Brenda Zlamany: 100/100 Portraits from the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
On view through December 16, 100/100 is the most recent chapter in Zlamany’s ongoing project “The Itinerant Portraitist,” in which she explores the constructive effects of portraiture in communities around the globe. The exhibit honors overlooked members of society, involving them in an artistic process that upholds their value while making visible the beauty and wisdom that come with age. Previous chapters involved Aboriginal people in Taiwan, girls in an orphanage in the United Arab Emirates, artists in Brooklyn, and taxicab drivers in Cuba. Zlamany is a painter who lives in Brooklyn. Since 1982 her work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in painting, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Yale University recently commissioned two large-scale group portraits by her for permanent public display on campus. The exhibit originated during an artist’s residency at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health in 2017 and was first presented at Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection.