From October 8 to December 4, the Coos Art Museum will present NYC Conversation, a two-person exhibition of works by Ken and Jan Ayers of Bandon. A free reception for the exhibition will take place on Friday October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The “NEW YORK CITY CONVERSATION began in August 1975 when Jan and Ken began working together answering the phone at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the corner of 18th and Fifth Avenues. Various aesthetic concerns expressed in this show were nourished by their shared experience of the multidimensional and experimental art, music and performance scenes that flourished in downtown New York at this time.
Ken had arrived in the city in late January, returning from several months of overland travel through India and Nepal. Jan was back after a summer workshop session at Connecticut College featuring dance and experimental theater with Andre Gregory, Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines and choreographer Mary Overlie. Ken eventually moved to San Francisco and Jan kept New York as his home port. They resumed their conversation in early 2011 and it continues today. The exhibit includes bronze sculptures, bamboo and beaver sticks wrapped in hemp, photographs and words.
The Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of the scenic South Oregon Coast since 1966. It occupies a 1936 US Federal Art Deco building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of artistic activities, including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the museum is $ 5 generally, $ 2 for students, veterans and the elderly, and free for museum members.