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Tandem Pursuits: Armor & Ichthyology

September 15 - December 01, 2013
Glyndor Gallery

Artists: Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, WonJung Choi, Amisha Gadani, Frank Gehry, Carol Hepper, Camilla Huey, Michelle Jaffé, Simone Leigh, Irvin Morazan, Kymia Nawabi, James Prosek, Christy Rupp, Ben Snead, Holly Sumner, Marina Zurkow

The scholarly and curatorial pursuits of the remarkable Bashford Dean (1867-1928) provide a springboard for this exhibition and related public programs. Dean and his wife, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean, rented Wave Hill House from George W. Perkins starting in 1909. Dean was responsible for the addition that we refer to as Armor Hall, which he built to display his own extensive collection of armor. Trained as a zoologist at City College and Columbia University. At the start of his residence at Wave Hill, Dean was Curator of Fish and Reptiles at the American Museum of Natural History; in 1912, he became the first Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Armor Hall at Wave Hill was built in 1927, but Dean died in December 1928 before he could install his collection there. Many of the objects became part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The intersection of Dean’s interest in both fish and armor provides the opportunity to assemble a fascinating group of contemporary art that explores concepts of adaptation, pattern and protection.

Thank you to the artists for creating and lending their work to the exhibition, and to the additional lenders bitforms gallery, Bosi Contemporary, Feature Inc., Emily Fisher Landau, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schwartz-Wajahat and the Staten Island Museum, Richard and Sydney Van Nort.

Read about the exhibition in The New York Times

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Support for the Visual Arts at Wave Hill is provided by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The New York Community Trust, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Target and the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. The institution’s operations are made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.