The American Conservatory of Music, one of the oldest conservatories in the world, has been on a roll recently.
The institution has won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award, a Pulitzer Prize and two Peabody Awards for its work in the art and music field.
But now, with the announcement of a new collection of art by award-winning New York-based artist Tia Cara, the conservatory is getting back to basics.
“It’s a very modern piece of art,” said conservatory president and CEO John Vassallo, who is also the head of the nonprofit arts advocacy group the Conservatory Arts Foundation.
“It’s been quite a year for the conservatories, and it’s been very interesting to see how things have changed.”
A new collection in progressThe new collection is being unveiled today in the conservatoire’s home on the fourth floor of its new headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.
The exhibit, which includes paintings by Cara and other artists, will be open through January.
“I’m really excited to be at the helm of this new collection, and I’m also excited about it,” Cara said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to be the first artist to be honored in a way that is both reflective of our conservatory heritage and reflects the importance of being innovative and moving forward.”
Cara’s works include the now-famous “Harmony” by Tia (who is also a contributor to the New Yorker), as well as pieces by James Baldwin, David Foster Wallace and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Vassallo said the conservators hope the collection is a “fusion of what we do as artists and conservatories,” a nod to the many ways in which contemporary art is often used as a conduit for social justice and artistic expression.
“The new exhibition is really a celebration of what has become possible through art,” he said.
“We’ve seen art become a way of expressing ourselves and to create a sense of belonging.
And this is a very new way of making art.”
Cara, who was born in New York City, studied at the Museum of Modern Art and won the Pulitzer Prize for her painting “Swan Lake,” which won the 2012 National Medal of Arts.
Vasquez is currently in his residency at the conservaury in Omaha.
The artist has made numerous work for the museum, including an installation at the Louvre that took place in October and a larger installation in the museum’s permanent collection.
The new art is an addition to Cara’s work.
The conservatry, which is home to about 400 artists, has also collaborated with the museum on work by artist Philip Glass and other notable artists.
“We’re proud of our artists and we’re proud to be part of this,” Vassalo said.