rirkritRirkrit Tiravanija, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

May 2, 7pm



Lynne Cooke, Commensurables or Incommensurables:
a curatorial quandary

Roosevelt House, Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York, NY

May 3, 7pm

The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a public lecture by Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator for Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Hunter’s Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th St in Manhattan. The talk is free and open to the public.

Lynne Cooke is Senior Curator for Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From 2012-14, she was Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. From 2008-12, she served as chief curator and deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and from 1991 to 2008, as Curator at Dia Art Foundation. In 1991, Cooke co-curated the Carnegie International, and has helmed numerous major shows since, including the 10th Biennale of Sydney (1996) and the traveling exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: Cosmos (2012).  In 2018 she curated Outliers and American Vanguard Art, which explores the interface between mainstream and outlier artists in the United States in the twentieth century; the exhibition is on view at the National Gallery through May 18, 2018.  Cooke has written widely on contemporary and self-taught art.

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The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey

Curated by Javier Rivero Ramos and Sarah Watson

Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
Hunter West Building
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10013

Through May 6

The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey foregrounds the relationship between Downey’s artistic and pedagogical practices as illustrated in his works from the series Life Cycles and Mi casa en la playa, produced in the early to mid 1970s while Downey was teaching at Hunter College and Pratt Institute. These works address Downey’s concerns and theories around architecture, ecology, cybernetics, and feedback. Downey sought to redefine architecture as the wielding of invisible forces—physical, social, and psychic. In his assignments, he likewise challenged his students to reconsider their potential as producers of social change through the transformation of space.

The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey is made possible by the generous support from the David Bershad Family Foundation, the Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Inc., Carol and Arthur Goldberg, and the Leubsdorf Fund.


Tania Bruguera, Zabar Visiting Artist Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

May 9, 7pm

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The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History is pleased toannounce a public lecture by Tania Bruguera, the Spring 2018 Judith Zabar Visiting Artist. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Hunter’s MFA Studiosat 205 Hudson Street in Tribeca.

For over 25 years Tania Bruguera has created socially engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of their constituencies. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life, and on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her long-term projects are intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship, and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.”

By creating proposals and aesthetic models for others to use and adapt, she defines herself as an initiator rather than an author, and often collaborates with multiple institutions as well as many individuals so that the full realization of her artwork occurs when others adopt and perpetuate it.

Tania Bruguera has been awarded an honorary doctorate by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, and was shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award. She is a Herb Alpert Award winner, and has been a Guggenheim, Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow. She was the
first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana: a school, exhibition space, and think tank for activist artists and Cubans.


Michael Fujita: Spring Forward

Thomas Hunter Project Space
Thomas Hunter Building
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through May 25
Opening Reception: May 11, 6-8pm

Thomas Hunter Project Space is proud to present Spring Forward, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Michael Fujita:

Visual instances trigger personal interest and curiosity, which serves as beginnings of pieces.  Through various processes, materials, and the element of time, those visual triggers take on new meaning and identity as objects.  Color plays a critical role in my work transforming the assumed identity even further to a playful offering of my perception.”


Madeline Hollander, Sean Raspet, Sam Lewitt at The Artist’s Institute

132 East 65th Street
New York, NY

Through May 25

Madeline Hollander’s New Max will be performed every Saturday from 2-6pm.

This spring, the Artist’s Institute’s program brings us closer to the surprising, unstable, and powerful capacities of matter. In the physical sciences and economics, we sometimes call this kind of work energetics―the study of the way that energy flows through a system. For the art field, an emphasis on energetics reorients aesthetics to material expression, sometimes a material expression that exceeds that of the artist’s own imagination or will. Through artworks, talks, and other events this spring, the Institute’s fellows are engaging with energy as an animating force. Energy has the capacity to synthesize molecules. Energy heats up a room.


Queenie: Selected artworks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

Through June 23

Tania Bruguera, Margarita Cabrera, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Melba Carillo, Marta Chilindron, Alessandra Expósito, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Dulce Gomez, Cristina Hernández Botero, Carmen Herrera, Jessica Kairé, Carmen Lomas Garza, Evelyn López de Guzmán, Anna Maria Maiolino, Ana Mendieta, Marina Núñez del Prado, Liliana Porter, Raquel Rabinovich, Scherezade, Nitza Tufiño, among others.

New artwork commissions by Melissa Calderón, Alessandra Expósito, and Glendalys Medina.

QUEENIE features a selection of artworks by female artists across various media from the permanent collection of El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition highlights the institution’s collection with a particular focus on the female artists and QUEENIE takes its title from a sculpture by Alessandra Expósito. The exhibition brings together works which prompt a multifarious dialogue around society and gender through the artists’ varying perspectives and experiences. As part of the exhibition, HEHG has invited four NYC-based artists to respond to the exhibition with a new commission that further explores the connections among the collecting process, societal change, and a gendered experience.

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