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Cauleen Smith: Zabar Visiting Artist Program
December 9 at 7pm on Zoom

Photographers Collective Virtual Showcase
December 11 at 7-9pm on Zoom, RSVP

MFA Thesis Spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth
beginning November 10

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

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

Nicky Enright: Sense Us 2020
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
(Viewable from 119th Street Windows)
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY
Through January 31, 2021


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

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 


Paul Ramírez Jonas, Eternal Flame
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY
Through March 14


How to Stand Out : Jobs in the Arts Panel Discussion December 9, 6:30pm

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


Cauleen Smith will be giving an artist talk on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7pm as part of the Zabar Visiting Artist Program. 

Join us on Zoom, December 9, at 7pm

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism in service of ecstatic social space and contemplation. Smith enjoys container gardening, likes cats and collects disco balls, vinyl records, and books. She is an avid functional cyclist. She lives in Los Angeles and is Art Program faculty at California Institute of the Arts. BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and MFA, University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith’s short films, feature film, an installation and performance were work showcased at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Her solo show, Mutualities, at The Whitney Museum of American Art resumes this summer until December 2020. Her SFMoMA show will launch Summer 2020. Her solo show, Give It Or Leave It, has traveled nationwide. A major survey of Smith’s work is on view at MassMoCA until April 2020, the centerpiece of that show, “We Already Know What We Need” will travel to CAM Houston Winter 2021. Smith is the recipient of the following awards: 2020 Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and Video 2016, United States Artists Award 2017, and was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award.

Photographers Collective Virtual Showcase

December 11 at 7-9pm on Zoom


Image: Kimberlee Innis


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.

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

Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations

Online Exhibition
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery

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. 

Gabriela Vainsencher, MFA 2016
HD video with sound
41 seconds

Nicky Enright: Sense Us 2020

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
(Viewable from 119th Street Windows)
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

August 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Sense Us 2020 is a mixed-media installation of images and text on flattened shipping boxes by artist Nicky Enright. It is a public response to the questions around race on the current 2020 U.S. Census. Created to mimic the aesthetic of protest signs on cardboard and with a symbolically limited palette of black, white, and brown, the installation points to America’s pervasive fixation on race/ethnicity criteria and status checkboxes.  

Through the dynamic installation of Sense Us 2020, Enright strives to understand the connections among the race/ethnicity boxes on the census and other boxes of this historical moment: from the casket boxes of recurrent racist violence, to election-year ballot boxes and quarantine and intubation boxes; from mass incarceration, to town “squares” and monument pedestal boxes; from Zoom/Skype boxes, Amazon boxes, and cash vaults to riot-police kettling, a state-of-the-art form of containment.

Hunter East Harlem Gallery is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but the Hallway Gallery can be seen through the windows on 119th Street.


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.


From Prayers to Urns, responses to COVID-19
(featuring faculty member 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. 

Paul Ramírez Jonas, Eternal Flame

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY

Through March 14

Paul Ramírez Jonas’ ‘Eternal Flame’ is a monument in the form of a communal grill and imagines cooking culture as both a symbolic and real eternal flame – there is always a lit cooking fire somewhere on this globe. The work honors the role of cuisine and cooking in cultural cohesion and expression among communities and identities,  even when individuals and families relocate locally, nationally or internationally.

‘Eternal Flame’ is designed to recognize the importance of dialogue and exchange.
During this new time of social distancing the grill will not be available for public use, but instead bring people together philosophically and culturally through the common experience of cooking and eating. With this in mind, a series of videos will be released with local and distant chefs invited by the artist to address the meaning of the eternal flame while preparing recipes and relating stories on each dish’s significance. Ramírez Jonas imagines cooking culture as a symbolic eternal flame, enduring in communities for generations, over vast distances.

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!

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) seeks a graduate student or post-doctoral scholar in American art for a short-term project starting January 15, 2021. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply for this internship.
The NHA has digitized and transcribed the diaries and notebooks of the artist, Anne Ramsdell Congdon (1873-1958) and seeks someone to read through them and create a biographical narrative which also places her work in the larger context of American art. This person will assist in curating a summer exhibition of about 40 works by Congdon, which have already been identified. The duties will include using the biographical narrative to write exhibition labels, produce an article or articles about the show in Historic Nantucket, a magazine published quarterly, and generally assist with the production of the exhibition. Ultimately, the museum plans to produce a full-scale catalog about the work of this little-known but highly talented artist, so there are future opportunities for the person who fills this position. Some of the work can be done remotely and free lodging will be available when on island.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Amelia Holmes, Deadline for applications is Sunday, December 20.
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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