MORE THAN EVER – BFA Spring 2020 Artists’ Book Project

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MORE THAN EVER – BFA Spring 2020 Artists’ Book Project

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“More Than Ever” collects projects and portfolios made by the Hunter BFA Spring 2020 graduates, during a time of quarantine at the epicenter of a pandemic.

They were making ambitious installations, often in collaboration and conversation with one another, and excitedly preparing for the group show that would open at the Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter’s uptown campus. Then it all changed. A tight-knit group who shared studios was torn apart. A class built on intimacy with materials, space, time, and presence became remote.  At times, the problems felt insurmountable. But they did what artists do: found ways to work, ways to communicate, ways to make things, for themselves, for each other. The BFAs’ continued creativity provided a network of lifelines during this catastrophic rupture. Their art was made against the odds and is a testament to the strength and ingenuity of this talented group of young New Yorkers.

AVALON THORNTON KENNY

BONNIE MORANO

GISSELLE JIMÉNEZ

ISABELLE DAHAB FERNANDEZ

MEGAN MEHTA

MIKE ROWAN

NAILAH “BILLIE” FULLER

OLIVIA FUNK

Book Design by Isabelle Fernandez in collaboration with the Hunter College Spring 2020 BFAs 

Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations

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Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations

Online Exhibition
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery

Ongoing
The Hunter College Art Galleries have initiated an online project in concert with our postponed spring 2020 exhibition Constance DeJong (now rescheduled for fall 2020). This project coincides with DeJong’s final semester teaching in Hunter’s MFA Studio Art program.

 

Time-based and multi-platform, DeJong’s work has circulated widely and with admiration in literary and performance circles since the late 1970s, influencing both her contemporaries and students. Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations brings together the voices of many artists and writers, mostly Hunter College Studio Art MFA alumni, who have worked closely with DeJong over the last two decades. New submissions will be posted each week.

 

Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations is organized by Sarah Watson, Jocelyn Spaar, and Liz Naiden, with Lazarus Graduate Fellow Matthew Weiderspon.
Image:

Gabriela Vainsencher, MFA 2016

Here It Comes, 2014

HD video with sound

41 seconds

Instagram Live: Hunter College Photography – May 20, 5:30-6pm

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Instagram Live: Hunter College Photography

May 20, 5:30-6pm

Christina Freeman’s Alternative Approaches to Photography Spring 2020 students present their work with a Q&A
https://www.instagram.com/huntercollegephotography/

 

In order of appearance:

Chloe Trang
Zoe Rosenberg
Matthew Ho
Anna Smetana
Kimberly Hibbert
Theresa Vu
James Demiro
Miyah Harris
Madison Paredes
Genesis Salinas
Jack Graziano

Image credit: Chloe Trang

MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Kristina Schmidt

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MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Kristina Schmidt

Kristina Schmidt is a painting and multi-media artist based in Munich, (DE) and New York City, (USA). Kristina’s work spans across mediums, from paintings to sound, objects to video, and performances to collaboration. She employs traditional fine art techniques and materials, as well as strategies and logics appropriated from Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Culture and video games. By utilizing various sequential repetitions and continuous, playful wit, Kristina connects the formally dissimilar works to a bigger picture, tracing the artwork as a potential commodity while highlighting the artist’s role in the capitalist society.

@xtina

www.krstnschmdt.com

Hunter East Harlem Gallery: Virtual Studio Visit Program

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Hunter East Harlem Gallery: Virtual Studio Visit Program

As a result of the shuttered doors of our galleries, Hunter East Harlem Gallery is bolstering digital outreach and remote networking during the quarantine period of the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to an influx of requests from our network: we have decided to focus on our specific arts community: Uptown artists (Upper Manhattan and the Bronx), Socially Engaged artists and Hunter College MFAs.

From April 20th onwards, HEHG will be conducting digital studio visits with artists in our community as a gesture of service and as a networking tool during this isolating time. We have invited very special guest curators to join us during these meetings.

We are viewing these visits as mutual networking opportunities — where we can introduce the talented artists of our community to amazing curators, and to the initiatives of HEHG.
If you are an Uptown artist (living or working in Upper Manhattan and/or the Bronx), a Socially Engaged artist, or a current Hunter College MFA student and you are interested in participating in a virtual studio visit, please email us at huntereastharlem@gmail.com with a link to your website and tell us (in less than 250 words) why this program appeals to you (capacity is limited).

Some of the curators who are donating their time include:

  • Marie Vickles, Director of Education, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Katie Hood Morgan, Program Director, FOR-SITE Foundation
  • Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
  • José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Storefront for Art & Architecture
  • Alaina Feldman, Director and Curator, Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College CUNY
  • Natalia Viera Salgado, Independent Curator & Curatorial Consultant
  • Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon, NYC
  • María Elena Ortiz, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • and more…

Hunter MFA Artist Emergency Relief Mutual Aid GoFundMe

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Hunter MFA Artist Emergency Relief Mutual Aid GoFundMe

The MFA Student Organization (MFASO) of the Hunter MFA Studio Art Program is raising money to support Hunter MFA students who are suffering major financial losses as a result of closures and lost income from Covid-19. Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency resources to those who need it as our government is doing little to protect our well-being, employment insurance is massively overwhelmed, and stimulus package checks are now expected to reach constituents in August. Hunter College is a public institution – our 108 students are made up of working artists, low-income students with little or no support, artists who support families, and international students who have traveled across the globe for this education at great financial cost. We work in industries or services that have been highly impacted by Covid-19 or are often in precarious employment with little to no protections or stability.

We seek to provide support for our fellow artists and MFA candidates whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing for the artists in our program who need support. If you are financially able, please consider donating the money that you would have spent on tickets to live performances, exhibitions, movie theaters, or other cultural events to artist organizations, arts nonprofits, and artists like us, trying to make it through this together.

We know that many are not able to give financially at this time; please consider sharing if you are unable to give. Thank you!

Donate here

Her Right to K(no)w – Hunter East Harlem Gallery

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Her Right to K(no)w

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

Although the gallery is closed indefinitely, this show is viewable from the 119th Street windows.

Curated by Kristen Clevenson, M.A. candidate, Art History, Hunter College

Featuring artists: A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair

As dozens of women began to step forward during the historic 2017 “Me Too” movement, they sought justice against those who had abused their bodies; justice after the fact. Still today, women are not offered the knowledge, research, or means to protect and control ourselves from abuses of power and the exploitation of our physical being. For centuries politicians and marketing teams have used women’s bodies to establish social norms, professional hierarchies, and health and beauty standards. These status quos, advertisements, research studies, and policies put women at risk of toxic practices and, in some cases, of literally ingesting toxins. For example, before 1906 manufacturers were not required to disclose “poisonous or deleterious” substances in medicine;1 it was not until 1938 that the FDA began regulating ingredients in cosmetics;2 and today there is still no policy requiring research of contents of tampons or menstrual products.3 Her Right to Know presents archival documents and marketing material alongside contemporary artworks that aim to open up a dialogue about women’s bodies and health, and the social injustices that have been placed on women dating back to the 18th century and continue into present day.

Exploring women’s relationships to medicine, cosmetics, health, and control, contemporary artists A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair illuminate and explode many of the constructs and associations of the female body. Burns presents an IUD Anti-Fertility Necklace to “ward off capitalist reproductive politics.”4 Hadba’s sculptures depict menstruation products as simultaneously violent – their shape mimics bullets – and valuable, as they “ameliorate the discomforts of women’s physiology.” Meyer manipulates imagery of fallopian tubes and uterus into scales of justice, highlighting the authority of the judicial system in highly personal decisions regarding a woman’s reproductive rights in Cunt Quilt (Choice). In her work IUD / IED, which is an IUD scaled to fit the Statue of Liberty’s uterus, Meyer further draws attention to the female body as a place for political discourse. Kizu-Blair’s snarky makeup tutorial HAG to SWAG walks the line between the attractive and the repulsive, questioning notions of beauty and performances of femininity. Displayed alongside archival material from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the artworks draw out problems and connections across centuries of women’s health.

1 New York Historical Society, “Female Remedies,” November 2, 2018 – May 27, 2019, https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibi tions/female-remedies.
2 Priyanka Narayan, “The cosmetics industry has avoided strict regulation for over a century. Now rising health concerns has FDA inquiring,” CNBC, August 2, 2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/fda-begins-first-inquiry-of-lightly-regulated-cosmetics-industry.html.
3 Jamie Kohen, “The History of the Regulation of Menstrual Tampons” LEDA at Harvard Law School, April 6, 2001, https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/8852185/Kohen.html?sequence=2. New York representatives have pushed to pass the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act for years, but have been unsuccessful.
4 A.K.Burns, “IUD Anti-Fertility Necklace,” https://akburns.net/ephemera/iud-anti-fertility-necklace/.

MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Eric Lotzer

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Eric Lotzer lives and works in New York City. His work explores the uncomfortable yet attractive aspects of human subconscious and sexual behavior. Merging personal experience with photographic source material, Lotzer’s paintings and drawings of the male body capture the grotesque and alluring world of the gay experience. Succumbing to passionate mania, the characters in his work escape into a state of euphoria by engaging in the very behaviors that push them past the realm of heteronormativity to a place distinctly human.

http://ericlotzer.com
@ericlotzer

Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Harry Dodge – Online Event, May 7, 7pm

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Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Harry Dodge

Online Event via Zoom

May 7, 7pm

Conversation moderated by Alina Yakirevitch

Zoom link: https://gmail.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33d319792054b15f8e5ac2fe7&id=7ca1190c28&e=2bfa0a3d8d

Watch list:

Love streams (13:00)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/love-streams/

Let the Good Times Roll (15:22)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/let-the-good-times-roll-2004/

Late Heavy Bombardement (5:55)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/late-heavy-bombardment-2019/

The Fudgesicle (9:23)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/the-fudgesicle-2003/

Unkillable (19:00)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/unkillable-2011/

Nature Demo (9:19)
http://harrydodge.com/portfolio/nature-demo-2008/

MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Kathleen Granados

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MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Kathleen Granados

Kathleen Granados (b. 1986, Long Island, NY) uses materials derived from the domestic sphere to create works that span installation, sculpture, and sound. In utilizing her personal history, Granados investigates memory, generational inheritances, and identity. Her work also considers the tension between personal, public, and political experiences of home.

http://www.kathleengranados.com

Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Karen Cytter – Online Event, May 2, 7pm

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Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Karen Cytter

Online Event via Zoom

May 2, 7pm

Conversation moderated by Sydney Shavers

Zoom link: https://huntercollege.zoom.us/j/99799673079?pwd=TkIxTmVuMFNRNmh4UmRZV3pWT2hmUT09

Watch list: