The Norwalk Art Space is delighted to open its new exhibition on Thursday, July 22, 2021, “A Dialogue in Styles, Jahmane and Adger Cowans”.
– an announcement of Norwalk Art Space
This exhibit encompasses decades of evolving work by two leading Connecticut artists, Adger Cowans and Korry Fellow Jahmane of Norwalk Art Space.
Deeply rooted in social commentary, abstraction, daring experimentation, and the ability to explore concepts beyond traditional “Black Art,” this exhibition presents an intimate view of the creative worlds of two accomplished artists.
Although generationally separated, Jahmane and Cowan’s works share common threads that complement each other as if they were created on simultaneous timelines.
The range of subjects, mediums and techniques demonstrates each artist’s ability to translate various concepts into new works of art ranging from graffiti, fashion, graphics, cultural iconography and murals in the event. from Jahmane to photography, textiles and painting for Adger.
Each has their own unique voice for the era they came from, but both have a sense of endless exploration that pushes the boundaries of our civic discourse but also as curious artistic minds.
“We were very happy to have Jahmane join us as Korry Fellow and mentor in our first year, and after telling him about our mission, it was obvious that having Adger Cowans exhibit with him would make perfect sense.
In doing so, we introduce the public and our students to another layer of expertise in the arts. This exhibit sets the tone for our upcoming multigenerational Korry Fellow exhibits and will help inform our programming and student outreach, ”said Artistic and Educational Director Duvian Montoya
Jahmane’s artistic career began in the form of ‘graffiti’ and evolved into a wide range of mediums including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, screen printing, graphic design, murals. large-scale and interior decoration.
With years of formal training and living through his art, Jahmane has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology and abstract language in a way that intrigues all who see his work.
Adger Cowans, fine art photographer and abstract expressionist painter, has experimented with a myriad of mediums during his artistic career.
Recognized in the world of photography and fine art, his works have been exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institute, James E. Lewis Museum, The Whitney Museum and many other art institutions.
Cowans received the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a distinguished career at the Florence Contemporary Art Biennale in 2001. He is the recipient of a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, Caesar Chavez , Rosa Parks Visiting Scholars Award, Wayne State University.
Opening on July 22, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with rhythms by DJ Groove Seven from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live from the Latin Jazz and Dance Ensemble, Congabop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Artist Talk + Q and A with Jahmane and Adgers, July 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Reconstructing the Narrative” workshop with Korry Fellow Jahmane, Sunday August 8, 1 pm to 4 pm
Regular opening hours Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Norwalk Art Space, 455 West Ave, Norwalk; 203-252-2840.
The Korry Fellows at Norwalk Art Space were selected through a highly competitive process to activate our space and fill our walls with exceptional local art. The Korry Fellows will each host a five-week exhibition in our main gallery and work with the resident artists on their course programs.
They will also provide mentoring, workshops and educational opportunities to our students and the general public. Each year, we will award five Korry Fellowships to distinguished local artists, with applicants selected under the guidance of our selection committee.
Selection criteria include all of the artist’s work to date, demonstrated talent and excellence, potential for growth through a Korry scholarship, aptitude for mentoring and teaching, ability to activate space, reputation in the community and interest in working with young people.
Free after-school art classes will be available for some underserved high school students, starting in September 2021.
Classes will take place during the school period from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., meeting once a week.
Summer course in collaboration with The Carver Center, see website for details.
All art classes and workshops will be taught by our Resident artists under the direction of our educational directors, Duvian Montoya and Darcy Hicks.
In addition to our art lessons, we will be offering free music lessons to selected high school musicians on Saturday mornings, starting in September 2021. Our music lessons will be taught by our Music Director, David DeJesus.
If you would like to be considered for admission to one of our courses, you can register and apply through our website. www.thenorwalkartspace.org
Current exhibition of the sculpture garden
Our sculpture garden, curated by Yvonne Shortt, is a dynamic link between the Norwalk Art Space museum and the neighboring community. The garden aims to inspire interaction and conversation in an artistic and welcoming environment.
We have one permanent sculpture and three rotating sculptures which will change every two years. There will be public programming associated with each piece and around public art in general, as well as educational programs offering hands-on learning. Sculptures on display for our opening year include:
- A permanent sculpture by Connecticut-based artist Gilbert Boro titled “After the Race III”, which evokes memories of sailing on Long Island Sound.
- “Afro Pick: Don’t Go, Don’t Grow” by curator Yvonne Shortt, which draws on her own experiences as a mother and daughter. It depicts a moment of transition; to take ownership and let go. It does this using an Afro pickaxe base, an object with a rich cultural history of 5,500.
- “Janus of the Hollow” by Yves François Wilson, which documents the artist’s grandfather’s journey, from his service as a young Marine in South Carolina to his work as one of the first black foremen in a shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
- ‘Tulip Bulb’ by resident artist Emily Teall, which draws on natural imagery of bulbs and uteri to evoke a gestation period in which the visitor can grow through introspection and reflection before emerge in the community.
About The Norwalk Art Space, ADK House and our Founder
The Norwalk Art Space was founded and built by Alexandra Davern Korry (1959-2020), a pioneering mergers and acquisitions lawyer, educator, civil rights advocate and philanthropist.
Alexandra’s goals in creating and funding The Norwalk Art Space were to improve opportunities and equity in the local art community by promoting local artists, providing free educational opportunities to underserved students, and providing a beautiful welcoming space for the public to enjoy art and music.
Our building, ADK House, named after Alexandra, includes a museum, sculpture garden and artist workshops, as well as a classroom and workspaces for students. Our museum, musical events and lessons will be open to the public free of charge.
About our coffee
Our Art Space Café is a destination for museum visitors, artists and students. It will be operated by celebrity chef and restaurateur Bill Taibe and his team – Andrea Dinan, Caitlin McGowan and Kelly Clement.
The Café will offer carefully prepared coffees, teas, pastries and light meals. Inspired by Alexandra’s vision, it will showcase local culinary artisans and their products. The opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Norwalk Art Space is located in ADK House at 455 West Ave., Norwalk.
Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Café opening hours
Wednesday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Additional parking at 370 West Ave. and at Mathews Park