Berkeley College Celebrates the Art of Marilyn Henrion
Berkeley College is exhibiting “Reverberations: Keeping Time,” the work of artist Marilyn Henrion. Her paintings will be on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, from Nov. 2 through 30. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. An artist’s reception for Henrion will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Matadia by Marilyn Henrion's.
A lifelong New Yorker and Cooper Union graduate, Henrion celebrates textiles as a medium for urban, sophisticated art. “With frequent reference to literature,” she says, “I use color, line, and form much as a poet employs words to convey an emotion or idea. As in poetry, the images are meant to resonate, being both themselves and something they may suggest to the viewer.”
“Reverberations: Keeping Time” is a series of mixed media textile works that focus on the haunting faces of marble portrait sculptures from ancient Rome at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Henrion extracts images from photographs she has taken of these works and prints them onto cloth. Combining these with details from Roman sarcophagi and statues from the same period, she creates textile collages, animating the surfaces with trapunto relief and hand quilting.
Henrion’s award-winning works are included in museum, corporate and private collections worldwide. She has been honored by the Smithsonian Institution by being invited to submit sketchbooks for inclusion in the Archives of American Art. Her art quilts have been featured in numerous publications, including Women Designers in the US, published by Yale University Press. Among the grants she has received was one awarded by the Artslink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2005, she was awarded a Fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
To view images of Henrion’s work, visit www.marilynhenrion.com. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu or 212-252-2065.
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Published November 1, 2009
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