Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
JUNE 5 TO JULY 10, 2004
Saturday, June 5
6 - 9 PM
-click here to see more art from the Living Museum-
Dabora Gallery presents a showcase of artists
from the LIVING MUSEUM of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
The LIVING MUSEUM in Queens, New York is the first museum
in the United States dedicated to the production and
collection of art by people with mental illness.
Founded in 1983 by Bolek Greczynski and Dr. Janos Marton,
the museum is a 40,000 square foot oasis for innovative therapeutic
healing through creative expression. By allowing freedom of expression
in a completely safe and nurturing environment, the stigmatized self
of "mental patient" can be transformed into "artist",
creating a more positive and useful identity.
Here their differences are accepted, even encouraged.
Marton believes that anyone who has had a mental breakdown
or psychotic experience can come out creating great works of art.
He believes that this breaking down of barriers enables
communication with a certain power in the universe
that all artists are continually striving to achieve.
The art of the LIVING MUSEUM is dynamic, honest, and provocative.
Many artists here are held in high esteem in the art world,
garnering rave reviews from critics. The LIVING MUSEUM and its
artists were the subject of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary
"Living Museum" and several outside exhibitions have been held
at various New York art establishments including
the Queens Museum of Art and Ricco-Maresca Gallery.
List of artists:
John Tursi "Dirty Tursi"
top image: Bolek Greczynski, sculpture; bottom image: Frank Boccio, oil on canvas, 30"x40"