The School of Art+Design is pleased to announce the exhibition Revisiting Paradise, comprised of Art+Design alumna Julie Langsam’s paintings and drawings, on view at the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery February 17- March 21, 2014. Thirty years after graduating from the School of Art+Design, Julie presents a new series of works that reflect on how the modernist architecture of the campus and its utopian ideals influenced her artistic practice. Langsam is best known for her paintings of iconic Modernist buildings designed by celebrated architects such as Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier. Within these paintings, the isolated buildings are positioned on the horizon line between an expansive and lustrous sky at sunset, and abstract color fields derived from Ad Reinhardt’s paintings from the 1950s. Here, she brings these paintings full circle to Purchase College, where the grand scale and the flatness of the buildings highlight the architectural legacy of the college, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes within a rural landscape in the early 1960s and ‘70s.
In Revisiting Paradise, Langsam will present a new series of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings based on images of the campus’ brutalist brick buildings and the original blueprints from the 1971 MoMA exhibition and catalogue Architecture for the Arts: The State University of New York College at Purchase, curated by Arthur Drexler. In returning to Purchase College and the Visual Arts Building, Julie continues to introduce new structures to her body of architectural scenes. Langsam will feature a site-specific painting on the gallery walls based on the original blueprints of the Neuberger Museum, layered and transformed by abstract color fields, selected randomly by chance. In further conversation with the architecture of the gallery and wall painting, she will unveil a site-specific floor piece made out of carpet based on the original designs of the Visual Arts Building.
Julie Langsam is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Now(here) at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY; Building & Blueprints at Espai 8, Spain; and Floor Plan Prototypes, Reykjavik Art Gallery, Iceland. She is the recipient of the Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, and is represented in collections throughout the United States. Julie received her BFA from Purchase College, SUNY in 1983 and a MFA from Queens College, CUNY in 1985.
The School of Art+Design, part of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, offers premiere programs that prepare students for careers in the visual arts and design, as well as lives informed by aesthetic experience. The school honors tradition, encourages experimentation & collaboration, develops critical thinking, and embraces new concepts, materials, and technologies. A faculty of working artists is committed to creating a supportive climate in which students are passionate about learning to see, to think, to make, and to reflect. Our graduates are leaders in cultural production throughout the world.Located within the School of Art+Design, the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery presents exhibitions that provide professional context for students and interact with their daily classroom experience. The gallery’s program focuses on emerging artists, A+D alumni, current faculty, and student work.
School of the Arts exhibitions and programs in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery are supported, in part, by the Purchase College Foundation and through an endowment from Richard and Dolly Maass.