In the Studio: Casting Bronze

Students in Professor Malcolm MacDougall’s sculpture class poured the first of their bronze castings on Friday. Queens College is one of the few schools in the area with an active foundry, so it’s a great opportunity for sculptors looking to work in traditional casting methods. Check out some of the photos from the pour in the slideshow above.


In the Gallery: An Exquisite Cadaver

From October 15th to 26th, a group of 15 artists (the MFA candidates) immersed themselves in this gallery, one by one. In a time frame of 3 hours each, they developed artwork on site. Prompted by the 100 year old Surrealist technique of the “exquisite corpse,” the artists allowed each other’s work to inspire and influence their intervention on the space. This 11 day individual, anonymous, and collaborative experience aims at a free and informal art-driven conversation amongst the artists.

An Exquisite Cadaver will be on display in the Klapper Student Gallery until Friday, November 3rd.

New book by professor Gregory Sholette

Queens College is proud to announce professor Gregory Sholette’s new book Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism published by the University of Chicago Press!

“In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects to positive and negative ends. 
In this follow-up to his influential 2010 book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Sholette engages in critical dialogue with artists’ collectives, counter-institutions, and activist groups to offer an insightful firsthand account of the relationship between politics and art in neoliberal society. Sholette lays out clear examples of art’s deep involvement in capitalism: the dizzying prices achieved by artists who pander to the financial elite, the proliferation of museums that contribute to global competition between cities in order to attract capital, and the strange relationship between art and rampant gentrification that restructures the urban landscape. 
With a preface by noted author Lucy R. Lippard and an introduction by theorist Kim Charnley, Delirium and Resistance draws on over thirty years of critical debates and practices both in and beyond the art world to historicize and advocate for the art activist tradition that radically—and, at times, deliriously—entangles the visual arts with political struggles.”

For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, visit University of Chicago Books.

Welcome back, students!

Greetings, Queens College Art students! Whether you’re a new student or returning for the umteenth time, we’re exciting to have you back and look forward to seeing your new work. We have a few news items and updates from over the summer in case you missed them!

Call for Artists: Greenpoint Gallery 2017 National Competition

Queens College students are invited to participate in an upcoming call for artists! The Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn is currently accepting submissions for their Fifth Annual National Juried Art Competition. All media are accepted. The winner of Best in Show in our national competition will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a solo show in one of the most popular galleries in Brooklyn. Three runner-up artists will be awarded $250 each and a slot in a group show.

Entry into this competition is limited to the first 300 applicants; so if you are interested in submitting, please review the competition guidelines. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15th, 2017. For more details, follow the link below!

New book by professor Glenn Goldberg

Painting professor Glenn Goldberg has collaborated with artist and philosopher Amber Scoon on ? a new book published by Atropos Press in coordination with Think Media. ? is a conversation between two artists that challenge themselves to articulate their questions and insights. The exchanges include ideas about ownership, instability, nature, curiosity, language, contemporary art, ghosts, religion, fetish objects and consciousness. The book will be available at available at amazon, barnes and noble and Atropos Press.

Special Sculpture course offering for Fall 2017

This fall, the Studio Art program will be offering a new course for both Graduate and Undergraduate students! Becoming Insect, an Advanced Sculpture course (Sculpture 2, 3, or Special Projects) will be taught by Professor Gregory Sholette on Tuesdays from 10 am – 1:50 pm in Klapper Hall room 284. Since this course will be cross-listed for different programs, students can find it in CUNYfirst under different numbers for their appropriate program of study.

ARTH 283/284/288 (code 54025/54055/54056) for undergraduate students
ARTH 728 (code 54039) for graduate students

Fusing project-based studio practice with individual research, this hybrid seminar explores the shifting line between contemporary art and social practice through the lens of what we consider the human and the non-human. By focusing on the figure of the insect as it appears in art, science, philosophy, and popular culture, students will develop collaborative projects that address one or more related topics including animal intelligence, networked technology, cyborg affectivity, and interventionist public art. Among the materials we will cover in class include sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, installations by Damien Hirst, tactical media interventions by Electronic Disturbance Theater, and a number of “giant bug” movies from the 1950s. We will also read selections from the theoretical books such as “Insect Media” by Jussi Parikka, watch excerpts from movies such as Them! and Starship Troopers, and listen to the sound of crickets used to defend a virgin forest in California by the Center of Tactical Media.

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