Retrospective exhibit to highlight former BU professor
An exhibit highlighting the work of the late Angelo Ippolito, will open Saturday, November 22. Ippolito was professor emeritus of painting at Binghamton University and a major figure in the abstract expressionism movement in New York City. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Art Museum. The reception is free and open to the public.
“A Retrospective Exhibition” will feature over 60 pieces of Ippolito’s work, including paintings and collages.
A native of Italy, Ippolito immigrated to the United States in 1931. He studied at the Instituto Meschini in Rome, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts and the Leonardo Da Vinci Art School in New York City. From 1948-50, Ippolito and three other artists organized the Tanager Gallery in Manhattan that remained open until 1962.
After teaching positions at Sarah Lawrence College, UC-Berkeley, Stanford and Michigan State University, he joined the Binghamton faculty in 1971. He retired in 1995 and died in 2001. While at Binghamton, Ippolito was a mentor to several painters who have since achieved prominence in the Manhattan art scene.
A prolific painter, Ippolito exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirschorn Gallery in Washington D.C.
The exhibition, co-hosted by the BU Art Museum and the Spool Mfg. Gallery in Johnson City, will remain on display until January 10, 2004. Regular museum hours are from 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 – 7 p.m. Thursday.
To compliment the Ippolito exhibition, a collection of work by his students will be on show in the Rosefsky Studio Art Gallery on the BU campus until December 7. For more information, contact the Art Museum at 607-777-2634.