2017/2016 AR - PETER BYNUM


Extended for the 2017 Tour Season

The Artist Residency program was initiated in 2014 to foster creative responses to Manitoga that invoke Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place.

Ecstatic Light: an installation of illuminated paintings by Peter Bynum

On view with Tour Participation June 2 - November 13, 2016
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Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center has chosen New-York based painter Peter Bynum for its Artist Residency program. He has installed a series of illuminated paintings on glass in modernist designer Russel Wright’s House and Studio, marking Manitoga’s first presentation of a contemporary artist within the interiors. The installation, which opened in 2016, has been extended through the 2017 tour season

The installation will be on view during seasonal public tours and special programs, including artist-led tours. 

Bynum was drawn to Russel Wright’s desire to create a profound intimacy with the natural world.  "At Manitoga we experience a visionary designer’s innovative use of light, glass, and organic forms to deepen our connection with nature. What a magical place to present paintings that explore how light and transparency can expand the territory available to painting, and show paint’s organic ability to express the interconnectedness of all life.”

Manitoga’s Executive Director Allison Cross says of the selection of Bynum, "Russel Wright, like Bynum, experimented with light, elements of nature, the effects of layering, and new materials at Manitoga, pushing boundaries and our expectations. Both Manitoga and Peter’s ethereal illuminated paintings offer an immersive experience. Our viewing of the installed work will unfold, becoming part of the choreography and the intimacy of visiting the site.”

ECSTATIC LIGHT and Manitoga in the Press

Manhattan Users Guide
Out Of Town Column - May 10, 2016
WAMC's The Roundtable
Peter Bynum's ECSTATIC LIGHT at Manitoga
Hudson Valley Magazine
Light it Up - An Interview with Peter Bynum
The Highlands Current
Seeing Inside the Paint

About Peter Bynum:
Peter Bynum is known for his light-infused sculptural paintings and large-scale installations. Bynum’s work has been exhibited in Rome, Shanghai, Basel, Paris, Cologne, and throughout the U.S. In 2013, New York’s Museum of Arts & Design commissioned a large, illuminated triptych to feature alongside renowned light artist James Turrell.  In 2014, he was commissioned by the New York Public Library to fill its 5th Avenue windows with 17 large-scale illuminated paintings. His most recent installation, commissioned by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, reinterprets his work into canvases 23 ft. high x 16 ft. wide for the Hudson riverfront in Peekskill, NY. Peter Bynum received his MFA from New York University. He lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. 

2016 Artist Residency Host Committee

Lead Sponsors
David & Nanci Heller McAlpin, Marilyn & Jim Simons

Christopher Jara & Donald Taffurelli, Tom Krizmanic, Gary & Laura Maurer

Donald J. Albrecht, Joe Chapman, Frank B R Sahm Jr. Charitable Foundation, Nancy Olnick & Giorgio Spanu 

Robert Aresty, Sidney Babcock & Jose Romeu,  William Burback & Peter Hofmann, Allison Cross & Henry Nye, David Diamond & Karen Zukowski, Dorothy Dunn, Lyn & John Fischbach, Jack & Cheryl Lenhart, EASTER Foundation / Anne & Fred Osborn III, Melissa Meyers & Wilbur Foster,  Dan Macey & Paul Savidge, Cathy Kuttner Polich & Dick Polich, Frederic C. Rich, Liliane Salama & J. Peter Stillman, Alison Spear & Alex Reese, Don Watson & Linda Thomas, Aleta Wolfe