Exhibition: Athena LaTocha (MFA 2007) @ CUE Foundation

Exhibition: Athena LaTocha: Curated by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Duration: November 7th — December 19th, 2015
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7th, 6-8pm

Place: CUE Art Foundation
Location: 137 West 25th Street, Ground Floor (CUE is ADA accessible)
Phone: (212) 206-3583

For more information, visit CUE Art Foundation

 

(Image Credit: Athena LaTocha, material: Sumi ink on photo paper mounted on birch plywood)

 

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Letter from Alumni: Lawrence Mesich, MFA 2006

Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve had news to announce, but now I’ve got several things to tell you about:

I’ll have a piece in the Making History Exhibition organized by Arts in Bushwick, which opens Sunday 4/19 from 4-7pm. My piece is a model of a larger work that I’ll have up in my studio for BOS this year. This is a benefit for AiB and all of the work in the show will be raffled off on May 10th, so come and find some work you’d like to own on Sunday and come back on 5/10 to try to acquire it. You can take a look at all of the work in the show here: http://artsinbushwick.org/making-history-exhibition-benefit-gallery/

I’ve been hard at work on another new piece called Distributed Risk, which I received a Queens Art Fund grant to build and will be on display in my studio for Bushwick Open Studios this year (6/5 – 6/7). It’s a large sculpture/multi-channel video piece, and continues the body of work I started last year with Inherent and Residual Risk. This is the largest and most complicated piece I’ve worked on in a long time, and I’m very excited about it. I’ve refining and working out design issues for the part few months, and progress has slow but steady. I’ve moved on to production and am nearly finished with the video components, and I’ve engaged sculptor Cody Hughes to work on fabricating the structure. I hope you’ll come visit me in June and take a look. In the meantime, I have images of the digital and physical modes up on my site.

But that’s not all! I’ve also been working with Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris on two new Maze projects. For the uninitiated, it’s a life-size, traversable maze that includes light, video, sculpture, and a myriad of musical performances and time-based events.  If you don’t remember this project or weren’t able to check it out in 2012, you can get a refresher here.
The first maze will happen in Chicago at the Thalia Hall garage from 5/7 – 5/24. It’ll be a new iteration of the design we used in 2012. The space is cool, the line-up will be fantastic. Check it out if you’re in Chicago during that period, I’ll be there for the opening night. More details soon!
The second maze will happen in NYC at the SELECT Fair on the roof of the former DIA building during Frieze week (5/13  – 5/17). This will be a new design, using long sheets of translucent fabric stretched across poles held up by 43 performers to create a temporary structure each night. You can see a rough rendering of it here. If you’re asking yourself “where are they going to find 43 performers?”, consider yourself recruited! In addition to helping us realize this crazy thing, you’ll see great performance by the likes of Lee Renaldo, Arto Lindsay, and others. If you’re interested get in touch with me or with Sam at <theregattasgroup@gmail.com>.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at some of these events!

-Lawrence

URECA Art Exhibition 2015

Exhibition: URECA Art Exhibition 2015
Duration: March 23 – April 9, 2014
Place: The SAC Art Gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 26th, 5:00 – 7:00PM
Gallery Hours: Monday 12noon-7pm, Tuesday 12noon-7pm, Wednesday 12pm-8pm, Thursday 12noon-7pm

Artists:
Adam Inzalaco
Amanda Rehm
Andrea Baatz
Billy Patriss
Courtney Brenner
Dakota Jordan
Emily Brownawell
Emily Mary Sutherland
Hyemin Bae
Isabella Bartolini
Jacqueline Lennon
James P. Ayres
Jonathan Yea
Joshua Brooks
Kay Denton
Kelly Smith
Kelly Wong
Kimberly Valdez-Soto
Kris-Ann Wright
Kristin MacDougal
Luca Rivela
Maxwell Reff
Morgan T. Walters
Nicholas J. Bechtel
Nikk L. A.
Qianling Lu
Ran Ren
Seika Robinson
Skylar Mavraganis
Talia Brown
Tavleen Kaur
Xavier Yondvale
Xiaoyu Jing
Youlanda Holder
Zijie Zhu

Sponsored by:
URECA Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities
Featured as part of the Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival

URECA Coordinators: Brian Frank and Karen Kernan
www.stonybrook.edu/ureca
Exhibition Coordinator: Isak Berbic, Department of Art
Curatorial Assistants: Logan Marks, Rebecca Uliasz, Allison Walters

(Image: Untitled monoprint by John Barto: Winner of the Dean of Students Prize at URECA art exhibition 2014)

 

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award: Victoria Febrer, MFA 2016

We are pleased to announce that Victoria Febrer, MFA 2016, received The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. She is the first MFA to ever be chosen. Congratulations, Victoria!

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

Information about the 2015 Cross Scholars can be seen here:
http://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/am15/cross-scholars

Update 04/25/2015:
Article from Stony Brook Independent, “Victoria Febrer: Artist, Educator, and K. Patricia Cross Award Recipient”
http://www.sbindependent.org/victoria-febrer-artist-educator-and-k-patricia-cross-award-recipient/

Arts Writers Book Prize | Andrew Wasserman

Andrew Wasserman, ARH PhD 2013, wins prestigious Arts Writers book prize for 2014.

Bang! We’re All Dead! The Places of Nuclear Fear in 1980s America will investigate public art in American cities born of a culture of nuclear fear between 1979 and 1991, when artists such as Michael Mazur, Tom Herzberg, Alan Gussow, George Nakashima, and Ed Eisenberg responded to the compromised personal security brought about by nuclear weaponry and nuclear energy. Across five case studies, this manuscript will move between the gallery and the street, the bomb and the reactor, and the home front and the global military theater. Contextualized by Cold War anxieties, atomic end-of-the-world fantasies, Reagan-era defense spending increases, and public health concerns, this archival study will recuperate the works of overlooked artists as central to an understudied facet of contemporary American experience.

Andrew Wasserman is an assistant professor of art and architectural history at Louisiana Tech University. His research considers an expanded class of contemporary public art in American cities, examining place-making practices by artists and institutions. He is currently completing a manuscript examining cartographic public art projects in Manhattan from 1960 to the present. His writing has appeared in Public Art Dialogue, PUBLIC, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Theorizing Visual Culture: Writing Through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012).

http://artswriters.org/grantee/andrew-wasserman/

MFA Alumnus: Luis Fernando Ramirez

SB MFA Alumnus and Joan Mitchell Fellow Luis Fernando Ramirez Celis is now curator of the Museo de Arte del Banco de la República in Bogotá, Colombia, continues to make sculpture based on architectural history, and is teaching art and architecture. He had a residency this year at the Banff Centre in Canada, and was invited to participate in the Cartagena Bienale, where he showed the piece described and illustrated below.

Luis Fernando Ramirez Walden 13  2013 Synthetic beehive panel. Plastic hexagonal tubes, honey, and beeswax.  35 x 58 x 36 cm
Luis Fernando Ramirez
Walden 13
2013
Synthetic beehive panel. Plastic hexagonal tubes, honey, and beeswax.
35 x 58 x 36 cm

Walden 13 is a synthetic beehive panel hung from the ceiling and built on the geometry of a housing complex called Walden 7, designed by the architect Ricard Bofill in Catalonia, Spain. Each of the plastic cells is filled with honey and sealed on the edges with beeswax; bees are allowed access to the honey. In the seventies this complex proposed an alternative to the rational housing blocks that were in their heyday. It was a utopic architectural proposal that hoped to condition the behavior of the residents in favor of the common good. Walden 13 continues the saga begun in literature by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods, followed by B. F. Skinner’s Walden Two, the novel that inspired Bofill’s design for Walden 7.
The uninhabited apiary architecture of Walden 13 is filled with honey— a treasure accumulated in the plastic cells—waiting to be discovered and put to use. Similarly, the modern architecture it is meant to represent contains in its structure utopic ideas waiting to be harvested and used, like the honey in Walden 13. A multidisciplinary artist, Ramírez studied architecture and works with photography, drawing, video, models, installations, and popular music. He believes that the spirit of modern architecture refuses to go away entirely. Through images, fictions, and cultural hybrids, his work reflects on the possible significance of surviving modernity—hybridized, contaminated,
and longed for.

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Long Island Biennial 2014

Exhibition:
Long Island Biennial 2014

Date:
August 16 – November 30, 2014

Hours & Direction with general info:
www.heckscher.org/general_information

The Long Island Biennial is a juried exhibition that offers Long Island’s contemporary artists an opportunity to share their work with a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live. Selected by jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, this exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media work, and works on paper.

THE HECKSCHER MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS ARTISTS OF NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES:

Alexander Adell
Monica Banks
Edward Batcheller
Ennid Berger
Catherine Bezas
Joan Branca
Esther Marie Caponigro
Philippe Cheng
Joseph Constantino
Sandra Daniel
Riccarda de Eccher
Bernadette De Nyse
Anne Devine
Jennifer Drucker

Paul David Elsen
Alex Ferrone
Kathryn Gardner
Miranda Gatewood
Raymond Germann
Linda Giacalone
Phillip Gladkov
Phyllis Goodfriend
Doris Gootnick
Cynthia Grimm
Elaine Grove
Edward Hall
Sylvia Harnick
Wei-An Huang

Takafumi Ide
Sarah Jaffe Turnbull
Anna Jurinich
Lita Kelmenson
Barron Krody
Deborah Lark
Neil Leinwohl
Lili Maglione
Christa Maiwald
Richard Marr
Terence McManus
John Micheals
Robert Lind Olesen
Laura Powers-Swiggett

David Quinn
Alan Richards
Michael Ruggiero
Neil Scholl
Anne Seelbach
Victoria Selbach
Dick Shanley
Dee Shapiro
William Shillalies
Victoria Sinacori
Megan Sirianni-Brand
Neill Slaughter
Dan Welden
Tmima Z

Place:
The Heckscher Museum of Art
http://www.heckscher.org/
2 Prime AvenueHuntington, NY 11743-7702
T: 631.351.3250
F: 631.423.2145
info@heckscher.org

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World Maker Faire NYC 2014

REVIEWED:
Online magazine Japanese Engadget

Exhibition:
World Maker Faire New York 2014

There are 700+ Maker Exhibits.
Technology, Science, Craft, Fashion, Art, Food & much more!

Date:
September 20 – 21, 2014

Hours:
Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm | Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

The artist from Art Department:
Takafumi Ide has participated a collaborative project “WobbleWonder” with 3 artists.

Martha Hipley (concept, 3D modeling)
Takafumi Ide (concept, Leap Motion, sound effects)
Sophi Kravitz (concept, engineering, virtual Segway design)
Adelle Lin (concept, 3D space design)

Place:
New York Hall of Science

How to get there:
http://tinyurl.com/npoff3h

Related links:
WobbleWonder on mix-engineering.com
WobbleWonder on MakerFaire website
History of Make Faire

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In “Five Star”, Keith Miller’s Leading Man Is a General in the East New York Bloods

Keith Miller’s latest film grew out of his 2011 short, “Gang Bangin’ 101.” In that two-minute doc, James “Primo” Grant – a burly, bearded Brooklyn native who works as a bouncer at a Bed-Stuy nightclub – spoke frankly about joining the East New York Bloods when he was 12 and eventually becoming a five-star general in what he calls the “brotherhood.”
(excerpt from bedfordandbowery.com)
More info: LINK

This film is also an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2014.

Keith Miller, SBU Art 2001 M.F.A.

Stephen Francis, an internship cash prize / Whitney Museum

SBU Career Center awarded Stephen a cash prize for his internship service at the Whitney Museum.

Stephen was one of three graduate students selected for this award. His supervisors at the Whitney praised Stephen’s work “tracking exhibition submissions and artists proposals” and assisting the chief curator’s office. Beyond his day-to-day responsibilities, Whitney staff noted his navigate unanticipated projects and deadlines.

More info: LINK

Student Art Gets Exposure on the Walls of Sunwood

For Stony Brook University art students, having a work featured at Sunwood has become a distinction in the Department of Art. This year 16 students can make that claim as winners of the fourth annual juried art competition that began when Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and his wife, Dr. Ellen Li, moved in to Sunwood and saw the opportunity to showcase student artwork on the walls of the mansion in Old Field. The off-campus conference venue is used for many events throughout the year, giving young artists much-coveted exposure.

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