department events

Lindsay McCracken, class of 2007
CLASSES BEGIN

9/2/2014
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NY ART BOOK FAIR

9/26 – 9/28
Jeff Liao
DEPARTMENT INFO SESSION

10/16/2014
Robert Gill, class of 2010
NY GRAD PORTFOLIO DAY
10/26/2014
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DEPARTMENT INFO SESSION

11/8/2014

UPCOMING EVENTS


September 26-28: Printed Matter Presents The NY Art Book Fair
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media will have copies of alumni, student, and faculty books, zines, and DVDs for sale at the NY Art Book Fair – the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This event is free and open to the public!

HOURS AND LOCATION
Preview Thursday, September 25, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 26, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 27, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 28, 11 am–7 pm

MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue Long Island City, NY

October 16: Department Info Session
All you’ve ever wanted to know about attending grad school and then some. We show you around the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media facility, review your portfolio, answer questions, and give feedback for future applications. To attend, please register by clicking here.

Thursday, October 16 from 1-3pm
214 E. 21 Street
New York, NY 10010

October 26: Graduate National Portfolio Day – New York, NY
A representative from MFA Photography, Video and Related Media will be available at the New York Graduate National Portfolio Day to review portfolios, answer questions, and give feedback for future applications.

Sunday, October 26
12-4pm at Parsons the New School for Design

November 8: Department Info Session
All you’ve ever wanted to know about attending grad school and then some. We show you around the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media facility, review your portfolio, answer questions, and give feedback for future applications. To attend, please register by clicking here.

Saturday, November 8 from 10am-12n
214 E. 21 Street
New York, NY 10010

Orientation Schedule!
We cannot wait to meet all you incoming students. Here is a timetable of what your first week holds in store.
**All events are at 214 E. 21st Street unless otherwise noted**

Monday, Aug. 25th
10:00am – 10:30am: Breakfast & Bureaucracy: fill out some forms while you enjoy coffee, donuts, bagels, and fruit.
10:30am – 11:30am: Department Welcome
11:30am – 12:30pm: “Hello, My Name Is…”
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Portraits: all students must have his/her portrait taken; Lunch Break
1:30pm – 3:00pm: Lecture: Nat Trotman

Tuesday, Aug. 26th
10:00am – 12:00n: Department Computer Lab (last names A-L); Studio/Cage Equipment (last names L-Z)
12:00n – 1:00pm: Pizza Party in the department!
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Department Computer Lab (last names L-Z); Studio/Cage Equipment (last names A-L)
3:30pm – 4:00pm: Video Curriculum Discussion: Ed Bowes
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Portraits (any remaining students must have his/her portrait taken)

Wednesday, Aug. 27th
Financial Aid Workshop (mandatory for federal student aid recipients)
209 East 23rd St., room 311, Amphitheater
10:00am – 11:30am: last names A-E
2:00pm – 3:30pm: last names F-L

12:00n – 1:30pm: Alumni Thesis Discussion: Erica Magrey and Bo Wang
2:00pm – 3:30pm: Lecture: Helen Liu

Thursday, Aug. 28th
Financial Aid Workshop (mandatory for federal student aid recipients)
209 East 23rd St., room 311, Amphitheater
10:00am – 11:30am: last names M-R
2:30pm – 4:00pm: last names S-Z

12:00n – 1:30pm: Lecture: Hans Tammen, “Programming for Visual Artists”
3:00pm – 4:30pm: International Graduate Student Orientation (mandatory for all F-1 students) – SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St.
5:00pm: Graduate Welcome Program – SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St.
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Graduate Welcome Reception – Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th St., 15th floor

Friday, Aug. 29th
Health Insurance Information Session
209 East 23rd St., room 311, Amphitheater
10:00am – 11:00am: Domestic students
11:00am – 12:00n: International students

June 19: Thesis Reception
For the first night of our thesis activities, join us for the 2014 Thesis Exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery. The class of 2014 will present their prints and installations during a mid-show reception.

Thursday, June 19
6-8pm, 601 W. 26th St.
15th Floor
Free and open to the public

June 26: Thesis Screening
The MFA Photo/Video class of 2014 presents their narrative and experimental video work at this year’s Thesis Screening. There will be drinks and snacks before the show, so come hang out with us and check out the latest creations from this flock of video artists.

Thursday, June 26
7-9pm, 333 W. 23rd St.
SVA Theatre
Free and open to the public
April 11: Spring Salon
Join the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media department as we throw the best party of the semester! See student work, enjoy our open bar, snack, and socialize at the Spring Salon.Friday, April 11
7-9pm, 214 E. 21st Street
Open to friends and family of the department

April 15: Marina Rosenfeld
Marina Rosenfeld is an artist and composer based in New York, where she is a professor at Bard College and co-chair of its MFA program in Music/Sound. A leading voice in the increasing hybridization between the domains of music and visual art since the late nineties, Rosenfeld has used music composition, performance, video, and a range of technologies to explore the ways music-making models desire, conflict, and the formation of the social.

Her works for choir, custom loudspeaker installations, and her temporary “orchestras,” often staged in monumental architectural spaces, have sought to recast both sculptural and social conditions as musical, blurring the line demarcating the improvised or incidental from the composed. Rosenfeld’s work has been widely presented throughout Europe, North America and Australia, including solo projects for the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Ultima, Wien Modern, and Holland Festivals; and in 2013, a new work for the Arnold Schoenberg Archive in Vienna. Her work has been included in surveys including the 2002 and 2008 Whitney Biennials, 2010 Liverpool Biennial, 2009 and 2011 PERFORMA biennials and, in archive format, is currently included in the exhibition, “Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores” at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown.

As a turntablist, her collaborative projects include Christian Marclay’s DJ Trio; live music for choreographers Merce Cunningham and Ralph Lemon; and, upcoming in 2014, a commissioned new work for the Orchestra of the Norwegian Navy to be staged at the Bergen Kunsthall, Norway. Her most recent release, 2013’s P.A./HARD LOVE, synthesized site recordings from 4 years of sound installations on her custom “P.A.” system with the interpolated collaboration of legendary Jamaican vocalist Warrior Queen. Rosenfeld is a 2011 grantee of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Tuesday, April 15
1:30pm, Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

March 26: Matthew Buckingham
“Someone with historical sense sees reality differently: in four dimensions,” notes historian Gordon S. Wood. “If it is self-identity that we want, then history deepens and complicates that identity by showing us how it develops through time.” Matthew Buckingham clearly possesses this historical sense, and his nuanced understanding of time has informed more than 15 years’ worth of installations that use time-based media (film, video and slide projection) to imaginatively conflate past and present. Buckingham’s alignments of story and image, whether anchored in dry historical fact or conjured from evocative fragments, are palimpsests that instruct and entertain, expanding viewers’ sense of identity. In works ranging from “A Man in the Crowd” (inspired by the Poe story of the same name) to “Muhheakantuck – Everything has a Name” (about the Hudson River), he reanimates stories, both real and fictive, to tease out their trans-historical resonances.

Matthew Buckingham was born in Nevada, Iowa, and lives in New York City, where he teaches in the MFA program at Columbia. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, received a BA from the University of Iowa, an MFA from Bard College and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. His work has been seen in one-person and group exhibitions at ARC / Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Hamburger Bahnhof National Gallery, Berlin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitechapel, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2011-12, his installation “The Spirit and the Letter,” based on the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, was on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesday, March 26
1:30pm, Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

February 26: James Nares in Conversation With Amy Taubin
James Nares was largely known as the painter of lush, monumental, single-stroke paintings until “The Street,” his slow-motion digital-video installation mesmerized viewers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012. But ever since he arrived in New York from London in 1973 – spending his first few months in the city as a student in SVA’s Fine Arts department – he has made films, videos, photographs, and performances. He also plays a mean guitar. Nares describes his process of working simultaneously in several mediums as cross- pollination. It is core to his on-going exploration of basic formal contradictions, for example, between stillness and movement or ritual and improvisation.

Amy Taubin is a contributing editor for Film Comment and Sight and Sound magazines and writes frequently for Artforum. She is a co-author of James Nares, a career encompassing monograph to be published by Rizzoli this March. She teaches at SVA in the under-graduate Art History and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments.

Wednesday, February 26
6:30pm, SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
MANDATORY for all students
Free and open to the public!

February 19: Lucas Blalock
Lucas Blalock plays with the conventions of photography by exploring its limits and inherent contradictions. He examines not only the photograph’s subject but also the internal information of its making. Transposing Bertholt Brecht’s theory of alienation into photography by making the tools of production an evident part of the picture, Blalock forces viewers to question both the conflicting realities set before them and the contemporary condition of photography itself. Like his contemporaries Michelle Abeles, Catherine Lee, Annette Kelm and Elad Lassry, Blalock is what Roberta Smith, writing in the New York Times, has described as “an equal opportunity photographer;” equally comfortable with traditional straight photography, he also stages his pictures and submits the results to computer manipulations. In a 2013 work, “The Guitar Player,” a man is seen with one arm poking through a piece of Astroturf – which he holds like a musical instrument. Smith described the result as “Cubist, implicitly sculptural and slightly monstrous: the upper part of his face points one way, the lower part another, and his mouth has two expressions.” And in another image, “Picture for Mark I,” she points out that, “Mr. Blalock uses a Photoshop clone stamp tool like a cookie cutter, duplicating and expanding an image of a piece of wood into a strangely pocked, unsettled, elemental landscape worthy of Max Ernst.”

Blalock was born in 1978 in Asheville, North Carolina and lives and works in New York. He has an MFA from UCLA. Recent exhibitions include ‘New Pictures of Common Objects’ at MoMA PS1); ‘Second Nature: Abstract Photography Then and Now’, at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. In 2013 his second solo show at Ramiken Crucible, on the Lower East Side, included an architectural intervention, and a book Lucas Blalock: Mirrors Windows Tabletops was published by Morel Books.

Wednesday, February 19
1:30pm, Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

January 29: Alfred Guzzetti
Alfred Guzzetti (born 1942) has been working as an independent maker of documentary and experimental films and videos for more than 35 years. His film Air won first prize in the experimental category at the 1972 Chicago International Film Festival. This and other experimental films of the ’70s and ’80s led to a series of short videos that includes A Tropical Story, The Tower of Industrial Life, History of the Sea, and Still Point. Subsequent collaborations with anthropologists Ákos Östör and Lina Fruzzetti resulted in Seed and Earth and Khalfan and Zanzibar.

Guzzetti has also made observational documentaries like Scenes from Childhood and other films that deal with the passage of time. Family Portrait Sittings, Beginning Pieces, The House on Magnolia Avenue, and Time Exposure all include material filmed over periods of years. He collaborated with Susan Meiselas and Richard Rogers on Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family and Pictures from a Revolution, and, with Susan Meiselas, on Reframing History, and the recent update of Living at Risk entitled A Family in History: Living at Risk & The Barrios Family 25 Years Later (1985/2011). He has also collaborated with composers: with Ivan Tcherepnin on Sky Piece, with Earl Kim on Exercises en Route, and with Kurt Stallmann on SONA, Breaking Earth, and Moon Crossings.

Alfred Guzzetti was born in Philadelphia. He earned a BA and a PhD in English Literature from Harvard, where he has taught for many years. His work has been shown at the New York Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Festival, and other festivals in London, Rotterdam, Germany, Spain and France, as well as at the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Wednesday, January 29
1:30pm, Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

December 6: Fall Salon
Join us for an informal exhibition of student work and works-in-progress.

Friday, December 6
214 E. 21st Street
7-9pm
Free and open to friends of the department

November 19: Matthew Higgs
Born in the UK in 1964, Matthew Higgs is an artist, writer, curator and d.j. He studied fine art at Newcastle Polytechnic (now called the University of Northumbria) before moving to London in 1988. There he founded Imprint 93, a small press specializing in artist editions by Martin Creed, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Jeremy Deller and others, and curated shows, eventually becoming Associate Director of Exhibitions at the ICA. He came to the US in 2001 to become curator at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, in San Francisco, before taking up his current role as director of White Columns, in New York, in 2004. In addition to his official responsibilities, Higgs has, in the past 23 years, curated more than 100 lively and well-regarded exhibitions in museums, galleries and sometimes less-likely settings around the globe. In an art world that often marches to the sounds of consensus, Higgs is an independent agent, tirelessly visiting artists’ studios and supporting projects that larger institutional players overlook.These time-consuming activities notwithstanding, Higgs continues to make art. “My work consists of framed book pages, or framed book covers (or very occasionally, photographs of books),” he said in 2008. “All the book pages and covers are found; I do nothing to them apart from removing them from their original context and having them framed…As an artist I’m interested in doing as little as possible, so my primary activity is finding the material, which is essentially a form of shopping…[All] the decisions relating to the work are made on-the-spot in second-hand and antiquarian book shops, thrift stores and flea markets.” In the past year or two, Higgs’ work has taken a more explicitly sculptural turn, but its essential ingredient remains a kind of deadpan wit that pokes gentle fun at art’s pretensions while triggering new ways of thinking about the world.

Tuesday, November 19
Room 104
1:30pm-3pm
This event is MANDATORY for all students.
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

December 5: Department Info Session
Now’s the time to take a look at the MFA Photo/Video department, get your work reviewed by a faculty member, and ask everything you ever wanted to know about grad school!
Please sign up for the info session here: Graduate Info Session Signup

Thursday, December 5
214 E. 21st Street
1pm-3pm
Free and open to all prospective students

November 9: Department Info Session
Now’s the time to take a look at the MFA Photo/Video department, get your work reviewed by a faculty member, and ask everything you ever wanted to know about grad school!
Please sign up for the info session here: Graduate Info Session Signup

Saturday, November 9
214 E. 21st Street
10am-12pm
Free and open to all prospective students

October 10: Erica Baum
Over the past 20 years, in nearly a dozen series, Erica Baum has photographed words, word fragments and photographs in the places she’s found them—on blackboards, in library card catalogues, in books, in newspapers and elsewhere. In these venues, words and photographs tend to be small, so her pictures are tightly cropped close-ups of spaces that are never more than a few inches deep. But because words and photographs, whatever their material condition, also convey meaning, Baum’s microcosms often yield macrocosmic implications. Her understated photographs (rarely exceeding 20 by 24 inches) are about what language is about: matters of human concern from the ineffable to the mundane, from the solemn to the absurd.

Baum’s is an art of recontextualization—a strategy made famous in the 1980s under the banner of appropriation, but which is as intrinsic to the medium of photography as the camera lens. It is an art of reweaving, or rewriting, bits of existing reality into altogether new representations. Having majored in anthropology as an undergraduate at Barnard College, Baum has since turned her anthropological gaze toward our own word- and image-based culture. At first encounter, the words and photographs she depicts seem to pertain largely to their original purposes, and to their mostly anonymous authors and audiences; but gradually we understand that they also pertain to us: in reading and looking at her images, we write ourselves into their stories.

Baum was born in 1961 in New York City. She earned an MFA in photography from Yale in 1994. Since then, she has had nearly 20 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, and has been in more than 60 group shows. Her work was featured in last year’s São Paulo Bienal. Currently she has two solo shows on view: one in Paris, the other in Berlin.

Thursday, October 10
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all students.
This event is NOT open to the public.

October 17: Department Info Session
Now’s the time to take a look at the MFA Photo/Video department, get your work reviewed by a faculty member, and ask everything you ever wanted to know about grad school!
Please sign up for the info session here: Graduate Info Session Signup

Thursday, October 17
214 E. 21st Street
1-3pm
Free and open to all prospective students

October 18: Alumni and Faculty Screening
Join us for “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” the first annual MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department faculty and alumni screening. This event will feature recent work by distinguished alumni, paired with that of Liz Magic Laser, a recent addition to our faculty. A reception will precede the screening, and all are invited to celebrate the achievements and diverse approaches to video within our community. A reception precedes the event in the SVA Theatre Lobby.

Friday, October 18
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
reception at 6:30pm, screening at 7pm
Free and open to the public!
September 18: Morgan Fisher talk
Los Angeles–based artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher (b. 1942, Washington, DC) first achieved widespread recognition in the early 1970s for a body of experimental films that deconstructed the language of cinema. Fisher’s films collectively reveal aspects of the medium that conventional films conceal: the camera and other equipment, the presence of production assistants and director, the editing process, even the standard length and gauge of the film stock itself. From the relatively early The Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film (2) (1968) and Production Stills (1970), to his later masterpieces Standard Gauge (1984) and ( ) (2003), Fisher has helped define the history of experimental cinema.

As if that were not enough, beginning in the late 1990s, Fisher turned his attention to the problems and possibilities of painting, questioning and reframing the subtle conventions of that medium with an equally rigorous self-reflexivity. His paintings and painting installations investigate systems of perspective and color relations; the shape, thickness, and orientation of each painting; the position of the viewer; and especially the relationships between paintings or groups of paintings and the architectural spaces they occupy. Fisher’s approach to these quite different media is remarkably consistent, and his talk at SVA will elaborate on their continuities.

Fisher graduated from Harvard with a degree in fine art before attending film schools in Los Angeles in the 1960s. In the years since, his work has been exhibited all over the world; recent solo exhibitions include ones at the Generali Foundation, Vienna, and Portikus, Frankfurt. A retrospective of Fisher’s films appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2006. “(Interior Color Beauty),” an exhibition of his new paintings opens in New York at Bortolami Gallery on September 12th.

Wednesday, September 18th
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
This event is NOT open to the public.

August 26-29: Orientation
Welcome new MFA Photography, Video and Related Media students! Orientation starts at 10am Monday, August 26th, at 214 E. 21st Street. We’ll see you there!

April 12: Spring Salon
Join us for an informal exhibition of photography, video and moving image artwork produced by students in the department.
Friday, April 12th, 7-9pm
214 E. 21st St.
Open to friends and family of the department

June 12: Thesis Screening
The MFA Photo/Video class of 2013 presents their narrative and experimental video work at this year’s Thesis Screening. There will be drinks and snacks before the show and during a short intermission, so come hang out with us and check out the latest creations from this flock of video artists.
Wednesday, June 12th, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street
Free and open to the public
http://mfaphoto.sva.edu/thesis/2013/index.html

June 13: Thesis Exhibition
For the second night of our thesis activities, join us for the 2013 Thesis Exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery. The class of 2013 will present their prints and installations during a mid-show reception from 6-8pm.
Thursday, June 13th, 6-8pm
Visual Arts Gallery
601 W. 26th St., 15th Floor
Free and open to the public
http://mfaphoto.sva.edu/thesis/2013/index.html

March 20: Ken Jacobs, Filmmaker
For more than half a century, Ken Jacobs has been using found footage and artisanal techniques to craft his own unique kind of cinema. Witty, perceptive, mesmerizing and provocative, his work is characterized by ravenous curiosity, scathing anti-capitalism, and a fascination with the plasticity of film. Star Spangled to Death (2004), his sly magnum opus of US pop culture and political deviance, took 46 years to complete and lasts six and a half hours, while his Nervous Magic Lantern projection-performances constitute a kind of pure cinema that bypasses celluloid altogether. Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son, the seminal 1969 title that remains Jacobs’s signature piece, mines riches found within the crowded frame of a 1905 tableau-film. By zooming in on the overlooked actions of particular characters, Jacobs reveals the complexity of the 1905 footage. By zooming in further, until the grain of the image becomes abstract, he makes celluloid feel painterly. He has been tinkering with the footage ever since, and the latest iterations embrace digital manipulation.

Jacobs studied painting with Hans Hofmann and began making films in 1955. A life-long New Yorker, he founded The Millennium Film Workshop and started the Department of Cinema at S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, where he taught until 2003. The American Museum Of The Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, hosted a full retrospective of his work in 1989 and The New York Museum Of Modern Art held a partial retrospective in 1996. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Maya Deren Award of The American Film Institute and a special Rockefeller Foundation grant.

Wednesday, March 20th
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
This event is not open to the public.

April 2: RH Quaytman
Modest in scale, moody in atmosphere and sumptuous in surface, the works of R. H. Quaytman (b. 1961) are confections for the eye and puzzles for the mind. Quaytman makes smart, philosophical paintings, layered with modulated autobiographical content. Her work blurs boundaries between photography, painting and text. Though viewers need not follow every reference, those willing to do a little sleuthing will uncover a lode of fascinating information. Quaytman paints on easel-size plywood panels, all of which receive some amount of hand work. Most panels are silkscreened with photographs or other images gathered from archives of all kinds—art historical, institutional, personal and scientific ones in particular. Each work can stand alone, but all are made in series, called “chapters.” Individual chapters include a variety of styles and motifs, held together by formal and narrative relationships that become slowly evident. Taken as a whole, Quaytman’s work suggests a many-layered novel or film—a text in space and time.

Quaytman has been making and exhibiting her work since the mid-’80s, and has a lengthy résumé of solo and group shows in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her ideas gathered force in the late ’90s and since then, in part through her participation in the collaborative gallery Orchard on New York’s Lower East Side, and as a result of a series of well-received one-person exhibitions. Her work was featured at the Venice Biennale, in 2011, the same year as her mid-career retrospective at the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase.

Tuesday, April 2nd
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
This event is not open to the public.

April 5: We’re All Videofreex Symposium
David A. Ross, chair, MFA Art Practice Department, and Ron Simon, curator of television and radio at the Paley Center for Media, reunite members of the pioneering video collective, the Videofreex, for the symposium We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media and Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone. Between 1969 and 1978, the group shot hundreds of hours of real-time video with newly invented portable cameras and founded Lanesville TV, the first pirate TV station. Simon leads a discussion about Subject to Change, the Videofreex production commissioned—and subsequently dropped—by CBS, in the context of the challenges to traditional journalism brought on by the introduction of video and the emerging counterculture. Following a screening of the group’s work and a Q&A, Ross moderates a panel on the Videofreex’s contribution to video-art history and renewed significance at a moment in which the proliferation of personal recording devices and decentralized broadcasting platforms fuel uprisings worldwide.

Presented by the MFA Art Practice Department with support from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media, BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies departments.

Friday, April 5th
4-9pm, Visual Arts Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
This event is free and open to the public.

April 9: “It’s a Girl” Screening
http://www.itsagirlmovie.com/synopsis
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls(1) are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.

Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

This documentary will be co-screened with “Una Ciudad En Una Ciudad,” a documentary made by MFA Photo/Video student Cylixe about squatters in an abandoned high rise building in Caracas, Venezuela.
http://cylixe.net/

Tuesday, April 9th, 7-9pm
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd St., 3rd Floor
This event is FREE and open to SVA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests.

March 14: Eileen Quinlan: Photographer
Eileen Quinlan describes herself as a still life photographer. Born in 1972, she has become well known in recent years as one of a cohort of photographers — Walead Beshty and Liz Deschenes are notable others — who, following in the footsteps of practitioners from Moholy-Nagy to James Welling, have been dis-assembling the layered apparatus of photography (light, subject, optics, chemistry, bytes, the material image) and finding new ways to make meaning. Often stunningly beautiful, Quinlan’s work is surprisingly straightforward. She uses medium- and large-format cameras and studio strobes to shoot table-top, house-of-card-like worlds – the best-known of which are angular constructions, staged for the camera’s lens, in which propped mirrors reflect intensely colored light, deep shadows, bits of fabric, reflective Mylar, wisps of smoke, other photographs, and, especially, one another. The resulting images offer kaleidoscopic views into indefinite and often infinite spaces.

Quinlan attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, graduating with a BFA in 1996. After moving to New York in 1999, she worked in advertising and fashion — and as an assistant to commercial photographers — before earning an MFA from Columbia University, in 2005. In the last eight years, she has had 10 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, including her first museum solo, at the ICA in Boston, in 2009. Her work has appeared in dozens of group shows. In 2012, she had a two-person show (with Matt Keegan) at the Kitchen, in New York, and a solo at Campoli Presti, in London.

http://eileenquinlan.com/

Thursday, March 14th
214 E. 21st St.
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
This event is not open to the public.

February 27: Oh Soon-Hwa Lecture
Soonhwa is a contemporary photographer and researcher who lives and works in Singapore and Seoul. Her color portrait photographic works have been internationally shown in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Her photography focuses on women and cultural identity. Her most recent photo and video projects, “Quiet dream” (2009-2012) and “Steep price” (2012-2013), will be presented during her talk at SVA. Through both projects the photographer explores a position of women’s perspective to understand women’s cultural, social, or religious identity within respectively Vietnam and India. In addition to her own studio photographic works, Soonhwa teaches studio photography courses and researches on contemporary south Asian photographers’ works. The talk will also include a survey on South Asian photography she has been conducting since 2011. She has selected and interviewed contemporary Indonesia and Singaporean photographers, whose work reflects their complex system of cultural identity negotiation in their society and religion.

Soonhwa holds an MFA from School of Visual Arts and Ed.D from Columbia University in New York. Currently, she is an associate professor and the coordinator of the photography and digital imaging program at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

http://www.soonhwaphoto.com/

Wednesday, February 27th
214 E. 21st St.
1:30pm, Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
This event is not open to the public.

February 6: Blurb Bookmaking Seminar
Gallerist Darius Himes and photographer Dan Milnor will speak about bookmaking, photography, publishing, and the future of the book. Lots of Blurb samples will be on hand, and discount postcards will be available to all participants.
Wednesday, February 6th
1:30pm, room 104
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

February 14: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky
Alums Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky are the film making duo behind Pigeon Projects, whose films have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, South By Southwest, Sundance, and many more, year after year. They’re coming to the MFA Photo/Video department to talk about their most recent films, Francine and The Patron Saints.
Thursday, February 14th
1:30pm, room 104
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.

December 6: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register HERE in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
Thursday, December 6th, 1-3pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register HERE in order to attend.

December 7: 2012 Fall Salon
Join us for an informal exhibition of photography, video and moving image artwork produced by students in the department. This year, we’re also collecting toys for children displaced by Hurricane Sandy, so bring a toy, see some work, and hang out with us! Click here for more info.
Friday, December 7th, 7-9pm
214 E. 21st St.
Open to friends and family of the department

December 10: Paul Pfeiffer Lecture
Using footage from television, movies, and sports events as his raw material, Paul Pfeiffer makes film, video, sculpture and installations. Born in 1966, in Honolulu, he is best known for his videos of basketball games in which either the players or the ball have been digitally removed. His work often repurposes iconic images of spectacles and celebrities – from Marilyn Monroe to Muhammad Ali – and dissects the role mass media plays in shaping our consciousness. Informed by Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Leonardo da Vinci and others, his large-scale pieces engage notions of societal power while smaller works evoke intimacy. In a recent colossal production, he recorded a hired crowd of 1,000 men to recreate the sounds of 100,000 fans cheering during a World Cup soccer match.
Monday, December 10th, 1-3pm
Room 104
This lecture is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

December 10: Hi-Def Vision Roundtable
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media and MPS Live Action Short Film present: Hi-Def Vision
Participating in the panel discussion are:

Ethan David Kent
For over a decade, Ethan has developed award-winning work in pixels and print for multifarious clients seeking multi-media solutions that stand up and stand out. Thanks to a broad artistic background and an aptitude for grasping complex systems, logic, and (programming) languages, Ethan is able to strike a meaningful balance between art and science when providing breakthrough solutions to client challenges.

Ethan’s early portfolio includes a cast of global brands in automotive, CPG, electronics, fashion, financial, health care, and mobile devices. Presently, he works as the Executive Creative Director for mcgarrybowen: he’s launched global initiatives for Chevron and JPMorgan Chase over the last four years, and has had memorable engagements with Kraft, NewsCorp, Northrop Grumman, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Ethan is also a noted photographer creating images of people and places around the world. His first assignment was touring Cleveland, OH with Randy Macho Man Savage as he promoted his first rap album. Words can’t describe.

Christopher Walters
Christopher Walters began shooting his own movies at the age of seven, and moved to New York at 18. At the age of twenty, Walters’ opportunity to jump from production assistant to cinematographer came with the production of the feature film, Caravan Summer, on which Walters was second unit director of photography. From there he was hired as in-house DP and editor at Dr. Dre’s production company, Geronimo Films, where he created music videos for artists Snoop Dogg, Fifty Cent and The Game.

To date, this camera man has lensed four feature films and shot over one hundred television commercials. In 2009, at the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto, he was recognized as Cinematographer of the Year for his work with director Michael Maxxis. He is currently represented as a director/DP by Giraldi Media and as a DP by Paradigm Entertainment.

Bob Giraldi
Bob Giraldi is the Chair of the MPS Live Action Short Film Program. Bob, the director who played a major role in the music video revolution and who continues to be a prolific creative force as one of America’s legendary commercial and music video directors, uses his considerable expertise and experience to introduce each of his students to the film industry.

Bob’s music videos—which include Michael Jackson’s Beat It, Will Smith’s Just the Two of Us, and Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield—have been included in Rolling Stone’s top ten examples of video art at The Museum of Modern Art and received numerous accolades. His films have appeared on Salon.com, Richard Roeper’s Top 10 lists, and have found their way into collections as diverse as the Cooperstown-Baseball Hall of Fame and the prestigious New Directors/New Films Series at The Museum of Modern Art.

Monday, December 10th, 3pm
136 W. 21st Street, Room 418F
free and open to the public

November 7: Judy Linn Lecture
Born in Detroit in 1947, Judy Linn has been making straight, unmanipulated pictures of the everyday world since the late 1960s. Widely celebrated for her photographs of a young Patti Smith (collected in the 2102 Abrams monograph Patti Smith 1969 – 1976: Photographs by Judy Linn), her images are subtle and humorous. Francine Prose writing last summer in Aperture compares Linn’s work to that of Helen Levitt, who was Linn’s mentor and friend. As Prose puts it: “Among the qualities the two artists share is a knack for appreciating, expressing, and making us see the ways in which human life is simultaneously beautiful, tragic and funny…Blink, and you would have missed it if Judy hadn’t been there to rescue it from the ultimate joke of time.”
Wednesday, November 7, 1-3pm
Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

November 10: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register HERE in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
Saturday, November 10, 10am-12n
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register HERE in order to attend.

October 17: Eve Sussman in Conversation with Steel Stillman
Born in 1961 in London, Eve Sussman incorporates film, video, installation, sculpture, and photography into her work, and focuses on the visual interaction of the viewer and their surroundings. In 2003 Sussman began working under the rubric, Rufus Corporation, a ‘think tank’ including performers, artists, musicians, writers and programmers who collaborate to create works of art. Characterized as both a sculptor and installation artist by some, and a sculptor turned filmmaker by others, Sussman creates films that break the mold and test the viewer’s expectations, translating well known masterworks into large scale re-enactments. A breakthrough work titled 89 Seconds at Alcázar, a film that investigates the psychological states of the subjects of Velazquez’s Las Meninas (1656), left the art world stunned by Sussman’s genius when it was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennale. With Rufus Corporation, Sussman has continued to create additional groundbreaking films including The Rape of the Sabine Women (2005), Yuri’s Office and whiteonwhite:algorithmicthriller (2012).
October 17, 1pm-3pm
Room 104
This event is MANDATORY for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

October 17: W. Eugene Smith Grant Ceremony
The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.
More information can be found HERE on our blog.
Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
Free and open to the public!

October 18: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register HERE in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
October 18, 1pm-3pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register HERE in order to attend.

October 27: Jerry Uelsmann + Maggie Taylor Screening
co-sponsored by MPS Digital Photography, this screening will feature a Q&A with Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor.
Saturday, October 27 6pm
Silas Screening Room at the SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
Free and open to the public!

October 30: Blurb comes to SVA
A representative from Blurb will speak to students about creating books, postcards, and other materials for self-publication and promotion.
October 30, 1pm-3pm
Room 104
Sorry, this event is NOT open to the public.

November 1: Videofreex Symposium
Co-sponsored by the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, the MFA Art Practice Department presents, “We’re all Videofreex,” a symposium which reunites the original members of the video collective Videofreex. Between 1969 and 1978 the group produced hundreds of hours of real-time video documents shot with newly-invented portable cameras and founded Lanesville TV, the first pirate TV station. More info: http://mfaphoto.schoolofvisualarts.edu/archives/5453
November 1, 4-9pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
Free and open to the public!

August 27-31: Orientation Week
Welcome, new students for the 2012-2013 academic year!

September 15: 2012 Thesis Screening
The class of 2012 presents their short films in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Screening.
Featuring work by:
Jonathan Chen
Lauraberth Lima
Michael Lin
Philip Mansfield
Maya Pinsky
Saturday, September 15, 7-9pm
SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.
Free and open to the public
Click here for more info, video, stills and more: 2012 Thesis Screening Website

June 8-30: 2012 Thesis Exhibition
Please join us with the class of 2012 at the reception for their Thesis Exhibition.
Thursday, June 14, 6-8pm
Visual Arts Gallery
601 W. 26th St., 15th Floor
Free and open to the public
Click here for more Thesis Exhibition information

June 4-30: Lens and Screen Arts Summer Residency
The Lens and Screen Arts – Still and Moving Image summer residency enters its second year, and we want you to be a part of it! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but submissions received by April 1st will be given first priority. To find out more about the residency and how to apply, click here for more info.

June 28: Lens and Screen Arts Summer Residency Screening
Join us for a screening of the work produced by participants of the Lens and Screen Arts Summer Residency.
Thursday, June 28th 7pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
Free and open to the public
March 15: Gay Block: About Love: Photographs and Films 1973-2011
Fine art photographer Gay Block talks about her newest book, About Love: Photographs and Films 1973-2011, published by Radius Books. “Portraiture, for me, is about a desire to see the uniqueness of each person celebrated. The portraits I made, from the very beginning, gave me information about who the person was. I learned this from the interview but even more when I saw the portrait I had made. When I found out how someone had made their life’s choices, it helped me figure out who I might become. For this lecture I will show and talk about my portraits, show clips from my films, and lead a discussion about the intimate and personal aspects of portraiture.”
Thursday, March 15, 7pm
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd St., 3rd Floor
This event is free and open to the public.

April 13: Spring Salon
Join us for an informal exhibition of photography, video and moving image artwork produced by students in the department.
Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
214 E. 21st St.
Open to friends and family of the department

March 12: Geoff Dyer: ZONA: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
Award-winning author Geoff Dyer lectures and talks about his newest book, ZONA: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. Book sales and signing to follow.
Monday, March 12, 7pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
This event is mandatory for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Free and open to the public.

March 1: Brian Palmer and Fred Ritchin: It’s not the technology!
Documentary, journalism, and forms of fine art that fall under the broad category of “nonfiction visual storytelling” have been upended by the digital revolution. Our audiences have fragmented, and, in some cases, our livelihoods decimated. Many of us, by choice and necessity, have adopted new modes of capture, image processing, and dissemination. Many more of us work feverishly to create new business models to keep our careers afloat.

But the current crisis in our fields is less about the digital than it is about certain enduring and fundamental questions. What is the purpose of our work? Who are we in relation to the people, places, and events we examine and explore? Put another way, whom, if anybody, do we serve with our work? Technology complicates and obscures these matters, but it does not erase them.

In this session we hope to contribute to the global effort of tracing potential paths out of the current chaotic media environment toward substantive, ethical, and sustainable frameworks and practices that harness the digital without fetishizing technology.
Thursday, March 1st, 7pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
This event is mandatory for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Free and open to the public

February 28: Fixing Shadows: Milagros de la Torre in Conversation with MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Chair Charles Traub and Carla Stellweg
Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department
Tuesday, February 28, 7pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
Free and open to the public.

February 21: Max Kozloff: As Luck Would Have It: The Element of Chance in Photography
Photography is the ideal medium for fishing out things, appearances, and events that don’t make sense or otherwise defy reason. This lecture explores the havoc wreaked upon the notion of story in photography by writers sympathetic to the element of chance. Too bad that as an explanatory principle to explain what happens, chance explains nothing. This condition will be illustrated by various photos featuring the smiles of women.
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
This event is mandatory for all MFA Photo/Video students.
Free and open to the public.

November 9: Duane Michals Lecture
Photographer Duane Michals lectures about his work and recent adventures.
November 9, 1pm
Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

November 14: Faculty Panel: Social Media
Seth Lambert, Michelle Leftheris, and Adam Bell conduct a panel on the recent show “Social Media” at Pace/MacGill Gallery, and the themes behind it.
November 14, 1:30pm
Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

December 8: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
December 8, 1pm-3pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend.

December 9: Fall Salon
Friends and family of our students are invited to view their work in an informal setting during the Fall Salon. The student salons are held once per semester, and are a great way to see works in progress, as well as have a bit of fun!
December 9, 7pm-9pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Free, but to attend, you must be invited by a student, staff, or faculty member

November 5: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
November 5, 10am-1pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend.

October 20: MFA Photo/Video Open House
Come tour the facilities and meet with MFA Photo/Video faculty and staff at the first of three open house sessions. Be sure to bring a resume or C.V. and portfolio for a group portfolio review! Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend. This is not a walk-in event.
October 20, 1pm-3pm
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department
214 E. 21st Street, 1st floor
Please register at http://www.sva.edu/GradInfoSessions/ in order to attend.

October 31: April Gertler Lecture
Berlin artist April Gertler will speak about her experience after graduate school, the formation of her own program, PICTURE BERLIN, and most specifically, the ways that she has been able to maintain her practice as a working artist while living in Berlin. She received her BFA, Photography (1997) at the California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA and her MFA, Photography (2002) at Bard College, New York. In the winter of 2001 – while at Bard, she went to the Städelschule, a small art school in Frankfurt/Main, Germany as part of a graduate exchange program. April moved to Berlin in 2005 and has been based there since then.
October 31, 1:30pm
Room 104
MANDATORY for all students
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

October 13: Janelle Lynch Lecture
Alum Janelle Lynch speaks about her new book, Los Jardines de Mexico. She has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina.
October 13, doors 6:30pm, event 7pm-8:30pm
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd St., 3rd floor
Free and open to the public

October 5: Brandon Holmes Screening
Please join Brandon Holmes for a special departmental screening of John Bargenhaver’s debut feature length documentary: Marcus Garlard: A Necessary Option.
October 5, 1pm
Room 104
Sorry, this event is not open to the public.

September 22: Professional Women Photographers Panel “Are We There Yet?”
An independent curator and former visuals editor at The New Yorker, Elisabeth Biondi moderates a panel on the role of women in photography. Panelists include photography critic Vince Aletti, curator and writer Lyle Rexer, and photographers Martine Fougeron, Lisa Kereszi and Sarah Silver. Presented by the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department in partnership with Professional Women Photographers.
September 22, doors 6:30pm, starts 7pm
SVA Amphitheater

209 E. 23rd St., 3rd floor
Free w/any college ID, $10 for general admission

September 23-24: 2011 Thesis Screening
Featuring films created by the class of 2011, this year’s screening spans two nights. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be one intermission each evening. This event is free and open to the public.
September 23, 7pm-10pm
September 24, 7pm-10pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.
Free and open to the public
September 14: Simon Norfolk Lecture
MANDATORY LECTURE for MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Students
September 14, 1pm-3pm
Room 104
Sorry, this lecture is not open to the public.

September 15: Dan Milnor from Blurb
MANDATORY LECTURE for MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Students
September 15, 1:30pm-3pm
Room 104
Sorry, this lecture is not open to the public.
August 3: Summer Residency Screening
Join our Still + Moving Imaging Summer Residency participants as we screen the short films they’ve created over this four-week intensive-study residency. This event is free and open to the public.
August 3, 6pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St.

July 8-27, 2011: AuthentiCity
Opening reception, July 7 6-8pm
SVA Gallery
209 E. 23rd Street

June 9 -26, 2011: Randy West Tethered
Opening reception, June 9, 6-8pm
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
535 W. 24th Street

June 10-25, 2011: Thesis Exhibition
Opening reception, June 16, 6-9pm
Visual Arts Gallery
601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1502

SPRING 2011

February 1, 2011: Max Kozloff
Art historian, critic and photographer, Max Kozloff has received numerous awards for art criticism, including the 1968 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1966 Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association of America. In 1976, he turned his attentions to creating art, using New York City and its residents as subjects for street and portrait photography. Max will speak about that portraiture in his lecture, “A Few Wrinkles in Portrait Photography.”

February 16, 2011: Grahame Weinbren
Video/installation artist and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department faculty member Grahame Weinbren will be showcasing his latest project Still Life with Banquet, answering questions, and discussing his latest publication, Video as an Art: Looking into the Rewind Archive through the Philosophical Aesthetics of Richard Wollheim, which is due out in Spring 2011.

February 22, 2011: Performance-lecture: Impressions, Shadows, by artist Marcelline Delbecq (Paris)
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd Street (3rd floor)

February 26, 2011: Masters on Main Street – The Weekenders
Student Exhibition
Brick Gallery
473 Main Street
Catskill, NY

March 1, 2011: Tom Gitterman
Gallery owner and art dealer Tom Gitterman focuses on the works of several important contemporary photographers at his Gitterman Gallery on the Upper East Side. His gallery represents the estates of several well-known artists and the photographs by those still working, including Paul Caponigro, Nan Goldin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and our own Charles H. Traub. Gitterman will speak to the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media Department about what it takes to prepare for the ultra-competitive art world and how to make it in Chelsea

March 16, 2011: Lecture and book signing for Photography and Italy: Maria Antonella Pelizzari
The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd Street

April 14, 2011: What is a Picture, lecture by Alan Vanier

April 15, 2011: Spring Salon
Student-run department exhibition

May 3, 2011: Lecture and screening: video artist Tony Conrad
Visual Arts Theater
333 W. 23rd Street

June 10-25, 2011: Thesis Exhibition
Visual Arts Gallery
601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1502

Fall 2010

September 14, 2010: Laurent Grasso
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd Street

September 18, 2010: Thesis Screening
Visual Arts Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street

September 28, 2010: Elinor Carucci
An alumnus of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, Elinor Carucci was named one of Photo District News’ “Thirty Under-30 Young Photographers to Watch” in 2000. Since her gallery debut in 1997, Carucci’s has had solo exhibitions worldwide, and her work has been extensively published and collected by numerous institutions and private collectors.

October 12, 2010: Dinh Q. Le
Drawing inspiration from his early childhood in Vietnam, Dinh Q. Le creates large-scale images from interwoven strips of photographic paper, and incorporates installation, video, and sculpture into his work. An alumnus of the School of Visual Arts, he continues to create haunting images that play on the dichotomy of Southeast Asian military conflict and the pop culture imagery which permeates his adoptive home of Los Angeles.

October 19, 2010: Jarvis Irving
In 1979, Jarvis Irving broke off from one of the biggest accounting firms in New York to start his own CPA firm and cater to artists’ financial issues. From tax accounting to advisory assistance, Jarvis W. Irving & Co. is equipped with a full range of services to guide artists, entertainers, and other individuals through the rough waters of managing a burgeoning business, budgeting, and future financial planning.

October 26, 2010: Rick Wester
Photographer representation has been a passion of Rick Wester’s for over thirty years. After being employed at New York’s renowned Light Gallery in the 1980s, he moved on to private consulting, as well as directing the prestigious Gagosian Gallery before striking out on his own to form Rick Wester Fine Art. From this firm, he continues to represent artists, broker art sales, and exhibit client work as well as the work of new contemporary photographers.

October 26th, 2010: Panel discussion: The Original Copy
On photography, performance, and the “living sculpture,” with artists Eleanor Antin (Southern California) and Robin Rhode (Berlin), moderated by curator Roxana Marcoci (MoMA, NY).
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street

November 2, 2010: Amy Steigbigel
The woman behind the photographers, Amy Steigbigel is a photo producer, art director, and Director of Photography for Getty Images. She has been active in the photography industry since the early 1990s, holding positions such as Director of Photography at Details Magazine and Co-Founder of Wallspace Gallery in NYC. Ms. Steigbigel holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts and has a particular interest in emerging fine art and commercial talent.

November 9th, 2010: Lecture: “Why Stieglitz?” by art historian and curator Bonnie Yochelson (SVA, NY)
SVA Amphitheater
209 E. 23rd Street

December 13, 2010: Miranda Lichtenstein
Miranda Lichtenstein questions what role depiction might continue to play in the capricious visual field. Collapsing both physical and digital screens, she interrogates the metaphorical and material filters that have been assimilated into image production and reception. The work’s subject matter can at times be difficult to locate — representation is present, but it is in flux. Her polyvalent strategies of display avoid conventions of seriality, and explore differing modes of destabilized representation.

December 16, 2010: Any Form of Paradise
Student Exhibition
The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd Street

December 17th, 2010: Artist Talk: Marie Losier with special guest Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd Street

Spring 2010

January 13, 2010: Omer Fast
February 3, 2010: Tim Hetherington
February 4, 2010: Alexandre Singh
February 17, 2010: Joel Sternfeld
March 3, 2010: Judith Mara-Gutman

Fall 2009

September 23, 2009: Shelly Silver

Friday, October 23, 2009: Brian Palmer’s Full Disclosure

October 28, 2009: How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Bull by the Bruce High Quality Foundation
209 East 23rd Street

November 20, 2009: Sandhogs: a book of photographs by Gina LeVay
Book launch party


December 4th, 2009: Fall Salon
An exhibition of current student work by the students of the MFA Photography Department.

December 11th, 2009: Entanglement by Ed Bowes
Film Screening
Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23rd Street
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