphic forms and bright colors are akin to Pop art, he remained interested in abstraction, distancing his work from the representational forms of Pop art. While not as widely recognized as other artists of the period, Krushenick’s work has been influential to many contemporary artists including Kathy Butterly, Peter Halley, Mary Heilmann, and Thomas Nozkowski.

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The Tang Teaching Museum is located on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, and is open noon–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday, with extended hours through 9 p.m Thursdays during the academic year and through 7 p.m. Fridays during the summer. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.