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School of Visual Arts Event Listings November - December 2010

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Bill Moggridge: The Role of Collecting, Curating and Education in the Context of a National Design Museum
In this talk Bill Moggridge, the recently appointed director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, will discuss his role at the museum and the opportunity it offers him to discuss design on a national scale. While seeing the Cooper-Hewitt through physical renovations as well as changes in curatorial focus, Moggridge aims to expand public awareness about design's potential to impact personal health, social well-being and global sustainability. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, November 2, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

Danielle Mysliwiec
Artist Danielle Mysliwiec creates abstract paintings of intricately woven surfaces that are at once coming together and coming undone. In 2005 she co-founded the feminist performance group Brainstormers, which challenges gender discrimination in the art world. In her talk, Mysliwiec will trace the development of her paintings and various experimental processes in acrylic, digital and oil mediums; shed light on studio practice and life as an emerging artist; and give a brief overview of her work as an activist in the art world. Mysliwiec has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and other galleries and museums, and is currently assistant professor of painting and drawing at American University. Presented by the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department.
Tuesday, November 2, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, room 101C
Free and open to the public

Chris Woebken: Animal Superpowers
Designer Chris Woebken will give a talk about his interest in designing new sensory experiences rather than enhancing the functional aspects of products. Woebken will discuss "animal superpowers," which he defines as animals' highly refined abilities to perceive the world through sensory experiences, and how he seeks to unlock these skills in people through design. Presented by the MFA Interaction Design Department.
Wednesday, November 3, 6 - 8pm
132 West 21 Street, 11th floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP at http://interactiondesign.sva.edu/events/entry/chris_woebken/

Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics
A 70-year veteran of the comics industry and one of SVA's original faculty members, Jerry Robinson will discuss his influential career and sign copies of his most recent book, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams ComicArts, 2010). As a member of the original Batman creative team, Robinson created the character of the Joker and co-created Robin. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004. An updated edition of his 1974 classic The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art (Dark Horse) is due out in 2011. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA" at the Visual Arts Gallery through November 6.
Wednesday, November 3, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater
Free and open to the public.

Art Brewer: A Life In The Surf
Legendary surf photographer Art Brewer will share his decades-long passion documenting the world's best waves and the elite surfers that chase them. Largely self-taught, Brewer once studied with Ansel Adams and has had his photographs published in Surfer Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Playboy. Brewer also teaches the Action Surf Photography Workshop in Rincon, Puerto Rico as part of the Arts Abroad program at SVA. Presented by Arts Abroad.
Thursday, November 4, 6pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public


Distinguished Alumnus Lecture: Dash Shaw
Artist and SVA alumnus Dash Shaw (BFA 2005 Illustration) will deliver the fall Distinguished Alumnus Lecture. With the publication of Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics, 2008) and BodyWorld (Pantheon, 2010), Shaw has quickly established himself as a leading figure among emerging graphic novelists. The animator and director of IFC's The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D., Shaw is currently working on the animated feature The Ruined Cast. Presented by the SVA Alumni Society in conjunction with the exhibition "Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA" at the Visual Arts Gallery through November 6.
Thursday, November 4, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public


Mark Lamster: How to Write a Book
Author and former Princeton Architectural Press editor Mark Lamster will discuss the process of book-writing, from coming up with ideas to pitching the project, to overcoming "writer's block." Lamster is currently at work on a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson. His most recent book, Master of Shadows (Nan A. Talese, 2009) is a political biography of the painter Peter Paul Rubens. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, November 9, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu.

Why Stieglitz?
A lecture on Alfred Stieglitz by art historian, curator and SVA faculty member Bonnie Yochelson. Assembling the famed photographer and gallerist's images of New York City for the first time in 75 years, Yochelson curated the exhibition "Alfred Stieglitz New York" at the Seaport Museum New York and authored the accompanying catalogue published by Rizzoli. On view through January 10, 2011, the exhibition includes forty original prints borrowed from major art museums and private collections throughout the United States and illustrates the two major periods during which the photographer created his scenes of New York City. Presented by the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department.
Tuesday, November 9, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater
Free and open to the public

Pilar Viladas: Words and Pictures
Pilar Viladas, design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, will discuss her work as a magazine editor and writer, and how the two positions require constantly alternating between two different mindsets. She will show examples of stories she has done in her 13 years at the Times, and how they illustrate the orchestration of storytelling by verbal and visual means. Viladas has also worked as an editor and writer at Interiors, Progressive Architecture, HG and Architectural Digest. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, November 16, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

Rona Pondick
Rona Pondick's stainless-steel sculptures represent human-animal and human-tree hybrids. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Pondick is represented by Sonnabend Gallery, New York, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts Department.
Tuesday, November 16, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater
Free and open to the public

Marco Breuer in Conversation with Brett Littman
Photographer Marco Breuer will speak about his body of work and his current exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery in New York with curator and critic Brett Littman. Breuer's solo exhibition, "Nature of the Pencil," will be on view through December 4, 2010.  Born in Germany, Breuer has work in numerous museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the New York Public Library; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Brett Littman is the executive director of The Drawing Center in New York and the former deputy director at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Presented by the BFA Photography Department and Dear Dave, magazine.
Tuesday, November 16, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public

Peter Schjeldahl: Of Ourselves and of Our Origins: Subjects of Art
Critic Peter Schjeldahl will pose the question, "At a time when art is being publicly gamed to exhaustion, can we still, or again, speak sensibly of what we like about it, deep down?" Schjeldahl has been the art critic of The New Yorker since 1998. Prior to that he was a regular art critic for The New York Times, The Village Voice, ARTnews and 7 Days, and published five books of poetry between 1967 and 1981. His collections of criticism include The Hydrogen Jukebox (University of California Press, 1991) and Let's See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker (Thames & Hudson, 2008). He won the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Excellence in Art Criticism in 1980 and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing in 2008. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.
Thursday, November 18, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public

Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O'Callaghan Conversation and Book Signing
SVA hosts the book release of Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O'Callaghan (Abrams, 2010) with a discussion between designer Kevin O'Callaghan, 3D design chair at SVA, and author and design historian Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Design Department at SVA. A book signing will follow the conversation. Including 46 projects created by O'Callaghan and his students over 25 years, Monumental is a celebration of imagination, ingenuity, recycling and individualism.
Thursday, November 18, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public

The Camera Club of New York Presents: Isaac Diggs and Kunbi Oni
Photographer and SVA faculty member Isaac Diggs' work is rooted in a committed exploration of the everyday. He has exhibited in the United States and Japan, and his work is included in the collections of the New York Public Library and the Walker Art Center. Kunbi Oni is an independent curator, SVA faculty member and scholar of contemporary African art. Oni has curated exhibitions including "Music: a symbol of Nigeria's independence, an exhibition of photographs by Andrew Dosunmu" at the Palms in Lagos, Nigeria and "Relative Pelican: an installation of steel sculptures by Sokari Douglas Camp" at Stux Gallery, New York.
Thursday, November 18, 7pm
209 East 23 Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater
Free for SVA students, CCNY members; General Admission, $5, $3 for other students with ID.

Ethics in Art Therapy
Lisa Furman, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, will explore the ethical and legal considerations of art therapy content when transmitting confidential information or artwork through e-mail, internet voice calls, texting, instant messaging and Skype. Attendance at this lecture can be used for continuing education art therapy board certification credits in the area of ethics. Presented by the MPS Art Therapy Department.
Friday, November 19, 6:30 - 8pm
133/141 West 21 Street, room 101C
Free and open to the public. RSVP to 212.592.2610 or arttherapy@sva.edu. Seating is limited and late arrivals will not be admitted. All attendees must bring photo ID.

Peter Hristoff
SVA alumnus and faculty member Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) is a native of Turkey, a country that continues to inspire his work, from paintings and prints to patterned prayer rugs. He has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and Turkey, including the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul and the Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery in New York. Hristoff will discuss his work and a recent collaboration with a collective of rug weavers in Güllübahçe, Turkey. Works from this collaboration will be in the exhibition "Hali: A Collaborative Project between the School of Visual Arts and the Weavers of Priene Hali" on view November 15 - 27 at 133/141 West 21 Street. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Departments.
Tuesday, November 23, 6:30pm
133/141 West 21 Street, room 101C
Free and open to the public

Lawrence Weschler: Towards a Typology of Convergences

For the past decade, Lawrence Weschler has been exploring the way images set a context for the reception of subsequent instances. In this talk, Weschler will consider a spectrum of such convergent effects, from apophenia (the tendency of humans to see patterns where none exist) through co-causation, fractalization, influence (forward and backward, direct and unconscious), homage, apprenticeship, allusion, quotation, appropriation, cryptonesia (verbatim appropriation without realizing you're doing so), through outright plagiarism. Weschler is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning series of essays Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences (McSweeney's, 2006). Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, November 30, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

Steven Heller: Nostalgia for the Future: Or Did Design Save the World?
MFA Design Department co-chair Steven Heller examines how in the past the future looked much brighter than it does today--and also more futuristic. Heller will discuss how design played an essential role in speculating and defining "what's next" and how there was a sense of wonder and wonderment that, curiously, no longer exists today. This talk addresses how designers contributed to both dystopias and the fairs and expositions that sold optimism. Presented by the MFA Interaction Design Department.
Wednesday, December 1, 6 - 8pm
132 West 21 Street, 11th floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP at
http://interactiondesign.sva.edu/events/entry/nostalgia_for_
the_future_or_did_design_save_the_world/

Peter Hall: The Art of Mapping
This lecture explores the emergence of mapping as a research and visualization method used by writers and designers to reveal agendas and uncover potential. Peter Hall, whose research focuses on mapping as a design process, has co-edited with Jan Abrams the book, Else/Where: Mapping-New Cartographies of Networks and Territories (University of Minnesota Design Institute, 2006) and organized several symposia and workshops on mapping. Hall writes regularly for Metropolis magazine and his books include Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2000), and Sagmeister: Made You Look (Abrams, 2009). Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, December 7, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting
A discussion moderated by art historian Katy Siegel featuring a panel of three noteworthy contemporary painters: Josephine Halvorson, Jim Hyde and Dana Schutz. This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting," on view at the Visual Arts Gallery from November 23 - December 22. Siegel is an author and professor of art history at Hunter College, a contributing editor at Artforum and co-author of Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004). Presented by the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department.
Thursday, December 9, 7pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street
Free and open to the public

Victoria Milne: We Built This City: How Art, Graphics and Design Policy Take Shape for New Yorkers
Victoria Milne, director of creative services at NYC's Department of Design and Construction (DDC), will discuss the process of developing art and design projects for the City of New York. Her responsibilities range in scale from the design of event nametags to developing policy for architecture. Prior to joining DDC in 1999 Milne was a contributing editor for Dwell and Blueprint magazines, and editor-in-chief of Glass magazine. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department.
Tuesday, December 14, 6 - 8pm
136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Free and open to the public. RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

Katy Siegel: Since '45: Contemporary Art and Art History's Old Habits
Katy Siegel's new book, Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art, details the collision of American History and modern art. In it, Dave Hickey wrote, "Siegel lays bare the fragile, historical co-existence of European ideas about avant-garde and the American pre-disposition for designed obsolescence." Siegel is an author and professor of art history at Hunter College, a contributing editor at Artforum and co-author of Art Works: Money (Thames & Hudson, 2004). Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department.
Thursday, December 16, 7pm
Free and open to the public

OPEN STUDIOS

BFA Fine Arts Department: Painting/Sculpture/Video/Digital Media  
Monday, December 13, 5 - 10pm
335 West 16th Street
Free and open to the public

MFA Fine Arts Department
Friday, December 17, 12 noon - 8pm
Saturday, December 18, 12 noon - 6pm
Reception: Thursday, December 16, 5 - 9pm
133/141 West 21 Street, 8th and 9th floors
Free and open to the public
 

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