Visual Arts Exhibition at the NIH Celebrates Tulips and Technology

Anna Fine Foer is one of our 2018 grantees. 

Below is an upcoming exhibition , which opens. January 11, 2019 at the Clinical Center at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Visual Arts Exhibition at the NIH Celebrates Tulips and Technology

A Code for Tulips, collage and drawing on vellum, 30”h, 22”w, 2018

A series of 12 collages by renowned artist Anna Fine Foer will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition at the National Institutes of Health titled, “Tulipmania. ”The exhibition will be on display from January 11, 2019 —March 1, 2019 at the Clinical Center at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda in Maryland.

The exhibition includes reflection and research on the financial impact of the “Tulipmania” that occurred in the 1630s in Holland. The exhibition also explores the tulips ancestry back to Turkey, the ornamental history of the tulip pattern, pigmentation experimentation, and seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch botanical illustration.

The exhibition also results from collaboration with a microbiologist, a Principal Investigator at National Institutes of Health.  Partial financial support was provided by the Randall Frank Contemporary Artist Grant Program and the Giving Spirit Foundation Unicorn Barn Project.

Mosaic Virus, collage and watercolour, 30”h, 22”w, 2018

My collaborative partner suggested that I work with transposons, also known as genetic mutations.  A few years ago, I read Michael Pollans book The Botany of Desire and was intrigued by the tulip chapter that described how the variegated type were the most desired at the height of the tulip trade in Holland, in the 1630s. Centuries later, it was discovered that the varigations were the result of genetic mutationsThe project visualizes the tulip genome, and other Tulipmania themes. I found a geneticist who recently sequenced the tulip genome, working for tulip breeders in Leiden, where the first tulip garden was grown.  He shared the raw data with me through an instrument called MinIon (made by Oxford Nanopore.) At Oxford Nanopores conference in London May 2018, my collage A Code for Tulips, made of prints of the tulip genome, was reproduced on a large scale and displayed.Anna Fine Foer

After emmigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation. Later, back in the United States, Anna worked in conservation for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C and at the same time constructed collage landscapes with sacred, political and meta-physical significance, depicting three or more dimensions on a two-dimensional plane. Her work has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. and elsewhere and is in the permanent collection of the Haifa Museum of Art, and the Beer-Sheva Biblical Museum.

The exhibition is an unexpected and innovative use of technique and technology.

The mission of the Clinical Center’s Fine Art Program is to pair art with medicine to promote healing in an aesthetically pleasing environment for patients, caregivers and employees. Artwork in the collection is carefully selected and placed for its healing potential and artistic quality.

About the images

A Code for Tulips – The images used are the result of the first time the tulip genome was sequenced using Oxford Nanopore technology, thanks to a geneticist from Leiden, NL. The collaged DNA sequences express the variegated petals that were the most desired during Tulipmania. Three centuries later, scientists understood this variation in a tulip’s petals was the result of a virus that caused mutations to the tulip genome. The prints are black text on white background and vice versa to illustrate the binary aspect of a gene; it is either on or off.

Mosaic Virus During Tulipmania (Netherlands 1630-37) the most desired tulip petals were striated due to a virus. Eventually, it was a series of bulb manipulation experiments begun in 1928 by Dorothy Cayley at the John Innes Horticultural Institution in Merton, South London, England that led to the discovery of the virus. The virus is known as the tulip break virus, lily streak virus, or tulip mosaic virus. The name of the virus is a central motif in this collage, with a traditional mosaic floor pattern in the shape of a double helix. The helix patterns are collaged with prints of the mosaic virus DNA sequence. The floor also is the fertile ground for a tulip garden, complete with tulips cut out of a visualization of the mosaic virus. The mosaic pattern is made with pigment colour charts referencing an attempt to standardize that which defies regulation, as was the case during Tulipmania.

Tulipa ex Machina  –  The composition expresses engineered, human intervention into the propogation of tulip bulbs to create the desired effects; those of striated, variegated petals that were the most desirable during Tulipmania.

Tulipa ex Machina, watercolour, 30”h, 22”w, 2018

 

Contact Information:

Lillian Fitzgerald, Coordinator

Clinical Center Art Program

lfitzgerald@cc.nih.gov

240.476.5989

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Introducing our 2018 RFCAC Artist Grant Recipients

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection started in 2015 by acquiring contemporary works from East Coast and Midwest artists and contributing to community art events via sponsorship. Most recently, it started the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program to continue to support artists from these regions.

We see a lot of value in supporting artists financially so that they can fulfill their career goals. We are happy to provide this resource.  We are hoping to continue to provide more funding opportunities later this year. – Randall Baren and Frank Juarez.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection (RFCAC) is excited to officially launch its artist grant program with this year’s inaugural recipients.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce Dontrell Corey Fells and Anna Fine Foer as its first artist grant recipients. We look forward to seeing their vision become reality. 


Dontrell Corey Fells

Photo courtesy of the artist

Corey Fells is a photographer located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, most recognized for his projects in which he focused progression of millennial women and detailing their separate stories of conquest. His first-coming solo show, Pookie, opens at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

“Pookie: Photography” exhibition will feature an accumulation of five connecting photo series: 100 Womxn, Violet, Beauty, 36 Timez, and Wives. Each respective series is meant to portray a cyclical narrative that touches on the generation of black millennial women reliving past generational trials and tribulations and conquering them, which then are woven through seasonal changes, recreation of famous art pieces, and using the inspiration from Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes were Watching God” and Alice Childress’ “Wine in the Wildress” to express the contemporary styling of the photographs, all being tied together through the story of Corey’s relationship with his late mother, Pookie. The multiculturalism present within this exhibition shines light on the beauty of the millennial age – a world that his mother embodied sometime ago.

Dontrell Corey Fells, “100 Womxn”, Photography, 4.4 feet X 8 feet, 2017

Check his work out at www.dcoreyf.org.


Anna Fine Foer

Fine Foer decided she was going to be an artist when she was 11, when she lived in Paris for a summer visiting every museum and gallery. While a fibers/crafts major at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) she became fascinated by the relationship between maps and the land they represent, embarking on a lifelong interest in maps and collage.

After emigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation. Back in the U.S., Anna worked in conservation for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. and for many museum clients as a freelance textile conservator. At the same time, she continued to construct map collage landscapes with sacred, political and meta-physical significance, depicting three or more dimensions on a two-dimensional plane.

Anna now lives in Annapolis and has two young adult sons. Her work has been exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, and the Israeli Embassy and is in the permanent collection of the Haifa Museum of Art and the Beer-Sheva Biblical Museum. She was awarded a prize for the Encouragement of Young Artists for work exhibited in the Artist’s House in Jerusalem and received a Maryland State Arts Council grant for Individual Artists in 2008 and in 2016.

Anna Fine Foer, Garden of Quantum Delights, collage, 25 x 24 inches , 2017

Check out her work at www.annafineart.com.

 

 

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection interviewed on wybcx Yale Radio

Frank Juarez, co-founder, of the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection was interviewed by Brainard Carey from Praxis Interview Magazine on wybcx Yale Radio regarding the artist grant program. The collection started in 2015 with Randall E. Baren, which supports artists living and working in the East Coast and Midwest. This collection continues to explore ways in which they can support one of our most creative assets – artists. In addition to art acquisitions and sponsorship they have created an artist grant program aimed to support artists financially for residencies, exhibitions, and artist-led lectures.

About Praxis

Praxis is a two person collaborative that was formed in 2000 and was first featured in 2001 in PS1/MOMA’s Greater New York show, and in 2002 they were in the Whitney Biennial for their visual art and a series of performative actions. They are a husband and wife team – Brainard and Delia Carey.

After numerous other shows, Reina Sofia, MOMA, Whitney solo show in 2007, they began a new artist project – building an institution, MONA, (The Museum of Non-Visible Art). MONA is currently interviewing artists, curators, and writers from all over the world, as part of an artist-built institution and a social practice. Over 600 interviews have been conducted so far – The Archive of interviews is here.

NEW Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program

 

Randall E. Baren and Frank Juarez founded their very own contemporary art collection called the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection, which supports artists living and working in the East Coast and Midwest. This collection started in 2015 and continues to explore ways in which they can support one of our most creative assets -artists. Having successful careers has led them to give back to an area that they are passionate about. In addition to art acquisitions and sponsorship they have created an artist grant program aimed to support artists financially for residencies, exhibitions, and artist-led lectures.

Randall and Frank are pleased to announce its newest artist grant program – the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program. 

To get your hands on the artist grant paperwork click here.

Submissions are due December 1, 2017. 

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