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POSTPONED - MFA and BFA Open Studios and Silent Auction


A Sense of Place:
a three-day symposium about New York City
Various Locations
March 12-14


Ala Dehghan, MFASO Lecture
Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
March 18, 7pm


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

Leubsfdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY
March 19 - May 3
Opening Reception: March 19, 6-8pm


Madhvi Subrahmanian, walk and chew gum…
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Through March 23


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

Hunter North, Kossak Lecture Hall, Room 1527
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
March 27, 9am - 5pm


FACULTY & STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brian Wood featured in 
The 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art
American Academy of Arts and Letters
633 W. 155th Street
New York, NY
Through April 5



ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Works on Water 2020 Video Exhibition Call for Video Works, Deadline: March 20

Screening of Vision Portraits and discussion with director Rodney Evans - March 24, 6pm

Call for Papers: Art and Politics Under Chile's Estallido Social, Deadline: April 1

A Lens on FDR’s New Deal: Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, 1935-1945, Extended through April

UFVA Conference Graduate Student Fellowship, Deadline: May 1

Asia Society Triennial Gallery Attendant Opportunity

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné Project Intern Opportunity

Walker Art Center Seeking Director and Curator of Moving Image

Rudin Internship, The Morgan Library & Museum (Paid position for CUNY students)

New Books in the Zabar Art Library

Work Study Positions Available in the Digital Lab


A Sense of Place:
a three-day symposium about New York City

Various Locations

March 12-14

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, have organized three days of programming in response. Gentrification and displacement, infrastructures of surveillance, and sustainability are among the topics we will consider. We’ve gathered artists, technologists, an auteur NYC tour guide, cultural critics, and chefs to guide us through the city, hoping to see how they shape, and are shaped by, the place of New York.

Curated by Christina Barrera, Simon Benjamin, Chris Berntsen, D’Arcy Blake, Alison Dillulio, Malanya Graham, Beatrice Johnson, Leonardo Madriz, Daniela Mayer, Sarah McCaffery, Renāte Prancāne, and Sydney Shavers with Koyo Kouoh, Foundation To-Life, Inc. Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Visiting Curator at Hunter College.

Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail rsvp@theartistsinstitute.org

Full schedule of events available here
 

Ala Dehghan, MFASO Lecture

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

March 18, 7pm
 

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

Leubsfdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY

March 19 - May 3
Opening Reception: March 19, 6-8pm

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. 
 

Madhvi Subrahmanian, walk and chew gum…

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through March 23

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:
New Resources, New Voices, New Directions


Hunter North, Kossak Lecture Hall, Room 1527
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

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.

Brian Wood featured in 
The 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art

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

Through 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.
 
 
Works on Water 2020 Video Exhibition Call for Video Works, Deadline: March 20

The Works on Water 2020 Triennial (WoW Triennial) is a series of public art works made directly on, in, and with bodies of water in all five boroughs of New York City. The WoW Triennial is not a static exhibition, but a dynamic invitation to New Yorkers to experience and reimagine the edge of our city through site-specific, participatory, time-based and embodied installations, events, conversations, excursions and more. It will take place May - October, 2020 in and around the bodies of water that surround New York City, with programming focused around the first weekend of each month. 

The Works on Water 2020 Triennial Video Exhibition (WoW Video) takes as its focus works from beyond New York City. We are interested in documentation of objects, events, and performances situated on, in, about, and/or with waterways, and that use water as site and/or material. We welcome time-based works that engage the public and address climate change and environmental issues from local to global contexts. 

Apply here
 

Screening of Vision Portraits and discussion with director Rodney Evans - March 24, 6pm

VISION PORTRAITS is a deeply personal documentary by award-winning filmmaker Rodney Evans (BROTHER TO BROTHER) as he explores how his loss of vision may impact his creative future. Using archival material, interviews and observational footage of several visually impaired creative artists, the film is a tantalizing meditation on blindness and creativity, a sensual work that opens our minds to new possibilities.

“Evans has made a touchingly honest ode to the inner life of all artists.”  -Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

Enter Hunter College on 69th St between Park & Lexington Avenues

Bring Photo ID | Free & Open to the public

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-vision-portraits-and-discussion-with-director-rodney-evans-tickets-93390297895

Sponsored by the Department of Film & Media Studies, Hunter College 
 
 
Call for Papers: Art and Politics Under Chile's Estallido Social, Deadline: April 1

On October 18, 2019, massive protests erupted in Chile, inaugurating the biggest social uprising since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973–1990). Coined as Chile’s estallido social (social outbreak), millions of citizens and immigrants took to the streets to demand a decolonial “commonwealth”—the end of the neoliberal model imported for the first time into Chile during Pinochet’s regime under the advice of US economist Milton Friedman, and the end of centuries of colonialism from western Europe and US powers—stating that they would not stop “Until Dignity Becomes the Norm,” as its main motto reads. Presided over by right-wing billionaire Sebastián Piñera, the government in office has responded by violating human rights and refusing to implement structural changes. As a result, the population has created murals, performances, and collective actions, thus turning the public space into an open-air experimental museum. Considering the urgency of the political situation vis-à-vis the major role that art has adopted within it, we call for papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

• Feminisms and performance
• Digital and/or material images
• The appropriation of cultural symbols and mottos used during Allende’s “Peaceful Road to Socialism” and the right-wing dictatorship
• Muralist brigades
• Contingent graffities
• Art and Neoliberalism
• Photodocumentary and protest

Chairs: Florencia San Martín, School of Visual Arts & Paula Solimano, Hunter College

For more information on the conference, please visit the website: https://secacart.org/page/Richmond. All proposals must be submitted by April 1, 2020.

A Lens on FDR’s New Deal: Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, 1935-1945, Extended through April

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

Roosevelt House has a new exhibition A Lens on FDR’s New Deal featuring more than 150 photographs taken by New Deal photographer Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) for the Farm Security Administration (1935-1941) and the Office of War Information during World War II (1942-1946). The show is organized around a book proposal that Rothstein wrote but was never published. Original photographs and reproductions, as well as published materials, highlight the varied media where Rothstein’s work was showcased throughout his prolific 50-year career. The show was co-curated by Deborah Gardner, Curator of Roosevelt House, with Annie Rothstein Segan and Brodie Hefner of The Arthur Rothstein Legacy Project.
 

UFVA Conference Graduate Student Fellowship, Deadline: May

The University Film and Video Association Graduate Student Fellowship provides financial support for students attending the annual UFVA conference. The fellowship also provides professional development opportunities for current graduate students working in the areas of media, film, and production studies.

Active participation in the UFVA annual conference provides professional networking opportunities that further career development and build your knowledge base. Fellows receive: complimentary registration, lodging in a shared dorm room, picnic, and banquet tickets.
 

Asia Society Triennial Gallery Attendant Opportunity

Asia Society Museum is seeking graduate students or recent graduates for the spring and summer of 2020 with a demonstrated interest in Asia and the arts for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial. This is a paid, temporary, part-time position with an hourly rate of $15. The Candidates are asked to commit to twelve weeks reporting on site at Governors Island from May 18 through August 9 during the installation and Vernissage periods, and public opening days of the Asia Society Triennial.

More information here

Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné Project Intern Opportunity

New York, NY

POSITION SUMMARY
The Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné project is presently researching Joan Mitchell’s paintings in preparation of a catalogue raisonné. This will be a scholarly publication documenting all of the artist’s painted work, including entries for each painting with complete descriptive information and detailed histories of ownership, exhibitions, and literature.

The JMCR is seeking a part-time Research Intern to aid with the collection of information about exhibitions and published materials pertaining to Joan Mitchell’s paintings, as well as assisting with painting provenance research. This internship will provide exposure to the operations of a Catalogue Raisonné project and the opportunity to perform in-depth research on a single artist’s body of work. This is a paid internship which will last from mid-May through mid-August with a schedule of three days per week.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Support JMCR research staff by obtaining copies of exhibition catalogues and
brochures, periodical articles (journals, newspapers, etc.), historic gallery
checklists, and other materials from local libraries and archives
• Incorporate collected materials into the JMCR paper and digital filing systems
• Aid with provenance research as needed
• Provide administrative support as needed
• Work alongside JMCR team to learn the operations of a Catalogue Raisonné
project

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED
• Art history undergraduate or graduate student
• Experience performing research in art libraries and archives
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Ability to work independently with close attention to detail
• Professional demeanor

ADA SPECIFICATIONS
This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. Position requires ability to communicate effectively and the ability to use computers, telephones and other office equipment. To be qualified, you must have the requisite skills, experience and education for the internship and must also be able to perform the essential functions of the internship, with or without reasonable accommodation. The Joan Mitchell Catalogue Raisonné provides reasonable accommodations to applicants upon request.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@joanmitchellcr.org. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Walker Art Center Seeking Director and Curator of Moving Image

The Walker Art Center is seeking a forward-looking, dynamic Director and Curator of Moving Image who will provide strong vision and leadership for our Moving Image programs.  As the leader of a key programming department, this position will provide a sound voice inside and outside the Walker on topical issues and the evolving nature of curatorial and intellectual practices in the moving image and cultural fields.  The Director and Curator of Moving Image will be a champion of emerging artists and practices within the field. They will maximize the potential for interdisciplinary experimentation.  They will create opportunities for audiences of all ages, levels of interest and abilities to understand, appreciate and question contemporary art and artists. 

The Director and Curator of Moving Image will provide the strategic stewardship and further development of the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.  They will lead a small talented team and work collaboratively with staff across the institution to develop programming.  They will conduct research, contribute written scholarship, and further our programming so the Walker continues to be a trailblazer in artists’ and experimental moving image as well repertory cinema programming.  They will utilize audience analytics to evaluate methods and inform decisions.

More information here

Rudin Internship, The Morgan Library & Museum (Paid position for CUNY students)

The Education Department is seeking a School Program Assistant to help implement the Morgan’s school, teacher, and family programs. The candidate must be a full-time undergraduate student at a CUNY school. He or she must demonstrate a keen interest in the field of museum education and in the visual arts, a rigorous attention to detail, and solid writing and communication skills. The intern will assist in the daily implementation of school and after-school programs, set-up and clean-up school program classes, maintain school and family program supplies, assist in preparing teachers’ confirmation packets, submit event forms, and assist in the production of school and family pamphlets and flyers. Physical condition should allow lifting, bending, reaching top shelves, and pushing carts. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. The School Program Assistant reports to the Education Coordinator and Assistant Manager of School Programs with overall supervision by the Manager of Education.

More info here

Work Study Positions Available in the Digital Lab

Title: Digital Lab Monitor

Location: 205 Hudson, MFA Campus or 68th Street

Qualifications: Must be proficient with Mac computer. Experience with Adobe programs and printing a plus.
Compensation: $15.00 per hour for undergrad / $17 for graduate students, 10-20 hours a week, flexible hours

You must be eligible for WORK-STUDY (Sorry, no international students) and you need to have filled out your FAFSA.

Please check with the financial aid office if you are unsure of your
status: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/onestop/finances/financial-aid

For other questions or if you are interested, please contact: huntercmphoto@gmail.com
 
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