PORTIA MUNSON AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER
- Date: April 22 - July 14, 2019
- Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza
- Partner: Tishman Speyer
- Artists: Portia Munson
“Pink Projects,” a multidisciplinary collection of installations, sculptures, videos, and prints by Catskill, New York-based artist Portia Munson, is the latest installment in the year-long ‘Art in Focus’ series currently on display at Rockefeller Center. Munson examines how the color pink has been appropriated by marketers over time to signify and commodify femininity and the female sphere, and her works are composed of or feature pink plastic products that are created for and sold to women and girls. At Rockefeller Center, the vinyl artworks will be displayed in a variety of ways including photo documentation of table arrangements, a pink bedroom, and pink items layered in a glass coffin. The three glass vitrines will include excerpts of the pink bedroom installation that was exhibited at the FLAG Art Foundation in 2018. “Pink Projects” serves not only as a feminist commentary on consumer culture, but also explore the environmental effects of mass production, consumption, and waste.
Munson’s work can be seen in various locations throughout Rockefeller Center including inside 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50 Rockefeller Plaza and the street and concourse levels of 45 Rockefeller Plaza, as well as outside in Rockefeller Plaza.
‘Art in Focus’ is a multidisciplinary program that showcases installations by contemporary artists inspired by the New York City landscape and contemporary life. Artists featured in the series will have their work displayed in a number of unique and unexpected locations throughout Rockefeller Center. ‘Art in Focus’ is presented in partnership with Art Production Fund, a non- profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences, and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Joana Avillez’s “Rockefeller Center Holiday Map” kicked off the series in December 2018 which was followed by Hein Koh’s “Braving the Cold” earlier this year.
Portia Munson lives and works in Catskill, NY. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Rutgers University. She also studied at the Skowhegan School and Painting and Sculpture. Munson is represented by PPOW Gallery in New York. She and her work have been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, Frieze Magazine, and others. Her public art displays include Art in the Terminal at the Albany Airport, NYC MTA Arts for Transit installation at Bryant Park MTA Station, and a permanent Metropolitan Transit Authority installation in New York.