Monica King Contemporary: Spring to Action: Benefit exhibition / COVID-19, Group Exhibition
New York, NY | April 13, 2020 In an effort to support NYC and the world in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, Monica King Contemporary will be launching an online benefit exhibition, Spring to Action with 25% of each sale going directly to Feed the Frontlines, a bold local initiative that has made a huge statement of support to the NYC community by providing over 21,607 free meals so far to the hospital workers around the city working tirelessly around the clock to end this global pandemic and save lives. Through supporting this exhibition, the cultural community will be directly helping frontline healthcare workers, the struggling local restaurant industry, and artists from MKC and beyond who are trying to continue creating during this turbulent time. Collectors will have the opportunity to acquire incredible works of art that have been made available to this beautiful initiative.
A SELECTION OF ARTISTS INCLUDED:
Luis Arturo Aguirre
Hyun Jung Ahn
David Iain Brown
Michael De Feo
Taylor O. Thomas
Taylor Anton White
ABOUT MONICA KING CONTEMPORARY
Monica King Contemporary was opened by gallerist Monica King in fall of 2019 at 39 Lispenard Street in Tribeca. The gallery program, headed by the 17-year art world veteran (formerly with Pace Gallery and Paul Kasmin Gallery, among others) is dedicated to an unwavering vision of equally supporting emerging, mid-career, and established artists in a manner that both builds and continues to nourish individual artist careers; encourages collectors from all walks of life to approach art with an unmistakable sense of curiosity and joy; and celebrates the vital contribution that contemporary art brings to our collective society and to each of our individual souls. King holds a Masters in Art History from Washington University, St. Louis.
ABOUT FEED THE FRONTLINES
Feed the Frontlines NYC nourishes New York City healthcare professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping local restaurant workers employed. The initiative started in the wake of Governor Cuomo's order that all restaurants close their doors to customers. That week, restaurant owner Luca Di Pietro had to shutter 4 of his 5 Tarallucci e Vino restaurants and lay off 95 people. But on Thursday morning, a friend reached out to ask how she might help Luca's business survive and keep its staff employed while also lending much-needed support to the medical workers battling the new coronavirus. She purchased 40 dinners from Tarallucci e Vino, complete with fresh panini and hot lasagna, which Luca and his wife, Kate, delivered to the hungry, tired and very grateful ER staff at NYU Langone. That first delivery planted the seed for Feed the Frontlines NYC.
Since launching Feed the Frontlines NYC, Luca, Kate, and their children, Isabella (22) and Ian (19), have raised enough funds to rehire 35 Tarallucci e Vino employees and help partner restaurants bring back 24 of their own staff members. So far, they have delivered over 21,607 individually packaged meals to 27 hospitals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. They are expanding every day to meet the needs of more healthcare workers and bring additional restaurants into the fold, from Mesa Coyoacan in Williamsburg to Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side. They have also been helping friends in other cities, including Toronto and Boston, bring this initiative to their communities. With the continued support of loving friends, loyal customers and generous New Yorkers, the team at Feed the Frontlines NYC hopes to bring even more people back to work and continue to fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city's healthcare professionals.
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