Archive for April, 2013

BFA Exhibition tomorrow: Jessica Gray

April 29, 2013

Hello All,

Please join us for the opening of Jessica Gray’s BFA Exhibition tomorrow!

Drawings by Jessica Gray
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 30 6-9pm
5410 Boylan Hall

Hope to see you there!


Press Coverage of Pratt Institute Event

April 26, 2013

Painter and writer Patrick Neal has posted a wonderful (and incredibly
thorough) article on "Painting Matters Now", a panel held last week at
Pratt Institute.

You’ll find Neal’s article on the invaluable arts website

Mario Naves

MFA alum Susan Dessel announced as a 2013-14 Frankel Institute Fellow

April 22, 2013

2013-2014 Frankel Institute Fellows Announced

Frankel Institute Assembles Roster of Accomplished Jewish Studies Scholars

Each year, the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan invites scholars to Ann Arbor to pursue research projects on a general theme. For 2011-2012, the group-led by U-M History Professor Deborah Dash Moore-will gather around the theme of "New Perspectives on Gender & Jewish Life."

"This year, the Frankel Institute plans to extend questions stimulated by gender to traditional aspects of Jewish studies, such as bible, rabbinics, politics, literature, and history as well as to new areas of Jewish studies, such as diaspora, cultural, performance, and migration studies," explains Dash Moore. "Not only women but also men and masculinity, sexuality and the sexual politics of Jewish identity are topics for study. We see this year as a chance to build on existing scholarship as well as to move research on Jews and gender into relatively unexplored areas, such as the senses, emotions, and new media."

The 2013-2014 Frankel Institute fellows:

Deborah Dash Moore (Head Fellow), University of Michigan

Christine Achinger, University of Warwick
Constellations of Alterity: Conceptions of Femininity and Jewishness in Modern German and Austrian culture

Benjamin Baadar, University of Manitoba
Creating Self and Creating Community: Gender, Class, and Jewish Difference In German Jewish Family Letters and Diaries, 18-13-1871

Rivka Bliboim, Hebrew University
Languaue and Gender: The Case of the "Frecha"

Susan Dessel, Independent Artist
Words Heard in a Black Maria (Working Title)

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Hebrew University
Women and Everyday Like: Folk-Literary and EthnoGraphic Aspects of Midrash Leviticus Rabbah

Verena Kasper-Marienberg, University of Graz
Seeking Imperial Justice- Accounts of Conflict in the 18th Century Frankfurt Judengasse

Dorothy Kim, Vassar College
Medieval Women and English Exoticism

Rachel Kranson, University of Pittsburgh
Jewish Voices, Women’s Choices: Jewish Involvement in American Abortion Debates, 1967-2000

Marjorie Lehman, Jewish Theological Seminary
The Gendered Rhetoric of Tractate Yoma

Evyatar Marienberg, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
How Should Jews Do it? The (Hi)story of Traditional Jewish Sex Instruction

Anita Norich, University of Michigan
Kadya Moldovsky: Fact and Fiction

Shachar Pinsker, Universtity of Michigan
Urban Cafes, Gender and Modern Jewish Culture

Max Strassfeld, Stanford University
Classically Queer: Eunuchs and Androgynes in Rabbinic Literature

Beth Wenger, University of Pennsylvania
Making American Jewish Men

The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies: Expressing a deep commitment to Jewish learning, the Samuel and Jean Frankel <> Jewish Heritage Foundation provided a $20 million endowment in 2005 to establish the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies <> at the University of Michigan. On November 9, 2005, the University celebrated the official inauguration of the Institute and, soon after, it announced its first theme year and call for fellowship applications. For more information, visit



BFA Exhibition Tuesday: Melvin Vasquez

April 21, 2013

Hello All,
Please join us Tuesday evening for the opening of Melvin’s Vasquez’s Filtré, an exhibition of photographs

Melvin Vasquez
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 23rd, 6pm – 9pm
5410 Boylan
Gallery hours: 1pm – 8pm

Hope to see you there!

MFA candidate organized panel discussion at galleryELL: 25 APR

April 19, 2013

Please join us for an exciting Panel Discussion on Artist-Run
Initiatives and the DIY Movement.

*Thursday, 25 APRIL 2013, 7-9p**
@ **Show Room <>* — in conjunction with Brooklyn
College’s MFA Thesis exhibition.*
170 Suffolk St., New York, NY 10002*

PANELISTS include:
Ellie Balk
Laurie Cumbo MoCADA & City Council Candidate
Antonino D’Ambrosio
Sara Reisman Percent for Art
Siebren Versteeg
Ed Woodham

MODERATOR: Hailey Ferber Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
more info:

See you there!
peace. John Ros

john ros
646 596 0409

Charly HImmel in the Kingsman on the MFA show: The Dirty Dozen

April 17, 2013

BC MFA hit the LES

By Charly Himmel

When curating a group art show, one might delineate a thematic focus to participants, or perhaps hand pick a number of artists based on a preformed concept or aesthetic. Naturally, this was not an option for independent curator and writer Rachel Gugelburger ( .

"12 (twelve) noun /’tw?lv/ is the natural number following 11 and preceding 13" resolves the blood, toil, sweat and tears of twelve Brooklyn College second-year MFAs-Jeannine Bardo, Alexander Doolan, Nicole Donnelly, Anna Hoberman, Samuel Jablon, Andrew Kennedy, Kate McGraw, Mitch Patrick, Anthony Randell, John Ros, Nick Stolle and Cecilia Whittaker-Doe-into a split-level multimedia cooperative.

"Hailing from diverse backgrounds and spanning three generations," SHOW ROOM ( gallery’s press release reads, "This year’s thesis exhibition presents works that are, by turns, conceptually rigorous, formally innovative, intimate, and in-your-face."

Confronting the viewer with nuances of contraposition-throwing the in-your-face in your face was perhaps Gugelburger’s finest hour.

"The premise of the show is there are twelve of us who have successfully completed the Brooklyn College MFA program and this is a party that we get to have at the end of it," said exhibitor Nick Stolle. "It’s a rigorous examination of lots of different issues. We each bring our own issues to rigorously examine."

Stolle’s paintings and objects greeted entrants at the SHOW ROOM door. Citing his own issues from shame and sad to wet, lonely, music, love, and color; painting is not strictly a traditional medium for Stolle, but an essential element.

"The paintings could easily be anything else," said Stolle. "It’s not important that they’re paintings, although I love paintings, which is why I do them."

Divided into three unequal parts, SHOW ROOM deposited into a large, open space, where attention-grabbers included Jeannine Bardo’s textile pup tent Shangri la and Anthony Randell’s titanic collage, "I Have A Broom."

Evoking a photographic contact sheet, Randell’s installation, comprised of nine 4-foot square digital prints on aluminum, portrays Brooklyn College Professor Vito Acconci sweeping Randell’s studio, with words scrawled on pieces of masking tape: "Rest," "Relax," "Rake" and "Rape." In the corner, Acconci is attributed the quote, "the end doesn’t live up to the beginning." Randell sought to parallel the accomplished performance artist, writer and architect’s life with that of the character Chief from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest."

"It’s appropriation. I appropriated one character to portray another one." Randell said. "I asked Vito for the words. When I first told Vito I wanted to do this thing with him, I sent him a thousand-word email and his reply to me was ‘yes, I have a broom.’

"I love the space," said first-year Caitlin Clifford, decanting white wine to guests from an adult juice box. "I think we were really fortunate to have a space on the Lower East Side where there’s a ton of traffic and in general I think there was plenty of room for everyone to show their work."

One surprise came from the collective curatorial decision to open the gallery basement for John Ros and Mitch Patrick’s works.

The raw, unfinished venue seemed the perfect compliment to Ros’ arrangements of materials and light, keeping the viewer guessing as to which pieces were intentionally placed and which were a part of the space. Toward the back, Patrick’s video installation, comprised of images from Ros’ studio, looped on a downward-facing projector. Together, the work suggested a dialogue between interaction and interactive.

"The basement installation was interesting in that the piece that’s the most about materials is combined with the piece that’s most about the virtual, that’s about the completely nonmaterial," said BFA Drawing Professor Scott Williams. "It just seemed like a witty compromise or exchange between the two."

"I love it, it works so well together," Gugelburger said. "I really consider that a collaboration, whether or not they acknowledge it as such necessarily, but it’s very much a collaboration because the video piece is speaking to his materials."

Anna Hoberman ( ‘s print series of doodled-up composition notebooks was another big hit.

"It was nostalgic," said financial advisor Ryan Skove, who admittedly stumbled into "12" off the street. "There’s a lot of things in time that get lost, especially paper things. Obviously, text messages never do, unfortunately for a lot of kids nowadays, it’s a representation of how things have changed. it reminds you of who you were, but more importantly, it tells you who you are."

Gugelburger cited challenges in curatorial decisions, though most of these were centered on placement in the gallery, perpetuating a dialogue between the divergent works.

"Surprisingly they have a lot in common," she said. "There’s a lot of language and a lot of text in here. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this would be a text-based show but that was a binding factor. As you can see there is a lot of similarity in terms of the color palette, seems to be leaning a lot toward the heavy side, and then it also encompasses this complete spectrum of very craft-oriented work and very highly digital and incredibly philosophical work about digital technology, so it kind of covers the whole gamut."

But on the whole, much of the success of "12" could be attributed to the rapport between the twelve MFAs, though this is not a phenomenon exclusive to Brooklyn College.

"I thought it was a curatorial feat to put all these things together in such a way that they do cohere. and they really do," said MFA in poetry Jeff Grunthaner.

"Artists do that all the time," said Ros. "And even if you had a program with 30 people, I mean, it’s nice, and it happens really well here. And I don’t think it always happens."

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American Aperture Awards

April 17, 2013

I’m writing on behalf of the American Aperture Awards, also known as
AX3, an international open call for photography possessing uncommon
vision. This opportunity is open to photographers of all backgrounds
and experience. Our goal is to celebrate the best photos taken by new
and emerging talent, as well as professionals, from around the work
and award their photographic insights. Fifteen category winners will
be selected, some will be awarded an honorarium, as well as the

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We would like to invite your students to participate in this
competition. Through AX3, student’s work will be introduced to gallery
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Winning students will be published in The Annual, as well as Fabrik
Magazine. In addition to representation and publication, AX3 will
feature winning works in exhibitions at top institutions in the U.S.
and Australia. Entering this competition is a wonderful way for your
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Attached is a digital postcard, which we hope will be sent out to
students enrolled in your photography program. We would like to send a
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students. Can you please confirm your department’s mailing address?
If there is a particular student group, professor, or department for
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The deadline is May 19 and we are looking forward to having your
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For more information about the competition please
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Thanks, Caitlin McInnis _Competition Coordinator _


Samuel Jablon (MFA) and Prof. David Grubbs (PIMA) perform at MoMA for National Poetry Month

April 16, 2013

Event: Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made By All!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013, The Museum of Modern Art, 4th Floor, Painting and Sculpture II

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

In celebration of National Poetry Month The Museum of Modern Art will stage a poetry event entitled Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made By All! on Saturday, April 20th.  From 3-4 pm, the galleries will come alive with 25 poets, reading works of their own and of others. The poets — ranging from emerging to established, from conventional to experimental — will demonstrate and celebrate the broad range of American poetry today amidst the great works of postwar modern art in the Museum’s collection.

Prominent American poetry organizations were invited to organize readings in the galleries. They include Belladonna, The Bowery Poetry Club, Exact Change, Fulton Ryder, Gauss PDF, The Poetry Foundation, Roof Books, St. Mark’s Church Poetry Poetry Project, Troll Thread Collective and Ugly Duckling Presse. Additional special readings and events will feature Tao Lin, David Grubbs, Dan Colen and special guests.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

This event is part of Artists Experiment, a new initiative in the Department of Education that brings together contemporary artists in dialogue with MoMA educators to conceptualize ideas for developing innovative and experimental public interactions.

Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made By All!  is part of Kenneth Goldsmith’s Poet Laureate program, where he invites renowned writers to choose works in MoMA’s collection, develop a response, and then select a space in the Museum galleries where they will perform the resulting readings and texts on Wednesdays [through when?]. On selected Fridays this spring, Goldsmith himself will contribute readings in the galleries. Visitors can meet the writers directly in their selected gallery.

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Art Authority Summer Internship Program

April 16, 2013

Hello from Art Authority.

We¹ve just announced our 2013 Internship Program for Art History
students. We hope you’re already familiar with our award-winning line of
apps, but if not, you can check it out here:

Below are links to our blog post overview of the program and today’s press
release regarding it. All the details of the program are covered thoroughly
there. This is the 3rd year of our Internship Program, and we think it is
going to be pretty exciting.

The Art Authority Summer Intern Program is a great chance for students to
get real-world experience in a rapidly developing, cutting-edge industry. I
should know, since I participated in the program last year and am now
working with Art Authority, doing exciting work I love. I am really looking
forward to this internship season!

When you have a chance, please check the Intern Program Web site <>

Celia Fulton Walden
Internship Coordinator and Director of Community
Art Authority

Congrats to the 2013 Winners of the Art Department Awards!

April 15, 2013

Spring 2013 Art Department Awards and Scholarships


Thomas S. Buechner Prize in Fine Arts

Charly Himmel

Morris Dorsky Memorial Art Award

Tammi Dow

Bernard Horlick Memorial Scholarship

Emily Kenselaar

Elisa Libraty

Jerome Viola Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Tang

Bernard Cole, Memorial Scholarship

Peter Freling

Charles G. Shaw Award

Amanda Elam

Jessica Gray

Yian Pan

Kelly Savage

Melvin Vasquez

Aleksandra Vayntraub