Two exhibits featuring portraits, by NOPA member and New Orleans photographer Judy Cooper, of women who founded the first gallery run by and for women in the United States–namely, the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn–will open simultaneously at two New York galleries in early November.
The first opening reception will be held at the A.I.R. Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 1, with the second reception set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at gallery onetwentyeight in New York’s Lower East Side. The receptions will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at both locations. The shows will run through November.
The founders and early members of A.I.R. include many well known and influential artists. The photos of the founders, printed in a large format that exhibit organizers say enhances the portraits’ life-like quality, show that these founders are still active, as well as successful.
A book with the shared title of the exhibits, “A.I.R. Pioneers: Portraits by Judy Cooper,” serves as a catalogue for the exhibitions and will be for sale at both galleries.
Portraits in the exhibit can be viewed online at Cooper’s website.
Image: Front cover of “A.I.R. Pioneer” book.