Last Friday, RxArt had the exciting mission of installing works by Garrett Phelan, Jason Middlebrook, Laura Owens, Paul Henry Ramirez, Mark Dion, Fabien Verschaere, Chris Martin, Fatimah Tuggar, Tony Feher, G. Jesse Sadia, Jr., and Carlo Ferraris at New York's Metropolitan Hospital.
While we were installing the works, we also met a lovely woman named Ruth Hutson who shared her feelings on the new additions to the walls:
"My name is Ruth Hutson and I have been a patient at Metropolitan Virology Clinic for 23 years. I must say that today was the first day I enjoyed the atmosphere because a beautiful picture by Jason Middlebrook entitled Travelling Seeds inspired me. Metropolitan Virology waiting area is mute and grey, however, Middlebrook's painting brought life, color, and inspiration to an otherwise dark and depressed area. Thank God for art!"
We were deeply moved to know that with the art we also brought inspiration to the patients and staff. The artwork stimulated many conversations throughout the clinic.
Below are some photographs and some of the conversations that they inspired.
Patients and staff members were thrilled to see the vibrant paintings by Paul Henry Ramirez go up. Many agreed that Ramirez’s paintings are going to brighten their days.
Patients and staff in the waiting room chuckled when they saw The Untitled photograph by Carlo Ferraris. They were delighted to discover that the men’s shoes had been rearranged.
Garrett Phelan’s drawings inspired conversations about caretaking. The staff expressed that these drawings evoked positive feelings. One doctor stated it was nice to have art on the walls that mirrored the nurturing work done in the clinic.
The installation was a success at Metropolitan Hospital! We enjoyed spending the day with the staff and the patients, receiving feedback, and witnessing the reactions to the artworks. We hope the artwork continues to provide a break from the harsh reality that many face during their visits to the clinic.
Next Friday, February 1st, RxArt will be installing several works at New York's Metropolitan Hospital. We installed prints from Lincoln Center's Vera List Art Project in the Radiology Department's waiting area last winter and are excited to continue our work in the hospital. Stay tuned for photos from next week's installation!
Garrett Phelan, Good Birds 3, 2007
Last December, we held a fundraiser to help us complete an installation at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Thanks to the enormous response and outpouring of contributions from our supporters, we were able to install fourteen beautiful photographs by James Welling in the hospital's Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences in April 2012.
The photographs are from Welling's Glass House series, featuring Philip Johnson's eponymous house in New Canaan, Connecticut. In each of the vibrant images, the single architectural site is transformed by nature and colored lenses. The photographs completely transform the space, turning the once sterile environment into a landscape of dreamy colors and images.
Thank you to all our supporters for making this project possible! See more photos below.Read More....
We had another fun-filled afternoon at Avant Garde Preschool, this time with artist Julia Chiang! Kids sculpted, glued and glittered to their hearts' content. This session may have been less chaotic than the last, but it was no less fun. See photos and artwork below!
This Sunday was our first Avant Garde Preschool class! The Avant Garde Preschool program was originally started by Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, owners of Partners & Spade, a storefront and studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan. Catering to children ages 5-12, the program has previously been led by artists such as Karen Kimmel, Donald Baechler, and Confetti System.
To kick off the new partnership between Partners & Spade and RxArt, Dan Colen hosted the inaugural class. The young participants spent a fun-filled afternoon using brightly colored flower petals and an assortment of M&M's to create vibrant, nontraditional works of art. Dan encouraged the kids to create their works using whatever methods came to mind, reminding them that when it comes to art, there are "no rules". While some of the kids stuck to the "traditional" method of working while seated at the table, many kids created their masterpieces by putting the materials on the floor and jumping up and down on the paper!
We can't say we had as much fun cleaning it up as we had creating it ( check out Partners & Spade's "Aftermath" photos to see why!), but a great afternoon was had by all and we are so thankful to Dan Colen for leading such an amazing class and Partners & Spade for hosting us!
(*The cost of the class was $40 per child and all proceeds went directly to RxArt.)
Trenton Doyle Hancock mural being installed at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston!
Who: Prints by Glenn Ligon and Malcolm Morley, and RxArt founder Diane Brown
What: Installing prints!
When: January 13, 2012
Where: Metropolitan Hospital
Installation made possible through the generosity of Agnes Gund.
The numbers are in: the results were more than we could have hoped for! RxArt thanks all of our supporters all over the country for your tremendous support. Thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our goal by far. Fourteen beautiful James Welling prints will be installed in Emory University's Nuclear Imaging Department, transforming the space and giving hope to Atlanta's patients when they need it the most.
See below for a few of the prints to be installed!
I spent the holiday weekend in Chicago visiting family and while I was there I decided to take a side trip to see the Jeff Koons installation at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. I have seen many pictures of the installation but nothing could prepare me for seeing it in person--the colors are even more vibrant than they appear in photographs and the actual size of the CT scanner and the decals is much larger than I anticipated.
I could spot the room with the installation even from a distance, and as a nurse led me down the hall and to the room, I could see the colors spilling out into the hallway. I was completely taken aback when I entered the room and proceeded to spend quite a bit of time just taking everything in. As someone who experiences anxiety when visiting the doctor or the hospital, I can only wish that every room could be like this one--I would feel a lot more positive about visiting the doctor or getting tests done if it could take place in such a colorful and cheerful setting!
The month of December is dedicated to our End-of-Year-Fundraiser to raise the last $2,000 needed to fund a project at Emory University Hospital. Yesterday marked the launch of the fundraiser and donations have already been pouring in and bringing us even closer to helping Atlanta's patients. The Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging waiting area at Emory University Hospital will be transformed by James Welling's dramatic photographs of Philip Johnson's Glass House. Be a part of this amazing project by donating today!
Help us and receive a gift in return! Donations of $25 receive an artist-signed copy of our latest coloring book, Between the Lines Vol. III, while donations reaching $100 will receive a coloring book AND a Terry Richardson autographed puzzle. For donations of $250 or more, you will obtain a signed gelatin silver print of New York taken by Life Magazine photographer, John Muller, between 1938 and 1945.
Click HERE to make your donation! Every dollar counts and brings us one step closer to helping patients at Emory University Hospital!
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