“Stu.pe.fac.tion” by artist Joanne Handler On View in The Kaufman Building




Joanne Handler: I’m Brave. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

The Garment District Alliance (GDA) announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing seven paintings titled Stu.pe.fac.tion, created by Garment District-based artist Joanne Handler.

Located inside the Kaufman Arcade building on 139 W 35th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through January 7. Stu.pe.fac.tion is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and over 16 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.

Joanne Handler: Times Like These. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

“We are proud to welcome Joanne and her innovative creations back as part of our series of public art exhibitions,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “Joanne’s portrayal of the complex emotions many have felt throughout the pandemic is truly moving and relatable, and we encourage all to visit and admire these powerful works.”

Handler’s third solo exhibit at the Kaufman Arcade was inspired by the emotional turmoil and deep introspection surrounding the pandemic and election. As part of her “Soul Searching” series, these works continue Handler’s tradition of naming her paintings after songs, with some having the title or lyrics in the piece itself. She believes that to grow as an artist, as in life, one must be curious enough to constantly try new things and, on many occasions, be brave enough to contradict oneself.

Handler lives and works in New York City and Westhampton Beach. She has studied at The Art Students League continues to study with prolific artist and mentor James Little. Handler has had two solo exhibitions at The Kaufman Arcade, and her work has been included in several group exhibitions such as Maison 10’s “All Women” show in NYC, The White Room Gallery’s “Zen and the Art of Women” in Bridgehampton, SITE Brooklyn’s “Color: Primary to Tertiary”, Harlem School of the Arts “Shelter 2018”, and more. Handler has also been included in numerous exhibitions organized by The National Association of Women’s Artists, of which she is a member.

Joanne Handler: Hey You Get Off My Cloud. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

The Garment District is home to diverse business sectors from technology to hospitality and includes thousands of people working in the creative economy, including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

About the Garment District Alliance

The Garment District Alliance (www.garmentdistrictnyc.com), is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1993 to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. Through programs in the areas of streetscape improvements, sanitation and public safety, marketing and promotions, economic development, and community service, the Garment District Alliance supports the neighborhood’s transformation into a modern, 24/7 destination for dining, nightlife, hotels and unique office space.  For more information on the Garment District Alliance’s many art initiatives and plaza programming,

Joanne Handler: Stu.pe.fac.tion is a free exhibition, open to the public, and on view through January 7, 2022 inside the Kaufman Arcade building, 139 West 35th Street in the Garment District.

While you’re there, step over to Broadway between 36th and 39th Streets to visit Hacer: Transformation ~ gigantic Origami-inspired animals commissioned by Garment District Alliance, on view to November 23, 2021.

Don’t miss the latest (and largest) large-scale public art installation, also commissioned by Garment District Alliance, entitled Inside Out: NY Together, a massive mural that has taken over the Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal wall on 40th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, NYC.