"Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1940-2016"

In 1959, at the age of 19, Leonard Contino was severely injured in a diving accident. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, he retained some mobility in his arms and hands, and needed to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. While in rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute in New York City, Contino met a fellow patient, the sculptor Mark di Suvero, who would become a lifelong close friend. Di Suvero challenged him to start making art. With di Suvero’s encouragement and the help of a metal brace to support his wrist, Contino began a daily, nearly meditative practice of painting from morning to evening. He later observed that being an artist was like a religious calling; you had to be “totally dedicated.” This exhibition documents Contino’s total dedication in more than 80 artworks, making it the largest exhibition of his work to date. It encompasses large hard-edge geometric paintings, playful collages, delicate reliefs and sculptures from the 1960s through the 2000s, and also includes two painted steel sculptures that di Suvero and Contino made together. “Totally Dedicated” will be on view from Jan. 22 – April 5, 2020, in The Dorsky’s Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 5–7 p.m. The exhibition is organized by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the Estate of Leonard Contino, and is curated by Curator and Exhibitions Manager Anna Conlan. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 11 am to Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 5 pm
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz

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