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David Levi Strauss
in Conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael

Online Event hosted by the Magnum Foundation and Hunter College, Department of Art and Art History
April 23, 7-9pm
Register Here


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


Hunter MFA Artist Emergency Relief Mutual Aid GoFundMe


Hunter MFA Roundup: Week of April 13 - 19
See what's happening online this week with our Hunter MFA faculty, staff, students, and almuni


New Tentative Spring 2020 Thesis Dates:
Part I: September 10 - 25, 2020
Part II: October 8 - 24, 2020


MFA Thesis Student Profiles:
Amra Causevic and Andrew Foster


Hunter College Photography Instagram Feature: Chris Bernsten
The first in a series of interviews of MFA students by Art History, MA Kyle Canter


Constance De Jong:
A survey exhibition of the artist’s work

Leubsfdorf Gallery
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY
Postponed


FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lisa Corinne Davis featured on Sound & Vision Podcast


Anthony Hawley in Frieze and The Brooklyn Rail


Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe:
Tabernacles for Trying Times

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME
Through June 7


ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Open Call 2021 at The Shed, Deadline: May 31

Emergency Resources for Artists

Online Events and Resources


David Levi Strauss in Conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael

Online Event
April 23, 7pm

David Levi Strauss in conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael, discusses the new book CO-ILLUSION Dispatches from the End of Communication (MIT Press 2020). Co-hosted with the Magnum Foundation.

Register here for Zoom link
 

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/.

 

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

Hunter MFA Roundup: Week of April 13 - 19

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.
 
 
MFA Thesis Student Profiles: Amra Causevic and Andrew Foster

Amra Causevic is a combined media and installation artist and is interested in orchestrating instances of potentiality or concrete possibilities that proposes the futurity of play through means of touch, activation, assembly, and interaction.

Through the manipulation of light, surface, near-defunct-technologies, objects and traditional painting materials, Andrew Foster’s process based works vibrate at the edge of articulation and experience.
 
 
Hunter College Photography Instagram Feature: Chris Bernsten

The first in a series of interviews of MFA students by Art History, MA Kyle Canter

Read the interview on Instagram to learn more about Berntsen's work at "the intersections of queerness and intimacy."

Image: Chris Berntsen

 

Constance De Jong: A survey exhibition of the artist’s work

Leubsfdorf Gallery

Postponed

The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present Constance De Jong, a survey exhibition marking the artist's first solo show at an institutional gallery. For over four decades, De Jong—“a person of language"—has made daring, original forays into the intersections of the formal avant-garde in experimental prose writing, multi-media spoken text works, and user-navigated digital projects. Well known for her contributions to New York's downtown performance art and avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and '80s, De Jong is considered one of the progenitors of media art, or "time-based media." This exhibition highlights De Jong's hybrid mode of art making, featuring work from the past three decades and debuting several new works by the artist. 

Curated by Sarah Watson and Jocelyn Spaar with Lazarus Graduate Curatorial Fellow Sigourney Schultz

Image info: Flame, 2019, Spoken text with sound material and video on 12-inch sensor-controlled digital frame, 3 minutes. Courtesy of Bureau, New York and the artist. 
 

Anthony Hawley in Frieze and The Brooklyn Rail

Anthony Hawley reviews This Year's Berlinale Film Festival (pictured) in Frieze and is in conversation with Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu in The Brooklyn Rail.
 

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.
 

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
 

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