Art Crawl Fall 2015

Join us for Free Guided Tours of Various Art Galleries on the Stony Brook University Campus!

TOUR 1: Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 3 to 5 pm
TOUR 2: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 3 to 5 pm
(see schedule and map below)

Tour 1 starts at the Skylight Gallery in Wang Center at 3 pm on Thursday, September 10, continues to the Alloway Gallery in Melville Library Building and ends at the Simons Center Gallery with a reception.

Tour 2 starts at the Alloway Gallery in Melville Library Building at 3 pm on Wednesday, November 18, continues to the Zodiac Gallery in Wang Center and ends at the Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center with a reception.

Free and open to the public.

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Research on Robert Barry’s conceptual art by PhD student Sandrine Canac

Doctoral student Sandrine Canac has spent the last year as a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP), and will be presenting her dissertation research on Robert Barry’s conceptual art of the 1960s and 70s this Friday for their annual Critical Studies Symposium. Her panel is being moderated by Benjamin Buchloh of Harvard, and Robert Barry himself will be in attendance.

Admission is free, simply register at the Guest Services Desk.
The Program: http://bit.ly/1IAKDGk

New work in exhibition at NurtureArt / Stephanie Dinkins

Duration: May 8 – May 29, 2015
Contact: http://nurtureart.org/#1
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 7 – 9 pm

NURTUREart is pleased to present What It Was, curated by Project Curate and Adam Parker Smith, and featuring artists Avantika Bawa, Brent Birnbaum, Wyatt Burns, Stephanie Dinkins, Patrick Mohundro, and Scott Rogers.
What It Was asks us to confront our pasts and explore the potential of alternate and plural futures. In predicting what role art will have in our own lives and the lives of others, we wonder: where will the future be?

NURTUREart Gallery
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718 782 7755

Gallery North 50 years of Art

The 16 artists selected by the Director and Curator for this exhibition, represent some of the best of the hundreds of artists who have shown at Gallery North, during the past 50 years. There are 7 artists representing the Studio Art program and Stony Brook University, including current faculty Martin Levine and Howardena Pindell, former faculty Mel Pekarsky, Robert White, Malcolm Morley and Kay Walkingstick, and former Director of the Staller Center, Terrance Netter. Please join us at the opening reception, Friday, April 24, 5:00-7:00pm. The exhibition will be on display April 24-June 6, 2015.

(image: Founders Virginia Fuller and Sally Plum installing a painting by John Little, 1965)
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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

Letter from Alumni in Art History – TechKidsUnlimited.org

I’m a Stony Brook alumni and I wanted to tell everyone about the not-for-profit program I founded which is a combo of my background in art history—thanks Stony Brook—and tech.
It’s called TechKidsUnlimited.org and we teach technology—programming, video editing, podcasting, 3D printing, game design and more—to youth with special needs.
Please see the attached info for more about our program and please LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TechKidsUnlimited and we are on Twitter @TechKidsU.
If you know anyone interested in our program—which is really about art and technology—please reach out to me!

Beth Rosenberg
Stony Brook, Art History Masters, 1991
techkidsunlimited.org
edubeth.net

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Outstanding Faculty Award / Kristine Granger, MFA 2010

Congratulation to Kristine Granger, M.F.A. 2010, who was recently nominated for the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at Bay College. She was amongst two other instructors that received this award for their professional and primary focus on education.

Kristine Granger is an artist who investigates memories and was featured in the 2nd edition of “Elements of Photography” by Angela Ferris Belt. She also held many exhibitions in San Fransisco, and Ohio. She moved onto teaching Arts at Bay College in Escabana, Michigan.

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/