Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center RoCo is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.
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Update as of 3/11/2020 - RoCo is temporarily closed to the public to ensure the safety of our of our visitors, staff, and supporters. Keep an eye on the upper left corner of our website for updates on our open hours. Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977.

Conceptual artist Octavio Abúndez' (b. Monterrey, Mexico) practice can be divided into three different areas of explorat...
08/12/2020

Conceptual artist Octavio Abúndez' (b. Monterrey, Mexico) practice can be divided into three different areas of exploration:
the phenomenological
the epistemological
and the topological
Each of these theoretic approaches share a common disregard for material narrowness always resulting in an ongoing experimentation that may very well go from classical marble sculptural techniques to photography or everyday objects such as letter boards. His recent practice studies and investigates the utopias proposed by today’s society in order to propose new ones —both physical and conceptual.
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Abúndez has exhibited individually at @kohngallery, @mazmuseo, and extensively at @galeriacurro among others and in addition to many group exhibitions. He has conducted fieldwork in Carrara, Mexico City and Tijuana.
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Abúndez has consistently been represented by CURRO Gallery and Kohn Gallery at numerous art fairs including @artbasel; @expochicago; @thearmoryshow; @feriaarco; @untitledartfair; @artissimafair and @zonamaco to name a few.
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Octavio Abúndez' most recent work “A Fake History of Humanity” will be on view as part of Trust, but verify opening September 4.

Conceptual artist Octavio Abúndez' (b. Monterrey, Mexico) practice can be divided into three different areas of explorat...
08/12/2020

Conceptual artist Octavio Abúndez' (b. Monterrey, Mexico) practice can be divided into three different areas of exploration:
the phenomenological
the epistemological
and the topological
Each of these theoretic approaches share a common disregard for material narrowness always resulting in an ongoing experimentation that may very well go from classical marble sculptural techniques to photography or everyday objects such as letter boards. His recent practice studies and investigates the utopias proposed by today’s society in order to propose new ones —both physical and conceptual.
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Abúndez has exhibited individually at Kohn Gallery, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, and extensively at Galería CURRO among others and in addition to many group exhibitions. He has conducted fieldwork in Carrara, Mexico City and Tijuana.
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Abúndez has consistently been represented by CURRO Gallery and Kohn Gallery at numerous art fairs including Art Basel; EXPO CHICAGO; @thearmoryshow; Feria ARCO; UNTITLED, Art; Artissima Fair and @zonamaco to name a few.
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Octavio Abúndez' most recent work “A Fake History of Humanity” will be on view as part of Trust, but verify opening September 4.

There's only a few weeks left to catch the first chapter of Roc City Speaks at RoCo. Stop by our storefront windows to w...
08/11/2020

There's only a few weeks left to catch the first chapter of Roc City Speaks at RoCo. Stop by our storefront windows to watch and listen to this timely and impactful video project in its entirety Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm. #RocCitySpeaks

Director and Interviewer: Rashaad Parker
Videography and Editing: Darien Lamen
Videography: Rajesh Barnabas
Interviewers: Cocoa Rae David and Kylie Newcomer
Production Assistant: Julianna Muniz

Learn more here: http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/exhibitions/roc-city-speaks/

Andrew D. Zimbelman is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Rochester, NY. His recent project, 'The Subway Seri...
08/09/2020

Andrew D. Zimbelman is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Rochester, NY. His recent project, 'The Subway Series' will be on view in RoCo's LAB Space September 4 – November 14.

Originally trained as a fine artist in drawing and painting, he developed a love for film and animation throughout his undergraduate and graduate education. Since receiving his MFA from CalArts in Experimental Animation, Andrew has worked as an animation director and illustrator for a wide range of clients such as HBO, The United Nations, AdoptUSKids, TED Ed, and Google, to name a few. After 4 years in LA and 8 years in NYC, Andrew moved his studio and art practice back to his home town of Rochester, NY with his family.

When he’s not taking on commissioned projects he’s making his own independent work which has won awards and been shown in film festivals and exhibitions around the world. Andrew is represented as an Animation Director by The Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Today we are featuring Underpin & Overcoat contributor Amanda Chestnut! (@blk_amanda)Amanda Chestnut is an artist and cu...
08/08/2020

Today we are featuring Underpin & Overcoat contributor Amanda Chestnut! (@blk_amanda)

Amanda Chestnut is an artist and curator whose work focuses on the representation of history – and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. As an artist interested in both upending and interpreting traditional definitions of the archive, Chestnut pairs archival images and text with contemporary imagery and her own perspective to convey the history, emotion, and lasting socio-economic impact of the past. Her previous works incorporate photographic poems that draw from archival imagery, text-based poems, and Chestnut’s hair.

Most recently Chestnut curated “Verified” a group exhibition at Loud Cow in Spencerport, NY as well as "Sister Moon" for Current Seen, the Rochester Small Venue Biennial. Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the region.

To learn more about Amanda Chestnut, her personal artistic and curatorial endeavors visit amandachestnut.com.

Make sure to check in periodically to Amelia and Andrea's Instagram pages to read about individual collaborators and their button designs! @ameliatoelke and @missmillergram

Images: Chestnut in front of 'Sister Moon' which she curated for #CurrentSeen last year; installation of Chestnut's exhibition 'good hair', 2016; the public art button Chestnut designed for Underpin & Overcoat viewable at 36 King St.

#UnderpinAndOvercoat #WornExhibition #SashMemorial #SusanBAnthony #ArtistBio #WomensRights

Artist Eric T. Kunsman- Photography & Books, included in September’s exhibition Trust, but verify is a photographer and ...
08/07/2020

Artist Eric T. Kunsman- Photography & Books, included in September’s exhibition Trust, but verify is a photographer and book artist based in Rochester, NY. Kunsman's approach to social documentary is heavily influenced by his experience watching the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. Featured in Trust, but Verify, his project “Fake News”, is a personal approach to documenting our tumultuous political moment through news headlines and screen shots, while creating an archive of the current presidency.
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Kunsman also owns Booksmart Studio, a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis. He has long been active in the community and has supported numerous artists through Booksmart. Eric holds an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from @universityofthearts in Philadelphia and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, and a BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology (@rittigers) in Rochester, New York.
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Trust, but verify opens September 4. Reserve a viewing time at https://trustbutverify.rsvpify.com/

Meet Amelia Toelke, the second artist behind Underpin & Overcoat, presented by RoCo in partnership with Susan B. Anthony...
08/06/2020

Meet Amelia Toelke, the second artist behind Underpin & Overcoat, presented by RoCo in partnership with Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and SewGreen Rochester.
Amelia Toelke is a visual artist whose work engages the language of jewelry to explore the complex negotiation between identity, culture, and adornment. Toelke’s work activates the space between object and image, reality and representation, revealing her long-time infatuation with flatness. Through a palette of recurring imagery and tropes her work seeks the point where humor and sentimentality meet. Toelke currently lives in Chatham, NY.

Make sure to check in periodically to Amelia and Andrea's Instagram pages to read about individual collaborators and their button designs! @ameliatoelke and @missmillergram

Underpin & Overcoat, a public installation, takes the form of oversized buttons that are proportionally scaled to ornament five Rochester buildings, including Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Avenue), 17 East Main Street, SewGreen (438 West Main Street), Susan B. Anthony Museum & House (17 Madison Street), and 36 King Street.

#UnderpinAndOvercoat #WornExhibition #SashMemorial #SusanBAnthony #ArtistBio #WomensRights

ROC City Speaks is a video project which highlights ROC city residents and addresses they how dealing with the realities...
08/05/2020

ROC City Speaks is a video project which highlights ROC city residents and addresses they how dealing with the realities of racial injustice against Black people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Just one of several questions posed by the group of interviewers. Rashaad Parker, Darien Lamen, Rajesh Barnabas, Cocoa Rae David, Kylie Newcomer, Juliana Muniz, produced an important document that captures the feelings, thoughts, and realities in Rochester.
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ROC City Speaks is on view in RoCo's front window at 137 East Avenue, Thursday-Saturday from 2-6pm. Learn more here: http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/exhibitions/roc-city-speaks/
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Director and Interviewer: @RashaadParker
Videography and Editing: @DarienLamen
Interviewers: Cocoa Rae and @KylieNewcomer
Production Assistant: @JulianaMuniz
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Image of interviewee Pamela Owens Dade with one of the many questions the teamed asked as a text overlay.

RoCo's upcoming exhibition, Trust, but verify, opens on First Friday, September 4! Originally scheduled for the spring, ...
08/04/2020

RoCo's upcoming exhibition, Trust, but verify, opens on First Friday, September 4! Originally scheduled for the spring, this program featuring three monumental projects was rescheduled for the fall. To keep everyone safe, we are requesting that you reserve a limited viewing time for the evening here: https://trustbutverify.rsvpify.com/

Trust, but verify addresses our society’s current grappling with notions of truth, veracity and fact. The exhibition’s triad is structured around past, present, and future, and features work by Octavio Abúndez, Eric Kunsman, Bill Posters, and Daniel Howe.

Read more about this exhibition here: http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/exhibitions/trust-but-verify/

#TrustButVerify #FirstFridayROC #RoCo137 #Reopening #SeeYouSoon

We are ready and excited to welcome you back to our space with 2 new exhibitions opening on on **Friday, September 4, 6-...
08/02/2020

We are ready and excited to welcome you back to our space with 2 new exhibitions opening on on **Friday, September 4, 6-9pm**, Trust, but verify and The Subway Series by Andrew Zimbelman.

We are ensuring the safety of our guests, our employees and our volunteers by requiring visitors to reserve a time to view the exhibition on opening night! By doing so you are helping us provide an safe, physically distant environment.

**Reserve your viewing time on Opening Night, Friday, September 4 at trustbutverify.rsvpify.com

Image: guest viewing Octavio Abundez’s A Fake History of Humanity at Galeria CURRO (Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico).

Today we are featuring Tania Day-Magallon! One of the #underpinandovercoat public art collaborators! Tania is a Mexican ...
08/01/2020

Today we are featuring Tania Day-Magallon! One of the #underpinandovercoat public art collaborators! Tania is a Mexican American artist who has collaborated in numerous art events and exhibits in Rochester. She started her art education at a young age, attending different art institutions in Mexico City. She has received and embraced the artistic influence of Frida Khalo and other female Mexican artists during that time, and that influence manifested in her artwork. She employs a rich symbolism emphasizing her own cultural identity and spiritual views.

Tania Day-Magallon has also participated in art exhibits in Chicago, where she resided for several years; and she has participated in collaboratives, presentations, performances, and has given art workshops at different venues including at her private studio. In addition, Day-Magallon is passionate about body art including henna design and tattoos; she owned a tattoo parlor in the city of Chicago which has influenced and enriched her artistic career in many aspects. Tania Day-Magallon is currently a member of WOC-Art collaborative, and other art groups and collectives where she remains active. She has a BA from SUNY, where she continued her studies in visual arts and psychology.

Learn more on her website here: daymagallonart.com

Images: Day-Magallon's 'pin' design on the facade of 17 East Main St. as part of #underpinandovercoat; 'Cráneo de Toro y Flores' from the artist's website

#UnderpinAndOvercoat #WornExhibition #SashMemorial #SusanBAnthony #ArtistBio #WomensRights @TaniaDay-Magallon

07/31/2020

What would your speech bubble say?
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This button was designed with open interpretation in mind! Artists Amelia Toelke and Andrea Miller created this icon to highlight the importance of voicing your support for whatever causes are closest to you!
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Artists Amelia Toelke and Andrea Miller are visual artists who explore the idea of jewelry as signage in their public art installation 'Underpin and Overcoat'. Both creators engage with the complex negotiation between identity, culture, and adornment influenced by the traditions of metalsmithing and sculpture, community outreach, and public education. Inspired by the objects Suffragists often made - such as pins, ribbons, sashes, and medals - "Underpin and Overcoat" gives greater presence to jewelry and wearable objects that are tools for protest, action, and identity-formation.
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See this button on the side of SewGreen Rochester on the west side then stop by RoCo during our open hours to get your very own set of pins.

Today we introduce one of the artists behind Underpin & Overcoat, RoCo's newest public art project, in partnership with ...
07/30/2020

Today we introduce one of the artists behind Underpin & Overcoat, RoCo's newest public art project, in partnership with Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and SewGreen Rochester. Andrea G. Miller is an educator and visual artist whose practice is greatly influenced by the traditions of metalsmithing and sculpture, community outreach, and public education. Miller, born and raised in the Midwest, completed her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a BS in art education as well as a BFA in metals from Ball State University. She maintains an active studio practice and exhibition record outside of the classroom. In 2017, she was awarded the Lilly Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which allowed her to restore and travel with her vintage camper, LeRoy. She and the camper traveled over 5,000 miles from Indiana, throughout the southwest and back. Travel and adventure have become an important part of her life and she strives to empower her students to approach making and their life with the same sensibilities.

Underpin & Overcoat explores the idea of jewelry as signage, which wearers adorn for both themselves and for others. Inspired by the objects Suffragists often made - such as pins, ribbons, sashes, and medals - Underpin & Overcoat gives greater presence to jewelry and wearable objects that are tools for protest, action, and identity-formation.

This public installation takes the form of oversized buttons that are proportionally scaled to ornament five Rochester buildings, including Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Avenue), 17 East Main Street, SewGreen (438 West Main Street), Susan B. Anthony Museum & House (17 Madison Street), and 36 King Street.

#UnderpinAndOvercoat #WornExhibition #SashMemorial #AndreaGMiller #SusanBAnthony #ArtistBio #WomensRights

6x6x2020 has formally come to an end. What a truly unique year for the small art phenomenon! Thank you to every single p...
07/29/2020

6x6x2020 has formally come to an end. What a truly unique year for the small art phenomenon! Thank you to every single participating artist, buyer, and all this year's sponsors.

As RoCo's only major fundraiser your support and participation means we can continue to provide thoughtful contemporary art programming to our community in Rochester, NY this coming year.

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07/28/2020

Your 6x6es are on the way! If you haven't already received your artworks in the mail, you should receive them by July 31. Thank you to everyone who purchased 6x6es from around the world. Make sure to check your mailboxes and contact your artists to tell them how much you love their artwork!

#RoCo6x6 #RoCo137 #SmallArtPhenomenon

We had a great turn out at yesterday's artist talk and sash making event! If you missed it but still want to make a sash...
07/26/2020

We had a great turn out at yesterday's artist talk and sash making event! If you missed it but still want to make a sash please stop by RoCo during our open hours. We have sash-making kits to create at home and mail to the artists!
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Artists Amelia Toelke and @AndreaMiller say of the project, "voting is the bedrock of democracy and our constitutional right and duty as citizens. From buttons and t-shirts, to bumper stickers and lawn signs, people have consistently adorned their worlds with everyday objects to announce how they will vote, that they do vote, and maybe above all, that they are proud to vote. These objects are important symbols that speak about who we are and that build solidarity within political and social movements. This Sash Memorial workshop harnesses this power by inviting participants to update the iconic “Votes for Women” sash to celebrate and uplift all people."
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We also have a few of the commemorative pins available for sale too! SewGreen Rochester Christ Church - Rochester, NY Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

SASH MEMORIAL - TODAY JULY 25TH - 12- 2CHRIST CHURCH / ROCOCreate a sash and celebrate our right to vote!In partnership ...
07/25/2020

SASH MEMORIAL - TODAY JULY 25TH - 12- 2
CHRIST CHURCH / ROCO

Create a sash and celebrate our right to vote!

In partnership with SewGreen Rochester, Christ Church - Rochester, NY, Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, RoCo will host an artist talk and Sash Memorial workshop this afternoon! Inspired by the iconic “Votes for Women” sashes worn by Suffragists from 1850 - 1920, the Sash Memorial workshop invites participants to update the iconic “Votes for Women” sash to celebrate and uplift all people.

Everyone is welcome, sewing experience is not required.

Sashes made at this event will be collected and exhibited in the artists' larger exhibition, Worn. This event is organized in conjunction with the multi-site public art installation "Underpin and Overcoat", both a part of the exhibition "Worn".

Pictured: Banner with motto of Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women's Club, from the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

#sashmemorial #underpinandovercoat #worn #roco137 #sewgreenrochester #christchurch #susanbanthonymuseum

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I can’t be in Rochester due to circumstances but I’d like for you to help me get this message to the proper channels. Arts organizations/libraries are great message disseminators in these times as they inherently possess the filters and analytical powers to transform society and the creativity to make substantive change. It’s pretty much their job. Support local Rochester organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester who've had feet on the ground since around Rochester's last insurrection in 1964. Ask them what are their needs. This part is crucial! And current leaders must meet their demands no matter what! Accept their terms. No matter how outlandish the ideas may seem. Retrospectively many aspects of society we think nothing of today seemed outlandish at their conception. But Rochester can set an example for the country to follow. Rochester has the formula for and has consistently been the catalyst historically for revolutionary change. Be it workers rights, woman's suffrage, abolition, and It still is. And there is much work to be done especially for lower class BIPOC communities. You need to be looking for leaders who come from the struggle and can bring these ideas to fruition and bridge communities. Learn from history, watch Darryl Porters clips in the July 1964 documentary there is a description here. http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/101216 Look for that kind of leader today, they are out there on the street as you read this. Adrian Elim has that spark if you ask me. Thank you.
Sad news, but well delivered. All digital sale this year. 😕
Someone keeps marring my mailers!
The new Life in the Finger Lakes magazine!
I can't find my pieces from 2017.. wish I wrote down the numbers..it's a lot of art to go thru..but it takes up some of this time stuck in the house..😉
the gaiiery at 321 east ave feb 1 fri 6 till 9 pm live music and art thanks for supporting the arts
Hope to c u!
When is your next 6x6 show and sale?
Bleu’s in the news!