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Visiting Artist Lecture: Ailbhe Murphy and Fiona Whelan

Dublin-based cultural practitioners Ailbhe Murphy, is director of CREATE in Temple Bar, Dublin and Fiona Whelan, an artist and instructor in the MA in Socially Engaged Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (and contributor to our SPQ book Art As Social Action) will be visiting us in Klapper 672 on Monday, November 11 at 5PM (17:00) All interested are invited to attend!

The presentation will discuss how these initiatives all pose a central question about what role art can play in such times of profound change. This discussion will examine the historical alignments between community cultural development processes in the city and the development of an organisation like Create in Dublin, Ireland.

· Create as a publically funded national development agency with a 30 year history
of developing the field of practice in Ireland

· A range of artists projects realised with communities of place and interest through
the Artist in the Community Scheme

· An artist’s long term embedded practice in an inner city neighbourhood in Dublin.

Contemporary iterations of this practice are discussed as socially engaged artists respond to increasing inequality and shifting power relations in Irish society – vividly playing out for young people in particular, in a community like Rialto where artist Fiona Whelan works. The broader political uncertainty caused by Brexit is generating further artistic responses and in island communities and the West Cork archipelago in particular, What is an Island? is an artistic research project which explores relational form through the concept of archipelagic thinking and collaborative arts practice.

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) Green Lab

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) Green Lab is a one-day art event featuring experimental projects and workshops by CUNY students, alumni, and faculty, rooted in their ongoing research-based creative practices. Hosted in the new Lab at the Urban Farm, these site-specific projects address our multifaceted and often troubled relationship to the environment. They consider our use of land over time: from the colonial past to the future of climate change, from microorganisms in the soil to our own bodies in the landscape, from local conditions to the global community. For a full list of projects and events, visit the SPQ website.

DATE: Saturday October 5, 2019

LOCATION: Governors Island, The Lab at the Urban Farm (See full map and directions here)

TIME: 11:30AM–5:30PM

RSVP on Facebook; free and open to the public

Faculty Exhibition: Chloe Bass, “Wayfinding”

Congratulations to Studio Art Professor Chloë Bass on her new solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem! The exhibition opens September 28th, 2019 and will run through September 27th, 2020. A public opening celebration will take place on September 28th, 12-4pm. RSVP through the Studio Museum’s website.

The Studio Museum in Harlem presents Chloë Bass: Wayfinding, the conceptual artist’s first institutional solo exhibition. This monumental commission features twenty-four site-specific sculptures that gesture toward the structural and visual vernacular of public wayfinding signage. The exhibition begins with and revolves around three central questions, poetically penned by the artist and featured throughout the park in billboard form: How much of care is patience? How much of life is coping? How much of love is attention?

Through a combination of text and archival images, Bass’s sculptures activate an eloquent exploration of language, both visual and written, encouraging moments of private reflection in public space

St. Nicholas Park is located along St. Nicholas Avenue between 128th and 141st Streets. Enter at 135th Street to view Chloë Bass: Wayfinding. For wheelchair access, please use the 132nd Street entrance.

Chloë Bass: Wayfinding is organized by Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions, and is an inHarlem project, presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with St. Nicholas Park and NYC Parks.

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem program is made possible thanks to Citi; the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust; and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional support is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council; and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

MFA Group Show: “The Thing Seen”

Queens College CUNY announces their annual MFA Group Exhibition: The Thing Seen, curated by Stamatina Gregory. This show displays a diverse body of artworks by students enrolled in the CUNY Queens College Masters in Fine Arts program (QCMFA).

Their works reflect an array of contemporary personal and professional experiences, expressed through a variety of media including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance, and social practice. Gregory writes:

“Through explorations of identity, place, ecology, social equality, mental health, media, communication, and global politics The Thing Seen demonstrates a set of pertinent questions, often challenging mainstream perceptions of intimacy and community, asked throughout the emerging artists’ work.”

Featured artists include Cody Herrmann, Naomi Kuo, Marlon Lainez, Melissa Misla, Ash Morgan, Adam Nadel, Deja Patterson, Kathryn Sullivan, Ryan Wilde, Alex Wong, and Xiaoting Wu.

In her catalogue essay for the show, Gregory expresses a central theme for academic art programs, noting:

“Visibility, at any given moment, in any given space, is made so by ‘forms of luminosity which are created by the light itself.’ In the light of neoliberal capitalism and digital culture, certain objects are seen, and others unseen; some bodies visible, others overlooked; some ideas amplified, others dismissed. Working within a contemporary culture focused around the capitalization of attention— an economy of clicks and likes—artists have the formidable and critical task of shifting what and how we see.”

The Thing Seen introduces the new visual culture produced by this intimate, interdisciplinary MFA program, sharing new work that questions our society, the place of the academy, and the role of the emerging artist.

Join the artists for refreshments at the opening reception of The Thing Seen on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM. The show will remain on view through April 28th, 2019.

Studio art course offering for Spring 2019: History & Theory of Social Practice

ARTS 777: History and Theory of Social Practice
Mondays 2:00-5:50pm
Prof. Sholette

Art as History? Art as Thinking? Art as Research? Art as Work? The aim of this seminar is to survey, critique and historicize the theory and practice of activist, interventionist, public, participatory and community based art that operates within and across fields such as performance, urban studies, environmental science and other socially engaged disciplines. The class will focus on such questions as: Why is it useful, even necessary, to understand the history and theory of social practice art? Where should we look to find the historical roots of social practice art? Are these within the history of art, or external to it, in the broader social sphere? In an increasingly privatized society how do we define and operate within a concept of the public sphere? And how are both mainstream and alternative type cultural institutions responding to the increasing interest in socially engaged art by emerging artists? Through lectures, readings, discussions, student presentations, group activities, guest speakers and off-site visits to galleries and museums we will seek to position socially-engaged visual culture and the shifting role of the artist within an historical, ideological, and critical framework.

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