The Architecture of Distraction: A slide talk by artist Jane Dickson
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New York-based artist Jane Dickson will present a slide talk on her paintings, drawings, and prints, whicj first came to prominence through her work with seminal DIY artist collectives such as Colab (Collaborative Projects) and Fashion Moda in the 1980s. In an essay/interview published on, art historian and critic Jennifer Samet writes, “Jane Dickson is best known for her nocturnal cityscapes of the old Times Square — peep shows and porn parlors — but she has also mined subjects such as Las Vegas, Coney Island, American highways, demolition derbies, and suburban homes. She often paints on alternative supports like carpets, vinyl, sandpaper, and Astroturf. The pixelation of the image she achieves with these surfaces, and the implied feeling of distance, could be mistaken as a commentary on modern detachment. However, it is more reflective of Dickson’s attitude, a non-judgmental form of observation that creates space for projection and reflection.” Dickson’s work has appeared in 40 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her pieces are in the permanent collections of 25 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Among her public art works is a series of 67 mosaic New Year’s Eve “Revelers” in the Times Square MTA Station at 42nd Street, installed in 2007. Dickson has received numerous grants and awards from institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was elected a member of the National Academy of the Arts in 2014. Dickson works and lives in New York City with her husband, filmmaker Charlie Ahearn. She currently teaches in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.