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Moving Image Acquisition Award 2017


Acquisition Funds to select a work from Moving Image for the Permanent Collection of 21c Museum Hotels

Image: Stills from Alexandre Mazza’s video “If it’s meant to be love, may it brand the soul!” selected for the Moving Image Acquisition Award in March 2016. Courtesy the artist and Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Image: Stills from Alexandre Mazza’s video “If it’s meant to be love, may it brand the soul!” selected for the Moving Image Acquisition Award in March 2016. Courtesy the artist and Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Moving Image is very pleased to announce details of the 2017 Moving Image Acquisition Award to be presented at the opening reception on February 27, 2017. We are delighted that again this year, the Moving Image Acquisition Award will fund the accession of at least one artwork from the fair into 21c Museum’s permanent collection.

The Moving Image Acquisition Award seeks to further the representation of video art in permanent public collections internationally. Previous awards have gone to artists Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Jessica Faiss, Rollin Leonard, Chris Doyle, Kalliopi Lemos, and Alexandre Mazza. The 2017 edition will secure at least one work for 21c’s permanent collection.  21c Museum Hotel is an innovative venture founded ten years ago by preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson in Louisville, Kentucky. With the passion to make contemporary art a part of more peoples’ daily lives, the couple embarked on a journey to create both an economic driver for the community and an oasis where art challenges and amuses, stimulates conversation and provokes new ideas.

Moving Image co-founders Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman explained, “We are very excited that artwork from this year’s Moving Image be entering the impressive 21c Collection. The collection’s founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, as well as the museum director, Alice Gray Stites, are among the world’s biggest supporters of artists working in film, video, and digital mediums. It is an honor for us to have them again sponsor the Moving Image Acquisition Award in 2017.”

Alice Gray Stites, 21c Museum Director and Chief Curator, adds, “21c is dedicated to collaborating with innovative cultural organizations that engage a broad, global audience for contemporary art. Moving Image offers visitors, collectors, and institutions a wide array of lens-based art, from film and video to immersive artworks utilizing virtual and augmented reality.  Because 21c is committed to exhibiting and acquiring the art of today and tomorrow, we are thrilled to continue developing our partnership with Moving Image. In March 2016, 21c presented the Moving Image Award to Alexandre Mazza for his video, “If it’s meant to be love, may it brand the soul!”  Presenting the 2017 Moving Image Acquisition Award creates another great opportunity to express our shared passion for supporting the work of today’s visionary artists and to add significant new artwork to the 21c Collection.”

About 21c Collection
The 21c Collection includes works in media ranging from painting, sculpture, and photography, to film, video, and digital-based art. It reflects the global nature of contemporary culture, featuring works by artists from all over the world. Identity, community, the environment, and the artistic imagination are prominent subjects in the Collection. 21c Museum’s core mission is to continue to create innovative exhibitions and other programming exploring the breadth of the human experience, lived and imagined, through contemporary art.

21cMuseum HotelABOUT 21c MUSEUM HOTEL
21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to expanding access to thought-provoking contemporary art. A multi-venue museum, each 21c property features exhibition space open free of charge to the public, combined with a boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant. 21c presents a range of arts programming curated by Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, including both solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations, and a variety of cultural events. The organization collaborates on arts initiatives with artists and organizations worldwide, including North Carolina Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Barnes Foundation, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Creative Capital Foundation, and others. Since opening in Louisville, KY in 2006, 21c Museum has presented nearly100 exhibitions, including Cuba Now!; Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea; Hybridity: The New Frontier; Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion; Seeing Now; Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs; Dis-semblance: Projecting and Perceiving Identity; Albano Alfonso: Self-Portrait as Light; Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art; Labor&Materials, Fallen Fruit: The Practices of Everyday Life; and The Future is Female.

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