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DEPARTMENT EVENTS

Simone Meltesen and Claudia Gerbracht: She-Shells
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
May 20 - June 8
Opening reception: May 30, 6-9pm


Mayday
Hunter MFA Thesis Part II
205 Hudson Gallery
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY
Extended Through June 1


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


BFA Thesis Exhibition: The End
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY
Through June 16
 

FACULTY & STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

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


Dance With Me
Featuring Lisa Corinne Davis
Zürcher Gallery
33 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
Through June 16


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

Call for Papers: "Black Feminism in North and Latin American Art"

Open Call for Curatorial Proposals: Word of the Year at HEHG

Fall 2019 Internships at The Guggenheim

Work Study Positions Available in the Digital Lab


Simone Meltesen and Claudia Gerbracht: She-Shells

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

May 20 - June 8
Opening reception: May 30, 6-9pm
 

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.
 

BFA Thesis Exhibition: The End

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

Through June 16


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.
 

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

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.
 

Call for Papers: "Black Feminism in North and Latin American Art"

This session will examine Black North American, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean feminist art; to address the importance of these women in America’s art scene. We will examine how the multiplicity of Afro America’s culture and the dialog with African heritage, North American culture, Latin culture, and transculturalism shaped Art History in a global context. Papers might include topics such as: black art and feminine ritual, art and violence, art and sexuality, black women’s liberation, minorities, the importance of black women artists in widespread cultural identities and politics, and how they contributed to Afrolatinidad, the black movement, and to reshaping America’s art. This session will also examine how race, black consciousness, black diaspora, self-definition, gender, identity, immigration, territories, temporality, postcolonialism, decolonization, geopolitical context, global art, transculturalism, and translocalism are themed within these issues.

Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC), Hilton Hotel, Québec, QC, Canada, October 24 - 27, 2019
Deadline: May 31, 2019

Chairs:
Tatiane de Oliveira Elias | Fernando Scherer
UFSM/Universidade do Porto | Univasf – Brazil/ University of Freiburg - Germany
tatianeelias@hotmail.com | ferscherer2002@gmail.com

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
 
The Hunter College Department of Art and Art History Newsletter will be on Summer Break from June until mid August!

Enjoy your summer!


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