SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND: a collaboration of piano music, art, and mobile technologies

SBU Collaborators (all commissioned for the concert)
Dan Waymouth, Composition
Nobi Nagasawa, Optical fiber attire Bio-Lux.
Takafumi Ide, Visuals

The concert on Thursday 3/2 at UCLA will be livestreamed.
Please tune in. 7:30PM Pacific time / 10:30PM East coast time

Schoenberg Hall445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bio Lux: The original function of clothing is to shield human from weather conditions. The garment designed for a pianist Jocelyn Ho flips this function inside out: it does not protect from the external environment but exposes and interacts with the internal physiology of her body. Sensors on the pianist’s body detect her heartbeat, movement, and energy to act as triggers between the music and the illuminated attire Nagasawa designed. By creating an interactive sartorial (wearable) art activated by bodily rhythms, the performing body becomes an augmented artwork which transforms the performance. This clothing, made from “woven” pulsating optical fiber creates a soulful journey between mind, body, and music. (from Synaesthesia Playground dossier)

* Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.






Andrew Uroskie: Interviewed in Documentary Film on Ken Dewey, premiere: November 12

Andrew Uroskie is interviewed in a feature film on the artist Ken Dewey premiering at the NYC Documentary Film Festival next month at the IFC West Village Theater Nov 12th. Alongside Stony Brook’s own Allan Kaprow, Dewey was one of the founders of the “Happenings” group, a key progenitor social practice art in both the US and Europe in the early 60s, as well as a major figure in helping to establish government funding for alternative art spaces in New York State in the early 70s before his tragic death at age 38 in a plane crash in 1972.

Expected to attend the premiere: Sally Williams; executive producers Suki Dewey, Ariane Dannasch, Christopher Dewey; subjects Carolee Schneemann Anthony Martin, Lee Breuer, Jon Hendricks, Prof. Andrew V. Uroskie, Leil Lowndes, Yvette Nachmias Baeu.

Here’s a link to the trailer and tickets:

Faculty Exhibition 2015

Exhibition: Faculty Exhibition 2015
Duration: September 15 – October 24, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, October 7, 6-8 pm
Free and open to the public
Place: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Location: Main Floor Staller Building, Stony Brook University
Contact: Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery
Staller Center for the Arts, first floor
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5425
More information: 631.632.7240 or


  • Isak Berbic
  • Krista Biedenbach
  • Toby Buonagurio
  • Melissa F. Clarke
  • Stephanie Dinkins
  • Takafumi Ide
  • Martin Levine
  • LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus)
  • Nobuho Nagasawa
  • Jason Paradis
  • Mel Pekarsky
  • Howardena Pindell
  • Andreas Rentsch
  • Dan Richholt
  • Kimberly Ruth
  • Lorena Salcedo-Watson
  • Margaret Schedel and Patrice Scanlon
  • Maya Schindler
  • Chris Semergieff
  • Chanika Svetvilas
  • Lorraine Walsh


BRIC Biennial in Brooklyn / Isak Berbic

BRIC Biennial

September 20 – December 14, 2014

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 12noon – 8:00pm

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 19, 7:00pm–9:00pm

The artists:
Fariba Salma Alam
Richard Baker
Katie Bell
Isak Berbic
Ben Thorp Brown
Youmna Chlala
Vince Contarino
Joe Diebes
Seth Michael Forman
Scherezade Garcia
Valérie Hallier
Nene Humphrey
Nina Katchadourian
Despo Magoni
Karyn Olivier
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Jenny Polak and Dread Scott
Eleanor Ray
Wendy Richmond
Niv Rozenberg
Jean Shin
Jenna Spevack
Daniel Terna
Penelope Umbrico
Daniel Wiener
Martha Wilson

co-curated by:
Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Vice President, Contemporary Art
Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator
Leslie Kerby (guest curators)
Fawz Kabra (guest curators)

the BRIC Biennial Brooklyn
647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn (just near LIRR Atlantic Terminal and the 4/5 2/3 B/Q/R and G)

Preliminary press releases:
The New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic


Identity of Place / Mel Pekarsky

Duration: April 27 – August 31 September 26, 2014
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00PM
Special Reception: Sunday, June 29, 3:00 – 5:00pm


    (Curated by Dawn Lee)

  • JoAnne Dumas
  • MaryEllen Hackett
  • Mel Pekarsky
  • Anne Seelbach
  • Annie Wildey

Place: OMNI Gallery
Location: 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553 / Across from the Nassau Coliseum

Mel Pekarsky, Dry Season, pencil, 26x 40.75"
Mel Perkasky, Dry Season, pencil, 26x 40.75″

(Cover image [left-right]: Wildey, Seelbach, Dumas, Hackett, Pekarsky)


Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art

Andrew V. Uroskie, Associate Professor and Director of the MA/PhD in Art History, Criticism and Theory, at the book release party for “Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art” (University of Chicago Press, 2014) at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Art Libraries Review

Update 05/08/2015:
Review of “Between the Black Box and the White Cube” for the College Art Association’s “Critical Reviews”:


Re-Tracing The Land: Americana I by Stephanie Dinkins

Exhibition: Re-Tracing the Land
Duration: July 11 – August 15, 2014
Hours: Monday – Friday 12noon – 5:00PM and by Appointment Only
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 6:00 – 9:00PM

Curator: Allison Young, winner of the 2014 NARS Emerging Curator Program Open Call
Participating Artists:
Stephanie Dinkins, Aikaterini Gegisian, Soraya Marcano, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, and Jared Thorne

Place: NARS Foundation
Location: 201 46th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Phone: 718.768.2765

For further information, please contact us at / / 718-768-2765.

(Image: What I Don’t See, 2010, by Viviane Rombaldi Seppey: Courtesy of the Artist)

Off The Block – Andreas Rentsch, MFA 2013

Off The Block: An exhibition of work by NYFA Fellows at Southampton Arts Center

June 26 – July 20, 2014

Thursday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Place: Southampton Arts Center
Location: 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

Artists: Claire Watson, Hiroyuki Hamada, and Andreas Rentsch (SBU Art 2013 M.F.A.)


Guest Critic: Boshko Boskovic

Image © Ara Qui
Image © Ara Qui

MFA Final Critiques | Saturday, May 17th, 2014 | 10am – 4pm

The Department of Art at Stony Brook University Studio Art MFA invites guest critic Boshko Boskovic.

Boshko Boskovic is the Program Director of Residency Unlimited, a New York based residency program for international artists and curators. He curated numerous exhibitions such as Videozones 2012 at Interstate Projects, New York, Paint Me Sculpturly 2013, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy, Sara Bichao & Manon Harrois – Soundless Harmonies 2014, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Ellie Krakow – Bring the Lights Into the Shot 2013, Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space, New York. Boskovic previously worked at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation managing the European retrospective Specific Objects Without Specific Form 2009-2010, an exhibition that traveled to the Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels, The Beyeler Foundation in Basel and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. During his tenure as Associate Director at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York he worked closely with artists such as Los Carpinteros, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Johan Grimonprez.

MFA Final Critiques
At the end of each academic year the MFA candidates and Art Faculty meet for critiques at the artists’ studio spaces located in Nassau Hall, south campus, Stony Brook University. Accompanied by Adjunct Faculty, select Art History Faculty and peers, and invited Guest Critics, these sessions are an intensive day of presentations and critical discussions.

Howardena Pindell: Paintings, 1974–1980

Exhibition: Howardena Pindell: Paintings, 1974–1980
Duration: April 10 – May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: TBA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
(Closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays)

Garth Greenan Gallery
Press Release

529 West 20th Street
10th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Information: 212-929-1351


Reviews / Magazines

The New Yorker. 291 April. 2014:



For Immediate Release: January 2, 2014
SAC Art Gallery, Student Activities Center, Stony Brook University
JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 20, 2014

The Student Activities Center (SAC) Art Gallery at Stony Brook University, presents
“Times Square Times: 35 Times”, photographs of the unique ceramic reliefs, created by sculptor, Toby Buonagurio. The exhibition features thirty – five, high definition photographs of Buonagurio’s thirty-five unique, sculptural, ceramic reliefs permanently installed in the Times Square – 42 Street Subway Station, in the heart of New York City. It was commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit and Urban Design.
The photographs capture all the vibrancy, energy and high octane color, in one-to-one scale, with Buonagurio’s ceramic reliefs installed throughout the glass block walls of the Times Square 42 Street Subway station. The ceramic works are mounted in custom light boxes and are on view 24 / 7 in the Seventh Avenue / Broadway / 41st / 42 Street mezzanine passages in Times Square Station. Buonagurio’s work is viewed by more than half a million subway riders daily.
Buonagurio designed and fabricated the ceramic reliefs as composite images depicting aspects of the iconic Times Square 42nd Street area. She utilized imagery related to themes of Fashion, Street Life and Performing Arts…. filtered through her flamboyant esthetic and use of tongue in cheek humor, cliché and irony.
The exhibition of photographs: “Times Square Times :35 Times”, at the SAC Gallery, is the first presentation of all thirty five images outside of Times Square Station.


Toby Buonagurio is a senior professor in the Art Department of Stony Brook University where she has headed the ceramic sculpture program for almost four decades. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad in twenty-five solo shows, and more than 200 group exhibitions world-wide. Her ceramic sculpture has been written about extensively and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics on the Stony Brook University campus.

A reception will take place: Thursday, February 6: 5 – 8 PM
The artist will provide a talk Wednesday, February 12: 1-2:20pm
Gallery Hours: M.T.Th. 1- 6 PM, Wed, 12- 8 PM
For information, please contact Janice Costanzo, Gallery Director, at (631) 632-6822 or
SAC Art Gallery, Student Activities Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

Assistant Professor, Zabet Patterson has won the prestigious 2012 Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for New Book

Zabet Patterson, Assistant Professor of Art History & Criticism, and Assistant Professor in the Consortium for Digital Art, Culture and Technology, has won the prestigious 2012 Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for her new book project.

Visionary Machines: USCO, Techno-Utopia and Technocracy will be the first book to provide a historical and theoretical account of USCO, a group of poets, filmmakers, artists, and engineers who lived and worked as an artists’ collective from 1963 to 1966. USCO participated in a counterculture that straddled the Beats and the Hippies and intersected with figures from Silicon Valley, academia, and the art world, including Marshall McLuhan, Timothy Leary, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Carolee Schneeman, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. Widely influential during the 1960s, USCO was essentially lost to history because their work doesn’t fit into many of the traditional cultural and artistic narratives of the period. Nevertheless, USCO’s story offers a unique insight into the problems and possibilities of advanced computational technology, at a point when the world was shifting from the mechanical to the cybernetic age. Patterson will argue that USCO interrogated information technology without slipping into either melancholic fatalism or uncritical techno-utopianism. Instead, they created fictional worlds that fused scientific innovation with mystical exploration, while grappling with the rough work of building community.Zabet Patterson is assistant professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University, where she specializes in the intersection of contemporary art and computational media in the postwar period. Her recent articles include “Cybernetic Cinema: From the Gun Controller to the Mandala” in Grey Room and “POEMFIELDs and the Materiality of the Computational Screen” in Animation. She has presented on modern and contemporary art and computational media at symposia in Istanbul, London, Florence, Vancouver, Tokyo, and the United States, and has curated exhibitions on sound art and locative media. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.