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10/24/2012
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy's "Abu Dhabi is Love Forever" Opens at Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces a solo exhibit and lecture by Brooklyn collaborative artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.

Abu Dhabi is Love Forever opens with a free public reception on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. The artists will discuss their work at 3 p.m., also on Thursday, Nov. 1. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

The McCoys are best known for their “miniatures” that combine high- and low-tech representations of their lives and our contemporary American culture. Painstakingly crafted in their Brooklyn studio from hijacked media components and craft store model-making supplies, these works turn reality inside out, upside down, and back in on itself. They are small-scale sites where narrative, craft and theory meet in a complex vortex.

In August of 2010, the McCoys moved their family from Brooklyn to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where they lived until June 2011. During that time, through video, collage, photography and found imagery, the McCoys reacted to and contemplated the culture and landscape of their new, temporary home in the desert.

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. Abu Dhabi is Love Forever installation view.
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. Abu Dhabi is Love Forever (installation view.) Photograph on billboard material. 8’ x 25’ x 10’. Courtesy Postmasters Gallery, NY.

Originally exhibited in 2011 at Postmasters Gallery in New York City, this exhibit is an expanded version of Abu Dhabi is Love Forever that brings together collaged labels from consumer goods, photographs of impossibly chic yet sterile interiors, and panoramic images of both the glittering city of travel brochures and the dusty, dirty backside that is the unseen scaffold for all that glitters in Abu Dhabi.

The McCoys' work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally — their most recent shows have been at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank in London, Hanover Kunstverein, the Beall Center in Irvine, CA, pkm Gallery in Beijing, the San Jose Museum of Art, Palazzo della Papesse in Siena, the Addison Museum of American Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Artists Space in New York. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Speed Museum.

Founded in 2001, The Teaching Gallery has presented more than 50 exhibits and lectures by contemporary professional artists of regional, national and international standing as well as annual exhibitions by students in Hudson Valley’s highly regarded Fine Arts Program. Since 2007, the gallery has been housed in the award-winning Administration Building designed by Architecture+. Through its exhibitions, the gallery serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Gallery Management degree program, providing hands-on experience organizing, installing and maintaining exhibits.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday. 12-4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday

For directions and more information, please visit: www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery

Gallery exhibits are supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications with assistance from the Office of Cultural Affairs. All exhibits are installed and assisted by students in the Gallery Management program. The Teaching Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building.