Deborah Ronnen Fine Art is presenting “KOTA EZAWA: Taking a Knee,” a pop-up exhibition of work from the artist’s 2018 series National Anthem. The exhibition opened at R1 Studios on Sept. 26 and will run through Nov. 7.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Masks are required for gallery entry and appointments are encouraged but not required for open hours. Private appointments also are welcome.
“This work was selected last year for The Whitney Biennial, a very important exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. I am thrilled to be able to bring it to Rochester,” DRFA Owner Deborah Ronnen said.
Originally scheduled for May 2020, KOTA EZAWA: Taking a Knee includes drawings, lightboxes and an animation depicting NFL players kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a protest against racial injustice.
National Anthem, Ezawa’s most recent project, is a rumination on the controversial concepts of protest and patriotism in the United States. In the two-minute film, Ezawa uses preexisting videos and images of the protests that stemmed from the now-iconic knee taken by Colin Kaepernick for the first time on national television.
Deborah Ronnen Fine Art has exhibited and promoted contemporary and modern art for more than 35 years. DRFA provides a variety of services for individuals and institutions interested in acquiring fine art and works with both novice and seasoned collectors, offering guidance in purchasing artwork; building, managing and displaying collections; and understanding artists, trends and the art market as a whole.
Institutional clients include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman Museum, the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the University of Rochester Riverside Campus and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Ezawa’s work also is on view at the Memorial Art Gallery and George Eastman Museum during the run of the exhibition.