Ogilvy & Mather New York Unveils New Exhibition: The February Show

NEW YORK, February 16, 2011 – Ogilvy & Mather New York is pleased to announce the opening of The February Show on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The group exhibition, housed at the Ogilvy & Mather headquarters in New York, maps artwork across disciplines and aesthetics through a progressive selection of contemporary art.

The February Show aims to highlight the diverse perspectives behind the concept of Black History Month. Similarly, the title, The February Show, is meant to spark a dialogue about how effectively this celebration inspires us to expand our knowledge of our national history, and the implications of limiting the recognition of Black American culture to a specific month.

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In commenting on the show, Lars Bastholm, Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy New York said, "We are privileged at Ogilvy New York to be in a building that is capable of doing double duty as both an agency and an art gallery. Art, history and advertising have always influenced each other, and we're thrilled to be hosting an exhibition celebrating these inspiring artists."

Artists featured include Derrick Adams, Ernest A. Bryant III, Julia Brown, Mike Cloud, Yashua Klos, Simone Leigh, Kambui Olujimi, Jessica Ann Peavy, William Ransom, Loul Samater, Xaviera Simmons, Jeffrey Sims, Shinique Smith, Devin Troy Strother, Hank Willis Thomas, Jina Valentine, Paula Wilson and Saya Woolfalk.

The exhibition has been curated by Jun Lee and Heather Hart, in partnership with Black Diaspora, an Ogilvy Professional Network.

A reception will be held to mark the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, February 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the lobby concourse and on the gallery walls of The Chocolate Factory (636 11th Avenue, New York City) through June 2011. Appointments to view the exhibit can be made by request (Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

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Contact Jun Lee, Agency Curator, at jun.lee@ogilvy.com for more information or to request a viewing.

About Ogilvy Art:
Ogilvy New York uses its office space as an art gallery to showcase contemporary and emerging artists of all mediums in the lobby and on the walls of each floor. A tradition that began at its previous location in Worldwide Plaza, the agency continues to support the art community at The Chocolate Factory, which better allows for the accommodation of art projects and the showcasing of exhibits.

About Black Diaspora:
Black Diaspora is an Ogilvy Professional Network. The Black Diaspora refers to people who, because of various circumstances, have migrated from the African continent and settled around the globe. The customs and traditions of Africa live on in communities around the world, embedded in the culture of modern society. At Ogilvy, Black Diaspora continues the tradition by influencing how the workplace and marketplace can benefit from our collective heritage.

About Ogilvy & Mather:
Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. Through its specialty units, the company provides a comprehensive range of marketing services including: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing. Ogilvy & Mather services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY).  For more information, visit www.ogilvy.com.

Contact:  Toni Lee, 212-237-5909/917-679-7631

Contact: Jun Lee
Date: February 16, 2011
Office: New York