Two thoughtful responses to this Wednesday’s Zombie Formalism panel discussion

Left to right: moderator Amy Wilson and panelists Walter Robinson, Todd Levin, and Ryan Steadman
Left to right: moderator Amy Wilson and panelists Walter Robinson, Todd Levin, and Ryan Steadman.
The marquee at the SVA Theatre.
The marquee at the SVA Theatre.

Over the last couple days, I’ve seen two really interesting responses to Wednesday’s Zombie Formalism panel discussion show up online; today’s post presents links to both, along with three images from the evening provided by panel moderator Amy Wilson.

First up is a thought-provoking recap and critique on ZombieLaw, a blog that looks at the use of zombies as a recurring trope in contemporary law, politics, and the culture at large. Here’s a link.

There’s another really engaging (and colorful) response over on Dennis Hollingsworth’s website. This one takes the form of a two-page diagram/outline that revisits some of the main points that came up Wednesday night. You can see it here.

Grumpy Cat's in the house.
A surprise appearance by Grumpy Cat.

I’ll follow up with another post as soon as a video of the panel becomes available on SVA’s iTunes U page.

Welcome to Paloma Crousillat, the VCS program’s new Director of Operations

Recently, Paloma Crousillat joined the Visual & Critical Studies program as our new Director of Operations. Here’s an announcement and introduction that Department Chair Tom Huhn sent out to the VCS mailing list right before the Thanksgiving break:

Please welcome Paloma Crousillat as the new Director of Operations for the VCS and Art History departments as well as the Honors Program and SVA in Rome Program. Paloma comes to her new position after eight years as course advisor and program coordinator in the Continuing Education department. Paloma received her education at the Slade School of Art, and both her MFA in Fine Arts and MA in Critical Theory and the Arts at SVA.

Paloma replaces Bret Schneider, who departs SVA at the end of December. Bret leaves SVA to pursue his graduate education. Please join me in wishing him well in his further pursuits.

The bio on her website also includes the following additional information about Paloma:

Paloma Crousillat was born in Lima, Peru. In the late 80′s she moved with her family to the Washington DC area. The exposure she received as a child to a bilingual, bi-cultural, and politically charged environment continues to inspire the central themes of her work: the frameworks of space and language – and the intersections of politics, religion and science.

Paloma has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has works in both private and public collections, including the Essex Collection of Latin American Art (ESCALA).

Ar by Paloma based on the large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Arizona.
Art by Paloma based on the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Arizona. (Via her website)

In addition to taking this opportunity to welcome Paloma to the department, we’d also like to mention an upcoming group exhibition at Art 3 in Bushwick, Brooklyn that will include some of her work. The show will have its opening reception this Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 pm, and will be on display through January 25, 2015. Here’s more about it from the gallery’s press release:

the directors of ART 3
Silas Shabelewska & Monika Fabijanska
invite you to a group show:

HOLIDAYS SPECIAL, SMALL WORKS & TOY STORIES : Claudia Baez, Dan Bainbridge, David Cavaliero, Alexis de Chaunac, Paloma Crousillat, Julia Curylo, Travis DeMello, Adolfo Doring, Linda Karshan, Kristen Leonard, Anthony Miler, Sergio Purtell, Richard Schurr, Jeremy Sheaffer, Andre von Morisse, Marjorie Welish

Opening December 10th 5 – 8 pm

December 10, 2014 – January 25, 2015

ART 3 is a dynamic contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Bushwick’s vibrant art scene district. Created by Silas Shabelewska, formerly of Haunch of Venison NY and Helly Nahmad Gallery NY, in partnership with Monika Fabijanska, former Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, the gallery focuses on works by emerging and mid-career artists.

Gallery hours:
Wednesday – Saturday    12 – 6 pm
Sunday                            1   – 6 pm and by appointment
Closed                             Monday & Tuesday

ART 3 
109 Ingraham Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
T 646 331 3162

For more about Paloma, including a bio and images of some of her work, visit her website.

An image by Paloma based on the never-realized Project Daedalus spacecraft. (Via her website)


Zombie Formalism, this Wednesday evening at the SVA Theatre


This Wednesday, December 10th at 7 pm, the Visual & Critical Studies Department will present the panel discussion “Zombie Formalism and Other Recent Speculations in Abstraction,” our last entry in this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series. Here’s more information about the panel drawn from the SVA event announcement and poster:

Abstraction has gone through numerous styles and changes since Kandinsky first practiced it over a century ago. Today, abstract art is hotter than it has been in years, capturing not only the attention of young artists but of the marketplace as well. In this panel, we will discuss the newest iterations of non-objective art and the trends that have emerged in that field. Why is there a resurgence of interest in abstraction, and why are collectors so captivated by it?

Moderated by artist and SVA faculty member Amy Wilson (BFA 1995 Fine Arts). Panelists include curator and art advisor for Levin Art Group Todd Levin, painter and art critic Walter Robinson and artist, writer and curator Ryan Steadman.

“Zombie Formalism and Other Recent Speculations in Abstraction” will take place this Wednesday at The SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street. The event is free and open to the public.

This Saturday, December 6th from 7 to 9 pm: Defining the Orgy, featuring work by Victoria Hristoff, Gabriella Moreno, and Casey Schultz


VCS student Victoria Hristoff just sent me information about Defining the Orgy, a one-night exhibition set to take place this Saturday evening in Brooklyn. The show will feature works by Victoria and two of her classmates in VCS. Here’s the information that she sent:

Defining the Orgy
Saturday, 06 December 2014
7-9pm; celebration to follow
575 St. Mark’s Avenue, Apt #1
Brooklyn, New York 11216

We are proud to announce Defining the Orgy, a one-night-only exhibition presented on Saturday, December 6 at 7-9 pm featuring recent works by Victoria Hristoff, Gabriella Moreno, and Casey Schultz.

Hristoff, Moreno, and Schultz have been working together since entering SVA as freshmen in the Visual and Critical Studies department.  As of late, the artists have been focusing on their progression as a unit working in close collaboration with one another along with their peers.  As the fall semester comes to a close and they prepare for study in Rome for the spring, Defining the Orgy is a night to bookend the year and look toward the future.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the event on Facebook.


This Saturday and Sunday (December 6 and 7): the Degenerate Craft Fair returns to the DCTV Firehouse


This coming Saturday and Sunday (December 6th and 7th), the 6th annual Degenerate Craft Fair (DCF) will take place at the DCTV Firehouse on Lafayette Street in Lower Manhattan. The DCF is organized by VCS alumnae Shannon Broder and Berny Tan. Here’s more about it from this year’s press release [PDF here]:

Created for artists, by artists, the Degenerate Craft Fair is not your average craft fair. The DCF transcends the line between art and craft, showcasing artists selling affordable versions of their work, dedicated craftmakers who take unconventional approaches toward traditional techniques, and even small independent businesses that produce their own honey, lotions, and soaps.

This year’s fair returns to the DCTV Firehouse. We will feature over 40 vendors, with most items selling for under $50. So stop by the Degenerate Craft Fair to find the perfect handmade gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

The DCTV Firehouse
87 Lafayette Street
Between Walker Street and White Street
6/N/Q/R/J to Canal Street

December 6th: 12 pm – 9 pm
Opening night reception from 6 pm – 9 pm
Featuring music and free beer!

December 7th: 11 am – 6 pm
First 50 guests get a free tote of goodies!

Participants: AGoodLHOOQ, ArtJAW Designs & Megan Carli, Arts + Crafts Research Studio, BKNY Bricks & Knitrocious, Black Sheep Heap, Brackish Channel, Broderpress, Broid Rage, BurnThisArt, C.M. Butzer Comics & Illustration, Caitlin Foster Print Shop, Carrie Bilbo Jewelry, Carrier Pigeon, Cherry Monkey Pimp & O’s Treats, Color My Bubble, Dylan Goldberger Illustration, Fang, FLO + THEO & Mawusi, FPOAFM Nomadic Art/Craft Collection, Gingersnap Gals, Gionna Forte, Great Boxer, Grimcartoons & Amanda Spinosa, Handmade Mail by Haley Ray, Hi Rise Hive, Jaclyn and the Beanstalk, Jade Goheen & Richie Brown, Kara Daving, Laura Cromwell Ceramics, Oille Natural, Reset Reality, Rock+Pillar Trading Co, Sara Varon, SARUSTAR, Sneaky Peach Vintage & Jelly Fresh, Sue Jean Ko, Sweet Buttons Desserts, The Neighborgoods, Type A Fibers, Wake and Create

The Degenerate Craft Fair is proudly sponsored by Billy’s Bakery, Davinci Artist Supply, Everyman Espresso, and Wink and Flip, with beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Our media partner is The Village Voice.

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You can find images from past years’ fairs at the Degenerate Craft Fair website, along with links to participating artists’ websites, press and contact information, and more.

A view from last year's Degenerate Craft Fari (via Flickr)
A view from last year’s Degenerate Craft Fair at the DCTV Firehouse (via Flickr)
Another shot from last year (via Flickr)
Another shot from last year (via Flickr)