03.23.2012

The Illumination Fund and Creative Time Launch Photo Exhibit

On March 21, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund launched its newest in-office exhibit, “BECAUSE DREAMING IS BEST DONE IN PUBLIC: CREATIVE TIME IN PUBLIC SPACES.” The exhibition is in partnership with Creative Time, an organization that connects social activism and public engagement through art, by supporting the power of the artist’s voice to catalyze social change. The Fund has been a supporter of its annual Summit for two years.

This installation of 12 photographs highlights Creative Time’s role in supporting a wide array of ambitious artists working across disciplines to address social, political or cultural issues of their generation. The works on view at the Illumination Fund range over twenty years and are bound together by each artist’s dynamic relationship with the public and emphasizes civic engagement.

The photographs include Shimon Attie’s “Between Dreams and History” (1998), Vik Muniz’s “Clouds” (2001), and Adelle Lutz’s “The Peace Piece” (2003). Artist Karen Finley, who attended the reception for the exhibit at the Illumination Fund, showcased a photograph from her 1998 partnership with Creative Time on a national public art / performance project, “1-900-ALL- KAREN.” For the duration of her six-month project, Finley had recorded daily phone commentary on news headlines and social issues, as well as personal comments on daily life that a national audience would access.

“The groundbreaking projects represented in the show not only reclaim public space for expression, but also elicit thoughts about socially engaged art,” said Laurie Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

“Though Creative Time isn’t a foundation, we have much in common with the Illumination Fund.  Both of our missions champion artists, innovation, public education, and the role art plays in creating a vibrant urban experience,” said Anne Pasternak, Executive Director of Creative Time.