Double exhibition at the Wagner College Gallery

Exhibition graph for “A better window than a door”

Join us at the Wagner College Gallery for ‘A Better Window Than a Door’, an exhibition of paintings by Rebecca Levitan and Emily Zuch, running Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, November 5.

Both Levitan and Zuch teach in the visual arts department at Wagner College.

This is the first time that either artist has exhibited on Staten Island.

A reception at the gallery will be held on Friday, September 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The welcome and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

The gallery is located in the Union Building on the Wagner College campus at 631 Howard Ave., Staten Island.

The Galerie du Collège Wagner is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 9 p.m.

The paintings included in “A Better Window Than a Door” are about the experience of looking through things. Showing the world through magazine pages, postcards, prints, mirrors and windows, they navigate the rapid shifts in perception between two-dimensional images and the three-dimensional world that is so much of the experience of contemporary life. Patterns, vibrant colors, attention to detail and a varied approach to making marks are present in the work of both artists, together creating an overall effect of kaleidoscopic color, light, surface and space.

Both Levitan and Zuch use the mundane as a starting point; the subject matter is mundane, but by paying close attention to the endless amount of visual information that can be found, everyday existence is transformed into something strange and unexpected. Levitan’s paintings quote paper models, restaurant menus and explainer videos through which, after a second look, intimate narratives unfold. In Zuch’s work, objects repeat as if they were recurring characters seen across a room from different angles, creating a sense of familiarity alongside the disorienting sensation of seeing a space bent by a series of reflections.

Rebecca Levitan is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her BA from Harvard College in 2012 and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Her work has been exhibited at the NARS Foundation, Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery, and Asya Geisberg Gallery, among others. Her recent activities include a residency at the Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn and inclusion in New American Paintings #152. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island.

Emily Zuch, also based in Brooklyn, received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and her MFA from the New York Studio School in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at the Susquehanna Art Museum, the Liman Gallery and the Empty Circle . , among others. Winner of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Hohenberg Prize, she has participated in residencies at Yaddo, the Golden Foundation, the Jentel Foundation and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Zuch currently teaches at Wagner College, Pratt Institute, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.

To learn more about the artists, visit their websites at and

For more information about the Wagner College Gallery, contact gallery director Jenny Toth at [email protected]

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