The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts invites the public to celebrate the city’s latest permanent art installation. Three large metal sculptures, made by Adam Pearson, were installed along a major gateway to downtown. Roughly 25,000 automobiles pass the site everyday. The project was made possible by the Economic Development Department (City of Rochester) and Rochester Main Street. The sculptures are located on RT. 125 heading into town, across from KFC. The opening reception will take place Thursday, July 11th from 4:30-6pm. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be light refreshments and the artist will be in attendance. There is municipal parking behind the China Palace restaurant.
June 1 - September 28th, 2019
Christa Blackwood is a photo, text and installation artist working with themes related to identity, gender, history, and popular culture. Her visual voice was developed while a student at New York University, when she began producing street art such as the poster, Butcher knives (1991), a work that addressed issues of sexual violence.
A chilling juxtaposition of billboard-like close-ups and text from poet Michelle Kotler, Butcher knives, was plastered all over the streets of New York City on the evening the William Kennedy Smith verdict was announced. The posters timely and provocative appearance resulted in heightened critical attention for Blackwood, including an invitation to join the Women's Action Coalition (WAC) from renowned artists and scholars, Kiki Smith and Lucy Lippard.
Her works employ multiple techniques and methods, fusing traditional, historical and alternative photographic processes with contemporary practices, street art and clandestine installations at cultural institutions. Blackwood received her Masters in Studio Art from New York University and Bachelors in Classics from The University of Oklahoma. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, ArtDesk Magazine, The Austin American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, New York News day, The Village Voice, and The Chicago Sun Times.