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DEPARTMENT EVENTS

Mayday
Hunter MFA Thesis Part II
205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
May 9 - May 25


Emily Jacir, MFASO Lecture
Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
May 10, 7pm


BFA Thesis Exhibition: The End
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY
May 15 – June 16
Opening reception: May 15, 6–8pm


Koyo Kouoh, Goldberg Visiting Curator Lecture
Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
May 15, 7pm


Malin Abrahamsson, Spaceholders
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Through May 18


Tauba Auerbach
The Artist's Institute
132 E. 65th Street
New York, NY
Through June 1


do it (in school)
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY
Through June 1
 

FACULTY & STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dance With Me
Featuring Lisa Corinne Davis
Zürcher Gallery
33 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
Opening Reception May 11, 6-8pm


Nari Ward: We the People
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY
Through May 26


Katerina Lanfranco: Shadow Light
HOUSEGallery
1816 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Through June 2


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


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship

Open Call: The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence via Blockchain

Fall 2019 Internships at The Guggenheim

Judy Glickman Lauder, Photography Lecture: Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception

College Night: Notes on Fashion at the Met

The Painting Area is seeking Work Study Studio Monitors

Sculpture Area TA and Work Study Positions for Current MFA Students

Work Study Positions Available in the Digital Lab


Emily Jacir, MFASO Lecture

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

May 10, 7pm

Emily Jacir is a Palestinian artist and filmmaker. Born in Bethlehem in 1973, Jacir spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, attending high school in Italy. She attended Memphis College of Art and graduated with an art degree. She divides her time between Rome, Italy and Ramallah.

Jacir works in a variety of media including film, photography, installation, performance, video, writing and sound. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East since 1994, holding solo exhibitions in places including New York City, Los Angeles, Ramallah, Beirut, London and Linz.

Active in the building of Ramallah's art scene since 1999, Jacir has also worked with various organizations including the A. M. Qattan Foundation, al-Ma'mal Foundation and the Sakakini Cultural Center. She has been involved in creating numerous projects and events such as Birzeit's Virtual Art Gallery. She also founded and curated the first International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002.She curated a selection of shorts; Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 – 1982) which went on tour in 2007. Between 2000 - 2002 she curated several Arab Film programs in NYC with Alwan for the Arts including the first Palestinian Film Festival in 2002. She works as a full-time professor at the vanguard International Academy of Art Palestine since it opened its doors in 2006 and she also served on its Academic Board from 2006 through 2012. Jacir led the first year of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program in Beirut (2011-2012) and created the curriculum and programming after serving on the founding year of the Curricular Committee from 2010-2011. (Wikipedia)
 

BFA Thesis Exhibition: The End

Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
Hunter West Building
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY

May 15 – June 16
Opening reception: May 15, 6–8pm

The Hunter College BFA Program and the Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present the Spring 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition, The End, at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, May 15 through June 16, 2019. The exhibition will feature works by Tyler Brown, Clara Cruz, Madeleine Putnam, Jes Sweat, Nicki Wong, and Chunghee Yun. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 6–8pm, during which there will be a durational performance by Nicki Wong. The gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 1–6pm.

Image: Jes Sweat, LYCA, 2019. Stop motion animation.
 

Koyo Kouoh, Goldberg Visiting Curator Lecture

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

May 15, 7pm
 

Malin Abrahamsson: Spaceholders

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Through May 18

Thomas Hunter Project Space is pleased to present SPACEHOLDERS, a solo exhibition by Malin Abrahamsson:  

"At the heart of my practice lies an interest in transformation: the process through which a thing, place, state, or being changes into something entirely new. The organic world is defined by such metamorphosis, but profound existential change is no less vital to human life. Driven by intuition and experimentation, my current work in Spaceholders conceptually revolves around the idea, shape, and purpose of the vessel. The small-scale mixed-media objects are wonky and impractical containers for everything that is important. Drawn to ceramics for its transformative qualities, I love listening in on the ceaseless chatter between color, contrast, texture, and form."
 

Tauba Auerbach

The Artist's Institute
132 E. 65th Street
New York, NY

Through June 1

Tauba Auerbach wants to know how matter and energy flow; how rhythms and patterns emerge from and structure these flows; and how electromagnetic flows in the body and brain amount to life and consciousness. To investigate these things, she pours through scientific journals, attends philosophical conferences, and studies YouTube videos on anatomy, magnetism, and molecular biology. But Auerbach is equally engaged by heterodox theories and indigenous wisdom—panpsychism, traditional medicinal practices, ancient string games—viewing the path of knowledge as a spiral that always doubles back to confirm and revive neglected or rejected perspectives. She approaches all these subjects as an artist, embracing art’s subjectivity and taking bias as a data point in her investigation of the world.

Auerbach’s exploration of fluid dynamics is evident in her Extended Object paintings (2018– ), which freeze a field of cascading droplets that appear to vibrate, swirl, and eddy, though they are motionless. Her Ligature Drawings (2017– ) elaborate on the connections between flow patterns and traditions of ornament, following a pulsing line through improvisational—at times sonically amplified and performed—calligraphy. “I don’t want to just draw the rhythm,” she says; “I want to be the rhythm, to sense the rhythms I already am.”

Auerbach’s latest works—her first kinetic sculptures—push this idea further. Rather than picturing the rhythms of fluids and forms, the sculptures are themselves dynamic, allowing a set of key gestures to unfold over time. A soap film fills the central opening of a mechanism referencing Auerbach’s fascination with fascia (the meshwork of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs, glands, and blood vessels) and the interstitium (the newly discovered structure of fluid-filled compartments that extends throughout the body and constitutes one of its largest organs). Another pair of sculptures exhibits different types of spin: exploring the dynamism of asymmetry and symmetry, AC and DC currents. A YouTube video library offers an array of approaches to capturing or modeling the microscopic forms and movements at the heart of Auerbach’s current curiosity.
 

do it (in school)

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

Through June 1

Works created by New York City High School students studying at Art and Design High School in Manhattan; Fordham High School for the Art in Bronx; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Queens; Manhattan/Hunter Science High School; PS7 8th Graders in East Harlem, among others.

In 1993, the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist together with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, conceived do it, an exhibition based entirely on artists’ instructions that could be followed to create temporary artworks to be displayed as an exhibition. do it challenges traditional exhibition formats, questions authorship, and champions art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space. Beginning 26 years ago with 12 sets of instructions, do it has grown to include instructions from 400 artists, and shown in more than 150 art centers in over 15 countries.

Building on this history, the latest version of the exhibition is called do it (in school) and is a selection of instructions that form a study-based curriculum for high school students.
 

Nari Ward: We the People

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY

Through May 26

“Nari Ward: We the People” will feature over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Since the early 1990s, Ward has produced his works by accumulating staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposing them in consistently surprising ways. His approach evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years. Yet Ward also relies on research into specific histories and sites to uncover connections among geographically and culturally disparate communities and to explore the tension between tradition and transformation.
 

Katerina Lanfranco: Shadow Light

HOUSEGallery
1816 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Artist Talk and Poetry Reading, May 19, 4-7pm
Through June 2
 

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.
 


Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellowship

Wave Farm is delighted to announce our first Radio Artist Fellowship, a nine-month, part-time engagement for an American radio artist with strong interests in the history of radio art and related practices . The Fellowship will combine remote work with a minimum of three on-site visits to the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra and WGXC Hudson Studio in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley. Details of the site visit schedule, will be determined in collaboration with the selected artist.

More information here
 

Open Call: The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence via Blockchain

According to Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET, artificial intelligence is on its way to being dominated by a few major players, possibly as soon as within the next five years. This has the potential to generate monopolistic environments with a lack of recourse for individuals and disempowered peoples, and to centralize systems of control.

Though no-one yet knows how this will play out, ThoughtWorks Arts is exploring SingularityNET’s vision — of democratizing access to and ownership of artificial intelligence — as a resource for inquiry. We are looking for innovative artistic approaches to these challenges, including, but not limited to, emerging relationships between AI, blockchain, open source and global control that will result in a unique artwork.

In partnership with Snark.art, a developer of blockchain for art, ThoughtWorks Arts seeks artists to deeply investigate alternative routes to monopolistic AI practices that effectively lock out and disempower others.

College Night: Notes on Fashion at the Met

May 23, 6:30–9:30pm

Students are invited to The Met after hours for drinks, dancing, and art-making to celebrate student fashion designers and The Costume Institute exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion.

Special guests include Mel OttenbergJack Mizrahi, and the co-creators of @everyoutfitonsatc, Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni.

This event is free and open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students only.
Space is limited and registration is required, so students should register now!
 
The Painting Area is seeking Studio Monitors

Studio Monitors will oversee day-to-day operations of the Painting Studios and Canvas Rack Room in Hunter North Building.

Responsibilities:
  • 
Opening and Closing of the Painting Studios and Canvas Rack Room.

  • Maintaining cleanliness and safety of the studios.

  • Students Sign-in/out.

  • Tool Check-out.

  • Assisting students in proper/safe use of the facility.
Job Requirements:

  • Punctuality and dependability.
  • 
Monitors must feel comfortable engaging with students, and communicate with Public Safety when necessary. 

  • Previous experience and/or interest in painting preferred, but not required.
  • 
There will be a brief training on proper use of the painting studios.
  • Must be eligible for work-study.
4-20 hrs/week 
**Must be able to work one Weekday Evening shift (6-10pm) or Weekend shift (12pm-5pm / 5pm-10pm).

To Apply:
Please Contact Eugina Song, Painting Area Manager
Painting@hunter.cuny.edu
Sculpture Area TA and Work Study Positions for upcoming Fall and Spring semesters:

Hunter College Undergraduate Sculpture Area is looking for current MFA students to TA for Undergraduate Sculpture classes as well as students eligible for work study and open shop monitor positions.

Monitor positions require experience running a sculpture shop following all safety protocol. Monitoring the shop includes working with students from all classes on developing and executing their projects, overseeing safe use of equipment, and maintaining a clean shop.

TA positions may be for elective credit towards degree or not-for-credit. If eligible for Work Study, we can also assist your application process for a paid work study position.To TA for elective credit, students must have completed mid-program and have general experience working with wood shop equipment. TAing for credit will
include holding an additional 3-hour open shop for the students, working with students from all classes on developing and executing their projects and overseeing safe use of equipment.

If you are interested please email Lynn Sullivan at lsulliv@hunter.cuny.edu for more information about hours and positions. Specify any schedule conflicts and a brief description of your experience (we can work with different levels for certain roles within the shop).

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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