The Black Index exhibition opens September 16 at UT Austin

The Black Index exhibition is opening September 16th at the Art Galleries at Black Studies, UT Austin!

The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to announce the traveling group exhibition The Black Index featuring the work of Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas. The artists included in The Black Index build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice—a Black index—that still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification.

Curated by Bridget R. Cooks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and the Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine. Exhibition and tour organized by Sarah Watson, Chief Curator, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York in collaboration with the University Art Galleries at UC Irvine, Palo Alto Art Center, and Art Galleries at Black Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about The Black Index programming and exhibition tour visit:


Constance DeJong: A survey exhibition opens August 24

Constance DeJong
A survey exhibition of the artist’s work
Curated by Sarah Watson and Jocelyn Spaar

August 24–October 9, 2021
Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Hunter College Art Galleries
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street, New York, NY

The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present Constance DeJong, a survey exhibition marking the artist’s first solo show at an institutional gallery. For over four decades, DeJong—“a person of language”—has made daring, original forays into the intersections of the formal avant-garde in experimental prose writing, multi-media spoken text works, and user-navigated digitalprojects. Well known for her contributions to New York’s downtown performance art and avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and ’80s, DeJong is considered one of the progenitors of media art, or “time-based media.”  This exhibition highlights DeJong’s hybrid mode of art making, featuring work from the past three decades and debuting several new works by the artist.  

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Professor Juan Sanchez Awarded Mellon Latinx Artist Fellowship

“I am an artist expressing the turmoil, yearnings, and aspirations of humanity. I want to express the cries, anguish, rebellion, and struggle for social justice and self-determination. I also want to celebrate beauty, joy, and life-affirming spirits.”  


Born in Brooklyn to working-class Puerto Rican parents, Juan Sánchez is a visual artist and one of the most important Nuyorican cultural figures to emerge in the second half of the 20th century. He is part of a generation of artists—including Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Pepón Osorio, and Papo Colo—who in the 1980s and ’90s explored questions of ethnic, racial, and national identity in their work. Sánchez specifically became known for producing brightly hued mixed media canvases, in addition to photography, printmaking, and video, that confront the United States’ colonial domination in his parents’ homeland of Puerto Rico, its struggle for independence, and the numerous obstacles facing Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Sánchez’s major solo and groundbreaking group exhibitions include Juan Sánchez: ¿What’s The Meaning of This?: Painting/Collage/Video at BRIC Art /Media House, Brooklyn; TRIPTYCH/TRIPTICO: RETRATOS/PORTRAITS, the Zoellner Arts Center Main Gallery, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; and Juan Sánchez: Rican/Structions: Paintings of the ’90s at MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. His art is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. Among his awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the CUAA 2020 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for Achievement in Visual Art, and induction into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame. Sánchez is professor of art at Hunter College, City University of New York.


Full Announcement: Mellon Latinx Artist Fellowship 

Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haiti, June 18 – September 18

Hunter East Harlem Gallery Traveling Exhibition
Curated by Arden Sherman with Katie Hood Morgan and Marie Vickles

516 ARTS
Albuquerque, NM
June 18 – September 18


The traveling exhibition features sculptural works by 27 artists from Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and Haiti. It presents various approaches to subject matter, materials, and process that speak to contemporary practices by artists of this region, evincing their participation in a globalized art world and putting pressure on who is at its “center” and who is on its “periphery.”

Featured artists: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Raphaël Barontini, Sylvia Berté, Julie Bessard, Hervé Beuze, Jean-François Boclé, Alex Burke, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Gaëlle Choisne, Ronald Cyrille (aka B. Bird), Jean-Ulrick Désert, Kenny Dunkan, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Adler Guerrier, Jean-Marc Hunt, Nathalie Leroy-Fiévée, Audry Liseron-Monfils, Louisa Marajo, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine, Jérémie Paul, Marielle Plaisir, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Najja Moon, Tabita Rezaire, Yoan Sorin, Jude Papaloko Thegenus, and Kira Tippenhauer.

The Black Index: Publication Launch Friday, June 18

The Black Index 
Publication Launch

Friday, June 18 
3pm EST/noon PST


Join the Palo Alto Art Center and Hunter College Art Galleries for a virtual book launch celebrating The Black Index, co-published by the Hunter College Art Galleries and Hirmer Verlag, featuring the work of artists Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas.

The event will feature a conversation with the publication editors, Bridget R. Cooks, curator of The Black Index and Sarah Watson, Chief Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries with appearances by catalogue contributors Re’al Christian, CalvinJohn Smiley, Vivian Sming, and Ella Turenne. A discussion will follow focused on the Redaction font commissioned by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts and featured in The Black Index with the designers who created it: Forest Young, Global Principal and Head of Design at Wolff Olins and Jeremy Mickel, Type Designer and owner of MCKL; moderated by Stephen Coles, Associate Curator at Letterform Archive in San Francisco.

This event is organized in concert with the presentation of The Black Index at the Palo Alto Art Center (May 1–August 14, 2021). For more information about the exhibition and tour schedule visit:

The publication is available through Hirmer Verlag and University of Chicago Press

The Black Index publication is made possible by the support of the Ford Foundation, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and the Leubsdorf Fund at Hunter College.


Art of and Around “The Underground Railroad”, June 17

Join Barry Jenkins and Michael Lobel as they discuss the influence of the visual arts on Jenkins’s critically acclaimed television adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” In 2017, Jenkins received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his second feature, the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning Best Picture “Moonlight.” His adaptation of James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk” received three Academy Award nominations and won Best Picture at the Independent Spirit Awards. Jenkins’s next feature film projects include a follow-up to “The Lion King” for Walt Disney Studios and a biopic of choreographer Alvin Ailey for Searchlight Pictures.

Summer Materials Kits

Summer 2021 (6W1-5/27/21-7/12/21) Kit Distribution Information
  1. Kits will be distributed via LOCKER PICK-UP (CONTACTLESS) or IN-CLASS
  2. You MUST fill out the Google form with preferred pick-up method to receive a kit  <
  3. Kit distribution will occur May 27- June 3 (after this time kits will no longer be available to students)
  4. You will be permitted on campus, and on the 11th floor, only when the building is OPEN (if you are unsure if the building is open they should check the Hunter website and/or call Public Safety (212-772-4447) prior, to confirm)
  5. Lockers will be distinguished by COLORED PAPER SIGNAGE 
  6. Each sign will contain COURSE TYPE (i.e. Painting, Printmaking, Drawing,) COURSE INSTRUCTOR, and DAY/TIME OF CLASS
  7. Lockers will be SECURED WITH ZIP-TIES that you will cut (clippers provided), and retrieve the kit
  1. You MUST complete the following in order to gain on-site access: Complete the COVID-19 Training on Blackboard
  2. Download and complete the Everbridge Symptom Checker within 4 hours of arrival <> (If students cannot download the app, or do not have a smartphone, there is a symptom checker kiosk in the West Lobby)
  3. You must have a CUNYOne ID Card (students who do not have a CUNYOne ID Card should visit for  more information)
  4. Students who are immunocompromised or living out of state can arrange to have their kit/kits shipped (oversized or heavy items will be omitted)
  5. To schedule/arrange shipment of kit/kits, email


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