Past Features

February 5, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 1)

Art—A Cause for Celebration, Especially at 90

Hortense Kassoy
Hortense Kassoy
Ask 89-year-old sculptor Hortense Kassoy what keeps her going, and she will tell you the answer is all in her artwork. This month, she plans to celebrate her 90th birthday with an exhibition hosted by the Lehman College Art Department. The installation, located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building, will open with a reception on Wednesday, February 14, at 2 p.m. and run through March 15.

Featuring a mix of the artist's work with silk screens, lithographs, sculptures and monoprints, the collection includes pieces produced over a 20-year period, while Kassoy was auditing many of Lehman's art classes. She tried her hand at print media, eventually producing more than 30 silk screens and many monoprints, and also worked with ceramics, plaster and stone sculptures.

A trained sculptor and former high school art teacher, Kassoy attended Pratt University and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Teacher's College of Columbia University. She continues to work in her studios in the Bronx and upstate New York, and currently has several sculptures in progress.

The Art Department is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more information on this event, call John Belardo at (718) 960-8889.