Monica Banks Bird Happenings: Garden Art Walk and Talk (July 13)

The Power of Art in Unexpected Places: Monica Banks in Conversation with Carrie Barrett


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Monica Banks will discuss how her work evolved from monumental public commissions to “Bird Happenings at LongHouse,” a site-specific installation of 12 porcelain sculptures nestled in the gardens. The unmediated experience of discovering art unexpectedly, whether in an urban setting or in nature, has its own kind of force because there are no expectations or defenses against the encounter. To add to the experience, she has integrated seed into the works to entice birds to interact with them, a way of further celebrating the unique beauty of LongHouse and the magic of our avian friends.The works range from life-size everyday objects—a box of candy, an open gift box-- to miniature versions of things birds normally experience from high above—a bistro table, a sports car. By playing with scale, color, and placement, she hopes to evoke a bit of wonder in human and bird visitors.

Monica Banks was born in New York City and lives and works in East Hampton NY. Her work is held in the permanent collections of The Parrish Art Museum, The University Museum of Contemporary Art at U. Mass. Amherst, The Islip Art Museum, The Leiber Collection, NYC Dept. of Transportation, Peter Marino Art Foundation, and the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. In addition to the public collections above, he has exhibited at the New Britain Museum of American Art, White Box in NYC, Spring Break Art Fair NYC, The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Carriage House at Islip Art Museum, The Center for Architecture in NYC, The Arkell Museum in Cahajoharie NY, and other venues. She created "Faces: Times Square,” a block-long sculpture which stood in Times Square from 1996-2009, for which she won an award from The Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Her permanent public works are located in the Bronx, Binghamton NY, and Charlotte NC. She has been exhibiting sculpture and doing site-specific installations since 1989.

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LongHouse Reserve is a 16 acre sculpture garden reflecting world cultures and inspiring a creative life.