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Michael Lobel featured in Artforum

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Michael Lobel featured in Artforum
Close Contact: Art and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

“There are virtually no monuments or memorials to those who died from influenza in 1918–19, in part because of the contemporaneity of the war, but also because the pandemic seems to have lacked any central organizing visual motifs. Unlike the Great War, the flu offered up no heroic doughboys or angels of victory, nor were there any persevering scientists who could provide a convenient face of the battle against the illness…. And it certainly lacked the kind of molecular renderings that are used to visualize viruses in our own day, specifically that now-ubiquitous spiky globe, like some kind of Koosh ball or knobby dog toy, that, in its scientistic imaging of disease, has become one of the primary visual emblems of Covid-19.”

Read the full article here

Image: Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu, 1919, oil on canvas, 59 x 51 5/8”. National Gallery, Oslo.

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

Alexandro Segade’s Graphic Novel The Context published this month by Primary Information

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Alexandro Segade’s Graphic Novel The Context published this month by Primary Information

The Context reimagines the superhero comic book as a queer parable of belonging. The story follows six powerful beings from different worlds who find themselves inexplicably adrift together in an otherwise lifeless void: Biopower, Cathexis, Barelife, Objector, Drives, and Form. The characters, each named for a concept drawn from critical theory, engage one another in skintight fight scenes that often look like sex scenes, and philosophical debates masked as exposition.

As a lifelong fan and a more recent critic of the superhero genre, artist and performer Alexandro Segade approached his first graphic novel as a solo performance, acting out all the roles: writer, penciller, inker, colorist and letterer. The Context considers the form of the graphic novel through conceptual, minimalist, op art, and constructivist aesthetics, while paying homage to the great cosmic comics of the 1970s and ’80s: Silver Surfer, Legion of Super Heroes, Green Lantern, Adam Warlock and X-Men (to name a few). A meditation on group dynamics, composed of foreshortened figures in flight set against an endless field of stars, The Context illustrates a vastness that extends past the boundaries of different art forms and ways of being.

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:

MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Johanna Strobel

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MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Johanna Strobel

Johanna Strobel is an interdisciplinary artist from Germany. She holds degrees in Information Science and Mathematics and graduated in painting and graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich with Honors (Meisterschuelerin). Based on free flowing research, Johanna investigates objects and structures of our shared reality and culture, exploring unwieldy concepts like language, perception of time and space, the creation of meaning, the construction of subjectivity and objecthood, and the everyday perception and precipitation of these concepts in mundane life. She processes her ideas both logically and associatively and uses repetition and recursion to explore them working in a variety of media including video, installation, painting and sculpture.

@hijoylo
www.johannastrobel.com

David Levi Strauss in Conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael – Online Event, April 23, 7-9pm

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David Levi Strauss in Conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael

Online Event
April 23, 7pm

David Levi Strauss in conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael, discusses the new book CO-ILLUSION Dispatches from the End of Communication (MIT Press 2020). Co-hosted with the Magnum Foundation.

View a recording of his event here

Michael Lobel: Inside Vincent’s Creative Process: Van Gogh and Popular Culture – April 23, 3pm, Online Event

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Michael Lobel: Inside Vincent’s Creative Process: Van Gogh and Popular Culture

Online Event Hosted by Hunter @ Home

April 23, 3pm

Register here

Renowned and prize-winning art historian Michael Lobel, Professor, Art History at Hunter College, shares insights from his ground-breaking research exploring the influences from the period’s print popular culture on the thinking and art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most beloved and enigmatic artists of all time. While we’ve all seen the work of Van Gogh in innumerable printed formats—in posters, exhibition catalogues, and full-color reproductions of all sorts—many are less familiar with the artist’s keen interest in the print culture of his time. This lecture will survey some of Van Gogh’s most significant influences of that type, particularly from the 19th-century English illustrated press, and explore their profound impact on his thinking and his art. Event will conclude with live virtual Q&A.