Department of Art and Art Professions

Art and Art Professions



January 12 - February 13, 2016
Language of the Birds: Occult and Art

Language of the Birds: Occult and Art considers over sixty modern and contemporary artists who have each expressed their own engagement with magical practice. Beginning with Aleister Crowley's tarot paintings and Austin Osman Spare's automatic drawings of the 1920s, the exhibition traces nearly a century of occult art, including Leonora Carrington and Kurt Seligmann's surrealist explorations, Kenneth Anger and Ira Cohen's ritualistic experiments in film and photography, and the mystical probings of contemporary visionaries such as Francesco Clemente, Kiki Smith, Paul Laffoley, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, and Carol Bove.

The exhibition takes its name from the historical and cross-cultural notion that there is a magic language via which only the initiated can communicate. Often referred to as the "language of the birds," it is a system rumored to operate in symbols, and to be a vehicle for revealing hidden truths and igniting metamorphic sparks.

January 13 - February 3, 2016
Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman

Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman is the upcoming exhibition organized by the Masters of Arts Candidates in NYU's Costume Studies Program. The exhibition will explore the shifting discourse surrounding the plus-size woman in relation to fashion and the body. Through a series of objects, the exhibit will examine the plus-size woman's place within fashion and its defining entity, the fashion industry, from the perspectives of designers, manufacturers, the general public, and the individual women themselves.

As a complicated cultural construct itself, the very term "plus-size" evokes a myriad of reactions, thus, "After careful consideration from the curators of the exhibit, the term 'plus-size' is used here for its association with fashion, the primary focus of this exhibition," said curatorial director of the exhibit, Tracy Jenkins. 

Throughout this presentation of objects and media, ranging from historical to contemporary, this exhibition aims to present the plus-size woman taking her place as a woman of and in fashion.

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The NYUCC, the NYU Steinhardt Art and Institute of Fine Arts Collaborative, presents Senior Honors Studio. This exhibition series pairs senior honors BFAs from NYU Steinhardt and curators from the IFA to create weekly installations throughout the months of February and March. 

February 9 - February 13, 2016
Close to the Chest
Artists: Paula Rondon & Natalie Tung
Curator: Adam Dunlavy

February 16 - February 20, 2016
Dialectic Recollection
Artists: Annie Carroll & Tritia Lee
Curator: Rachel Vorsanger

February 23 - February 27, 2016
eros // logos
Artists: Victoria Browne & Eda Ozdoyuran
Curator: Ellis Edwards

March 1 - March 5, 2016
Allure - Delicious and Profound
Artists: Dae Young Kim & Rebecca Salmon
Curator: Tiffany M. Apostolou

March 8 - March 12, 2016
no time like the present, for ghosts.
Artists: Susannah Liguori & Laura Pfeffer

80WSE Gallery
80 Washington Square East
New York, NY, 10003

The Commons in Barney
January 27 - February 6, 2016
Intimate Matters

Intimate Matters is the second group exhibition organized by the New York University Curatorial Collaborative (NYUCC), a collaboration between Steinhardt BFA students and IFA graduate student curators. The collaboration aims to create a dialogue between the artists and curators. In this year's group exhibition, the NYUCC explores how the most intimate aspects of young artists' lives are translated into their art and communicated to a largely nameless audience through endlessly varying methods. Intimate Matters questions our preconceived notions of intimacy. The exhibition features work by Janet Ji Min Lee, Yuki Hamada, Autumn Hamra, Aidan Romick, Anjelica Russell, David Shamie, Reba Kittredge Tyson, Ondine Viñao, and Jerry M. Wilson. The curators of the show are Brian Bentley, Angel Jiang, and Sarah B. Vogelman.

February 10 - February 20, 2016
In medias res

In medias res is an exhibition that brings together artists who disrupt, transform, and distort expectations and limitations, suggesting new sites for expansion and imagination. Initially intrigued by the concept of borders and conditions of openness and exclusion, the show exposes in-between spaces of permeability and ambiguity, and how artists approach these terrains. Many of the artists in the show look to these spaces as a point for departure: as non-spaces that exist between the tangible and intangible, scientific and poetic, imaginative and factual, catharsis and anxiety, but are ultimately rife with possibility. 

Artists Rebecca Salmon, BFA; Eric Santoscoy-McKillip, MFA; and Carly Burnell, MFA are forthright in the ways they disrupt and displace, altering and transforming physical space through a process which insists on material angency. Others, such as Dae Young Kim, BFA and Sala Moore, MFA demonstrate an embodied approach, by way of expressing the collapsibility of physical and psychic dimensions. Works by Tritia Lee, BFA; Reba Kittredge Tyson, BFA; and Jonathan Yukio Clark, MFA are grounded in personal, visceral narratives, and create new visual and physical space that relfect, expose, and mirror. The works on display often challenge their own materiality, collapsing or expanding dimensions, to create a sense of unending space.

Using personal and ungraspable histories as sources of inspiration, In medias res looks at what it means to cross a threshold, to be defined by physical and mental borders, and to create new possibilities, definitions, and processes.

In medias res is the first exhibition created by the Visual Arts Administration Curatorial Collective. The curators of the exhibition are Stephanie Bokenfohr, Danielle Brock, Sandrine Milet, and Moeka Sakuma.

The opening reception for In medias res will take place Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5-7pm

The Commons
Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003
Broadway Windows/BFA Solo Projects
Director's Cuts
Paula Rondon

Director's Cuts is an installation featuring the work of Paula Rondon, BFA. The installation can be viewed twenty-four hours a day at 80WSE Gallery's satellite space, a series of five street-level windows located at the corner of Broadway and East 10th Street.

Paula Rondon's sculpture series Director's Cuts is a succinct retelling of clichéd Hollywood stories. The sculptures appropriate imagery from the most iconic shots from American film, challenging the viewer's memory by only revealing the minimum. Her forms appear as stand-ins for characters, staged around the rough outline of a scene. Rondon's series dissects the pop-culture images we all seem to know, which, like the classic song that's always on the tip of our tongue, the viewer cannot seem to place the who or where.

Broadway Windows
Broadway and East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003