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Kupferberg Center for the Arts Event: Artist Talk with Yvonne Shortt

An Artist Talk with sculptor YVONNE SHORTT in association with the QC Art Center’s latest exhibit, ARTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 2020, curated by Virginia Mallon.

An artist talk will take place tonight, Tuesday Nov 24th at 7pm via livestream on Facebook and Youtube!

In response to the current political crises in America, a cadre of diverse and talented artists are launching a year-long cross-country show into the heartland of America, united by the belief that art is and should be a catalyst for change. This timely exhibitions support those who are striving for freedom and resisting oppression.

The art features Donna Bassin’s powerful portraits of resistance from the daily onslaught of obliteration and silences; Marissa Bridge’s mixed media tributes to the children incarcerated at our borders; Barbara Friedman’s delicate landscapes touch upon the fragility and precarious future of our natural world. Additionally, Holly Gordon’s photography captures climate crisis in China. Virginia Mallon’s work addresses refugee and immigrant issues, while fiber artist Dee Mallon focuses on the abandonment of thousands in the aftermath of natural disasters. Australian artist Jessica Waddington’s images spotlight the threat of rising waters and catastrophic fires faced in her homeland. Lydia Makepeace’s work celebrates the long-ignored contributions of women of color, and Beatrice Lebreton comments on women’s contributions to contemporary society. Jessica Nissen explores the human role as conservator and destroyer of the natural world. Maggie Rose’s collages touches upon racial diversity and social justice, while the sculptures of community activist Yvonne Shortt center on equality, race and disability. Photographer and author Susan Saunders uses language and images for her work on immigration and Jonathan Talbot’s work is a commentary on the border wall with Mexico.

The tour remains virtual due to the covid-19 crisis, but has launched digitally at not only at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College but also at the Social Distance Festival out of Toronto, Canada. 2021 exhibits include the ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation in Chicago, and to the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary art from mid-August to October, 2021.

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Visiting Artist Lecture: Dr. Wendy Gers

Join the Queens College Art Department for their QC MFA Artists Lecture Series:

Nov. 17 Tuesday 3pm, Zoom meeting.

Dr. Wendy Gers has delivered over 60 public lectures in 26 countries, taught internationally, and was Academic Director of the post-graduate research laboratory, La Céramique Comme Experience (CCE) at ENSA Limoges (2015-2018).
Gers is the recipient of a PhD from the University of Sunderland; MA in History of Art (cum laude); Advanced University Diploma in Information Studies and BA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
She is a member of the NCECA Green Task Force, the Board of Directors of The Studio Potter (USA), and a Council Member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Gina Minielli

Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 4, at 6:00 pm
Online via ZoomArtist and Queens College

Professor Gina Minielli will explore portrait photography in this engaging Artist Talk.

Portrait photography is the art of capturing the inherent character of your subject within a photograph. This art goes way beyond just clicking pictures of people. Gina will discuss her own journey of creating photographic portraits for the past three decades.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Deja Patterson

Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Queens College alumna and artist Deja Patterson will address how the ideals of beauty have changed throughout the course of history. For centuries, Black women were only represented in portraiture as symbols of service and objectification.

Deja’s paintings reclaim the Black female nude. She also reclaims power against unrealistic societal standards through her work, in response to the fat shaming and discrimination she has endured as a 300 pound woman.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Azikiwe Mohammed

Creating Legacy Through Representation: A talk by artist Azikiwe Mohammed

Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

One of the core elements of artist Azikiwe Mohammed’s practice is photography. In this talk for the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Azikiwe will be focusing on photography as document creator, photographs as objects both physical and mental and how telling stories in this space up brackets to the rest of his practice.

From traveling around the country on the Greyhound bus shooting, to his travelling free portrait studio, Azikiwe hopes to offer a look at what Black people look like as told by Black people, not to / at Black people, as is too often the case, with footnotes by him. The photographs are the footnotes.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

CUNY Art Event: Artist Talks on Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM for “Artist Talks on Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism” in The James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY for a discussion with artists Karol Radziszewski, Judy Blum Reddy, Arturs Virtmanis, Viktor Timofeev, Igor Satanovsky, Ksenia Nouril and curators Inga Lāce, Solvita Krese, Andra Silapētere, and Katherine Carl about the themes and key questions explored throughout the exhibition “Portable Landscapes.”

About the event

Join us the artists and curators from the current exhibition in The James Gallery, “Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism,” for a discussion of the themes and key questions explored throughout the exhibition. This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP here.

How has the experience of migration and displacement contributed to the exhibition artists’ practice? What are the conditions for art histories to be shared simultaneously across locations? How does this affect national stories? What constitutes refugee modernism? Could it be said that the impetus of art since WWII is refugee modernism? What is the role of artists and curators in shaping the past and present art historical narratives in the wake of new right wing nationalist tendencies?


4:00 pm: Introduction by exhibition curators Inga Lāce and Solvita Krese, Andra Silapētere and Katherine Carl.

4:20 pm: Conversation with Judy Blum Reddy and curators Inga Lāce,Solvita Krese, Andra Silapētere, and Katherine Carl.

5:30 pm: Discussion about younger Latvian art scene in New York with exhibition artists Arturs Virtmanis, Viktor Timofeev and curator and art historian Ksenia Nouril.

6:15 pm: Presentation of Boris Lurie book In Riga (2019) with participation of poet Igor Satanovsky and curator Solvita Krese.

7:00 pm: Artist talk and discussion with Karol Radziszewski about his film America is Not Ready for This, (2012).

Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism is a collaboration of The James Gallery and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, and is generously cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute New York. It is supported, in part, by the Latvian Republic Culture Ministry, the Baltic American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and State Culture Capital Foundation.

Godwin-Ternbach Museum Event: Gallery Talk with Nicole Mouriño

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum will be hosting a visiting artist lecture in conjunction with their current exhibition, Arte Cubano. Join artist and Queens College Social Practice alumna Nicole Mouriño in a discussion of works in the exhibition on Tuesday, November 19th at 4:30pm. This event is free and open to students and the public!

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