Affirmation Arts, a nonprofit organization for art outreach and support in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in New York City, offers exhibitions and events for visual and performing arts, The organization primarily focuses on the role of art and artists in contemporary culture. The venue, designed by architect Peter Matthews, opened in 2008, and features galleries, event and performance spaces, and studio spaces.
Backstory and Context
The building is a renovated brick warehouse and stable dating to 1900. It was expanded to 15,000 square feet in the 2005 renovation, to provide space for galleries, offices, studios, and artist-in-residence apartments. In addition to private studios, there are also studios for graphic arts, glassworks, and multimedia. The architect's design incorporates industrial elements juxtaposed with natural elements including an ivy "green screen" wall, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Hudson River.
Exhibitions held at Affirmation Arts have included Camera Shy Photograms by William T. Hillman, Jeffrey Maron Devotion, Warhol: Confections and Confessions, Meghan Boody: The Lighthouse Project II: Visitation, Saving Grace: A Celebration of Haitian Art, Street Smart, Women in Photography, New Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Surveillance, PS: Parsing Spirituality, Christophe Von Hohenberg: A Cornucopia in Photography, Hillman + Chavez, and Garbage Picker! The Contemporary Artist as Chiffonnier(e).
Events have included the Camera Club of New York - 2015 Photo Benefit Auction, The Josephine Herrick Project Benefit Photography Auction, CPW 2015 Vision Award & Benefit Auction Center for Photography at Woodstock, America's Arts and Music Crossroads Center presents Citizen Heroes Mindfulness and the Arts, Center for Arts Education - Arts Jam 2015 ARTS JAM 2015 CELEBRATES ARTS EDUCATION COMEBACK, Nanubhai Education Foundation Annual Gala, UNAIDS proTEST: Campaign Teaser, "Dreams" - Police Athletic League's Annual Poetry Jam, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights Annual Benefit, Harmony: A Musical Gala Benefiting the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus, Peter Yarrow In Concert Presented by Be Present, Inc., Einat Amir's "Our Best Intentions" Commissioned & Produced by Artis for Performa 13 at Affirmation Arts, "Charity Meets Fashion", Wings Spring Fling 2012 for the Natural History Museum, YoungArts Master Classes, Groundswell Community Mural Project 2010 Annual Art Auction Benefit, Public-Private Alliance Foundation's "Partners Against Poverty" Benefit, and many more charitable and community events.
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