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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


Ian F. Thomas, To Nowhere
Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
September 3 - September 27
Opening Reception: September 6, 6-9pm


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
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


Performance: Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow “The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW” 
Curated by Christina Freeman as part of 
Who Takes Care of New York?
Queens Museum
September 15, 2-4pm


Valerie Jaudon featured in
Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design
ICA Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
Through September 22


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


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Work Study Positions Available in the Digital Lab

Swann Auction Galleries Seeking Prints and Drawings Intern

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

Call for Applications: Maumaus ISP
Deadline: August 31

Mickalene Thomas LLC Hiring Administrative Assistant and Preparator 


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.
 

Ian F. Thomas, To Nowhere

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

September 3 - September 27
Opening Reception: September 6, 6-9pm

"As I stare down the Wednesday of my life, at the speed of a cheap bottle rocket, I can't help but take retrospective pause. I find myself stuck between self-imposed expectations and reality. The physical object will never be a fully realized manifestation of the idea. My work is a reflexive relationship between self-understanding and futility that the act of creation inherently implies.I made these at some point in my past while trying to live in that past's present."

 -- Ian F. Thomas
 
Thomas, Assistant Professor of Art at Allegheny College, has exhibited at The David Winton Bell Gallery, Virginia Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Bellevue Museum, Harvard University, and the Nasher Sculpture Museum. His work has been exhibited in China, Slovakia, Dubai, Tel Aviv as well as across The United States. His works have been included in over a dozen publications. Additionally, he has presented lectures/workshops at over 25 institutions including Cornell University, Queens College, and Syracuse University. 


Special thanks to Sophia Thompson and Ethan Lehmann for their valuable time and research on this project.
 

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 and Gothamist

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


Performance: Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
“The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW”
 


Curated by Christina Freeman as part of Who Takes Care of New York?

Queens Museum
September 15, 2-4pm
 

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s participatory performance will honor stewardship groups in the five boroughs whose work centers around food justice issues. Lyn-Kee-Chow will be joined by representatives from Edible Schoolyard, La Familia Verde, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, and Sunnyside CSA. These four organizations serving The Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem and Queens will be highlighted for their projects organized by and supporting New York City’s communities of color and immigrant populations. 

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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), along with Independent Curator, Christina Freeman. Featured artists whose work aligns with the themes of community-based stewardship, civic engagement, and social infrastructure, include Magali Duzant and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, and two NYC Urban Field Station Artists-in-Residence, Matthew Jensen and Julia Oldham.

https://queensmuseum.org/2019/03/who-takes-care-of-new-york
 


Valerie Jaudon featured in
Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design

ICA Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA

Through September 22

Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design brings together works in painting, sculpture, ceramic, dance, furniture design, and more that privilege decoration, pattern, and maximalism.

Borrowing its attitude from architect Robert Venturi’s witty retort to Mies van der Rohe’s modernist edict “less is more,” Less Is a Bore shows how artists, including those affiliated with the Pattern & Decoration movement of the 1970s, have sought to rattle the dominance of modernism and minimalism. Encouraged by the pluralism permeating many cultural spheres at the time, these artists accommodated new ideas, modes, and materials, challenging entrenched categories that marginalized non-Western art, fashion, interior design, and applied art.

The exhibition considers how artists have used ornamentation, pattern painting, and other decorative modes to critique, subvert, and transform accepted histories related to craft and design, feminism, queerness and gender, beauty and taste, camouflage and masquerade, and multiculturalism and globalism. More recent artworks in the exhibition chart both the legacy and transformation of these trajectories.
 

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.
 

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
 

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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