Tribeca XR: “LGBTQ+ VR Museum” Curates Touching Objects & Stories & Wins Inaugural Tribeca New Voices Award
Voices of VR Podcast
July 6, 2022
The LGBTQ+ VR Museum won the inaugural Tribeca Immersive New Voices Award as it curated a number of really touching virtual objects, art, and stories from LGBTQ+ people. Antonia Forester started the project after discovering that there was not a physical LGBTQ+ museum that she could visit in the UK, and so she turned to her skills within VR development, production, and direction to create a virtual LGBTQ+ VR Museum in collaboration with VR developer Thomas Terkildsen.
I spoke with Forester at Tribeca to get more context about her journey into VR, the process of creating and curating the museum, and some of the emotional reactions she was receiving at Tribeca. It takes anywhere between 30-60 minutes to see everything in the museum, and I found that were some objects and stories that really hit me emotionally.
Overall, I left the experience with a much better understanding about various themes of identity, shame, acceptance, rebellion, and hope, but also normal human experiences that went beyond the LGBTQ+ specific themes. Forester’s allowed each LGBTQ+ subject to select any object or theme they’d like without any restrictions, and so the end result reflected the full breadth of human experience, and allowed visitors to hopefully find some stories they could identify with and related to regardless of their own identity. I found the LGBTQ+ VR Museum to be a very emotionally-evocative experience that shows the power and potential of designing virtual spaces filled with individual stories that can tell a larger collective story that goes beyond any one singular narrative.
Virtual reality LGBTQ+ museum wows
art lovers at Tribeca Festival
June 10, 2022
NEW YORK -- A groundbreaking exhibition at this year’s Tribeca Festival is dedicated to the LGBTQ community by collecting and preserving personal histories.
A larger-than-life sculpture portrays the artist who sculpted it, Patricia Cronin, and her wife, artist Deborah Kass. It was placed at Woodlawn Cemetery 20 years ago.
“So I depicted Deborah and myself with dignity,” Cronin said. “So it’s three tons of marble of the two of us.”
Full-size replicas of the work, titled “Memorial to Marriage,” are in museums around the world, but now it’s also in a virtual reality one.
“It makes me so proud to have the first marriage equality monument in the first VR LGBT museum,” Cronin said.
Road Trip Close to Home: National LGBTQ+ landmark Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx
News 12 CT
June 9, 2022
The Woodlawn Cemetery is a designated national historic landmark. As a part of NYC Pride Month, the Woodlawn Conservancy will be hosting trolley tours to the sites of historic LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.
Woodlawn Cemetery is listed as one of the many spots to visit on the NYC LGBTQ+ Historic Sites Project. The project was founded five years ago and lists 400 places where visitors can go to learn about the gay community’s impactful history and its notable figures.
Patricia Cronin: Aphrodite Reimagined
Tampa Museum of Art
May 23, 2021
A conversation with curators Dr. Seth Pevnick and Dr. Branko van Oppen de Ruiter
In honor of the Tampa Museum of Art’s formal acquisition of Aphrodite Reimagined, by Patricia Cronin, join us for a special conversation between the artist and Dr. Seth Pevnick, former Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art at TMA and currently the Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Moderated by Dr. Branko van Oppen, Consulting Curator of Ancient Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, this conversation will explore the inspiration and creation of Cronin’s monumental sculpture of the goddess of love and beauty.
Art For Romantics: Patricia Cronin, Memorial To A Marriage
The Art Doctor
February 11, 2021
Romance is just as present in art as it is in literature – so for St Valentine’s Day, The Art Doctor is prescribing you a strengthening dose of the heavy stuff: true love, WITH obstacles.
Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite, and the Lure of Antiquity
Keynote lecture on the occasion of Pompeii: The Immortal City exhibition
Downtown Arts District and Orlando Science Center, Orlando, FL (online)
January 14, 2021
New York based multidisciplinary artist Patricia Cronin discusses how Art History has inspired her feminist artistic practice for over 25 years. From Ancient Greek sculpture to 19th Neo-classical sculpture, from intimate watercolors to large assemblage paintings, Cronin’s aesthetic strategy breathes new life into traditional images and forms in time honored artists’ materials by injecting her specific contemporary content into them. This talk will also focus on her exhibition Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite and the Lure of Antiquity, the inaugural Conversations with the Collection series exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art, including Aphrodite Reimagined, a 21st-century/ancient hybrid, monumental cult statue of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, commissioned by the museum. Cronin will discuss how exploring the past will continue to illuminate the present and forge a way forward.
Patricia Cronin + Kalup Linzy Conversation
"Life During Wartime: Art In The Age Of Coronavirus" Online Exhibition
University Of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
July 17, 2020
This is our fourth online conversation in conjunction with the Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus exhibition. Participating artists Patricia Cronin and Kalup Linzy, join USFCAM Curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Faune, to talk about their current practice and works shown in the exhibition.
Women and Migration(s): Crisis
NYU Webinar Series
New York University, Washington, D.C.
June 3, 2020
NYU Washington, DC welcomes NYU Tisch's Deb Willis and Ellyn Toscano with Cheryl Finley of Spelman's AUC Art Collective for this special DC Dialogues program on Women and Migration(s) webinar. These events are also sponsored by NYU's Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, & Strategic Innovation. Women have been part of global and historical movements of people, to escape war, to avoid persecution, for work, for security. Women have been uprooted, stolen, trafficked, enslaved; they have been displaced from land despoiled of resources and habitats lost to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, displaced women can neither stay put nor return to the places from which they have fled; women are unequally in low-paid, high-risk, insecure “essential” employment, on the front lines of crisis; women are subjected to increasing violence, in domestic situations or the temporary and communal living arrangements in which women and girls in migratory situations are sheltered.
Memorial To A Marriage: How Kelvingrove Inspired a Poet
“Sh(OUT): Contemporary Art and Human Rights” Exhibition
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
May 16, 2019
After seeing Patricia Cronin's sculpture 'Memorial to a Marriage' at the shOUT Exhibition in GoMA in 2009, Glasgow Museums visitor, Eleanor knew that it was special to her. Years later, she revisited the sculpture at its new home in Kelvingrove, and was inspired to write a poem in response to it.
Dude, Where's My Monument?
Death in the Afternoon Podcast
April 12, 2019
We know who gets fancy monuments: politicians, military heroes, and so many men on horses. In cemeteries the playing field may be leveling, with faces and names showing up that have never been represented in public sculpture before. But in other areas, monuments are business as usual, the dead forgotten, the Lizard People left unhonored. (That's right... the Lizard People.)
Eye to I: Patricia Cronin Artist Interview
“Eye To I: Self Portraits From 1900 To Today” Exhibition
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
November 10, 2018
Patricia Cronin discusses her sculpture, Memorial to a Marriage (modeled 2002, cast 2013). The work was featured in the exhibition, Eye to I: Self Portraits from 1900 to Today. The exhibition was featured in the National Portrait Gallery from Nov. 2, 2018 to Aug. 18. 2019
Design Matters Podcast
Masters in Branding, School of Visual Art, New York, NY
October 14, 2018
Debbie Millman talks to Patricia Cronin about Art and Politics.
Patricia Cronin, Lorna Simpson and Zoe Buckman
BBC Radio 4
October 11, 2018
Artist and photographer Zoe Buckman sets off to find out how other female artists around the world are reacting and responding to sexual discrimination and violence.
Tampa Museum of Art Kicks off the Season of Love!
Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend
ABC Action News, Tampa, Fl
August 21, 2018
Season of Love kicks off at TMA, three exhibitions throughout the fall all dealing with themes of love.
The first exhibition is Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite, and the Lure of Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection. For the first commission in our biennial series, Cronin has created a large outdoor sculpture of Aphrodite inspired by a fragmentary 1st century AD marble torso of Aphrodite in the Museum’s collection.
Shrine for Girls at the LAB, Dublin
Art in Ireland TV
The Lab Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
August 16, 2017
The LAB Gallery is pleased to present, Shrine For Girls, Dublin, the first solo exhibition in Ireland of New York artist Patricia Croinin. One of the critically acclaimed highlights of the 2015 Venice Biennale, this site-specific installation is a meditation on the global plight of exploited girls and women.
Patricia Cronin at The LAB Gallery
The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council
June 17, 2017
Patricia Cronin’s work examines issues of gender, sexuality and social justice and has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Shrine For Girls, Venice, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, premiered as a solo Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale then traveled to The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY. Other solo exhibitions were presented at the Capitoline Museum’s Centrale Montemartini Museum, and the American Academy in Rome Art Gallery, both in Rome, Italy; Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and her acclaimed sculpture “Memorial To A Marriage” is permanently installed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Cronin is the recipient of numerous awards including: the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Her works are in numerous museum collections, including the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, both in Washington, DC, Perez Art Museum Miami, FL and Gallery of Modern Art and Kelvingrove Museum, both in Glasgow, Scotland. She is the author of Harriet Hosmer: Lost and Found, A Catalogue Raisonné and The Zenobia Scandal: A Meditation on Male Jealousy and is Professor of Art at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.
Patricia Cronin: Social Justice and Aesthetic Responsibilities
Picturing Women: Constructions of Gender in the Acton Collection and Contemporary Society Series
New York University, Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy
Patricia Cronin on Making Art History
Fresh Art International Podcast
The Armory Show, New York, NY
April 13, 2017
This is one of the twelve large-scale projects that Eric Shiner, vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s curated for the fair’s new Platform section. Picture the intensity of immersive multi-media room-sized installations by male artists such as Jason Rhodes or Paul McCarthy…but with a female perspective. This free-standing wood replica of an essential space within a horse barn is filled with real-life evidence of the artist’s personal passion for horses. Her own horse paintings and small cast bronze horse sculptures are embedded in the display of sexually suggestive leather saddles, bridles, whips and suede chaps, images of horse-crazy girls, pages from Playboy and Stud magazine’s “Breed of the Month” centerfolds. Cronin’s reprise of the immersive environment she exhibited 20 years ago sparks this conversation about feminist issues, politics, and the artist’s resolve to represent untold stories about women.
A Conversation on Tack, Whack and Quack
Armory Live Series
The Armory Show, New York, NY
March 4, 2017
Moderated by Eric Shiner Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s, this segment features a panel discussion with participants Patricia Cronin, Artist, New York; Maura Reilly, Executive Director, National Academy, New York; Shahzia Sikander, Artist, New York.
Patricia Cronin, Yale Norfolk Art ’85
Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art
June 27, 2016
Patricia Cronin: A Silent Protest Can Be Quite Powerful
Studio International (UK) Interview
Venice Biennale 2015, Venice, Italy
May 8, 2015
Patricia Cronin: All Is Not Lost
Lecture and Conversation with V&A Sculpture Curator Amy Mechowski
Victoria And Albert Museum, London, England
October 16, 2012
New York conceptual artist Patricia Cronin talks about her work, which critiques issues of sexuality, gender and class through the reinvention of traditional art forms. A discussion and Q&A session led by Amy Mechowski, Assistant Curator of Sculpture, focuses on the ways in which Patricia's work relates to objects in the V&A collections.
A Video by Ernesto Leon
The Gay Community Civil Rights Serieshosting, Houston, TX
June 25, 2010