IN MEMORY OF BILL FAGALY
— in cooperation with LYNDA BENGLIS —
is honored to establish the
ARCAthens Founding President Bill Fagaly’s unexpected passing on May 17 saddened the art communities in New Orleans, New York City, and beyond. His passion for supporting the arts and promoting cross-cultural respect and understanding was legendary.
Greek-American artist Lynda Benglis’s deep love for Greece and lifelong, loving friendship with Bill Fagaly inspired her to preserve Bill Fagaly’s memory by supporting one of his most beloved causes, ARCAthens.
Bill Fagaly at Lynda’s opening at Storm King
(Photo: Sarah Lee for the The Guardian)
During his 50-year tenure with the New Orleans Museum of Art, Bill created over ninety exhibitions. Bill also organized shows for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, and the Museum of American Folk Art (MAFA) in New York City. In 1976, he co-founded the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. In addition, Bill served on many Boards and, as the first president of the board of ARCAthens, was linked closely to the organization’s inception several years ago.
ARCAthens is non-profit organization working between the Bronx and Athens, Greece, dedicated to hosting visual artists and curators from all parts of the world to live and create in both cities—thereby facilitating a diverse influx of expression, production, and learning in two remarkable communities brimming with creative energy. Our Virtual Programming explores new ways of building international dialogue through creative persons in both locations.
Published July 3, 2021
in the Arts Section of The New York Times
By Roberta Smith
When William A. Fagaly was a graduate student in art history at Indiana University in the early 1960s, the professor in his area of concentration nicknamed him Intrepid. That pleased Mr. Fagaly, although he never understood how the word applied to him.
One reason may have been that the professor, Roy Sieber, was the first person in the United States to earn a doctorate in African art history and a progenitor of the field; Mr. Fagaly was one of his first students. Dr. Sieber would apply the nickname to subsequent students,… [Click here to read more]
In Memory of Bill Fagaly
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