Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to Host Reception for Bunkin and Tango Exhibit, 5/17

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to Host Reception for Bunkin and Tango Exhibit, 5/17

On Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host an artists' reception to celebrate the opening of "Robert Bunkin and Jenny Tango: The Italian Paintings." Created during their artists' residency in Florence, Italy, from 1986 to1988, these paintings were exhibited at the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, the Sale del Grifo e Leone, Perugia, and the Newhouse Gallery, Staten Island, but most of them have not been seen by the public since 1991.

Robert Bunkin taught art history for over 20 years at Parsons School of Design, and taught drawing and painting at Wagner College, the Art Students League, The New School and is currently teaching at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. In 2010 he conducted the first fresco painting workshop at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He has led many fresco workshops in Massachusetts, and painted fresco murals and installations at Snug Harbor, PS 18, and Wagner College. He worked as educator and exhibition coordinator at the Staten Island Children's Museum and in the Education Department of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Among many exhibitions he has curated are "Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective" at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, "About Faces: Portraits Past and Present" for the Staten Island Museum and "Charged Brushes" at The Painting Center. He has studied art history at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence and fresco painting at Leonetto Tintori Laboratorio per Affresco in Vainella, Italy. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York, nationally and in Italy.

Jenny Tango began her life as an artist at age four when she drew the profile of a woman's shoe. In the 1970s, she was an active participant in the Feminist Art movement as editor of the Women in the Arts Newsletter, and became a college and high school art teacher. When she retired in 1986 she went to Florence, Italy, to paint for two years, which culminated in exhibitions in Florence and Perugia. She considers the Humanism that informed the Italian Renaissance one of the major influences in her own work.

Tango has served as newsletter editor of the Women's Caucus of the College Art Association and the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island; published an artist's book, "Women of Chelm," as well as comic strips for three editions of "Bloody Wymmin," and a pictorial history of the Jewish community of Staten Island for the Images of America series. Her column, "Working Art," has appeared in Home Planet News since 1992. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows in New York City, including her one-woman show "Jenny Tango, A Retrospective," at the Staten Island Museum in 2007. Her latest venue has been the Star Gallery, Beijing and Shanghai, China. (See Robert Bunkin's biography above).