Recess partners with artists to build a more just and equitable creative community. By welcoming radical thinkers to reimagine and reshape their world, Recess defines and advances the possibilities of contemporary art. Recess’ programs offer space and resources to generate innovative art and ideas that challenge dominant narratives. Recess is always free and open to the public to serve as a meeting place for meaningful exchange and action across a multiplicity of communities. Recess strives to set a high bar for the level of support they give each artist and develops avenues to create deeper, more long-term commitments to the artists they serve. Recess supports the repatriation of working artists in established and or gentrified space.
Philip Johnson commissioned Warhol to make a large-scale work for the exterior for his pavilion for the New York World’s Fair, along with other artists. Warhol’s provocative response, a multiple portrait of ‘Most Wanted Men’ was installed a few days before the opening but was deems too inflammatory and contrary to the upbeat image of the World’s Fair and the work was taken down.