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Constance DeJong: Virtual Book Launch
November 30th at 6pm on Zoom

MFA Thesis Spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth
beginning November 10

Constance DeJong on Tony Conrad
Online Event
December 2, 7pm

MFA Thesis Exhibitions Part IV
205 Hudson Street Gallery
New York, NY
through December 12
Open by appointment 10am – 6pm


Fostering a Healthy Art World Ecosystem, panel moderated by Christina Freeman with Shawn Escarciga, Alicia Grullón, and Antonio Serna
December 3, 7pm on Zoom

Rachelle Dang: Couroupita/Corpus
A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
On view through December 20
Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6pm

Nature Poems, a solo show by Katerina Lanfranco 
Sweet Lorraine Gallery
 through November 30th

ABC NO Rio in Exile presents Take What You Can't Get
A site specific and virtual exhibition
Curated by Christina Freeman
through December 31

Katerina Lanfranco in From Prayers to Urns, responses to COVID-19
Group Show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery
520 West 27th Street 
through January 2, 2021 

Lisa Corinne Davis Critiques Corporate America Through Abstract Art, in Hyperallergic 


Mellon Arts Fellowship Program Deadline: November 30

The University of Hong Kong, American Studies Program, Deadline: December 1

The Office of the Arts at Hunter College and the Arts Ambassadors bring to you Go with OOA: Continue the Conversation at The Frick Collection (Virtual),
Wednesday, December 2nd from 4:20-6:00pm

Socrates Sculpture Park Open Call, Deadline December 4

NYPL research centers offering limited onsite access to its collections

Museum of the City of New York Seeks Paid Fall Interns

Harvard Undergraduate Classics Journal, Deadline: December 31

11th Annual Rutgers University Art History Graduate Symposium, Mnemonic Aesthetics: Memory and Trauma in Art, Deadline: January 8

Virtual Internships at the Jewish Museum of Greece Fall – Winter 2020

Emergency Resources for Artists

Online Events and Resources

Constance DeJong

Virtual Book Launch

November 30th at 6pm on zoom


RSVP at:


The virtual book launch will include a conversation between Constance DeJong and Rachel Valinsky, and guest appearances by Paul Ramírez Jonas, Natalie Wedeking, & Jim Fletcher.

Constance DeJong is an artist-designed publication that was produced on the occasion of the Constance DeJong exhibition* and includes texts on DeJong's work by distinguished writers, artists, and editors, as well as a previously unpublished text by the artist. 

*Exhibition postponed, tentatively rescheduled for September 2021         

The publication is $30 dollars, plus a $5 flat shipping fee and can be purchased at:

Constance DeJong is made possible by a gift from the Legere Family Foundation in honor of daughter Elizabeth Legere (Hunter College MA 2017), and in appreciation of Hunter College distinguished lecturer Constance DeJong and Joachim Pissarro, Bershad Professor of Art History.



Last spring, the MFA Thesis Exhibitions for 19 graduating students were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall we are presenting their work in four exhibitions at 205 Hudson Street, and Hauser & Wirth will host an online exhibition featuring the 19 artists beginning November 10.

Echoing the exhibitions at 205 Hudson, The Hauser & Wirth spotlight will unfold online with the same four thematic groupings, ‘Gravity Spell’, ‘Thresholds’, ‘Interstices’, and ‘Save the Last Dance,’ which highlight the students’ diverse approaches to medium, technique, and subject matter. These groups of works will be accompanied by interviews and texts from Joachim Pissarro, Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, and Carrie Moyer, Director of MFA Program in Studio Art. The presentation will also include photographs and videos that further illuminate the working processes and vision behind each student’s practice.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020



Fall 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

MFA Thesis Exhibitions Part I-IV
September 20—December 12
Open by appointment 10am – 6pm

Part I
Gravity Spell
September 20—October 3
Miguel Payano, Matt Jones, Tom Morrill, Andrew Foster, Noah Stitt

Part II
October 17—31
Johanna Strobel, Adam Shaw, Maya Yadid, Olivia Divecchia

Part III
November 7–21
Sam Sherman, Kyoko Hamaguchi, Grant Wells, Nurya Chana, Alex Bustamante

Part IV
Save the Last Dance
November 28–December 12
Amra Causevic, Taylor Lauf, Kristina Schmidt, Eric Lotzer

MFA Thesis Exhibitions will be open daily this fall, 10am – 6pm by appointment only and at limited capacity. Visitors are required to follow CUNY Covid-19 protocols, which includes wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and completing a NY State mandated health screening.

Visitors from the public, and non-Hunter MFA students and faculty, should contact Tim Laun to make an appointment:

205 Hudson Street Gallery
New York, NY

Fostering a Healthy Art World Ecosystem
Panel with Shawn Escarciga, Alicia Grullón, and Antonio Serna
Moderated by Christina Freeman

December 3 at 7:00pm EST via Zoom
(Register to receive Zoom link)

ABC No Rio in Exile hosts a virtual panel discussion with artists whose work as activists and organizers shifts the culture of our larger arts community - towards one that is more inclusive, supportive, and sustainable. The program will include short presentations by Shawn Escarciga who recently organized the NYC Low Income Artist and Freelancer Relief Fund; Antonio Serna, co-organizer of Museum Workers' Happy Hour; and Alicia Grullón one of the initial and current organizers of The People’s Cultural Plan (The PCP). Q+A with open discussion will follow.

Register on Eventbrite:


This event is a free public program, part of ABC No Rio's exhibition
 Take What You Can't Get 

Take What You Can't Get is funded in part by the New York State Council on Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Image: Antonio Serna

Rachelle Dang: Couroupita/Corpus

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn

On view through December 20
Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6pm

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by 2019-2020 Fellow Rachelle Dang. Couroupita/Corpus addresses artificial displacements and haunted social and natural histories. In the center of the gallery, viewers encounter the sculpted form of a truncated rainforest tree, seemingly frozen in a peak state of abundance. The adjacent structure resembles an eighteenth-century French drawing of a chamber designed to convey tree species between tropical regions and Europe. A parted curtain alludes to historical forms of museological display, while exposed seams on the trunk’s backside suggest wounds and taxidermical reconstruction. The forms comprise a field of eerie, petrified stillness.


Katerina Lanfranco: Nature Poems
Through November 30th

Sweet Lorraine Gallery

183 Lorraine Street
Brooklyn, NY 1123

Made during the Pandemic and in response to quarantine, the new works in Nature Poems embody a vision of nature that is untamed and energetically raw. Lanfranco’s paintings are portals to another universe, where nature is wild and expressive. Her colors shift in hues and values to simulate a kind of visual and spatial meandering that feels both invigorating and deeply soothing. Through her work, the cacophony of everyday life, represented in an array of mixed media, accepts the chaos and then forms its own harmony and balances in unexpected and complex compositions. 

The new paintings express the forms, patterns, organic flow, and symbolism of nature. Dealing with the essential systems and healing properties of the natural world and providing the viewer entry into this world.


From Prayers to Urns, responses to COVID-19
Featuring Katerina Lanfranco

Group Show at Nancy Hoffman Gallery 520 West 27th Street NYC

November 5, 2020 – January 2, 2021 

For the first time in our history, we have lived through a Spring and Summer of  lockdowns, mask wearing and social distancing due to the coronavirus. Our lives have  changed, our patterns of social engagement have changed, and for some artists, the art  that has been created during this time has changed. Impacted by the Pandemic, each of  the artists in the exhibition has addressed the health crisis differently.


Katerina Lanfranco’s high-key color paintings, with seeds in both nature and  abstraction, incorporate bits of torn fabric, yarn and synthetic flowers, which she  overlays with glitter, sand, and paint. As she says, “The many layers of paint  applications and diverse techniques speak to the cacophony of modern life.” Her  paintings are simultaneously an abstraction of the virus’s spherical form and a  celebration of life in its transformation thereof. 

Lisa Corinne Davis Critiques Corporate America
Through Abstract Art,
in Hyperallergic



Link here 

The Office of the Arts at Hunter College and the Arts Ambassadors bring to you Go with OOA: Continue the Conversation at The Frick Collection (Virtual),

Wednesday, December 2nd from 4:20-6:00pm.
Happy Hour begins at 4:20pm! 

The discussion will be on JMW Turner's "Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning." Also, staff from the Frick will lead thoughtful and sustained dialogues and tours in real time. Those interested can register

 This is a free event

We are currently recruiting students for Arts Intern! Studio Institute has been offering immersive internships at museums and cultural institutions for over 20 years, and we're excited to announce this new Winter-Spring opportunity for New York students! 


Arts Intern, which was started by Agnes Gund in 1999, is a grant-supported program that pairs financial aid-dependent college students with paid positions at arts and cultural organizations, where they gain real world experience and forge professional relationships. These institutions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoMA PS1. Positions are available in a range of departments, including but not limited to Curatorial, Collections, Education, Design, and Marketing. We had tremendous success providing both remote and on-site internships during the summer program, and are excited to continue through the school year. Applications are open now!

As part of NYPL’s gradual reopening, the Library’s research centers are offering limited onsite access to its collections on an appointment-only basis. Patrons who need onsite service are now able to request appointments to visit the research libraries for access to research materials and resources. Patrons can also pick up research materials requested through our Research Borrowing Programs, and pick up requested circulating materials at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Learn more:
Seeking Ph.D. Applicants in American Studies
(Art History, Film, Literature)

The University of Hong Kong is currently accepting applications for Ph.D. students in American Studies with an emphasis in Art History, Film Studies, and/or Literature.

The university offers competitive Ph.D. fellowships for up to HK$ 309,000 (approximately 40,000 USD; 30,500 GBP; 52,000 CAD) per year to successful applicants.
Candidates with an outstanding academic record are encouraged to apply here:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
For inquiries about applying to post-graduate studies at HKU please contact:
Visit our website to learn about the specialties of the faculty:
The American Studies Program at The University of Hong Kong is specifically seeking Ph.D. applicants in the following areas: 
- Modern and Contemporary Art
- Visual Culture of the 20th and 21st centuries
- Latin American Literature
- Screen studies (film, television, streaming video, virtual reality film)
- Memory studies (with a focus on audio-visual narratives, e.g. film or museum)
- Cinematic virtual reality

Interested applicants may also contact Dr. Monica Steinberg (, Art History), Dr. Tim Gruenewald (, Film Studies), or Dr. Bárbara Fernández Melleda (, Literature) for questions regarding Ph.D. supervision.
Harvard Undergraduate Classics Journal

Dear undergraduate artists,
We are excited to announce that the Harvard Undergraduate Classics Journal, Persephone, is now accepting submissions for our Spring 2021 Issue until December 31st! In addition to written pieces, we highly encourage artistic entries to our publication. If you would like to see your work published, please send your submission to us at
There are no length or format requirements. Please consider submitting a variety of works including but not limited to original poems, artwork, photography, and other creative pieces whose subject matter pertains to the ancient Graeco-Roman world. 


We will confirm submission upon receipt and select pieces for publication by mid-January; our editors work with authors throughout the editing process for publication in early March.


Please visit our website if you wish to peruse previous issues for further inspiration, and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Kind regards,
Fiona McFerrin-Clancy, Editor-in-Chief (Harvard College Class of 2023)
Harvard University Department of the Classics 
204 Boylston Hall

Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4027
Mnemonic Aesthetics: Memory and Trauma in Art

11th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium
Organized by the Rutgers University Art History Graduate Student Organization (AHGSO)

April 22nd & April 23rd, 2021
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ 08901

“Memory is always transitory, notoriously unreliable, and haunted by forgetting —in short, human and social...If the sense of lived time is being renegotiated in our contemporary cultures of memory, we should not forget that time is not only the past, its preservation and transmission.”

-- Andreas Huyssen, Present Pasts: Media, Politics, Amnesia, 2000

Memory has been central to the vocabularies of artists and art theorists since its translation from ancient rhetoric to visual arts scholarship in the early modern period. Recently, scholars have addressed the relationship between memory and the history of art, employing diverse methods from memory theory to decolonialism, postcolonialism, and eco-art history. Mnemonic aesthetics – a concept stressed by Cheryl Finley in her book, Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon – emphasizes a practice of ritualized remembering which sustains cultural possession and collective memory of shared traumas, especially in regards to slavery. Through acts of repetition, visual communication and performance allow memories that would otherwise succumb to cultural amnesia to be preserved. These acts attempt to revitalize and reinvigorate history by strengthening present ties to the past. This symposium will explore how memory, in particular traumatic memory, has informed the visual arts across chronologies.

The Rutgers University Art History Graduate Student Organization seeks submissions that examine questions of trauma and memory in the visual arts. Abstracts are welcome from all historical periods, disciplines, and methodological perspectives. Submissions will be considered for 20-minute presentations in English. After the symposium, one paper will be selected for possible publication in Volume 38 of the Rutgers Art Review, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal produced by graduate students in the Department of Art History.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

•   Forced migration and diaspora studies

•   Development, destruction, and dislocation

•   Eco-art history, the anthropocene, and environmental humanities

•   War and genocide

•   Repression and invisibility

•   Ruins and fragmentary remnants of the past

•   Decolonial and postcolonial studies

•   Medical trauma

•   Cultural amnesia

•   Protests and activism

Please send your abstract and a current CV to by January 8. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by January 31.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s symposium will be held virtually, via Zoom. If you are interested in attending as an audience member, registration will be required. A link to register along with the symposium schedule will be circulated in the months leading up to the symposium. Please direct all questions to

Julia Katz, Ph.D. Student
Department of Art History
Rutgers University

Virtual Internships at the Jewish Museum of Greece Fall – Winter 2020

Marketing digital media internship.
Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
  • During the social media internship, interns will work closely with the JMG team on creating an Instagram account in order to publicize an event or/and photographs from the Museum’s collections and archives.
  • Managing the JMG’s Twitter account. Tasks include also twitting on current or forthcoming events and replying to comments or questions.
  • Optimizing the JMG’s Facebook account by posting daily (up to 3 posts) on current/future events, as well as short texts related to the history of Greek Jews accompanied by artifacts from the museum’s collection. Reacting and replying to Fb comments or questions.
Website of the Jewish Museum of Greece
Interns will work closely with the relevant departments of the JMG in order to augment, enrich and update both in English and in Greek the Museum’s website texts.
Mini – website (Digital collection)
Interns will work closely with the curatorial and PR departments in order to augment and enrich the metadata of the Museum’s digital collection of artifacts.

Contact for more information

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