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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: https://huntercollegeart.org/sop/

 

MFA THESIS SPOTLIGHT HOSTED BY HAUSER & WIRTH

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


Part III
Insterices
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


 

Art Supply Kits: FINAL PICKUP

IF YOU HAVE NOT PICKED UP your ART SUPPLY KIT/KITS. We are providing one LAST & FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO PICKUP your KIT/S.

Please email Elizabeth Lewin <artflman@hunter.cuny.edu> directly stating the class/classes you are taking and your preferred pickup date (September 30th or October 1st).

68th Street – West Lobby (Entrance Leubsdorf Gallery)

September 30th, 11am-2pm

October 1st, 11am-2pm

Note: This is your last chance to pickup/receive your kit/s

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

Nicky Enright: Sense Us 2020

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Nicky Enright: Sense Us 2020

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
(Viewable from 119th Street Windows)
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

August 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Sense Us 2020 is a mixed-media installation of images and text on flattened shipping boxes by artist Nicky Enright. It is a public response to the questions around race on the current 2020 U.S. Census. Created to mimic the aesthetic of protest signs on cardboard and with a symbolically limited palette of black, white, and brown, the installation points to America’s pervasive fixation on race/ethnicity criteria and status checkboxes.

Through the dynamic installation of Sense Us 2020, Enright strives to understand the connections among the race/ethnicity boxes on the census and other boxes of this historical moment: from the casket boxes of recurrent racist violence, to election-year ballot boxes and quarantine and intubation boxes; from mass incarceration, to town “squares” and monument pedestal boxes; from Zoom/Skype boxes, Amazon boxes, and cash vaults to riot-police kettling, a state-of-the-art form of containment.

Hunter East Harlem Gallery is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but the Hallway Gallery can be seen through the windows on 119th Street.

Nari Ward and Sir David Adjaye Obe in Conversation

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Nari Ward and Sir David Adjaye Obe in Conversation
part of Nari Ward: We The People

Online Event
MCA Denver

August 20, 2pm

Exhibition through September 20
Join MCA Denver for a free, virtual conversation between exhibiting artist Nari Ward and Sir David Adjaye OBE, the architect who designed MCA Denver. Ward’s work often engages directly with the site in which it is installed, generating an intimate response to the architecture and opening up conversations between the art and its setting. Adjaye, an acclaimed architect who has designed several museums since completing MCA Denver in 2007, creates spaces uniquely suited for the scale and impact of contemporary art. We look forward to a lively conversation between these two world-renowned creators and innovators.

Register here

Lisa Corinne Davis featured in The Pursuit of Aesthetics

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Lisa Corinne Davis featured in The Pursuit of Aesthetics

Online Exhibition
Morgan Lehman Gallery

Through September 5

What do we say about artwork that offers an opportunity for contemplation and aesthetics? What relevance does it have in this moment? An artist’s DNA is set, accordingly, how do we work through this moment in history? Maybe some days we do not paint at all and other days we turn off our newsfeed long enough to create an abstract image.

Color carries emotion; nature inspires; memory guides our hands; beauty is persuasive.

20% of proceeds from sales will be contributed to the American Civil Liberties Union

-Andrea Belag, artist and guest curator

Valerie Jaudon: Prepositions

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Valerie Jaudon: Prepositions

DC Moore Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Through October 3

Valerie Jaudon: Prepositions showcases recent paintings that continue Jaudon’s longstanding examination, begun in the mid-1970s, of the bounded yet infinitely expandable world of the finely wrought, intricate, and maze-like abstract image.

Exhibition catalogue with essay by Raphael Rubinstein available.

Viewing room

Image: Cantabile, 2019. Oil on linen, 81 x 81 inches

Paul Ramírez Jonas, Eternal Flame

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Paul Ramírez Jonas, Eternal Flame

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY

Through March 14

Paul Ramírez Jonas’ ‘Eternal Flame’ is a monument in the form of a communal grill and imagines cooking culture as both a symbolic and real eternal flame – there is always a lit cooking fire somewhere on this globe. The work honors the role of cuisine and cooking in cultural cohesion and expression among communities and identities,  even when individuals and families relocate locally, nationally or internationally.

‘Eternal Flame’ is designed to recognize the importance of dialogue and exchange.
During this new time of social distancing the grill will not be available for public use, but instead bring people together philosophically and culturally through the common experience of cooking and eating. With this in mind, a series of videos will be released with local and distant chefs invited by the artist to address the meaning of the eternal flame while preparing recipes and relating stories on each dish’s significance. Ramírez Jonas imagines cooking culture as a symbolic eternal flame, enduring in communities for generations, over vast distances.

Michael Lobel on Confederate memorials and the history of “degenerate art”

AMERICAN DEGENERACY in ARTFORUM

June 27, 2020

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View of Frederick Wellington Ruckstull’s Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Baltimore covered in red paint, August 14, 2017. Photo: Jerry Jackson/Getty.

SOME HAVE BEEN INCLINED to view the recent removal of Civil War monuments as a turn away from the past. To many of us, however, it is a prompt not for less but rather for more history—which is to say more clear-eyed, more unflinching, more detailed historical inquiry—that would help us better understand the circumstances under which those markers were erected in the first place, often decades after the war’s end.

This is just one of many stories comprising that history, one that I think should be better known.

FULL ARTICLE

 

 

MORE THAN EVER – BFA Spring 2020 Artists’ Book Project

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MORE THAN EVER – BFA Spring 2020 Artists’ Book Project

Download it here!

“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 

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…