Artist Talk: Basim Magdy, November 13, 12:30pm, Staller Center for the Arts

Artist Talk: Basim Magdy, Monday, November 13, 12:30pm
Staller Center for the Arts, 2nd floor seminar room

Basim Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt, and lives and works in Basel and Cairo. His work appeared recently in solo and group exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Mathaf, Doha (2017) MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux; Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York; Salt Ulus, Ankara; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Warsaw; HOME, Manchester, UK; The Green Parrot, Barcelona; Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland (2015); La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal; Art in General, New York; Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne, Australia; MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The High Line, New York (2013); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2011); Mass MOCA, North Adams, USA and Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale dʼart contemporain, Rennes, (2010). He was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Kiev (2012) and won the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai and the New:Vision Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen (2014) and the Experimental Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (2015), Deutsche Bank’s 2016 Artist of the Year (2016).

Following the artist talk, Basim Magdy will visit the studios for individual critiques at the MFA studio spaces located in Nassau Hall, South Campus.

Beyond Stony Brook: Careers in Art History

SBU Professor Sohl Lee, Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art, in conversation with our outstanding alumni: Stephanie Gress, BA ’97 MA ’00, Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum; Roland Coffey, BA ’13, Publicist for art and architecture titles at Yale University Press; Kara Li, formerly with Christie’s, current Art History PhD student working on transnational flows of contemporary Chinese art.

Faculty member Stephanie Dinkins featured in an Art21 magazine article:

Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly

Who are your people?” Since 2014, the artist Stephanie Dinkins has asked the social robot BINA48 this question several times. Developed by Hanson Robotics in 2010, BINA48 was purchased by Martine Rothblatt, a futurist and self-made millionaire. The robot’s bust is modeled after Rothblatt’s partner, Bina. More than one hundred hours of Bina Rothblatt’s thoughts, memories, and beliefs were compiled to form the personality of this humanoid robot. Although the robot shares its likeness and opinions with Bina Rothblatt, Dinkins is curious how BINA48 sees herself. Can the robot learn to empathize with people? by Jacquelyn Gleisner

Faculty member Stephanie Dinkins selected for the prestigious 2017 Eyebeam Residency in Art and Technology, New York

Each year, Eyebeam invites a select group to engage technology and society through art. Eyebeam provides a vibrant launchpad for invention and dialogue for those exploring and creating the future. Eyebeam’s values of openness, invention and justice drive its mission to fund the unfundable then share it globally through presentations, workshops, online initiatives and inventive programs. The new group is about to take their place at Eyebeam’s studios: the heart of technology by artists. They were chosen through an open call focusing on Trust in the context of technology and society. The selected artists for 2017 are American Artist, ​insisting on both the visibility of blackness and erasure in virtual spaces; BUFU, ​creating an app that makes accessible a virtual archive and emergency resources for homeless QTPOC; Stephanie Dinkins, ​creating an AI entity that reflects the concerns of communities of color; Dhruv Mehrotra​, working on “Othernet: Internet Island,” an autonomous alternative to the Internet.

Beyond Stony Brook: Careers in Art History, Wednesday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm, Staller Center for the Arts 3220

Alumni panelists include:
Stephanie Gress BA ‘97 MA ‘00, Vanderbilt Museum, Roland Coffey BA ‘13, Yale University Press, Kara Li, formerly with Christie’s Auction

Stephanie Gress (BA ‘97 MA ’00) is the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and has been employed there since 2001. Her recent publication Eagle’s Nest: The William K. Vanderbilt II Estate (2015) draws original images from the extensive archival collection from W. K. Vanderbilt’s life and times.

Roland Coffey (BA ‘13) is a publicist at Yale University Press with a focus on promoting art and architecture titles. He received his M.A. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 and a B.A. Cum Laude in Art History and English from Stony Brook University in 2013. He was also a visiting scholar at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and interned at Macmillan Publishers and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts while he was in graduate school.

Kara Li served as the department administrator at Christie’s New York’s Chinese Works of Art, during which she coordinated all aspects of the arts auction process including account and consignment management, art cataloging and appraisal, import/export and transportation, exhibition setup, and publishing. Previously, she has held positions at various art institutions, including museums, non-profits, galleries, and startups. She is a current PhD student at Stony Brook studying contemporary Chinese art.

The event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Career Center, and the Department of Art at Stony Brook University


Sara Greenberger Rafferty: GLOVES OFF

November 2 – December 17, 2017
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center

Artist Talk with Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Thursday, November 2, 1pm, followed by a reception
Art Crawl: Friday, November 3, 3-5pm; 4:30pm at Zuccaire Gallery
Reception: Friday, November 3, 5-7pm
Salon with curator Andrew Ingall: Wednesday, November 8, 12pm
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Alumna Verónica Peña receives the Franklin Furnace Award for Emerging Artists — Peña will deliver an artist talk 11/28/2017, 1pm, Staller Center for the Arts

Stony Brook University M.F.A. alumna Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. “The Body In The Substance” awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund is a 12 hour performance in which Peña submerges her entire body within a liquid “substance” that slowly solidifies. Verónica Peña will speak at Stony Brook University on November 28th, 1pm, at the Staller Center for the Arts.

Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan: Tue, October 17, 2017 7:00 PM Baltimore School For the Arts

Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan; Love at the Edges of Personhood brings ongoing conversations between artist Stephanie Dinkins and social robot Bina48 to the stage. In 2014, Stephanie set out to build a long-term, empathetic friendship with Bina48—one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence beings based on the likeness and lived experience of Bina Aspen. Their conversations are further enriched by dialouge with Bina48’s handler and close companion Bruce Duncan.The panel will explore questions around archiving humanity, race and gender in artificial intelligence, and strategies for empathy in a rapidly changing world.

Stephanie Dinkins Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the arts organization A Blade of Grass. As an ABOG Fellow Stephanie Dinkins will create Project al-Khwarizmi (PAK) with artists, youth, and elders of color to address digital discrimination within artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Working alongside computer and data scientists, Dinkins and collaborators will develop a web-based chatbot to empower communities of color to understand how algorithms and AI systems impact daily life, and create a more culturally inclusive prototype.

Working to address racism, sexism, and other biases within artificially intelligent systems, the project aims to ensure that people of color and others who inherently understand the need for inclusion, equity and ethics participate in the design, production and testing of smart technologies. PAK is a laterally minded project that will encourage communities of color get involved in AI and provide strategies to help keep biases and discrimination out of newly encoded systems.