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MFASO Online Visiting Artist Lecture: Jeanette Mundt
Stream Live On YouTube
May 6, 7pm


Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Harry Dodge
Online Event via Zoom
May 7, 7pm


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


Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations
Online Exhibition
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
Ongoing


Hunter MFA Roundup: Week of May 4-10


Hunter College Photography Instagram Feature: Christopher Lineberry
A series of interviews of MFA students by Art History, MA Kyle Canter


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: Kathleen Granados


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

Alexandro Segade Featured in Artforum


Alexandro Segade's Graphic Novel The Context   
Published this month by Primary Information


Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe:
Tabernacles for Trying Times

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME
Through June 7


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session II
7:30pm – 9:30pm, May 6, 2020


Summer Scholarship for Continuing Students, Deadline: May 8

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

The JGS Fellowship for Photography, Deadline: May 13

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

Job Opening: Programs and Operations Assistant at Queer | Art

Emergency Resources for Artists

Online Events and Resources

Advocacy


MFASO Online Visiting Artist Lecture: Jeanette Mundt

Stream Live On YouTube

May 6, 7pm
 

Hunter Movie Club: A Conversation with Harry Dodge

Online Event via Zoom

May 7, 7pm

Conversation moderated by Alina Yakirevitch

Zoom link: https://gmail.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33d319792054b15f8e5ac2fe7&id=7ca1190c28&e=2bfa0a3d8d

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 
 

Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations

Online Exhibition
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery

Ongoing
 
The Hunter College Art Galleries have initiated an online project in concert with our postponed spring 2020 exhibition Constance DeJong (now rescheduled for fall 2020). This project coincides with DeJong's final semester teaching in Hunter's MFA Studio Art program. 
 
Time-based and multi-platform, DeJong’s work has circulated widely and with admiration in literary and performance circles since the late 1970s, influencing both her contemporaries and students. Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations brings together the voices of many artists and writers, mostly Hunter College Studio Art MFA alumni, who have worked closely with DeJong over the last two decades. New submissions will be posted each week. 
 
Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations is organized by Sarah Watson, Jocelyn Spaar, and Liz Naiden, with Lazarus Graduate Fellow Matthew Weiderspon. 

Image: 
Gabriela Vainsencher, MFA 2016
HD video with sound
41 seconds
 

Hunter MFA Roundup: Week of May 4-10

There is a lot happening in the Hunter MFA department, now and in the coming months. Our community of faculty and students continues to work from home until we can reopen our facilities.
 

Hunter College Photography Instagram Feature: Christopher Lineberry

A series of interviews of MFA students by Art History, MA Kyle Canter

Read the interview here

Image: Christopher Lineberry
 

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: Kathleen Granados

Kathleen Granados (b. 1986, Long Island, NY) uses materials derived from the domestic sphere to create works that span installation, sculpture, and sound. In utilizing her personal history, Granados investigates memory, generational inheritances, and identity. Her work also considers the tension between personal, public, and political experiences of home.

http://www.kathleengranados.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/.

 

Alexandro Segade's Graphic Novel The Context  
Published this month by Primary Information


The Context reimagines the superhero comic book as a queer parable of belonging. The story follows six powerful beings from different worlds who find themselves inexplicably adrift together in an otherwise lifeless void: Biopower, Cathexis, Barelife, Objector, Drives, and Form. The characters, each named for a concept drawn from critical theory, engage one another in skintight fight scenes that often look like sex scenes, and philosophical debates masked as exposition.

As a lifelong fan and a more recent critic of the superhero genre, artist and performer Alexandro Segade approached his first graphic novel as a solo performance, acting out all the roles: writer, penciller, inker, colorist and letterer. The Context considers the form of the graphic novel through conceptual, minimalist, op art, and constructivist aesthetics, while paying homage to the great cosmic comics of the 1970s and ’80s: Silver Surfer, Legion of Super Heroes, Green Lantern, Adam Warlock and X-Men (to name a few). A meditation on group dynamics, composed of foreshortened figures in flight set against an endless field of stars, The Context illustrates a vastness that extends past the boundaries of different art forms and ways of being.
 

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.
 

ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session II

7:30pm – 9:30pm, May 6, 2020

Online webinar

Register here

As online education enters its third month, this second emergency session shifts attention from the museum to the university. Students are demanding tuition refunds while administrators are raising fees and slashing budgets, and CUNY is gutted at both the state and city levels. How can students and adjuncts fight for equity in the face of escalating austerity?

Nationwide, student debt has reached $1.6 trillion—a total we’re told is too big to forgive, yet Congress and the Federal Reserve have just given away trillions to corporations, cruise lines, and hotel chains. Student loans are only one category of household debt, alongside medical, housing, and criminal justice debt. Although the vast majority of Americans are burdened by debt, it is disproportionately held by Black women. How can we mobilize millions of debtors into collective action?

Mutual aid increasingly fills in for the social safety net destroyed by neoliberalism. As COVID-19 continues to lay bare the grotesque injustices of the current system, community support has risen dramatically. But how long can neighbors and colleagues sustain each other in a vacuum of leadership and resources?
The first hour of the forum will feature five speakers on these issues; in the second hour, they will be joined by additional participants for breakout Q&A sessions.

With:
Hannah Appel (UCLA, Debt Collective)
Jamila Hammami (CUNY Adjunct Project)
Nicholas Mirzoeff (NYU)
Yuh-Line Niou (NYS Assembly)
Sandy Nurse (Mayday Space)
Dean Spade (Seattle University Law, Big Door Brigade)
Naomi Zewde (CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy)
 

Summer Scholarship for Continuing Students, Deadline: May 8
 
All steps must be completed by Friday, May 8, 2020
 
If you plan to take classes at Hunter this summer, you may be eligible to receive a Summer Scholarship for Continuing Students (log in with your NetID and Password). Upon registering in Hunter College’s Summer session, the scholarship awards continuing students up to $450 for enrollment and successful completion of one summer class. Scholarship awards may not be used towards e-Permit.
 

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
 

The JGS Fellowship for Photography, Deadline: May 13

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City.

The Fellowship will be awarded to five artists working in traditional and experimental photography or any form in which photographic techniques are pivotal. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS).

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. NYFA will announce the winners in August 2020.

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
 

Job Opening: Programs and Operations Assistant at Queer | Art

Founded in 2009, Queer|Art uses a model of mentorship to cultivate a network of shared resources that empower an intergenerational community of LGBTQ+ artists. The Queer|Art Programs & Operations Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and Programs & Operations Director (P&O Director) to support the programs and operations of this rapidly growing non-profit organization. 

Queer|Art’s programs are organized under three major areas of support: Mentorship (Creative & Professional Development), Presents (Events, Exhibitions, & Public Presentations), and Awards (Residencies, Grants, & Prizes). These programs support creative and professional development and presentation of work for LGBTQ+ artists at all stages of their careers while also facilitating new relationships within an evolving LGBTQ+ arts community. Our team consists of six staff members and five associates. The office environment is often fast-paced and involves moving between multiple projects on a daily basis. This is an exciting opportunity for emerging producers, artist managers, community organizers, and arts administrators who are seeking diverse administrative, research, and production experience. 

This is a temporary part-time position, 3 days per week (24 hours), through the end of December 2020, with possibility for extension. Compensation is $22/hr. Additional hours may occasionally be required. Applicants must be based in New York City.

For more information and to apply contact info@queer-art.org
 

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