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DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

MFASO Online Visiting Artist Lecture: Paul Chan
Contact mfasohunter@gmail.com for Zoom link
April 29, 7pm


Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Karen Cytter
Online Event via Zoom
May 2, 7pm


Seven Spring 2020 Thesis Students Featured in
Assemblage: The MFA Show
The Olympia Project
Online Through May 22


Hunter East Harlem Gallery: Virtual Studio Visit Program
Open to Uptown artists (living or working in Upper Manhattan and/or the Bronx), Socially Engaged artists, and current Hunter College MFA students.


Hunter MFA Artist Emergency Relief Mutual Aid GoFundMe


MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Johanna Strobel


Her Right to K(no)w
Curated by Kristen Clevenson
Featuring artists: A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
(Viewable from 119th Street Windows)
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY


FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe:
Tabernacles for Trying Times

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME
Through June 7


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Paid Fellowship for Media Artists at Harvard, Deadline: May 8

Abrons Art Center 2020 - 2021 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency, Deadline: May 22

Open Call 2021 at The Shed, Deadline: May 31

Canon Emerging Photographers Contest, Deadline: July 12

Emergency Resources for Artists

Online Events and Resources

Advocacy


MFASO Online Visiting Artist Lecture: Paul Chan

Contact mfasohunter@gmail.com for Zoom link

April 29, 7pm

Paul Chan is an artist, writer, and publisher who lives in New York. Chan is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Plato in LA, Getty Villa in Los Angeles in 2018; Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany in 2012, the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009; and the Whitney Biennial, in New York in 2006. Solo exhibitions have been mounted at The Cycladic Museum of Art in Athens, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, The Serpentine Gallery in London, and the New Museum in New York. A mid-career survey entitled Selected Works was mounted at Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland in 2014. ⁣

In 2002, Chan was a part of Voices in the Wilderness, an American aid group that broke U.S. sanctions and federal law by working in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and occupation. In 2004 he garnered police attention for The People's Guide to the Republican National Convention, a free map distributed throughout New York to help protesters to get in or out of the way of the RNC. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot two years after Hurricane Katrina. ⁣ ⁣

Paul’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals. Paul founded the independent press Badlands Unlimited in 2010. Badlands has published over 50 books, including the works of Yvonne Rainer, Calvin Tomkins, Lynne Tillman, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Claudia La Rocco, Dread Scott, Martine Syms, Craig Owens, Petra Cortright, Cauleen Smith, Ian Cheng, and many others.

 

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:

Seven Spring 2020 Thesis Students Featured in
Assemblage: The MFA Show


The Olympia Project

Online Through May 22

Featuring: Alexander Bustamante, Olivia DiVecchia, Kathleen Granados, Kyoko Hamguchi, Matt Jones, Miguel Angel Payano Jr., Johanna Strobel 
 

Hunter East Harlem Gallery: Virtual Studio Visit Program

As a result of the shuttered doors of our galleries, Hunter East Harlem Gallery is bolstering digital outreach and remote networking during the quarantine period of the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to an influx of requests from our network: we have decided to focus on our specific arts community: Uptown artists (Upper Manhattan and the Bronx), Socially Engaged artists and Hunter College MFAs.

From April 20th onwards, HEHG will be conducting digital studio visits with artists in our community as a gesture of service and as a networking tool during this isolating time. We have invited very special guest curators to join us during these meetings.

We are viewing these visits as mutual networking opportunities -- where we can introduce the talented artists of our community to amazing curators, and to the initiatives of HEHG.
If you are an Uptown artist (living or working in Upper Manhattan and/or the Bronx), a Socially Engaged artist, or a current Hunter College MFA student and you are interested in participating in a virtual studio visit, please email us at huntereastharlem@gmail.com with a link to your website and tell us (in less than 250 words) why this program appeals to you (capacity is limited). 

Some of the curators who are donating their time include:
  • Marie Vickles, Director of Education, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Katie Hood Morgan, Program Director, FOR-SITE Foundation
  • Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
  • José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Storefront for Art & Architecture
  • Alaina Feldman, Director and Curator, Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College CUNY
  • Natalia Viera Salgado, Independent Curator & Curatorial Consultant
  • Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon, NYC
  • María Elena Ortiz, Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
  • and more...

Hunter MFA Artist Emergency Relief Mutual Aid GoFundMe

The MFA Student Organization (MFASO) of the Hunter MFA Studio Art Program is raising money to support Hunter MFA students who are suffering major financial losses as a result of closures and lost income from Covid-19. Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency resources to those who need it as our government is doing little to protect our well-being, employment insurance is massively overwhelmed, and stimulus package checks are now expected to reach constituents in August. Hunter College is a public institution - our 108 students are made up of working artists, low-income students with little or no support, artists who support families, and international students who have traveled across the globe for this education at great financial cost. We work in industries or services that have been highly impacted by Covid-19 or are often in precarious employment with little to no protections or stability.

We seek to provide support for our fellow artists and MFA candidates whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic. Whether it's from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing for the artists in our program who need support. If you are financially able, please consider donating the money that you would have spent on tickets to live performances, exhibitions, movie theaters, or other cultural events to artist organizations, arts nonprofits, and artists like us, trying to make it through this together. 

We know that many are not able to give financially at this time; please consider sharing if you are unable to give. Thank you!

Donate here
 
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
 

Her Right to K(no)w

Hunter East Harlem Gallery

2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

Although the gallery is closed indefinitely, this show is viewable from the 119th Street windows.

Curated by Kristen Clevenson, M.A. candidate, Art History, Hunter College 

Featuring artists: A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair

As dozens of women began to step forward during the historic 2017 “Me Too” movement, they sought justice against those who had abused their bodies; justice after the fact. Still today, women are not offered the knowledge, research, or means to protect and control ourselves from abuses of power and the exploitation of our physical being. For centuries politicians and marketing teams have used women’s bodies to establish social norms, professional hierarchies, and health and beauty standards. These status quos, advertisements, research studies, and policies put women at risk of toxic practices and, in some cases, of literally ingesting toxins. For example, before 1906 manufacturers were not required to disclose “poisonous or deleterious” substances in medicine;1 it was not until 1938 that the FDA began regulating ingredients in cosmetics;2 and today there is still no policy requiring research of contents of tampons or menstrual products.3 Her Right to Know presents archival documents and marketing material alongside contemporary artworks that aim to open up a dialogue about women’s bodies and health, and the social injustices that have been placed on women dating back to the 18th century and continue into present day. 

Exploring women’s relationships to medicine, cosmetics, health, and control, contemporary artists A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair illuminate and explode many of the constructs and associations of the female body. Burns presents an IUD Anti-Fertility Necklace to “ward off capitalist reproductive politics.”4 Hadba’s sculptures depict menstruation products as simultaneously violent – their shape mimics bullets – and valuable, as they “ameliorate the discomforts of women’s physiology.” Meyer manipulates imagery of fallopian tubes and uterus into scales of justice, highlighting the authority of the judicial system in highly personal decisions regarding a woman’s reproductive rights in Cunt Quilt (Choice). In her work IUD / IED, which is an IUD scaled to fit the Statue of Liberty’s uterus, Meyer further draws attention to the female body as a place for political discourse. Kizu-Blair’s snarky makeup tutorial HAG to SWAG walks the line between the attractive and the repulsive, questioning notions of beauty and performances of femininity. Displayed alongside archival material from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the artworks draw out problems and connections across centuries of women’s health. 
 
1 New York Historical Society, “Female Remedies,” November 2, 2018 - May 27, 2019, https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibi tions/female-remedies. 
2 Priyanka Narayan, “The cosmetics industry has avoided strict regulation for over a century. Now rising health concerns has FDA inquiring,” CNBC, August 2, 2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/fda-begins-first-inquiry-of-lightly-regulated-cosmetics-industry.html. 
3 Jamie Kohen, “The History of the Regulation of Menstrual Tampons” LEDA at Harvard Law School, April 6, 2001, https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/8852185/Kohen.html?sequence=2. New York representatives have pushed to pass the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act for years, but have been unsuccessful. 
4 A.K.Burns, “IUD Anti-Fertility Necklace,” https://akburns.net/ephemera/iud-anti-fertility-necklace/.

 

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.
 

Paid Fellowship for Media Artists at Harvard, Deadline: May 8

The Division of Arts and Humanities at Harvard is seeking applications for two College Fellow positions in media practice. The College Fellows will work individually and collectively to advance media practice and art across the Division. Each College Fellow will have a departmental appointment, with one College Fellow appointed in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies and one appointed in the undergraduate concentration in Theater, Dance and Media.

Teaching duties will include one course each term: one undergraduate course and one course open to both graduate students and undergraduates. 25% of the appointment will be dedicated to divisional and cross-departmental outreach and initiatives, possibly including the creation of a digital platform for the publication of innovative work in the arts and humanities, and 25% of the appointment will be reserved for the Fellow’s own research or creative work. Fellows may also advise and evaluate undergraduate senior theses, and doctoral students pursuing a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (cmp.gsas.harvard.edu).

Ideal candidates could be (1) artists working in innovative ways with media, new and old, including the internet, 3D printing, interactive digital art, video games, sound art, virtual and augmented reality, computer robotics and animation, and analogue film and photography; (2) artist-scholars whose work and teaching integrate media in live, embodied performance (including dance), create mediated performance art with social and political themes, and sculpt social space through video, sound, and movement; and/or (3) web designers and software developers whose work engages experimentally with the digital arts and humanities. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates whose creative work and teaching engages perspectives from beyond the United States alone.

More information here
 

Abrons Art Center 2020 - 2021 Visual Artist AIRspace Residency, Deadline: May 22

The Abrons AIRspace Residency Program offers time-based residencies to interdisciplinary artists engaged in the fields of visual art, performance, curatorial and social practices. A variety of residency program structures provide a range of support to artists, including workspace, production support, in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities, commissioning funds, a monetary award, and opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side community through guest artist residencies. To date, Abrons has provided over fifty-thousand hours of residency support to artists working through ideas at various stages of development.

A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating with community of  AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.

More information here
 

Open Call 2021 at The Shed, Deadline: May 31

Born out of The Shed’s commitment to supporting early-career artists and a diverse range of voices and experiences, our Open Call program selects, fosters, and presents new work across all forms and media from NYC-based artists who have not yet received major support. Participants for Open Call’s second edition will be selected in summer 2020 by leaders in their fields, including other artists, cultural programmers, academics, and members of The Shed’s staff. The Shed will support these projects with a commissioning fee of up to $15,000 per artist or collective, paid in installments based on milestones.

In 2021, Open Call will occupy various spaces at The Shed, including one of our galleries, The Griffin Theater, and our outdoor Plaza, allowing for the presentation of a diversity of artistic experiences and perspectives in these newly commissioned works. We will accept applications for Open Call via the Submittable website between April 13 and May 31, 2020. There is no processing fee for The Shed’s Open Call application.

Organized by Emma Enderby, Chief Curator; Tamara McCaw, Chief Civic Program Officer; and Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs. The program was conceived by The Shed’s Artistic Director Alex Poots, Tamara McCaw, Emma Enderby, and Senior Program Advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Apply here
 

Canon Emerging Photographers Contest

Students, recent graduates and early career photographers: Demonstrate your vision and talent by entering six original photos and an accompanying essay for a chance to win a Canon Palm Springs Photo Festival 2020 Experience.

Deadline July 12

More information here
 

Emergency Resources for Artists

Online Events and Resources

Advocacy
 
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