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DEPARTMENT EVENTS

Sarah Mihara Creagen & Jason Rondinelli, Topping
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Through August 31


Guadalupe Maravilla, MFASO Lecture
Hunter MFA Studios, 2nd Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
September 11, 7-9pm


What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection
Featured on Fox 5 News
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY
Through September 14

 

FACULTY & STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Valerie Jaudon featured in
Pattern and Decoration
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Vienna, Austria
Through September 8


Christina Freeman, Assistant Curator
Who Takes Care of New York?
Queens Museum
Opening Reception September 12


Valerie Jaudon featured in
Pattern, Crime, & Decoration
Consortium Museum
Dijon, France
Through October 20


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Open Call: The Extraordinary, Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Deadline: August 15

Communications Studio: fellowship opportunity for MA students in the Department of Art and Art History

Call for Applications: Maumaus ISP
Deadline: August 31


Sarah Mihara Creagen & Jason Rondinelli, Topping

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through August 31

Thomas Hunter Project Space is pleased to present Sarah Mihara Creagen and Jason Rondinelli's Topping, an exhibition that draws upon the lifecycle of plants as a means to explore queer sexuality. The term topping in queer culture is most commonly associated with dominant sexual roles, but in the realm of horticulture topping is as an aggressive form of pruning. The drawings and sculptures in this exhibition inhabit a precarious juncture, where BDSM and sexual health practices are presented through a humorous botanical lens.
 
Sarah Mihara Creagen has created narrative drawings that take inspiration from personal experiences, botanical illustrations, and gardening manuals. Sarah is interested in methods of close looking found in botanical sciences and how it relates to sexual health exams. She uses specific horticultural terms as a jumping off point for narratives that ricochet between sex, humor, and anxiety.
                                                               
Jason Rondinelli’s sculptures operate in the lineage of homoeroticism’s relation to floral imagery and take a particular look at the messier side of it. Here he presents abstract forms whose concave surfaces are inspired by the act of grinding flowers with a mortar and pestle. The heads of roses, and other foliage are macerated into the absorbent wooden surfaces staining the exterior over time. This action produces a plethora of associations related to sex, power, or marking the body with perfume and love potions. The bone-like sculptures accumulate a history of aggressive floral offerings that expose the vulnerability of the form.
 

Guadalupe Maravilla, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, 2nd Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

September 11, 7-9pm
 

What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection

Featured on Fox 5 News

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

Through September 14

Participating Artists: Tomie Arai, Dominique Duroseau, Maria Hupfield, Coronado Print Collective (Pepe Coronado, Leslie Jiménez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez), Shellyne Rodríguez.

For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact.

As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage. The result of Molina’s labor of love is a collection of objects that range from carefully posed, century-old framed family portraits to needle point; from lost cassettes to castaway Buddha statues; from colorful Pez dispensers to clocks and 8mm films. Each object has become a rescued moment, recovered by Molina’s sense for the importance of place, sustainability, and community.  

What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection is an exhibition that places works by seven New York City-based contemporary artists alongside a selection of Molina’s found objects. Molina, along with curator Alicia Grullón, will choose objects from the Treasures in the Trash Collection to accompany the contemporary artists’ works, creating unique, site-specific installations at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery. These ephemeral installations blur the lines between art, memory, and archive, and take on both an anthropological and artistic resolve that rests in community’s vision of itself. The resulting project emphasizes the artistic and curatorial processes of those who make, those who collect, and those who arrange, engaging the similarities among these actions.
 

Valerie Jaudon featured in
Pattern and Decoration


Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Vienna, Austria

Through September 8

Christina Freeman, Assistant Curator

Who Takes Care of New York?

Queens Museum

Opening Reception September 12

Who Takes Care of New York?  is an exploration of the variety of civic groups that exist and thrive in New York City, and the ways that they care for and support their local environments. Displayed through maps, art, and storytelling, this exhibition aims to empower visitors with an understanding of their capacity to make lasting changes in their neighborhoods.

This exhibition is organized by the USDA Forest Service’s New York City Urban Field Station (NYC UFS) and Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI). The exhibition will also feature artists whose work aligns with the themes of community-based stewardship, civic engagement, and social infrastructure, including artists Magali Duzant and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, as well as two NYC UFS Artists-in-Residence, Matthew Jensen and Julia Oldham.
 


Valerie Jaudon featured in
Pattern, Crime, & Decoration


Consortium Museum
Dijon, France

Through October 20

Pattern, Crime & Decoration features the groundbreaking, artist-led American art movement Pattern & Decoration, which started in the mid-1970s and lasted until the mid-1980s. Often viewed as the last organized art movement of the 20th century, it chronologically straddles the end of modernism and the beginning of postmodernism, through its rejection of the rigid tenets of formalism and its embrace of decorative motifs and non-Western visual forms. Strongly grounded in feminism, it included many women artists and sought to highlight some kinds of arts and crafts often dismissed as belonging to the domestic or decorative sphere such as tapestry, quilting, wallpaper or embroidery.
 
 
Open Call: The Extraordinary, Hunter East Harlem Gallery

Deadline: August 15

The Extraordinary is group show of eight artists who are currently in the process of gaining, or currently possess a 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.

This application is for an OPEN CALL for the exhibition set to take place at Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG) at Hunter College in NYC. Eight artists will be selected (including one performance work that will take place in the form of a public program) through a juried process made up of a prestigious jury of international artists and curators (Juror names will be released after the selected exhibiting artists are announced). Please note the exhibition is slatted to open Thursday, October 10, 2019 and run until February 2020.
 

Communications Studio: a fellowship opportunity for MA students in the Department of Art and Art History

The Communications Studio is a fellowship opportunity for MA students in the Department of Art and Art History. The Department has allocated funds each semester for up to three Graduate students to work with undergraduate students enrolled in art history courses, typically research methods and seminars.

Fellows will provide support and expertise to undergraduates in refining an array of skills in critical analysis, reading, and writing. Graduate fellows will review undergraduate papers and help the students improve their writing, discussion of scholarly sources, points of argument, and other related matters.

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $650 for the semester and be available to work with students from Week 4 to Week 14 of each semester as undergraduates are working on their research papers. Fellows will offer one-hour blocks each week the Studio is running.

Interested applicants should send a C.V., a cover letter explaining their interest in becoming a fellow and any relevant experience, a Writing Sample, and two faculty member references. 

All applications must be sent electronically as soon as possible, and no later than August 30, 2019, to Professor Wen-shing Chou, Undergraduate Director, at wchou@hunter.cuny.edu
 

Mickalene Thomas LLC Hiring Administrative Assistant and Preparator 

Administrative Assistant Description:  Mickalene Thomas LLC is seeking a full-time experienced Administrative Assistant. Reporting to the Studio Manager, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible forsupporting the studio in its day-to-day operations and will work with other supporting studio members to ensure open communication of overall activities in the studio. The ideal candidate is professional, hardworking, detail-oriented, and able to multitask in a fast-paced multidisciplinary artist’s studio. He or she must have previous office or personal assistant experience in an artist’s studio, a fine art gallery, or other creative field. This position requires a flexible personality and a can-do attitude with the ability to work well independently as well as on a team.

Preparator Description: Mickalene Thomas Studio seeks a full-time Preparator/ Registrar. The ideal candidate should have significant experience in a fast-paced studio, gallery or museumenvironment, with a strong interest in Contemporary Art. Primary duties and responsibilitiesrevolve around all aspects of the artist’s Studio’s inventory and production: tracking theproduction of all art work and its physical installation, maintenance, shipping and storage, as well as, the digital side of organization and archiving.

Contact studio@mickalenethomas.com for more information.
 
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