Cornelia Street Café Partners With Quintessential New York Artist Robert Cenedella To Host Exhibition Of His Art Works And To Launch A New Nonprofit
The Cornelia Street Café Underground attains new 501c3 status
By: Cornelia Street Cafe and Robert Cenedella
This exhibition marks the start of a series of special events to announce the Cornelia Street Café's Underground performance space attaining its new 501c3 status.
Over the years Cenedella has forged a strong connection with the Café and its founder, Robin Hirsch. A frequent visitor and friend to the storied establishment, Robert Cenedella was happy to be a part of ensuring the longevity of the 40-year-old bistro and performance hub, where so many artists from various disciplines have gotten their start.
Like the Café, Cenedella ignored all the modern art rules, instead choosing to follow his own, distinct path. As M. Kay. Flavell said of Mr. Cenedella in George Grosz: A Biography, he "...chronicles the everyday life and the changing rituals and mythologies -- of sex, sport, art, politics, money making in contemporary America, with his combination of imaginative vitality, precision, and humor."
The Cornelia Street Café has been a uniquely different type of venue from the start, one that has given a platform to every conceivable genre of artist, the rebels, the social activists, and the irreverent. Suzanne Vega and the Songwriters Exchange got their start there, so too did Eve Ensler and The Vagina Monologues. In 1987 New York City Mayor Ed Koch proclaimed it "a cultural as well as a culinary landmark."
"I am very proud of the community we have built. We must keep this story alive," says Robin Hirsch, owner of the Café.
For more information on the upcoming events, and to learn more about giving to the Underground's 501c3, visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com
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ABOUT CORNELIA STREET UNDERGROUND
For almost 40 years, in addition to providing food for the body (not to mention drink), we have attempted to provide food for the soul. We have produced perhaps the widest variety of performance in New York, over 700 shows a year – from science to stilt walking, from Latin jazz to Russian poetry. The Cornelia Street Underground is now officially a not-for-profit arts organization.
ABOUT ROBERT CENEDELLA
Robert Cenedella was born in Milford, Massachusetts, in 1940. He received his formal education from The High School of Music & Art in New York, and from The Art Students League of New York. In 1988, he inherited the George Grosz Chair at The League where he was invited to teach his Life Drawing Class and a Painting Workshop. He presently teaches three classes at The League.
In the last 30 years, Cenedella has amassed considerable international praise as well as inclusion in numerous public and private collections. His commissions include works for the famed Bacardi International and Absolut VODKA, a theater piece for actor Tony Randall, and two murals of historical significance for Le Cirque 2000 Restaurants in New York and Mexico City.
"Art Bastard", a historical documentary film on his life and work was released in the spring of 2016 by Concannon Productions to critical acclaim.