Let’s All Go To The Mythology Show!

Posted: January 18, 2019 in *Celebration*, a story, Events, For your information, Fun, OH YEAH!!!, Yum Yum

The Mythology Show
a Group exhibition
at Artspace Hartford
555 Asylum Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06103

Public Reception with Live Music, Performance Art & Refreshments
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 from 6-9pm
Gallery open weekends Jan 19 & 20, 26 – 27, 12-7pm
or by appointment at
212.673.9074 ~ zitozone@gmail.com

Facebook Page for the event is HERE.

New York City curator, painter and sculptor, Antony Zito, returns to his home state to compile a group exhibition on the theme of “mythology”. Featuring 19 New England artists who are represented through a carefully selected array of paintings, sculpture, photography and installation art, The Mythology Show will fill Artspace Hartford’s gallery and its subterranean “Grotto” with contemporary interpretations of the legends and archetypes of humankind. The women and men in this exhibition were selected based on their alignment with the following quote about the function of myths and stories in our lives:

“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, ‘The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.’ ”
– Joseph Campbell, The Power of MythAntony Zito is a founding member of 4heads, the NYC nonprofit arts group responsible for the large-scale free exhibition known as Governors Island Art Fair, on view annually since 2008. A vast and sprawling exposition, GIAF features solo exhibits from 100 artists in the historic homes of this former military base located just off the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, and has received critical acclaim from the press, most notably headlined as “The Art Fair for the 99%” by the New York Times. 4heads also runs Artists in Residence and Arts Education programs on Governors Island, as well as Portal Art Fair in Lower Manhattan.

Zito brings his curatorial experience to Hartford, as he begins to spend more time at his childhood home in Connecticut. Known to local community as The Stone House in East Granby, this Tuscan style farmhouse was designed and built by his father, John T. Zito Jr, also a painter and sculptor like his son, who will be featured as the only postmortem artist in The Mythology Show.

After living in New York’s Lower East Side for over 20 years, Antony has recently returned to Connecticut full-time to dive into the local art scene. “Hartford is a city with so much potential,” he says. “I am very inspired by the architecture here – as well as the very non-Manhattan expanse of spaces like the gallery at Artspace. After living in New York for 2 decades, you can forget what real space looks like!”

Zito presents his Hartford curatorial debut on the heels of the Monsters and Myths exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the annual, city-wide Open Studio Hartford, where he was able to scout for artists he felt would represent the theme well. He was aided in his curatorial efforts by the Executive Director of Artists in Real Time, Cynthia Bulaong, who also produces OSH and is involved in many other art-centric projects in the area. Zito and Bulaong share the goal of exploring more of the potential that Hartford has to offer as a city which they feel is primed to rise as a hub of arts and culture in New England.

Isabel Acosta
David Borawski
Lenny Bullaro
Karen Burke
Marc Burns
Melanie Carr
Marc Fishman
Johnny Frechette
Keri Halloran
Gary Jacobs
John Landino
Jackie Madrazo
Rebecca Maloney
Kathi Packer
Jason Werner
Antony Zito
The late John T. Zito Jr.
Robert Zott
and performance art by Last Man on Earth & Fill the Robot

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