Visiting Artist Talk: From Spaces of Resistance to the Architecture of Repair

How can we understand collaboration and collectivism as a radical political act? How does the work of art collectives’ challenge and interrogate art historical narratives and support civic transformation? Bard Graduate Center, Chinatown Art Brigade, and Gregory Sholette highlight the important contributions of art collectives, past and present, and provide a discursive platform for contemporary collective work.

Join us Thursday May 6th at 6pm for a conversation with cultural activists, artists, and scholars Nandini Bagchee, Libertad O.Guerra, and Todd Ayoung. Led by Gregory Sholette, and focusing on past, present, and future forms of collective self-organizing in the face of ongoing economic, political, environmental, and aesthetic crises, the group will discuss the construction of urban counter-institutions in the defunded ruins of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1970s, as well as Community Land Trusts and ecologically structured social zones that have emerged since the 1980s, despite neoliberal privatization and displacement. As we confront present-day struggles over hyper-gentrification, racialized policing, and an insidious political threat from white supremacists recently targeting people of Asian descent, their conversation will outline how collective resistance can repurpose, repair, and re-imagine community liberation as a space of hope, resilience, and cultural emancipation.

Provided by the Bard Graduate Center, this event is free and open to the public with registration. View the Event Page for more info.

Visiting Artist Talk: Data & Democracy with Francesca Bria and Hito Steyerl

Imagine a “data commons” where accumulated personal statistics are structured from the bottom-up, as opposed to state and corporate top-down jurisdiction. A commons in which individual citizens determine their habits, and understand the sharing of biometric information as a personal and free act of volition. Imagine, and see: there is no digital revolution without a democratic revolution.

Italian IT innovator Francesca Bria and German media artist and theorist Hito Steyerl will discuss the visionary and practical application of encryption technology and blockchain distribution to ensure citizen sovereignty over their own data profile, while still providing communities and municipalities with essential information needed for improving real-world social and cultural conditions, from monitoring indoor air quality to constructing a cooperative sphere of artistic production and participation. 

Join CUNY Graduate Center and moderator Professor Greg Sholette for this discussion Monday, May 3rd at 12:00pm. Visit the GC page to learn more!

Call for Artists: Susan Eley Fine Art

When the pandemic caused schools across the nation to go remote in March 2020, arts institutions were no exception. As students made the difficult transition to Zoom lectures and online exams, many fine arts students faced additional challenges: What space would they make work in? How could they collaborate with others? What would they do without access to usual materials and equipment? As the 2020 school year came to a close with no end to the pandemic in sight, many students realized that they could not present their final projects in the usual year-end capacity.

Susan Eley Fine Art would like to devote the Summer of 2021 to recognize and celebrate art students around the country with two exhibitions in our New York City location. We wish to congratulate these young artists on the completion of their schooling with an exhibition of work by those who graduated in the year 2020 or 2021, with either a BFA or MFA. Please see below for submission details and qualifications.

Internship Opportunity: Studio Institute Arts Intern Program

Studio Institute is holding an online information session for Summer 2021 internships! These free sessions require RSVP will take place April 6, 7, & 8 at 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Gain career experience at a museum or other cultural organization in New York City this summer.
• $15 per hour over 9 weeks
• 4 days per week of immersive, hands-on work
• 1 day per week of exclusive educational programming
• Remote and in-person internships available

• Studio Museum in Harlem
• MoMA PS1
• Brooklyn Museum…and more!

View or download the pdf below for more information and how to register for an information session!

Call for Artists: Rock Painting at Crystal Park

Crystal Park is seeking student who have experience of realistic painting. Selected candidates will create realistic paintings of the native animals on rocks in outdoor setting. Types of animals are the native creatures residing in Crystal Park and surrounding areas, such as fox, deer, turkey, coyote, and bear etc.

For information on how to apply, view or download the pdf below!

Featured Student Works: ARTS 191 “Pandemic Dreams”

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