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SoVA Faculty Member Bonnie Collura Featured in ‘Disturbing Innocence’ Exhibition

Bonnie Collura's Death of a Virgin

Associate Professor Bonnie Collura will exhibit the sculpture Death of the Virgin II in Disturbing Innocence, a group exhibition curated by artist Eric Fischl at FLAG Art Foundation in New York City. The show will be on view October 25, 2014 – January 31, 2015.

Disturbing Innocence features 58 historical and contemporary artists whose use of dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates form a deep and powerfully expressive genre. The exhibition poses profound questions surrounding social constructs of youth, beauty, transformation, violence, sexuality, gender, identity, and loneliness.

Inspired by Fischl’s own childhood in suburban Long Island, N.Y., and his early career as an artist working in New York City in the 1980s, Disturbing Innocence presents a subversive and escapist world at odds with the values and pretensions of polite society.

Selected artists include: Morton Bartlett, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, James Casebere, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Bonnie Collura, Gregory Crewdson, James Croak, Henry Darger, E.V. Day, Peter Drake, Carroll Dunham, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Alberto Giacometti, Steve Gianakos, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Charles LeDray, David Levinthal, Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Jim Nutt, Tony Oursler, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Wolfgang Stoerchle, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, John Waters, John Wesley, Lucy Winton, and Lisa Yuskavage, among others.

Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue.

Founded by art patron Glenn Fuhrman, the FLAG Art Foundation is a non-profit contemporary arts institution that opened to the public in 2008. Its state-of-the-art exhibition space was designed by noted architect Richard Gluckman. FLAG organizes four to six exhibitions a year, each with a different curator. Past curators have included Chuck Close, Lisa Dennison, Prabal Gurung, Jim Hodges, Shaquille O’Neal, and Linda Yablonsky, among others. To date, FLAG has hosted over 30 curated exhibitions, providing a platform for 378 established and emerging artists representing over 25 countries.

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