Constance De Jong: A survey exhibition of the artist’s work – Postponed

Constance De Jong: A survey exhibition of the artist’s work

Leubsfdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY


The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present Constance De Jong, a survey exhibition marking the artist’s first solo show at an institutional gallery. For over four decades, De Jong—“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 digital projects. Well known for her contributions to New York’s downtown performance art and avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and ’80s, De Jong is considered one of the progenitors of media art, or “time-based media.” This exhibition highlights De Jong’s hybrid mode of art making, featuring work from the past three decades and debuting several new works by the artist.

Curated by Sarah Watson and Jocelyn Spaar with Lazarus Graduate Curatorial Fellow Sigourney Schultz

Image info: Flame, 2019, Spoken text with sound material and video on 12-inch sensor-controlled digital frame, 3 minutes. Courtesy of Bureau, New York and the artist.

Spring 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibitions Postponed Until Fall


The Spring 2020 MFA Thesis exhibitions, originally scheduled for April and May, have been postponed until the Fall. See below for the new dates. Visit the MFA website for more information and to see the Weekly Featured Artist.

Spring 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition Part I – September 10 – 26

Spring 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition Part II – October 8 – 24

Image: Thesis student Johanna Strobel in her studio.

Madhvi Subrahmanian, walk and chew gum…

Madhvi Subrahmanian, walk and chew gum…

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Madhvi Subrahmanian’s practice has been informed, defined and transformed by her migratory life and the opportunities and challenges of her constant relocations. Her exhibition walk and chew gum…captures her response to New York City during her Visiting Artist Residency at Hunter College Department of Art and Art history.

“As I was exploring the grid and responding to the city in clay, paper and photo documentation, I became fascinated with the persistent gum marks on the pavements.  The marks tell a story of where people congregate, connect, and depart, while disclosing the social structure of a neighborhood. Having lived in Singapore, a country where chewing gum is banned, these marks become more evident to me, revealing the movements of people in the city and spaces where they take a break from its relentless energy”.

Based between Mumbai and Singapore, Subrahmanian is an artist, curator, and writer. Her initial training was in Pondicherry, India and she has a Masters in Fine Arts from Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX.  She is a founder member of the Indian Ceramic Triennale and a member of International Academy Of Ceramics, Geneva and Artaxis, USA.  Her works can be seen in numerous public collections in India, Japan, China and Singapore.

Illustration and its Histories Online Symposium – March 27, 9am – 5pm

Illustration and its Histories:
New Resources, New Voices, New Directions

The Symposium will be held online

March 27, 9am – 5pm


Organized by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College, New York City, this one-day interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars, curators, and artists who are exploring new approaches to the study of illustration within historical and contemporary frameworks.

As a set of practices and a cultural force, illustration emerged in the 19th century as a new and distinctly modern phenomenon. A vital component of the visual languages of advertising, design, publishing, and entertainment, illustration is omnipresent in modern culture, yet its historical and theoretical specifics have remained relatively unexamined. This symposium aims to bring together researchers and practitioners across multiple fields who are interested in the history, practice, and subjects of illustration, and who want to contribute to the emerging field of illustration studies.

The theme of the symposium’s morning panel on immigration and migration in illustrating is inspired by the Norman Rockwell Museum’s current exhibition, Finding Home: Four Artists’ Stories.

Image © Edel Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

Catherine Haggarty, MFASO Lecture – March 4, 7pm

Catherine Haggarty, MFASO Lecture

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

March 4, 7pm

Catherine Haggarty, b. 1984, is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Haggarty earned her M.F.A from Mason Gross, Rutgers University in 2011. Currently, Haggarty is an adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) also co-directs NYC Crit Club.

Haggarty’s paintings and curatorial work have been reviewed by and featured in Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, Brooklyn Magazine, The New York Times, Maake Magazine, Art Maaze Magazine, Art Spiel, Final Friday Podcast, Sound and Vision Podcast, The Black and White Project, Curating Contemporary’s book Eraser, and Young Space. From 2016 to 2019 she was a co-director of the artist run space, Ortega y Gasset in Brooklyn NY.

Select exhibitions include, Morgan Lehman, Markel Fine Arts, N2N Gallery in New York, Art on Papier Fair with Project Pangee in Montreal Canada, Tripp Gallery in London, Galleria Daniele Agostini in Switzerland, Bridge Productions in Seattle, Able Baker Contemporary in Portland Maine and CGK Gallery in Copenhagen.

Solo shows include This Friday Next Friday (NYC), Bloomsburg University (PA), One Main Window (NY), One River School of Art and Design, Proto Gallery (NJ), and Look and Listen in Marseille France.

In 2018 Haggarty was the Anderson Endowed Lecturer at Penn State University, and the juror for Espositivo Residency in Madrid. Teaching experience includes Rutgers University, The School of Visual Arts, Hofstra University. Additional critic appointments include Brooklyn College MFA, Denison University MFA, The Wassaic Project, Nars Founcation, Residency Unlimited, Trestle and Boston University’s MFA Exhibition in 2016.

**CANCELLED** Photography and Archival Narratives: FSA and Ebony – March 6, 4-7pm



Due to unexpected circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

Photography and Archival Narratives: FSA and Ebony

Panel discussion
Laura Wexler, Yale University and
LeRonn Brooks, Getty Research Institute

Hunter North, Room 1527
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY

March 6, 4-7pm

Photo: Gordon Parks, Anacostia, D.C. Frederick Douglass housing project. Mother and her daughter, July 1942 (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection LC-USF346-013378)

*Visitors will need to get a guest pass from the main entrance at Hunter College on the corner of 68th St. and Lexington Ave.

Suzanne Lacy, Zabar Visiting Artist Lecture – February 26

Suzanne Lacy, Zabar Visiting Artist Lecture

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

February 26, 7pm

Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues of sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively within traditions of fine art performance and community organizing, Lacy has realized large-scale projects in London, Brooklyn, Medellin, Los Angeles, Quito, Northwest England, Madrid and, most recently, along the Irish Border, exploring local reactions to Brexit. In 2019 she had a career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Yerba Buena Art Center.

Her work has been reviewed in The Village Voice, Frieze Magazine, Artforum, L.A. Times, New York Times, Art in America, and The Guardian, and in numerous books and periodicals. She has exhibited at Tate Modern in London, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the New Museum and P.S. 1 in New York, and the Bilbao Museum in Spain. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Bellagio residency program, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and most recently the James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund from the University of Southern California.

Also known for her writing and academic career, Lacy edited Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art and is author of Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from Robert Gordon University in Scotland. She is currently a professor at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California and is a resident artist at 18th Street Arts Center.

Lisa McCleary, Borderless at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – Closing February 29


Lisa McCleary, Borderless

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists

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

Through February 29

Through painting, sculpture, and tapestry Lisa McCleary addresses the sensation of touch. In her work, McCleary creates a space in which desire, tactility, the body, and digital representation come together. Through her work, McCleary examines mediated corporeality, rendering the body into an abject and sensuous landscape and filtering the human form through many screens. Interested in the pleasure of flesh and the way that pleasure translates into our desire for tools of communication, McCleary’s work explores our tactile relationship to industrial materials. Using paint, she explores the erotic quality of the oozing landscapes, wet folds of metaphorical flesh, sexual arousal, and “otherness.”

Lisa McCleary is an Irish-Australian artist currently living in New York. In 2015, she received her BFA from UNSW Art & Design in Sydney, and in 2018 she completed her MFA at Parsons, The New School, in New York. She has exhibited internationally, and recently had a solo exhibition, “Edging”, at Gallery MC (New York). In 2018, she was chosen as a winner of the RE: ARTISTE, Show Your World, International Juried Art Competition at Gallery MC, and, in 2019, she was selected as a finalist for the William and Dorothy Yeck Young Painters Competition at Miami University and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She has been an artist-in-resident at Trestle Artist Residency (Brooklyn), the Summer Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts (Manhattan), and the Vermont Studio Residency (Johnson, VT).

The Extraordinary at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – Closing February 29


The Extraordinary

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

Through February 29

Hunter East Harlem Gallery is pleased to announce the selected artists from our recent Open Call: THE EXTRAORDINARY. The submissions were reviewed by a prestigious jury: María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at The Museum of Modern Art; Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed; Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum; and Javier Telles, international artist.

The Selected Artists: Sarah Mihara Creagen, CanadaWoomin Kim, South Korea
Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh Yue Nakayama, JapanAnna Parisi, BrazilShimpei Shirafuji, JapanCatalina Tuca, ChileRamyar Vala, Iran

The Extraordinary is a group exhibition of eight artists who are currently in the process of gaining, or currently possess an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to this process and at the same time, inspect the system which requires those to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking individuals will be able to list on their CVs for qualification for the Visa through the US Government. Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events. PROGRAMMING LINE UP TO COME SOON. Stay tuned.

Aura Rosenberg, MFASO Lecture – February 19, 7pm

Aura Rosenberg, MFASO Lecture

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

Aura Rosenberg lives and works in New York and Berlin. Her work draws on photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation and performance to probe sexuality, gender, childhood, work/play, artistic identity, family relationships and world history. She has published three books of photographs: Head Shots, (StopOver Press 1996), a series of black/white portraits of men seemingly caught in a moment of ecstasy; Berlin Childhood (Steidl/DAAD 2001), inspired by Walter Benjamin’s chronicle of a bourgeois upbringing in Berlin at the turn of the last century and Who Am I? What Am I? Where Am I ? (Hatje Cantz 2006), a series of children’s portraits, each made in collaboration with another artist. Her photo series Head Shots was shown this year at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and travelled to Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. A selection of her paintings, video and sculptural work is currently featured at Muzeum Susch in an exhibition titled Up To And Including Limits: After Carolee Schneeman.

Rosenberg is represented by Martos Gallery in New York City and Meliksetian Briggs Gallery in Los Angeles. She teaches at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts. She also plays keyboards with her bands

Tom Lane, In Response to History at Thomas Hunter Project Space – Through February 28


Tom Lane, In Response to History

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through February 28
Opening Reception: February 7, 6:30-9pm

The role of Art has always been to respond to Art History or World History. Tom Lane’s porcelain vessels and sculpture examine many tragic and important issues of our day. The artistic voice is at times somber and other times humorous.

“I see my work in two groups: SERVICE and PLAY. Service includes the tribute vessels, about lives lost; these are works that felt like they needed to be done. Play includes The Pretenders (above), pieces that construct a fictional narrative that looks at the authority and responsibility of national leaders. Humor, like sorrow, puts the viewer in an emotional space that may open them to new ways of thinking.”

“The tribute vessels may be the most important work I do. I believe the United States and specifically, New York City, has been suffering from PTSD since 9/11. I believe art has a transcendental value that has the power to heal.  The vessel is an understood form to hold this important content. The intellect does not get in the way; the message goes straight to the heart.”

Images of Tom Lane’s 9/11 Urn and Iraq Memorial Vase can be seen on Instagram: tom_lane_ceramics

Visitors will need to get a “guest pass” from the main entrance at Hunter College on the corner of 68th St. and Lexington Ave. You may then use any entrance to reach the Thomas Hunter Project Space, located in the basement of the Thomas Hunter Building (930 Lexington Ave.)

Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture – February 5, 7pm

Sydney Shen, MFASO Lecture

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

February 5, 7pm

Sydney Shen’s (b. 1989, New Jersey) sculptures and installations walk the fine line between wonder and horror, and use motifs of the macabre and abject, especially those which test the limits of the body, to point toward bigger philosophical questions about what lies beyond human knowledge. Her recent solo exhibitions include Onion Master, New Museum, New York, 2019; as well as Every Good Boy Does Fine, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, 2019. Recent group exhibitions include Invisible-Exports (New York), Deitch Projects (New York), American Medium (New York). Upcoming exhibitions include Queens Museum (New York) and Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai).

Sydney is currently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program. She received the Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship, Queens Museum, Queens, NY, 2019 and the Queens Art Fund New Works Grant, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY, 2018. She graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011.

Sydney’s studio-adjacent projects include co-hosting the podcast 69 Favor Taste, which explores and reframes the consumption of Asian identities; co-authoring Perfume Area, a book of prose-poetry; and making fine jewelry under the pseudonym Gesualda.

Gil Arnaud Ngolé, Parametric Melody of the River – Postponed

Gil Arnaud Ngolé, Parametric Melody of the River

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists

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

**Postponed due to strict US policies**

Gil Arnaud Ngolé’s practice uses indigenous fabrication techniques to speak to forced displacement. Utilizing a variety of media including acrylic, holographic paper, reeds, and other discarded materials, Ngolé creates sculptural drawings and wearable works. Ngolé’s interest in photographic processes, documentation, and staging is seen in his works, which place sculpture into the landscape with the purpose of being photographed. His drawing practice pulls in protein structures and indigenous architecture to create hybridized, sculptural works.

Ngolé was born in Brazzaville, The Republic of the Congo, during the postcolonial era. This social and political environment has remained an important source of inspiration. Ngolé received a BFA from the Rueil-Malmaison’s College of Art (Paris), and an MFA from the Memphis College of Art (Memphis, TN). His works has been exhibited at Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), the Memorial Art Gallery (Memphis, TN), the Tops Gallery (Memphis, TN), The Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), ArtFields 2016 Biennale (Lake City, SC), the Sumter Art Gallery (Sumter, SC), and the Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). He has been a sponsored resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute and a SFAI Visiting Artist with the University of New Mexico Lands Arts Of The American West in 2017.

O1 Magazine Launch Party at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – February 6, 6:30-8:30pm

O1 Magazine Launch Party

part of The Extraordinary

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

February 6, 6:30-8:30pm

Editor and creator of O1 Magazine, Jenny Hung will launch the third version of her serial publication dedicated to the foreign and the familiar. The magazine features works by foreign-born artists living in the US, many of whom have struggled with the complexities and stresses of the O-1 application.

Amanda Valdez, MFASO Lecture – February 13, 7pm


Amanda Valdez, MFASO Lecture

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

February 13, 7pm

Amanda Valdez uses fabric, embroidery, paint, and a sewing machine to make her paintings. Oscillating between abstraction and representation her shapes poke at everything human. She examines how painting can represent the physical experiences and stories of the body, using different modes of making to give a larger sense of time on a historic scale.

Amanda is based in New York City. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the recipient of Artist-in-Residency awards from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Center to name a few. She was awarded the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Recent solo exhibitions include First Might, Denny Gallery New York, Rotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez. Ladies’ Night, Mead Art Museum, Amherst University, The Mysteries, Koki Fine Arts, Tokyo, and Hot Bed, DotFiftyOne, Miami. She is included in the collections of The Davis Museum at Wellesley College and The Mead Art Museum at Amherst University, along with private collections.