Michelangelo Lovelace* Where's the Party At, 1995 Acrylic on textured canvas 60 1/4 x 60 1/2 x 3 inches Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort

Michelangelo Lovelace, Where's the Party At, 1995, acrylic on textured canvas, 60 1/4 x 60 1/2 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort

Exhibition

Next to You

Next to You is a secret reverie for those longing for the energy of a crowd and a meditative space for recovering long dormant senses as a new world unfolds.

Next to You is an exhibition of artworks from the McEvoy Family Collection that celebrates the joy, vitality, and healing power of the performing arts. The exhibition, along with related screenings and events, showcases dance, theater, music, circus arts, film, and other creative forms. As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and its requisite isolation, Next to You is a farewell ballad to a strange and challenging time and a look forward to a future where we are reunited.

The exhibition primarily includes modern and contemporary photography and painting from the McEvoy Family Collection. Works by Ilse Bing, Thomas Ruff, Dennis Stock, and others anchor the experience through representations of sound, movement, and emotive expression while images by George Silk, Malick Sidibé, and Sabine Weiss capture the healing role of live arts. Images of conventions, weddings, and pageants are longingly celebrated in photographs by Neal Slavin and Ave Pildas while moments of isolated vulnerability are seized by Kevin Winter, Guy Stricherz, and Alex Prager.

In the main gallery, Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches (2011-12) invites viewers into a quiet space for self-reflection and close conversation. The artist’s construction of seventeen hand-made wood benches is inspired by the Shaker movement and other intentional communities. Additional works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mamma Andersson, Lava Thomas, Michelangelo Lovelace, Sid Grossman, Irving Penn, and Michelle Blade further explore a range of human emotion, from joy and sorrow to loneliness and intimate embrace.

Next to You explores people as participants in the performance of their own lives, asking viewers to consider how their interior and exterior selves once again meet in time and space now that intimacy, as we once knew it, has been transformed by social distancing, masks, and vaccinations. How does it feel to see, hear, or touch one another again? What type of world awaits us after a year of living on-hold? What have we lost and what, inexplicably, might we have gained?

SELECTIONS FROM THE MCEVOY FAMILY COLLECTION

Mamma Andersson
Ilse Bing
Michelle Blade
Brassaï
Hans Breder
Joan Brown
Marcus Brutus
Francis Cape
Squeak Carnwath
Dexter Dalwood
Marcel Dzama
Amir H. Fallah
Martine Franck
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Jill Freedman
Charles Gaines
Robert Gober
Sid Grossman
Alfred Cheney Johnston
Christine Sun Kim
Helen Levitt

Michelangelo Lovelace
Fred W. McDarrah
Lisette Model
Barbara Morgan
Martin Mull
Eadweard Muybridge
Irving Penn
Ave Pildas
Matthew Porter
Alex Prager
J. John Priola
Marcia Resnick
Thomas Ruff
Malick Sidibé
George Silk
Rosalind Fox Solomon
Dennis Stock
Guy Stricherz
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Lava Thomas
Sabine Weiss
Kevin Winter

Next to You is accompanied by a Screening Room program of film and video shorts guest curated by artist Alison O’Daniel. The exhibition includes a series of virtual and live events with several dynamic partnering organizations to be announced.