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Hunter MFA Roundup

There is a lot happening in the Hunter MFA department, now and in the coming months. Our community of faculty and students continues to work from home until we can reopen our facilities:

Week of June 8 - 14

Art Department Chair Howard Singerman has a new book available from Afterall Books:

Week of June 1 - 7

Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition Moved to Fall 2020

Check out our weekly Featured Artist Series

Featured artist Adam Shaw

Week of May 25-31

MORE THAN EVER — BFA Spring 2020 Artists' Book Project

Download it here!

"More Than Ever" collects projects and portfolios made by the Hunter BFA Spring 2020 graduates, during a time of quarantine at the epicenter of a pandemic.

They were making ambitious installations, often in collaboration and conversation with one another, and excitedly preparing for the group show that would open at the Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter’s uptown campus. Then it all changed. A tight-knit group who shared studios was torn apart. A class built on intimacy with materials, space, time, and presence became remote. At times, the problems felt insurmountable. But they did what artists do: found ways to work, ways to communicate, ways to make things, for themselves, for each other. The BFAs' continued creativity provided a network of lifelines during this catastrophic rupture. Their art was made against the odds and is a testament to the strength and ingenuity of this talented group of young New Yorkers.


Book Design by Isabelle Fernandez in collaboration with the Hunter College Spring 2020 BFAs


Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, at the Portland Museum of Art

Tabernacles for Trying Times.

Faculty Alexandro Segade's graphic novel is published on Primary Information

Week of May 18-24

Clarity Haynes, Venus Altar Detail (study) (2020, left) and Erik Den Breejen, Purple Rain (After Prince) (2020). Courtesy of the artists.

Alumnus Hannah Beerman has spearheaded an enormous fundraising effort to support pandemic relief efforts, organizing over 140 artists (so far), including Katherine Bradford, to donate work for charity.

Two months ago, as governors across the US began issuing shelter-in-place restrictions, New York artist Hannah Beerman, a recent graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, looked out the window of her Manhattan apartment and wondered what artists could do to support relief efforts.

Her solution was to launch Artists for Humans, an Instagram initiative in which artists give away artworks to those donating money to specified relief causes.

“I didn’t have access to a lot of things, but I do have access to my relationships and my friends,” Beerman tells Artnet News. The goal was modest, the artist says. “If somebody had asked me how much I was hoping to raise, I would have said maybe $400 or $500.”

The day after Beerman launched the effort, she woke up to some 400 direct messages in her inbox from artists willing to contribute.

To date, the project has raised over $136,000 for the homeless, the elderly, and others impacted by the health and economic crisis, and more than 140 artists have donated works, including Gina Beavers, Katherine Bradford, Jeffrey Gibson, Eddie Martinez, Vaughn Spann, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, with many others in the queue.

“I feel like right now, we can really radicalize anything,” Beerman says.

New artworks are posted to the Instagram account daily, the values of which are determined by the artists and revealed to donors directly. After the donor provides a receipt for a donation made to a specified charity, Beerman connects them with the artist to arrange shipping.

Donations range from $100 to $5,000, with most artworks handed over for below their market value, she says. (Some artists consult with their galleries to determine values.)

“The point of the project is for everyone to feel good, to connect with each other, to connect to the city,” Beerman says.

Beerman will be presenting her own works at NADA’s new online fair, which goes live Monday. She will also mount a project at Essex Flowers this summer, and a solo show at Kapp Kapp in the fall.

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Week of May 11-17

Faculty Carrie Moyer with Sheila Pepe live May 14 at the Portland Museum of Art

Tune in for free on Thursday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. for a live digital conversation between curator Jaime DeSimone and artists Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, in conjunction with the exhibition Tabernacles for Trying Times.

You must register for this event here.

Week of May 4-10

Alumnus Jameson Green and faculty EJ Hauser at Derek Eller Gallery

Jameson Green, Winter Clothes in the Summertime, 2020

MAY 8-15

Works by:
Julia Bland, Melissa Brown, Jameson Green, Henry Gunderson, EJ Hauser, David Korty, Ellen Lesperance, JJ Manford, Jiha Moon, Michelle Segre, Nancy Shaver, Alyson Shotz, Despina Stokou, Kathia St. Hilaire, Karl Wirsum, and others.



For further information, please contact

Faculty Alexandro Segade is featured in Artforum

And his graphic novel is published on Primary Information

Week of April 27 - May 3

Seven of our Spring 2020 Thesis students are featured in the Assemblage online exhibition (April 22 - May 22), curated by gallerist Julia Speed of Luhring Augustine, New York, and Sophie Olympia Riese, founder of the Olympia Project.

Financial assistance for current students:

If you are a student who has lost wages, has unexpected medical costs, or has any other financial needs related to the coronavirus crisis, please complete an application. Please contact the Dean of Students with related questions.

Week of April 20 - 26

David Levi Strauss
in Conversation with Susan Meiselas and Peter van Agtmael
Online Event hosted by the Magnum Foundation and Hunter College, Department of Art and Art History
April 23, 7-9pm
Register Here

Wounded Wombs, 2015 by Vitoria Hadba; from Her Right to K(no)w

Her Right to K(no)w
Curated by Kristen Clevenson
Featuring artists: A.K. Burns, Vitoria Hadba, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Alison Kizu-Blair
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
(Viewable from 119th Street Windows)
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

Michael Lobel (Professor, Art History at Hunter College)
Renowned and prize-winning art historian Michael Lobel, Professor, Art History at Hunter College, shares insights from his ground-breaking research exploring the influences from the period’s print popular culture on the thinking and art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most beloved and enigmatic artists of all time. While we’ve all seen the work of Van Gogh in innumerable printed formats—in posters, exhibition catalogues, and full-color reproductions of all sorts—many are less familiar with the artist’s keen interest in the print culture of his time. This lecture will survey some of Van Gogh’s most significant influences of that type, particularly from the 19th-century English illustrated press, and explore their profound impact on his thinking and his art. Event will conclude with live virtual Q&A

Shellyne Rodriguez(MFA Alumna and Adjunct Faculty) was featured in the New York Times

Guadalupe Maravilla, at P. P. O. W., Manhattan
P·P·O·W gallery now represents Guadalupe Maravilla

Free online workshops presented by IMA Tech Fellow:

Tues. April 21 | 5:30-6:30PM | Adobe Photoshop Refresher Presenter: Michelle Ermolenko

Tues. May 5 | 5:30-6:30PM | Animated Photoshop WorkshopPresenter: Michelle Ermolenko

Click here for details + info on how to attend.

Week of April 13 - 19

The Spring 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibitions have been tentatively moved to the fall:

Part I: September 10 - 26, 2020
Part II: October 8 - 24, 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the current public health crisis, please check back periodically as the dates are subject to further change.

We are highlighting an individual artist each week from now through August. Check out this week's feature.

Faculty Recommendations

From Carrie Moyer:

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles For Trying Times, at The Portland Museum of Art

From Christina Freeman:

Summer McCorkle (MFA 2011)

Maya Jeffereis (MFA 2013)
Stay Home with BRIC: Virtual Programming Schedule | BRIC
5PM - Maya Jeffereis will introduce Seeing Water Lilies (2019), featured on BRIC’s IGTV

Seeing Water Lilies (video still), 2019
Seeing Water Lilies (video still), 2019

Freya Powell (MFA 2012)
Only Remains Remain
| Magazine | MoMA

Week of April 6 - 12

Faculty Projects and Recommendations:

Professor Anthony Hawley has new work to share: (with violinist Rebecca Fischer)

New Writings in Frieze, Artforum online, and The Brooklyn Rail

The Afield,
"Practice Bo Bactice" Vol 1 "The Punctum in Sound"

From Constance Dejong:

Below are links to Cities and Memory, a web project that's been going on for some time where people can post the sound(s) of a specific place, contributing an aural world map.

The link below is a new and current part of Cities and Memory project

It's an interactive map for contributing sound(s) that are both from a particular place but from the particular time ofthe crises we are living.

Stuart Fowkes who runs the project, which has had contributions from 70 countries, says the outbreak and subsequent lockdown has transformed the way cities sound in the matter of a few days. “This is a really unique time when the world is sounding like it’s never sounded before,” he said. “In none of our lifetimes has the world ever sounded like it does right now.”

"Art project captures sound of cities during coronavirus outbreak Crowdsourced recordings to show how our aural lives are shifting as lockdown affects the world. It's The Cities and Memories website has collected field recordings from around the world for the past five years and this week launched a new campaign to build a global crowdsourced sound map, which shows how our aural lives are shifting as lockdown affects the world and urban environments evolve.