Faculty Exhibition: Chloe Bass, “Book of Everyday Instruction”

All are invited to attend the opening reception of Chloë Bass’s show The Book of Everyday Instruction on Saturday, April 21st, 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will show at The Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens from April 21st – June 17th, with special programming and events during the show.

Friday, May 25, 7:00 pm: Couples Counseling for Artists and Institutions Workshop + Book Launch
Sunday, June 3, 5:00pm: A Field Guide to Spatial Intimacy Workshop
Thursday, June 14 , 7:00pm: Protect and Preserve Lecture Performance + Closing Party

Knockdown Center presents Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction, an eight-chapter investigation of one-on-one social interaction, exploring an expanded understanding of pairing. On view for the first time in its entirety, the exhibition includes all eight major projects developed by Bass between January 2015 and January 2018 as well as additional interventions created in response to Knockdown Center’s public spaces outside of the gallery. Coinciding with the exhibition, the project will also be released as a book, published by The Operating System, and designed and edited by Lynne Desilva-Johnson.

Bass uses daily life as a site of research to study the modes and scales of intimacy, locating where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Her works prioritize the fostering and observing of everyday interpersonal situations, and take a variety of forms across photography, text, video, sculpture, performance, a mobile phone app, poetic modes of documentation, and site-specific interventions. Presented in sequential chapters, each with its own central question and focus, Bass’ inquiries expand in scale and scope; she begins with an investigation of intimacy between herself and a stranger, and expands outward to study the relationships between individuals and their safe spaces, institutions, and finally cities.

Faculty Exhibition: Sin-ying Ho, “Past Forward”

Ceramics teacher Sin-ying Ho is currently exhibiting at the Hood Art Museum’s temporary exhibition space from now through May 27th. Visit the Hood Downtown at 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH – admission is always free!

About the exhibition:
“If Chinese ceramic art has a heart, it beats in Jingdezhen. For centuries, artisans there have made vessels that traveled far and wide. Their fluid forms and recognizable decorations have inspired celebratory prose and devoted followers around the world. Today, artist Sin-ying Ho works in these same ceramics factories. Though Jingdezhen potters have long defined tradition, Ho has expanded both their forms and their imagery in contemporary ceramics that are thoroughly of the twenty-first century. Whether they are monumental vases or smaller, more clearly assembled sculptures, she makes her works from multiple parts brought together as a whole. She emphasizes the many parts by glazing each of the pieces differently. Together they form a whole that maintains the legacy of being created from myriad fragments.
The process of building is an essential metaphor for Sin-ying Ho’s artistic practice. With it, she implies an optimism for our society’s continued ability to construct a unified world. As reflected in her technique, and in the themes addressed by her surface imagery, this world will necessarily be an amalgam of new and old, here and there, greed and generosity, men and women, faith and despair. Through these combinations, Ho shares a worldview that acknowledges the inherent contradictions and challenges of global culture while also anticipating the uncanny beauty emerging all around us.”

For more information about the exhibition and about the Hood Museum of Art, visit their website!

New book by Professors Greg Sholette and Chloë Bass


Art as Social Action is both a general introduction to and an illustrated, practical textbook for the field of social practice, an art medium that has been gaining popularity in the public sphere. With content arranged thematically around such topics as direct action, alternative organizing, urban imaginaries, anti-bias work, and collective learning, among others, Art as Social Action is a comprehensive manual for teachers about how to teach art as social practice.

Along with a series of introductions by leading social practice artists in the field, valuable lesson plans offer examples of pedagogical projects for instructors at both college and high school levels with contributions written by prominent social practice artists, teachers, and thinkers.

To learn more or to pre-order a copy, visit Allworth Press.

Featured Alumni: Asia Sztencel, MFA 2013

Asia Sztencel, a 2013 graduate of the Queens College MFA program, is a Brooklyn-based social practice artist and a first-generation Polish immigrant. Through innovative conceptual practices and traditional craft, her work offers a personal exploration inside the larger narrative of the immigration experience. She often examines themes of exile, recall, and longing. As an experienced artist-educator and a fellow immigrant, she engages the Polish community of Brooklyn and Queens in art projects and introduces them to other cultural communities in NYC.

Asia Sztencel has recently completed an artist residency from Residency Unlimited to pursue current projects including a social scavenger hunt Welcome to My Greenpoint and a community dialog and series of works You can’t carry your landscape with you. The artist describes this project as inspired by Renaissance Florentine paintings, where landscapes were often added to the background behind the portraiture:

“I am making portraits of Polish immigrants.

Making full use of the intimate ambience between model and painter, I guide our conversations to the recollection of scenic settings and precious memories from their earlier lives”

I record the conversations during the painting session.

In August, I am going to Poland and during this trip I will find all the places described to me by my models. I will contemplate them, sketch them, and photograph them.

After coming back to NYC, I will add the landscapes behind the portraits.

During our painting sessions, I create a special bond between myself and the model; we talk about the experience of being an immigrant, about the good and bad things. We share our dreams and goals for the future; we talk about obstacles and the needs of people like us. (Those dialogs, in turn, have inspired my next series of workshops for the Polish community in Greenpoint and Ridgewood).”

For more information about Asia Sztencel’s recent works, visit her website.

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