Special Programs


Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program

In November 2007, Hunter College received a generous commitment to establish the Judith Zabar Visiting Artist Program Fund. The Fund has allowed Hunter to bring a series of internationally recognized artists to campus to work directly with students in the MFA program, in master classes, critical seminars, and private tutorials, providing students with the unique opportunity to interact with top practitioners in the field. Zabar Visiting Artists also present public lectures where they discuss their work, engage in conversation with members of Hunter’s faculty, and with Hunter’s broader student community and the general public.

Past Zabar artists have included: Vito Acconci, Janine Antoni, Julie Ault, Robert Barry, Dawoud Bey, Tania Bruguera, Mel Chin, Peter Doig, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Charles Gaines, Alfredo Jaar, Joan Jonas, Martin Kersels, Jeff Koons, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Robert Longo, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Tracey Moffatt, Matt Mullican, Wangechi Mutu, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, William Pope L., Walid Ra’ad, Yvonne Rainer, Allen Ruppersberg, Doris Salcedo, Shahzia Sikander, Michael Smith, Frances Stark, Fred Tomaselli, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Stanley Whitney.

Tania Bruguera (Zabar Visiting Artist, 2018) doing a studio visit with MFA student Jessi Li.


Goldberg Curatorial Workshops

The Foundation To-Life, Inc. Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Curatorial Workshops are designed to bring curators of international stature to the Hunter campus to work with students in the MA program in Art History and the MFA program in Studio Art for an extended period of time. Previous Goldberg Curators have included Ann Goldstein of the Art Institute of Chicago; Hamza Walker of LAXArt in Los Angeles; Fabrice Stroun, an independent curator based in Switzerland; Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Omar Kholeif of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Pablo Helguera of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Lynne Cooke of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Founding Artistic Director of RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal. The Foundation To-Life Curatorial Workshop program recognizes the curatorial interests and ambitions of Hunter students and the Hunter College Art Galleries’ longstanding commitment to exhibitions whose themes, theses, and checklists have been developed and honed by our students.

Hunter students with Koyo Kouoh in front of RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal.