Archive for September, 2009

What’s on at MOCADA this fall?

September 28, 2009

They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe
6:00pm – 9:00pm   Free to the public

MoCADA & NYU Africana Studies will jointly host an opening reception to give Brooklyn viewers a first glance at They Won’t Budge. Afrobeatradio will interview visitors during the reception on their reactions to the exhibition themes and works on display. The reception will include refreshments, music & the opportunity to meet the exhibition curatorial team!

9:00PM – 11:00PM Free to the public

Join us at Ft. Greene’s own Der Schwarze Koelner, a recently opened beer garden to partake of German appetizers and a wide selection of German beers & wines. Appetizers are complementary with a cash bar! It is located at 710 Fulton Street, corner of Hanson & Fulton!

6:30pm – 8:30pm   Free to the public

The curatorial team for They Won’t Budge will discuss the vision behind the exhibition and its components within a larger migration project. Moderated by photographer, art historian and curatorial consultant for the project, Dr. Deb Willis, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the works on view, the curatorial vision and African immigrant populations currently living in Europe. Viewers can then view the exhibition at their leisure and purchase signed copies of Dr. Willis’ new book Posing Beauty in African and African American Culture.

7:00pm – 9:30pm   Free to the public

MoCADA and Nomadic Wax will host an interactive DJ performance and panel on the influence of hip-hop in both African and European musical forms and how DJ’s borrow from numerous music types to create new house and jungle beats. The panel, consisting of DJ Boo, DJ Laylo & DJ Madi, will be moderated by arts and culture journalist Siddhartha Mitter and will have a live feed on Afrobeatradio. Following the discussion audience members can enjoy listening to each DJ perform a 15-minute set.

10:00am – 6:00pm   Free to the public

Spike Lee Screening Room – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (DeKalb & Flatbush Aves)
NYU Africana Studies & MoCADA will host an all day mini conference examining different elements of the migration of African populations into Europe.


10:00am – 1:00pm – PANEL DISCUSSION:

NYU Africana Studies Director, Dr. Awam Amkpa will lead an academic and community panel discussion examining the historical and current migratory patterns of African populations into Europe.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – BOOK SIGNING
Following the panel, NYU professor, film and music critic Dr. Manthia Diawara will briefly discuss his book We Won’t Budge. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Dumbo Arts Center presents…

September 27, 2009

by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Green image

Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 6 – 9 PM

Exhibition Dates: September 25 – November 29, 2009
Artists’ Talk: Thursday, November 5, 7 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) 30 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
Directions: F train to York Street A/C train to High Street B61 to York and Gold Streets.

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen will fill the Dumbo Arts Center with their
enormous site-specific installation The Experience of Green. Opening September 25, 2009, the exhibition will emphasize the contrast between the organic and the built environment. Viewers will step out of Dumbo’s stark brick-and-glass commercial district into a fantastical forest; a walk-through labyrinth of old growth trees made entirely from red kraft paper. The spectacular network of gnarled tree trunks and twisted roots will extend over every inch of the gallery, suspending the boundaries of space and time while fully immersing the viewer.

The Experience of Green is Kavanaugh and Nguyen’s most ambitious work to date as well as the artists’ first major debut in NYC of their ongoing collaborative series of visually phenomenal, meticulously crafted paper installations. Here, the staggering volume of paper that the artists stack, splice, layer and coil will be in a brilliant crimson, burning an impression in the viewers’ mind. The Experience of Green may come most clearly into focus only after viewers exit the gallery, the color persisting as an optical after-image, accentuating the relationship between experience and memory, landscape and longing, nature and the sublime.

DAC and the artists acknowledge the following for making The Experience of Green possible:
The Walentas Family and Two Trees Management Co. LLC
, who generously donated a studio space for six months to the artists; DAC Board Members, Michael Murray, CEO surroundart, and Jake Salik, CEO, Talas, whose efforts substantially cut production costs, and Anna Kraske, Attorney, for legal counsel.

The Experience of Green,
full-color catalog with essay by Jen Schwarting will be published by DAC in December, 2009.

DAC will be open until 8:30PM October 1 and November 5, 2009. We are a proud participant in the Dumbo First Thursday gallery walk series.
1st Thursday

Sharon Lockhart at Hunter

September 27, 2009

The Zabar Visiting Artist Program at Hunter College is pleased to announce that Sharon Lockhart will be speaking about her art on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm at the Lang Theater, Room 424 North Building.  Admission is free.

What’s on and where?

September 24, 2009

22 East 12th Street. New York, NY 10003

The story of artists struggling under Hitler, narrated by Maya Angelou.

What’s on and where?

September 23, 2009

International Center of Photography

Dress Codes: The Triennial exhibition of fashion photography and video

Opens October 1

See new work by Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Jeremy Kost, and more.

1133 Avenue of the Americas @ 43rd Street

The Game of Life: Internships, Jobs, Calls for artwork and papers

September 21, 2009

The International Studio and Curatorial Program, ISCP, is actively
seeking administrative interns.
**This is an excellent opportunity for
students interested in art, art history, art management and curatorial
ISCP host over 80 curators and artists from all over the world each
year in our studio program.   ISCP was founded in 1994 and has recently
moved to East Williamsburg into an expanded space with expanded
opportunities for artists and the surrounding community.
Interns at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) have a
chance to immerse themselves in this busy multi-cultural and
multi-lingual environment, learn new skills, gain experience running a
not-for-profit arts organization and get to know a vast network of New
York and international art professionals. If you see your future in art,
whether as artist, curator or administrator, ISCP can provide an
invaluable foundation in a variety of skills, experience and contacts.
1) Excellent written and verbal English, Mac computer literacy, online
research and e-mail experience.
2) Curiosity, initiative, and a passion for contemporary visual art.
Desirable: a second language, graphic design skills, website design &
For the duration of the internship, ISCP will pay $10/day for
transportation and lunch. Academic credit is available.
Interns are invited to ISCP’s exclusive events/programs, such as Field
Trips and ISCP Salons.
If you are a flexible, well-organized, detail oriented and highly
motivated multi-tasker, and can give at least two days a week of your
time, please e-mail:
Please include a brief statement on why you would like to work at ISCP
and attach your résumé. No phone calls please.

Opportunity to exhibit at Target Gallery

the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, hosting 9 juried shows
a year, with themes that vary.
“Pandora¹s Box” is an exhibition requiring artists to create work based on the
theme of ³Pandora¹s Box² .  In Greek mythology, Pandora¹s box is the vessel
carried by Pandora that contained evils to be unleashed on mankind < ills,
toils and sickness < and finally hope.  For this exhibition, the artists are
invited to submit their own interpretations of Pandora¹s Box and how it
relates to the times we are living in today.  The submitted work must be
based on a container form and the maximum dimension of the container can not
exceed 12 inches in any one direction. The work inside may stay within or it
can explode from the box, peek outside the box, etc – however, it may exceed
the 12² but must  fit within the gallery¹s limitations (see ³Limitations² on
back) How it is made and what it is made of is entirely up to the artists.
Allison Nance  |  Gallery Assistant & Graphic Designer  |  Target Gallery
National Exhibition Space  |  Torpedo Factory Art Center  |  105 N. Union
St., Alexandria, VA 22314  |  703.838.4565 x4  |

Great internship for a graphic designer!

Do you want to spend the Fall learning from the best in the entertainment, news and sports advertising businesses?  If your response is “yes”, then please consider a Spring Internship position at Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc.  This program provides great opportunities for significant learning experiences, as well as the chance to make lasting business contacts.  Opportunities are available within our various sales, marketing and support groups, such as:
¨       CNN Networks (CNN, Headline News,, CNN International)
¨       Entertainment Networks (TBS, TNT, TruTV)
¨       Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital (,,,
¨       Cartoon Network/[Adult Swim], Entertainment, Turner Sports Research
¨       Presentation Design
¨       Entertainment Sales Strategy
¨       Entertainment Marketing/Promotions
¨       Human Resources & Training/Learning and Development
¨       Event Marketing
Fast Facts:
¨       Candidates should be undergraduate students who are in their junior or senior years and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
¨       All students must remain enrolled in school for the entire length of the program.
¨       Proficient in use of the Internet as a research tool; and MS Office Suite including PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
¨       Excellent written and verbal communication, strong organizational skills and a background of interest in Marketing and/or Sales.
¨       The positions are available in New York City during the spring session only.
¨       Positions are UNPAID and are for college credit
¨       Students are expected to work at least 2 days during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
¨       This is a ten-week program.
Interested? Please send your resume to Natalia Guerin-Klein in the Magner Career Center on campus – they placed a Brooklyn Art Department student there last year!

Call for Entries: CQ18 Creative Quarterly

It’s time to get ready for our next competition, CQ18. Creative
Quarterly is the only magazine that features what’s going on in graphic
design, illustration, photography and fine art each quarter. Instead of
waiting months for the results and publication once a year, Creative
Quarterly publishes the best work being done four times a year. And
starting with CQ17 we became a truly international show, accepting
entries from all parts of the globe.
You can’t beat our low entry fees, $10 each, and you can enter and pay
online. And if you’re a winner, great exposure in the next issue of
Creative Quarterly (Take a sneak peek at our current issue) distributed
in the US, Canada and the UK. All entries must be uploaded or
postmarked before October 30, 2009.
Eligibility:  All art directors, graphic designers, illustrators,
photographers and fine artists. Separate categories will be judged for
professionals and students. Work must have been completed during the
last six months. Categories:  Graphic Design–editorial, Identity,
packaging, posters, books, annual reports, branding, advertising design
and web.  Photography–both fine art and commercial.
Illustration–print and animation.  Fine Art–painting, drawing,
printmaking, multi-media, pottery, sculpture.
Awards: We award best of show, gold, silver, bronze and merit awards in
each category based on the judge’s scoring. Winners must receive a
score of 3.0 or higher to be accepted into the show. Entries receiving
a score of 2.77 to 2.99 are judged as runners-up.
All winners will be exhibited in the next issue of Creative Quarterly
due out in February 2010 and in our online gallery. Runner-up entries
will be shown online. Check out our current list of winners.
Questions? Contact us at, 212 591 2566 or at the
studio, 718 435 4047.
Entries must be to us no later than October 30th
Creative Quarterly. The best of art and design, quarterly.
Creative Quarterly | 244 Fifth Avenue Suite F269 | New York NY 10001

CALL FOR PAPERS 1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts

7-10 June 2010 ATHENS, GREECE

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 1st Annual International Conference on Fine Arts in Athens, Greece, 7-10 June 2010. The conference website is:

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Fine Arts (such as Animation, Architecture, Art History, Art Education, Book Arts, Ceramics, Community Arts, Fashion Design, Fiber, Furniture/Woodworking, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Media Arts, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Fiber Arts, Visual Studies, Writing and Literature, etc) and Performing Arts (such as music, drama, dance, etc). Panel organizers are encouraged to submit their proposals by inviting other scholars that do research in the area.
The registration fee of 250 (euro), covers access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: a Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands and a half-day tour around the wider area of Athens (Attica).
Please submit an abstract (using email only to: by 7th of December 2009 addresses to: Dr. Stephen Andrew Arbury, Academic Member of ATINER and Professor, Radford University, USA. Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, ( Director, ATINER.
The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 100 international conferences and has published over 80 books. Academically, the Institute consists of  four research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects.

Brooklyn MFA alums on exhibition

September 21, 2009

Devin Powers, Brooklyn MFA alum, is in two shows this fall

One is at the Philoctetes Center in the Upper East Side. It is a group show called,The Aesthetics of Math. Below is a link to the press release:
The other show called Quizotic is out in Bushwick. It’s an emerging artists show with approximately 40 artists involved organized by two recent Bard MFA’s.

Susan Dessel, Brooklyn MFA alum, opening on October 1st at Henry Street

In September 1654 the first group of 23 Jewish refugees arrived in then-Nieuw Amsterdam from Recife, Brazil. With the arrival of women a community was begun, marked by marriage, children, customs, traditions, and religious observance. The work in still lives give voice to these women and others who have largely been forgotten by history.

What’s on and where?

September 21, 2009

MOMA series: Conversations with Contemporary Artists
Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
A roundtable with Ger van Elk, Allen Ruppersberg, and Lawrence Weiner

New Perspectives on Architecture in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
A Symposium at the CUNY Graduate Center
Friday, October 16, 2009
9am to 1pm (light breakfast refreshments at 8:30am)
Free and open to the public
Contact: Paul Ranogajec,
This half-day symposium will explore some of the new ideas that have emerged in the last decade or so about Gilded Age architecture. Established and emerging scholars in the field will present their work and suggest new directions for future scholarship on this important but often maligned period of building. The demise of the canonical modernist paradigm has given scholars new opportunities to appreciate and critically examine this architecture; this symposium will explore some of the implications of this recent historiography and the new paradigm of thinking about late nineteenth-century American architecture. Panelists will also suggest the interdisciplinary aspects of the field of architectural history by situating this work within its broader cultural, political, and social contexts in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
David Van Zanten, Northwestern University, author of Sullivan’s City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan (Norton, 2000) and Building Paris: Architectural Institutions and the Transformation of the French Capital, 1830-1870 (Cambridge, 1994).
Michael J. Lewis, Williams College, author of Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind (Norton, 2001) and The Gothic Revival (Thames & Hudson, 2002).
Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University, author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (Chicago, 2008).
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Parsons The New School for Design, author of Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City (Chicago, 2009).
Mary Beth Betts, director of research at the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Darrin VonStein, independent architectural historian, currently completing a monograph on the architect Francis Kimball.
Marvin Anderson, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, researching the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The symposium will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY), room 9206, beginning at 9am.
For more information, please contact Paul Ranogajec at
This event is free and open to the public. Please spread the word!

Please pardon our appearance while I figure out how to…

September 20, 2009

add pictures, get beyond black and white, give it a proper layout, etc.

Those who can’t make art, teach about others who can make it… or at least this is so in my case.  Any students with graphic design, web design experience who would like to spruce this site up (or even choose a decent font?), I cannot pay you, but if you make something cool, it could be a resume-builder. Come to my office hours and we’ll talk. In the meantime, I am just keeping track of content, getting out the news – I realize it’s not pretty, unless you would like to make it that way.

Hello BC Art Department!

September 18, 2009

Welcome to the Art Department blog, where I hope to take all of those items that I used to put in the Art Department email and post them for you here, archived and easy to access.  In addition, please post events, news and other items!  This is a new venture, and I welcome your comments and ideas.