The Affordable Art Fair, NY presents
Recent Graduate Exhibition: In Our Time
March 30 - April 3, 2016
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th Street, New York City
Curated by Danielle Durchslag and featuring the artwork of Delano Dunn
New York based artist Delano Dunn uses mixed media, collage, and painting to explore questions of racial identity and perception. His series entitled In Our Time investigates the previously overlooked simultaneity of the 1960’s American space race and the Civil Rights Movement. Dunn combines imagery of astronauts and civil rights activists, granting black Americans the superhero status space men once received. These two movements embody a moment of profound aspiration in American life but are rarely linked. In Our Time creates a visual tether between NASA’s expansion of the “American Dream” and the African American struggle for dignity.
Dunn employs unrefined materials like shoe polish alongside resin and gold leaf, building up and sanding down to create rich, layered surfaces. These surfaces lure the viewer, beckoning them toward difficult insights, and, potentially, a new reckoning with familiar iconography.
The Recent Graduates Exhibition marks the first showing of the In Our Time series in New York City.
Press Contact: Danielle Durchslag, 646-704-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist
Delano Dunn was born in Los Angles, California, and currently lives and works in New York City. He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and is currently completing his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York City, and Buffalo, NY. Dunn is the 2015 recipient of the Curator’s Choice Award from the Delaware Contemporary Museum, and the 2016 recipient of the prestigious College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship. Directly following In Our Time he will be participating in an exhibition at Art Space in New Haven, CT.
About the Curator
Danielle Durchslag is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery and Yale University. Her work has been shown at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Winkleman Gallery, Foley Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. In addition to her individual practice, she curates/creates as one half of the art collective Assembly Required. Danielle’s work has been discussed in Photograph Magazine, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The New York Observer, among others. She studied at Wellesley, The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University.