Begging Bowls and Offering Bowls
March 14 – May 5, 2019
Slow Art Day Event: Saturday, April 6 11–noon with Grasso facilitating from 11 a.m. – noon. Visit Slow Art Day 2019 for more details on this world event.
Reception and Panel Discussion: Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 – 7: 30 pm. The panelists will be Ann Grasso, the artist; Joan Linley, Program Director, Mercy by the Sea in Madison, Connecticut; and James Demetriades, Esq., Town Councilman, Cromwell, CT. The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m.
The contrast between rich and poor is seen in our culture’s numerous inequities. There are many “beggars,” from people who do not make a living wage to the homeless, as well as nonprofit institutions that help the poor to wealthy institutions that ask for donations. Much of the time we see these people and institutions as anonymous—we might know of them, but we do not really know them. Additionally, we acknowledge the great work of people and institutions—their generous offerings—by news reports, social media posts, or public announcements and monuments. Furthermore, many acts of kindness are offered freely and go unpublicized.
This exhibition presents works of art from two of Grasso’s series, Begging Bowls and Offering Bowls. The series are both complex in meaning, yet simple in form. The works create many intimate moments where the viewer needs to lean in “to get to know” the work better.