Abdi Farah Winner of Bravo’s ‘Work of Art’ to Speak at Brooklyn Museum

27 Sep

Abdi Farah, the winner of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Bravo’s hour-long creative competition television series, who received a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum as a part of his prize, will speak in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium there on October 1 at 12:30 p.m. before a group of 260 students who attended the same Maryland high school from which he graduated.

Art teacher at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Maryland, Joseph Cypressi, has organized this unusual class trip to use Farah’s success as a source of inspiration for his students. They will journey to Brooklyn by bus, the day of the event and go through the exhibition Work of Art: Abdi Farah with Mr. Cypressi, after which they will hear Farah speak.

The Brooklyn Museum has pioneered in the field of museum education and, together with numerous community-based partners, has developed innovative programs for object-based learning for visitors of all ages. More than 60,000 children and 60,000 adults attend the Museum’s educational programs each year. The school programs and services range from self-guided gallery visits to Focus Units and Museum/School Partnerships designed to accommodate one or several grades at a school and involve extensive curriculum development.

Work of Art: Abdi Farah, on view through October 17, 2010, highlights ten artworks recently created by Farah in a variety of media. Produced over a period of three months, the figurative paintings, sculpture, and drawings reflect Farah’s investigation of the human body as a material entity with the potential to transcend its physical being. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Farah participated in the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in 2008. He was also named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was awarded the Scholastics Art and Writing Gold Portfolio.

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is a recently concluded creative competition show among contemporary artists from across the United States for a cash prize and the exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The competition aired as a Bravo cable television series this past summer.

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