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Artists Put Public Spin On Diaries At Neuberger Exhibit In Purchase

"Dear Diary: Update All," will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College beginning Jan. 4. Photo Credit: Photo by Oscar Munoz
Photo Credit: Photo by Oscar Munoz
Photo Credit: Contributed
Photo Credit: Contributed

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- "Dear Diary: Update All," will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College from Jan.  4, 2014 through March 16, 2014.

The exhibition of 20 international artists and 30  artworks explores how artists express their individual and collective identities, and the relationships among memory, document, and fiction. The mixed media exhibition presents work that uses online data, remembrance, handiwork, genetics, gaming, and Google to mark the discord, beauty and banality that occur each day.  According to Jacqueline Shilkoff, the museum's curator of New Media, the exhibit will be “an exciting forum for ideas and interaction.” Adding another dimension to the show, students from Purchase College, SUNY will be on site during museum hours to engage in conversation with visitors about the exhibition as well as help them navigate the show and interact with the artwork. “The artists express an astounding range of poetic philosophical expressions,” Shilkoff said. Among the artworks in the exhibition is the installation "A Charge for Privacy" (2013), an electronic phone charging station created by Nick Briz, Paul X. Briz, and Ramon Branger.  The work is intuitive, featuring the familiar routine of charging a phone battery and offering viewers a chance to charge their phones. The artists, however, introduce a barrier: an agreement to the terms of use for this charging station. From this entry point, our digital history stored in our phones creates voluntary (and involuntary) representations of ourselves. Other artists and collaborators in the exhibition include: Kannan Arunasalam, Chloë Bass, Victor Castro, Revital  Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Chris Collins, Eric Eberhardt, Zach Gage, Mark McKenna, Amanullah Mojadidi, Molleindustria, Óscar Muñoz, Laura Splan, Aalam Wassef, YoHa with Matthew Fuller. Support for "Dear Diary: Update All" is provided by Marcy Kahn. Additional funding is provided by RBC Wealth Management, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. The Neuberger Museum is supported in part by the State University of New York. Support for the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, publications, and education programs is provided by grants from public and private agencies, individual contributions, and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s members and Board. The museum is at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, N.Y.. Visit for more information.

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