Urban Frontier" exhibition included painters, sculptors and mixed media
Their works dealt with connections between people and cities; with
ironies and paradoxes of urban life; and with positive and negative effects of city living on
mind and body. Recurring themes included isolation and loneliness; the
conflict and the symphony between nature and urban development; and the
perception of city as both sanctuary and place of turmoil.
Audart presented this
exhibition in the urban frontier that was Wall Street in the mid-1990's
- when millions of square feet of office space sat in darkness; just
before the internet boom transformed Broad Street into "Silicon Alley".
Audart's location, in a deserted bank near the New York Stock
Exchange, contributed to the urban frontier theme. The space had
been unoccupied for years; the most obvious reminder of its previous
tenant being a floor to ceiling steel vault. "The Urban Frontier" opened on the
evening of February 29, 1996, one of the coldest nights in New York
history. Approximately one thousand people made their way
downtown, to Broad Street, to attend the reception.