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MFA has High Hopes for latest Lobby Gallery exhibition

Mitsui Fudosan America announced High Hopes, an exhibition of six paintings by artist JoAnne Carson in the Lobby Gallery of 527 Madison Avenue through April 16, 2021.

Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, the show is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All visitors must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.

High Hopes represents a selection of works from the past decade of Carson’s career. In an interview with Manhattan Arts International, Carson described her artwork as a way “to upend the gendered notion of a feminized Nature that functions as a nurturing comfort.

“Instead, I aim to make images that are unsettling and cautionary, aspiring to restate the world as a dynamic universe of alternative biology and psychological spectacle,” she added.

Carson, a Distinguished Professor at University at Albany, SUNY, is a nationally known artist living and working in Brooklyn and Vermont. She first gained attention in the 1980s and has been recognized with a Guggenheim Artist Fellowship, awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy in Rome, and National Endowment for the Arts.

She has exhibited in prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Albright-Knox, New Orleans Museum of Art, and ICA Philadelphia. Her work can be found in numerous public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, MCA Chicago, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Smart Museum of Art, among others.     

The High Hopes showing will be the 19th exhibition at 527 Madison’s ongoing program featuring noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists. Spearheaded by Keith Purcell, MFA vice president of asset management and leasing, the program is organized by Jay Grimm, MFA’s art consultant for the property.
For images of Carson’s work, previous works, installation videos, relevant media, biographical information and questions regarding pricing, visit

527 Madison Avenue, located at the corner of 54th Street in New York City, is a boutique commercial office building designed by architecture firm FXCollaborative. Completed in 1986, it is owned by an affiliate of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., which recently invested in significant upgrades including elevator modernization and a new MdeAS Architects-designed lobby.

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