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MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Amra Causevic and Andrew Foster

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MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Amra Causevic and Andrew Foster

Amra Causevic is a combined media and installation artist and is interested in orchestrating instances of potentiality or concrete possibilities that proposes the futurity of play through means of touch, activation, assembly, and interaction.

Through the manipulation of light, surface, near-defunct-technologies, objects and traditional painting materials, Andrew Foster’s process based works vibrate at the edge of articulation and experience.

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.

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times – Through June 7

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME

Through June 7

The PMA is honored to present Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, an exhibition that reimagines a familiar form of religious furniture—the tabernacle—as a symbolic location for cultural values such as justice, equality, and knowledge. Throughout their decades-long careers, sculptor Sheila Pepe and painter Carrie Moyer have achieved international acclaim through abstract works that are rich with color and materiality, incorporating diverse themes of craft, feminism, and queer activism.

The Portland Museum of Art is closed indefinitely but Tabernacles for Trying Times is featured in a video walk through available on the PMA’s homepage.

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.

Susan Crile in Art in America


Susan Crile featured in Art in America

“Susan Crile was among the Western artists who rushed to region to document the aftermath of the war firsthand. Her Field of Fire (1991) depicts oil wells in Kuwait that had been set on fire by retreating Iraqis. Crile saw the apocalyptic landscape in July 1991 on a visit facilitated by Bechtel, an American company hired to extinguish the fires.”

– “A MoMA PS1 Exhibition Examines The Living Legacy of The Gulf Wars” by Rahel Aima

Brian Wood featured in The 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art at The American Academy of Arts and Letters

Brian Wood featured in 
The 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art

American Academy of Arts and Letters
633 W. 155th Street
New York, NY

March  5 – April 5

Paintings, sculptures, video, photographs, and works on paper by 28 contemporary artists will be exhibited in the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Exhibiting artists were chosen from over 150 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, composers, and writers. The recipients of the Academy’s 2020 Art and Purchase Awards will be selected from this exhibition.

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).