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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

Posted by Danielle Iwata
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PurePoint Financial Offices Display Local Artists

PurePoint Financial is a hybrid digital bank that launched in February 2017. Although it has only been around for a year and a half, it is already into its second art exhibit at its flagship Park Avenue location. With the aim of celebrating the community, PurePoint Financial has supported local artists who feature the New York City landscape and culture.

 

This week, it opened its new gallery, “Dance as Art: The New York Photography Project,” by Kevin Richardson. His work showcases dancers around the city, celebrating both their talent and the NYC environment.  

 

In 2017, PurePoint Financial displayed the photography of Rachel Neville, also a dance photographer. When she auctioned off some of her work, a portion of the proceeds went to Project LIFT, which is a program of New York Theater Ballet that provides access to children. PurePoint is making a matching contribution to the New York Philharmonics Very Young Composers program.

 

With the launch of the first exhibit, Maha Madain, Head of Marketing at PurePoint Financial said, “The art scene is part of New York. What better way to showcase our commitment to the community than being part of the community?”

 

Likewise, their office in Houston features work by Lynn Lane, the official photographer for the Houston Grand Opera and Alley Theatre.

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Artists-in-Residence Are the New Cargo

Posted by Patrick O'Herron
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We’ve seen artist-in-residency programs at Facebook, Time Equities, Microsoft, Amtrak and others, but here’s one we never expected—an artist-in-residence program aboard a cargo ship!

 

Maayan Strauss, an Israeli photographer, is launching an artist-in-residency program that will invite 12 artists to live and work on commercial container ships. The residency program, known as Container, is intended to challenge the traditional idea of studio residencies, inviting artists to work within a unique intersection of industry, culture and technology. Hosting artists in the ships’ available cabins, Container will be a backstage pass that provides a firsthand encounter with the maritime shipping industry. Artists will travel the world in relation to the various shipping routes and nexus of destinations of global trade.

 

Strauss has been a Container artist herself, having traveled on her own container vessel journey in 2011. A student at Yale at the time, she was on a summer trip to Israel and found herself without the means to fly home, joking with a friend that she should just take a freight ship. Commercial container ships rarely take passengers, so it was difficult for Strauss to find a ship that would agree to allow her to live and work as an independent photographer while traveling the high seas. In the end, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services agreed. Strauss used the opportunity to create a series of photographs she calls Freight, which captured ship life in its rawest form, some of which can be seen below.

 

 

 

(Images courtesy of MaayanStrauss.com.)

 

Container is currently forming partnerships with leading freight-liners to facilitate the artist-in-residency program. A call for applicants will be announced soon at ContainerArtistResidency.org.

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