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Art Alumni Show 2019


Art Alumni Show 2019
Curated by Martha Wilson

October 25 - November 9, 2019
Opening Reception, October 25th, 6-8pm
Curator Talk, October 25th, 6:30pm

Barney Building, Commons Gallery
34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, 10003

Since the pharaohs of Egypt, sex and politics have had long association. Today, we remain fascinated by both—so I thought to select works that are explicitly sexual and/or political in their content. These works may reveal innermost secrets, or may take the wide world as their scope.  Does making art change the world? Perhaps not, but if we don’t do anything, we will explode. Please enjoy pieces by the following NYU Department of Art and Art Professions Alumni: 

Shelly Bahl, MA Studio Art 1995

Letizia Balzi, MA Art Education 2016

Rebekah Birkan, BFA 2014

Rachael Brannon, MA Art Education 2014

Rina AC Dweck, BS Studio Art 1998

Federico Hewson, MA Art Education 2016

Molly Lambe, BFA 2014

Zaq Landsberg, BFA 2007

Madeleine LeMieux, MA Arts Administration 2011

Kimberly Lin (with Roland Arnoldt), BFA 2016

Andy Šlemenda, MFA 2012

Julie Stopper, BFA 2014

Jacqueline Tse, BFA 2006

Magaly Vega, MA Art Education 2019

Amy Wenzel, MA Art Education 2011


Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades has created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by the New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. 

Martha Wilson is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York. She received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013.  She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 


Art Alumni Shows are annual exhibitions to showcase the work of artists who graduated from the NYU Department of Art and Art Professions’ undergraduate and graduate programs. The 2018 inaugural exhibition was curated by Chrissie Illes, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Through this exhibition we would like to celebrate, recognize and bring together our alumni community.