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.

MFA Thesis Show: Melissa Misla, “Apt. 9D”

Please join artist Melissa Misla in celebrating the opening of her thesis show APT. 9D
Apt. 9D finds connections between New York and Puerto Rico through the apartment interior. Showing how the home maintains cultural traditions of any diaspora, the works utilize iconography of the Nuyorican community in collaboration with Puerto Rican and Taíno themes. Using mixed media techniques and interactive approaches, the installation extends the personal home with its viewers and reminds us warmly of home, as well as the connection with those on the island.
Opening Reception: 
Tuesday April 9th 7:00 – 10:00pm 
Closing Reception:
Saturday, April 13th 4:00-8:00 
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday 2:00 – 5:00pm
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367
Klapper Hall Gallery 4th floor

MFA Thesis Show: Kathryn Sullivan, “Forecast: Dark Clouds”

Queens College invites you to the exhibition and reception for graduating MFA candidate Kathryn Sullivan! The show will be up in the Klapper Student Gallery from Tuesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 6th. An opening reception will take place on April 2nd beginning at 7pm.

Art Book Sale March 19th & 20th

Looking for inspiration for your artwork? Want to bring home some handy references of your own? Look no further than the Rosenthal Library! The library will be having a sale on used art books Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th in the entrance lobby of the library. Sale items include donated art books; exhibition, collection and auction catalogs; pamphlets; periodicals; and a sprinkling of publications on various subjects. Books cost $1 to $5, while pamphlets, periodicals, and auction catalogs are $.50. Proceeds will fund the purchase of new materials for the Art Library.

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