Lily’s at Roger Smith
October 10, 2016 – January 24, 2017
The Roger Smith is pleased to present a new look for Lily’s, as part of the ongoing program that sees the space transformed every three months by a specifically selected artist.
Susan Hamburger rethinks the walls of Lily’s with a motif inspired by the English Print Room of the late 18th century with an exhibit titled Protected // Rejected // Unexpected. Pairing an historic format with a popular design trend provides the artist with the perfect vehicle to stealthily address contemporary social, economic and political issues.
Adapted from a project entitled “Zone B,” which originated at Auxiliary Projects in 2015, the installation was recently transformed for 1 Main Window in Dumbo during the summer of 2016. The latest iteration for Lily’s focuses on select wildlife of New York City, that are often labeled invasive, nuisance or problematic. Encounters with nature in urban spaces can seem incongruous, but sightings of coyote, raccoon or even deer, much like the plants forcing their way through concrete, remind us of the artificiality of our environment and the powerful force of nature’s desire to reclaim the land.
About the artist:
Susan Hamburger is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Brandeis University, an MFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and an MA in Art Education from The City College of New York, CUNY. Her professional awards include Abbey Mural Workshop and Aljira Fellowships; Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Saltonstall Foundation and Millay Colony residencies; and PS122, Abrons Art Center and chashama studio residencies. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Auxiliary Projects, Schroeder Romero & Shredder, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Tomasulo Gallery at Union County College and Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, and has had group exhibitions at Mixed Greens, Pierogi, 601Artspace and No Longer Empty, among others. Her press includes The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, ArtFCity.com, Hyperallergic.com and a feature in Cultural Politics from Duke University Press.