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Artist Talks

Spring 2022 Artist Talks 


Artist Talk with Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston 
Monday, June 13, 2022 | 6PM

Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston are a collaborative art duo exploring the intersection of historical print processes with contemporary technologies. Their projects investigate the complexities of contemporary social issues, drawing from the history of print as the medium par excellence of social movements. They exhibited together at Petzel Gallery, Five Myles, 601 ArtSpace, and Field Projects Gallery. 

Zorawar Sidhu was born in 1985 in Ludhiana, India, and currently lives and works in New York City. With a background in art history and fine arts, his projects recreate art historical artifacts using contemporary technology and historical materials and techniques. He has exhibited projects with galleries and museums nationally, including exhibitions with Marginal Utility, Spring/Break Art Show with Field Projects, Five Myles, the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Museum of The Town of Vestal, NY.

Rob Swainston was born in 1970 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City.  His work is informed by a dual academic background in political science and art. He is an Associate Professor at Purchase College and co-founder and Master Printer for Prints of Darkness. Rob has been awarded numerous residencies including Skowhegan, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Solo and group exhibitions include Marginal Utility, David Krut Projects, Bravin Lee Programs, Socrates Sculpture Park, Smack Mellon, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, IPCNY, Canada Gallery, Queens Museum, and the Bronx Museum. Rob was most recently the Ludwig Foundation Professor for Printmaking at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin for 2020–21.

Images of the show, the video, the press release, and more are here on the Petzel website: 

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Monday, April 25, 2022 | 6PM

Kyra Gregory is a painter/printmaker/multimedia artist based in Queens, NY. They graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a major in Visual Arts and certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Kyra works primarily in woodcut relief and often uses their prints to construct print and painting-based collages. Their work is rooted in an existential search for self and community and driven by their personal experiences with queerness, mental illness, and spirituality. 


Ariadne Manuel is a multidisciplinary artist working in printmaking and sculpture. Her art explores niche and vulgar narratives within natural history. She received a BFA from New York University with a Minor in Art History. Ari takes great pride in sharing her passion for printmaking with others, especially screen printing, linocut, and intaglio etching. 


William Waitzman is printmaker, painter and teaching artist. He learned silkscreen at MGC in 2008 and has been fascinated by the medium ever since. His prints are landscapes. Most are made by printing from ten to twenty layers until the image is complete.


Artist Talk with Christina Weyl
Monday, March 21, 2022 | 6PM

Christina Weyl is an independent scholar and curator with expertise on twentieth-century American printmaking. She received her BA from Georgetown University (2005) and completed her MA and PhD in art history at Rutgers University (2012, 2015). Her recent book, The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York (Yale University Press, 2019), which grew from her dissertation, highlights the nearly 100 women artists who advanced modernism and feminism at Atelier 17, the avant-garde printmaking studio located in New York City between 1940 and 1955. With the support of a major grant from the Getty Foundation, she is currently co-curating an exhibition with Lauren Rosenblum for the International Print Center of New York focusing on Margaret Lowengrund and her pioneering effort to establish The Contemporaries as a hybrid printmaking workshop/gallery. She has published in Art in Print, Print Quarterly, and Archives of American Art Journal and contributed to several anthologies and exhibition catalogues. From 2014–2018, she served as Co-President of the Association of Print Scholars, a non-profit professional organization she co-founded in 2014. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for IFPDA member Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, which represents the publications of the Los Angeles–based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L. 

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