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.