Hunter BFA Thesis Show May 18-June 5


Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to announce the reopening of the Leubsdorf Gallery at 68th Street with the BFA Thesis exhibitions. This spring we will present work from both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 BFA cohorts. The two exhibitions will be open by appointment only and at a very limited capacity Tuesdays–Sundays, 11–5pm. Visitors are required to follow all Hunter COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and completing a NY State/CUNY mandated health screening.

You can schedule an appointment here.

Please note exhibitions at the Leubsdorf Gallery are open by advanced appointment only and at a very limited capacity.

We Were Already Gone at Hauser & Wirth, May 14

Erotohistoriography Riis 1955/2017


Beginning 14 May, Hauser & Wirth New York will present ‘We Were Already Gone’, an exhibition at its West 22nd Street location in the Chelsea Arts District, organized in collaboration with Hunter College.

Curated by graduate students in Hunter’s Department of Art & Art History, this exhibition will showcase the work of artists currently enrolled in the school’s MFA Program in Studio Art. We Were Already Gone spotlights the diversity and holistic approach that have situated Hunter uniquely among American institutions devoted to higher education in the arts. The show will present an array of works across mediums, with sculpture, painting, and videos that confront the global cultural and political reckoning underway.

The exhibition was conceived and curated by the students in Joachim Pissarro’s class, ‘Curate, Create, Critique.’ The curators chose to focus upon the effects of the year 2020, with its global pandemic accompanied by political unrest, learning through a virtual sphere, and lack of human touch and connection. Impacted individually and collectively by the turmoil of last year, the students found their organizing principle in Jacques Derrida’s term ‘hauntology,’ which refers to the persistent presence of the past in our current moment. The works on view in We Were Already Gone form an invitation to assemble remnants of the past into a new foundation for a hopeful future.
We Were Already Gone was curated by Hunter MA and MFA students Dana Notine, Jonas Albro, Daniel Berman, Dante Cannatella, Anna Cone, Sarah Heinemann, Mercedes Llanos, Amorelle Jacox, Liza Lacroix, Kimberly Nam, Joseph Parra, Lorraine Robinson, and Sigourney Schultz, featuring the work of MFA Students:
Christina Barrera 
Chris Berntsen 
Dahlia Bloomstone 
Noémie Jennifer Bonnet 
Lele Dai 
Whit Harris 
Dusty Miller-Peter Macaulay 
Jeremey Lawson 
Sarah Grace Powell 
Xinan (Helen) Ran 
Carrie Rudd 
Sydney Shavers 
Shauna Steinbach 
Alina Yakirevitch 
Areum Yang
The gallery at 542 West 22nd Street is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm at limited capacity. They ask that you book a timed reservation and read their visitor guidelines in full before you arrive.

Oasa DuVerney: Artist Talk, May 12 at 7PM


MFASO is hosting the artist Oasa DuVerney for an artist talk on May 12 at 7pm on Zoom.

Oasa DuVerney, a New York native; is an artist and mother.

Selected exhibitions, residencies and media include: (2020)2020 Women To Watch, National Museum of Women in the Arts; (2020) Twenty Twenty,Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; BLACK POWER WAVE, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Something To Say, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY (2018); The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC (2016); The Brooklyn Biennial II,BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Through A Glass Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, NYC (2012); Rush Philanthropic Foundation Artist Residency(2016), Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency(2014-2015); LMCC Workspace Residency(2012-2013); The Guardian UK, UK (2019), The Independent, UK (2016), Hyperallergic(2015, 2016),The Guardian UK,UK (2015), Palestine News Network(2013), and The New York Times(2012, 2011). She received her B.F.A. from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, and her M.F.A. from CUNYHunter College

BFA Thesis Show: TRICK HAT 



BFA Thesis Show

April 27–May 9, 2021


Carlo Guarini

Keke Jones

Tara Ohanian

Kenny Perez

Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to announce the reopening of the Leubsdorf Gallery at 68thStreet with the BFA Thesis exhibitions. This spring we will present work from both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 BFA cohorts. The two exhibitions will be open Tuesday–Sunday, 11–5pm to Hunter students, faculty, and staff as well as to essential visitors by appointment only with very limited capacity. Visitors are required to follow all Hunter COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and completing a NY State/CUNY mandated health screening.

You can request an appointment by contacting:


Zabar Visiting Artist: Emily Jacir


April 23, 7pm – 9pm

Emily Jacir will be a Zabar Visiting Artist during the 2021 spring semester. She will be giving an artist talk online on April 23 at 7pm on Zoom

Emily Jacir lives in the Mediterranean and is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with personal and collective movement, translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research. She is the recipient of a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award from the Prince Claus Fund in The Hague (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum (2008); the Alpert Award (2011) from the Herb Alpert Foundation; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2015) among others. Her works are shown all over the world in solo and group exhibitions. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem.



A Public Lecture By Goldberg Visiting Curator: Gerardo Mosquera

April 23, 1pm

Moderated by: Harper Montgomery
Asst. Professor, Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art, Hunter College

Gerardo Mosquera is an independent curator, critic, and historian based in Havana and Madrid. He was a founder of the Havana Biennial, a Curator at the New Museum, New York, has curated many international biennials and exhibitions, and is currently co-curating the Guangzhou Image Triennial.

For this public talk, Mosquera will discuss his role as the lead curator of the 21st Paiz Art Biennial 2018 in Guatemala and his decentralized, context responsive, socially inclined model for the biennial.




The Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement have highlighted long-entrenched racial inequities in our society, and the continuing tragedy of the lives lost to ongoing, state-sanctioned violence against Americans of color and members of other traditionally marginalized communities. The recent murders of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are yet another example of the systemic evils that remain to be confronted and addressed.

As faculty, we stand with our students in their urgent and public demand for a different future that holds white supremacy accountable for the systemic violence rooted in the social fabric of this country. We commit to work with our students and administration to promote an inclusive learning environment and anti-racist pedagogy to guide our program and help us reclaim CUNY’s foundational principles to provide an affordable, world-class education for all.

The Faculty and Staff of the Hunter Program in Studio Art



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A Sense of Place: January 12-13, 2021


A Sense of Place

January 12-13, 2021 

In September 2019, our group of twelve graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College traveled to Dakar, Senegal to study with curator Koyo Kouoh and her team at RAW Material Company, a non-profit art center offering research and residency programs for artists and curators alongside seasonal exhibitions, publications, and lectures. The focus of our time in Dakar with Kouoh was how curatorial practice can make the presence of a place visible, or in her words: “How have actors, active in our local contexts and from across the creative disciplines, responded to and shaped their – our – environment? How do they collaborate? How do they tell stories and recall history? How do they create sites of possibility?”

We returned to New York with these questions in mind, and, in partnership with Kouoh, organized a symposium of programming in response, originally scheduled for March 2020, then postponed due to the global pandemic. Since that time, the question of place seems more relevant than ever. Presented now, in an online format, our symposium considers gentrification and displacement, infrastructures of surveillance, and sustainability as they relate to how artists see themselves shaping, and being shaped by, their immediate environments.

 All events are online and open to the public by RSVP except where otherwise noted.

This symposium grew out of a graduate seminar with students Chris Berntsen, Beatrice Johnson, Simon Benjamin, Renate Prancane, Leonardo Madriz, D’Arcy Blake, Malanya Graham, Alison Dillulio, Sydney Shavers, Sarah McCaffery, Daniela Mayer, and Christina Barrera

Full Schedule of Events:



Last spring, the MFA Thesis Exhibitions for 19 graduating students were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall we are presenting their work in four exhibitions at 205 Hudson Street, and Hauser & Wirth will host an online exhibition featuring the 19 artists beginning November 10.


The exhibitions at 205 Hudson Street are open by appointment only:

Part I
Gravity Spell
September 20—October 3
Miguel Payano, Matt Jones, Tom Morrill, Andrew Foster, Noah Stitt

Part II
October 17—31
Johanna Strobel, Adam Shaw, Maya Yadid, Olivia Divecchia

Part III
November 7–21
Sam Sherman, Kyoko Hamaguchi, Grant Wells, Nurya Chana, Alex Bustamante

Part IV
Save the Last Dance
November 28–December 12
Amra Causevic, Taylor Laufersweiler, Kristina Schmidt, Eric Lotzer, Kathleen Granados