reporter: Miguel Dominguez
November 10th was the date for the art opening The Rock Media Group arranged for Cannon Hersey at the sub-level gallery on 190 Mercer Street in NoHo, NYC.
Cannon Hersey, photographer and fine artist, is also organizer of large scale cultural efforts at non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world.
Hersey believes that as an artist, he has a role beyond the studio, working as an educator and organizer to build a larger place for art in the public realm. Hersey founded CrossPathCulture (CPC) in 1999, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global community building through the arts. As the executive director of CPC, he organized and produced more than 50 exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in conjunction with other partners, including the Museum of Modern Art, PS1, African Film Festival/New York, the Johannesburg Metropolitan City Council, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony, and the Market Theater, South Africa.
Hersey’s works are included in the private collections of the Durst family, Gerard Malanga, Marilyn Oshman, Mongane Wally Serote, Chair of South Africa’s parliamentary Committee for Arts and Culture, Linda Shearer, and Stanley Stern. His work has been mentioned in many publications including Vogue RG, The Daily News, Time Out, Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paulo, South Africa’s Sunday Times, Chronogram, Bomb, and Trace Magazine.