For the Love of Gene Davis

Temple Contemporary

May 13 – July 11, 2014

For the Love of Gene David, installation view, Temple Contemporary (2014)

For the Love of Gene David, installation view, Temple Contemporary (2014)

For the Love of Gene David, installation view, Temple Contemporary (2014)

For the Love of Gene David, installation view, Temple Contemporary (2014)

Press Release

Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole: For the Love of Gene Davis
Tyler Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
 

Tyler School of Art is pleased to announce the 2013/14 Distinguished Alumni Mentoring Program exhibition: Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole: For the Love of Gene Davis.This is the culminating exhibition of Tyler’s second annual Distinguished Alumni Mentoring Program. This multifaceted exhibition is the result of the work produced during a six-month mentorship between Polly Apfelbaum (BFA Printmaking ’78) and the exceptional recent Tyler graduate, Dan Cole (BFA PDS ’10). The exhibition will open on May 13, 2014 with a reception from 6-8pm and will run until Friday, July 11, 2014.

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Mentoring Program, which is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Tyler School of Art, is to foster continuing relationships between Tyler’s distinguished alumni and its recent graduates. The Center for the Arts at Temple University is thrilled to see this vision come to fruition through Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole: For the Love of Gene Davis.

As part of this mentoring program, Apfelbaum delivered a lecture in 2013 at Temple Contemporary in which she spoke about her work and its inspirations. Of the numerous influences cited by Apfelbaum, the 1972 work Franklin’s Footpath by Gene Davis had a monumental impact in shaping her joint exhibition with Dan Cole. Painted directly on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Davis’ horizontal mural of vibrant stripes was billed as “the world’s largest painting” and was made by the museum’s Department of Urban Outreach. Thanks to the generous support of Locks Gallery and Silicon Fine Art Prints, Apfelbaum and Cole will be creating an immersive installation covering the walls and floor with Apfelbaum’s vision for a work that is inspired by Gene Davis’ Franklin’s Footpath, and filtered through her own unique visual vocabulary.