Point of Contact Gallery Celebrates Grand Opening


Point of Contact celebrates the opening of its new location at the Warehouse Building (350 W Fayette St) with a tango-themed event “Tango-Opera” on November 15. The event will feature Tango, a signature piece in the Point of Contact Art Collection, and a live performance by soprano Catalina Cuervo, the protagonist of Syracuse Opera’s upcoming production: María de Buenos Aires.

November 15, 2013
Preview Reception 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ticketed event ($25 donation) reservations and donations can be made in advance at 315-443-2169
Donations also welcome at the door

Public Opening 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public

The inaugural exhibit showcases the 20-piece grand folio art book Tango (Iris Editions 1991), a collaborative work by Argentine writer Pedro Cuperman, and New York artist Nancy Graves. A significant work in Point of Contact’s collection, Tango includes eight intaglio prints by Graves and thirteen pages of text by Cuperman. A Syracuse University professor of Latin American literature, Cuperman is also the founder and artistic director of Point of Contact. The legendary Tango piece will remain in view until December 19, 2013.

Point of Contact teams up with Syracuse Opera to present a live performance by soprano Catalina Cuervo in the protagonist role of María, which she will play at Syracuse Opera’s upcoming production María de Buenos Aires. Composed by the legendary Astor Piazzolla, this work has been described by Richard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as “a heady, surreal piece… Piazzolla at his most artistically ambitious, transcending tango conventions even as he celebrates them, pushing past the idiom's harmonic and rhythmic boundaries.”

“With this move to the Syracuse downtown area, Point of Contact expands not only its gallery space but also its visibility and connection with the greater Syracuse community,” said Miranda Traudt, Managing Director of Point of Contact. “We are very proud of what Point of Contact has accomplished for Syracuse University and for our region, and deeply thankful for the continued support of our artists, our patrons and our audiences, who have made this possible. This is an exciting moment, a new beginning.”

“Tango is a theme so deeply rooted at the heart of Punto de Contacto,” commented Tere Paniagua, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Having this as the theme for Point of Contact’s inaugural show in its beautiful new space essentially brands this downtown location with the unique character and history of Point of Contact.”

With this unique collaboration between two of the city’s vibrant cultural entities, Point of Contact and Syracuse Opera set a precedent for continued collaboration and a greater reach into the Central New York community.

*Image credits:
Soprano Catalina Cuervo in Syracuse Opera’s María de Buenos Aires.
Nancy Graves, Reversed Polychrome, 1991.
Posted On: November 12, 2013
Listed As: Events in CNY