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Artist’s Talk: One Man Show Tom Nussbaum
Tom Nussbaum, acclaimed established artist, will present an Artist’s Talk at the Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Road near Cooperstown, Friday, September 3 at 5:30PM. The gallery will open at 5:00PM. Free admission. This program accompanies his delightful solo show, Art + Objects 1962-2021: A Retrospective. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. The show will be on view through September 14, open Saturdays 11AM-3PM, Sundays 11-3 (except Labor Day Sunday and much reduced hours Sat Sept 4.) And always daily with a text or phone call: 315-941-9607.
Nussbaum has worked creatively since childhood. This show represents six decades of his work, beginning with the toys he invented in 1962 at the age of nine – flag-flying ice boats made with paperclips! —and continues with a variety of colorful figurative and abstract work to his current series of inventive sculptures. Originally from Minnesota, Nussbaum is now based in Burlington Flats NY and East Orange NJ by way of living in both New York City and Montclair NJ in between. His work was first seen in Cooperstown at Gallery 53, 53 Pioneer Street in the 1980s, an experience that led to his establishing roots in Otsego County. He is known for his rich variety of imaginative and quirky work including sculpture, large scale public artworks, drawings, paper cuts, prints, interactive children’s books, animations and functional design objects – all packed into one garage bay. The Art Garage exhibit includes a delightful pop-up shop of affordable design objects including decorative hat racks, candle/napkin/letter holders, modernist creature jewelry, posters, frameable greeting cards, books and activities for kids – functional interactive art made of painted black metal. “If you want to encourage your child to hang clothing on a peg,” noted Waller, “a “nose” projecting from a flat stylized pumpkin or potato head might be what you need?!” She noted that the children’s robot nightlights, interactive imaginative books and totem pole kits are equally fun and inspiring. Nussbaum’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the USA and internationally. He has completed forty site-specific public art commissions in a variety of settings from Princeton NJ to Minneapolis MN to Washington DC, in plazas, train stations, schools, hospitals, libraries, environmental centers, and playgrounds. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities, and served on many panels and juries. He has been awarded two New Jersey State Individual Artist Fellowships and is a three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow.
The show runs parallel to The East Orange NJ Black Lives Matter Project in the middle Bay, that features a five-min. documentary about the creation of the extraordinary 9,000 sq ft mural – and artwork by five of the muralists, all women, who hail from the Newark area. This is Part III in the High Alert Artists Speak Out series. Tom Nussbaum, whose studio is in East Orange, is instrumental in bringing the remarkable project to a rural Upstate audience and the Art Garage. Both shows close Sept 14. For more information, please contact the Art Garage at 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607. Images and more can be found on FBArtGarageCooperstown.