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“Right Place, Right Time” Exhibition Presented By The Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts

Black and white photograph of a gathering from circa 1978 after a reception for a Robert Blackburn exhibition at the Jamaica Center for the Arts. Image from the Estate of Robert Blackburn. Courtesy of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

Right Place, Right Time: The Rest Is History:Becoming a Master Printer and Collector with Bob Blackburn” will be on view until Sept. 12 and is presented by the Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts. The show is curated by Marianna Olinger and Morghan Williams.

Between 1972 and 1976, Kathy Caraccio–-a New Yorker born and raised in the Bronx, fresh out of art school–- joined the newly incorporated Printmaking Workshop (PMW) as an assistant and aspiring master printer. In what she describes as her “graduate school, Caraccio recounts her years at the PMW Inc. and her collaboration with Bob Blackburn as a defining moment in her career.

Not only did she become a master printer with the abundant collaborative opportunities in the studio, the cultural and artistic exchanges between artists, but the witnessing of Bob as a collector led Caraccio to begin an archive of printer’s proofs and trades. Caraccio and Blackburn remained friends until the end of his life. Today, Caraccio’s collection surpasses 5,000 pieces and includes 90 works collected during the four years she worked with Blackburn at the PMW Inc.

The show sheds a light on the incredibly diverse and international community and its richly varied graphic output, which the PMW Inc. is known for, and also highlights how stories, motives, and techniques travel when artists share a space.

Artists include: Robert Blackburn, Kathy Caraccio, Bill Caldwell, Ellen Zeifer, Otto Neals, Doris Seidler, Bernard Childs, R.H. Park, Mary Anne Rose, Betty Blayton-Taylor, Monique Binswanger, Gary Schfer, Ben L. Wigfall, Gladys Pancoe, Mavis Pusey, Camille Billops, Saint Clair Cemin, Mary Ann Unger, Cherie Moses, Virgina Jaramillo, Sharon E. Sutton, Emma Amos, and Arun Bose.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts is located at 323 West 39th St., New York, NY.

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