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Course offering for Spring 2020: Becoming Insect

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 theoretical books including 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. Learn more here.

ARTS 388: Becoming Insect will be offered in Spring 2020! Becoming Insect is taught by Professor Greg Sholette and will meet Thursdays, 1-5pm. This course now fulfills Pathways-CE credits.

See examples of previous classes artwork here!

Internship Opportunity: Summer 2020 at the Brooklyn Museum

We are thrilled to share with you a paid internship opportunity at the Brooklyn Museum for the summer of 2020. Interested students can apply via this application form. Applications are due February 13, 2020.

The Brooklyn Museum Summer Internship is a full-time, paid opportunity. Interns receive $15 per hour, and work 35 hours per week for 10 weeks from early June through early August. Selected interns will be paired with a supervisor and integrated into one of our departments, participating fully in day-to-day workplace activities and projects with the guidance of full-time staff members. In addition to gaining extensive work experience, they will have the opportunity to attend seminars that focus on the role of museums in society today, and how they might imagine the future.

Ceramics Club Event: Winter Pottery Sale

The QC Ceramics Club will be hosting their annual Winter Pottery Sale on Dec 17th-19th, 10am-5pm each day in the dining hall. Stop by to browse our students’ latest works, pick up some holiday gifts, and support the Ceramics Club!

Student Gallery Exhibition: Senior Projects Exhibition

The Queens College Art Department is pleased to announce our final show for the semester in the Klapper Student Gallery. Join us Monday, Dec 16th through Friday, Dec 20th for Uncaged: A Senior Projects Art Exhibition, featuring work by students in the Senior Projects classes under the instruction of Professor Sin-ying Ho. A reception for the show will take place Tuesday, Dec 17th at 6:30pm.

Student Gallery Exhibition: Student Painting Works

You are invited to attend our upcoming exhibition in the Klapper Hall Student Gallery! Nov 27th through Dec 5th, stop by the gallery to view paintings by students in Painting III and Painting Special Projects, completed under the instruction of Professor Debra Priestly. A closing reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Dec 5th from 5:00-7:00pm.

In the News: Our New Photography & Imaging Major

The Art Department has been featured in the QC Campus newspaper for our new Photography & Imaging major!

“Through the photography and imaging major, students will develop the skills required to pursue a career in photography with abilities that could also apply to other career paths, such as social media management or marketing. “Photography today in 2019 is so ubiquitous, it is something that we come across on a daily basis,” Professor Gonzalez added, “So much of the information that we receive, the content, is image based and much of it is photo based.” Photography is an evolving field and through this program, students will learn the traditional instruction of the art of photography and it’s commercial aspects, along with how to apply these skills to a variety of career paths.”

Read more at The Knight News! Interested students can also read more information about the new major on the Photography & Imaging BFA page.

Photo by Bianca Concepcion ©2015

BFA Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews for the Studio Art BFA will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd! A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Art Department door between October 10th-22nd. For questions, students can contact professor Sin-ying Ho or another Studio Art advisor.

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