Maggie Dunlap in “Helloworld” at Gallery Sensei


VCS first-year student Maggie Dunlap currently has work in the group exhibition “Helloworld” at Gallery Sensei, organized by White Rabbit. The show opened on Friday and is up through April 2nd, with a closing party set to take place that evening. Here’s more information about the show from Facebook:

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The Helloworld Facebook page also includes a list of the artists in the show, photos from Friday’s opening reception, and more.

To see some of Maggie’s work, visit her website.

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Cara Starke and Leo Treitler’s lectures now available on YouTube and iTunes U


VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn introduces Leo Treitler on February 23, 2015
VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn welcomes Leo Treitler to SVA on February 23, 2015

Videos of the recent VCS-sponsored lectures by Cara Starke and Leo Treitler are now available on SVA’s iTunes U and YouTube pages. Each video presents the entire talk, including slide images and the subsequent question-and-answer session. Here are the links to the videos, followed by a few screencaps.

Cara Starke on Creative Time (March 16, 2015)

Leo Treitler: Our Mimetic Heritage from Plato to Louis Vuitton (February 23, 2015)

Visual & Critical Studies lectures and panel discussions on iTunes U

Cara Starke
Cara Starke during her lecture on Creative Time on March 16, 2015


A slide from Cara Starke’s lecture: the New York City subway in the 1970s


Jenny Holzer
An image from FOR NEW YORK CITY, a Creative Time project by Jenny Holzer from 2004


Nick Cave
An image from HEARD•NY, a 2013 project by Nick Cave staged in Grand Central Station, presented by Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit


Leo Treitler
Leo Treitler during the Q&A session following his talk


A slide from Leo Treitler’s lecture

Julia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry in “Drrrt” at the SVA Flatiron Gallery

Work by Juila Santoli (via the SVA events calendar)
Work by Juila Santoli (via the SVA events calendar)

Recent works by VCS students Julia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry are now on display in the SVA juried exhibition “Drrrt” at the Flatiron Gallery on West 21st Street. The show will be up through April 11th, with a reception this Tuesday, March 24th from 6 to 8 pm. The following excerpts from SVA’s event calendar discuss the show and provide a brief introduction to Benjamin and Julia’s work. The listing also includes a slideshow of works and additional information about the artists who are participating; you can find it here.

School of Visual Arts presents “Drrrt” (pronounced “dirt”), an exhibition of works by SVA students selected by a jury of their peers to exhibit at the College. Organized by SVA Galleries, “Drrrt” is on view Saturday, March 21, through Saturday, April 11, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.

Participating artists include Yuxi Cao, Claire Haik, Yong HurYounghoo LeeJulia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry.

Drawing on artifacts from her family’s history, BFA Visual & Critical Studies student Julia Santoli explores how traces of the past manifest in the present through performance, printed works and sound.

BFA Visual & Critical Studies student Benjamin Lee Sperry’s large-scale digital photographs on clayboard experiment with representations of landscape and the manipulation of images through direct intervention by the artist’s hand.

Juried exhibitions are a way for SVA’s student body to recognize the achievements of their most distinguished classmates. Artists are selected from a large pool of applicants through a rigorous examination of presented materials, including documentation of work and artist statements. “Drrrt,” the first of seven juried exhibitions planned for 2015, features works that challenge the concepts of time, space and matter as material constraints. The title references earth as well as a percussive sound: material and immaterial elements of sensed reality. The works on view in this exhibition seek to transcend worldly limitations through the experimental use of sound, video, performance, painting, sculpture and photography.

Work by Benjamin Lee Sperry (via the SVA events calendar)
Work by Benjamin Lee Sperry (via the SVA events calendar)

The SVA Flatiron Gallery is located on the first floor at 133/141 West 21st Street in New York City. The show is free and open to the public, and can be viewed Mondays through Fridays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00pm; the gallery is closed and is closed Sundays and federal holidays. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-592-2145 or

JinHee Kwak and Lisa Saeboe exhibit their work in the recent People’s Choice Grand Salon Show (also: an open call for the next exhibition)

Last Friday, VCS students JinHee Kwak and Lisa Saeboe had some of their recent work on display in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show, a one-night exhibition at Greenpoint Gallery in which the public got to cast a vote to determine the best-in-show awardees. JinHee sent along a couple images of her and Lisa’s installations, which I’ve included below. (You can also see additional images of some of the works by JinHee and Lisa on the VCS Flickr page.)

Two paintings by Lisa Saeboe in the People's Choice Grand Salon Show at Greenpoint Gallery.
Two paintings by Lisa Saeboe in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show


Work by JinHee Kwak in the People's Choice Grand Salon Show at Greenpoint Gallery.
Work by JinHee Kwak in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show

JinHee also mentioned that the gallery is currently accepting submissions for Spring Fling Juried Salon Show, which will take place a week from today on March 27th. They’ll be accepting submissions until the 26th, and she thought it could be a good opportunity for more of our students to show their work, so I’m passing the news along. Here’s a little more information quoted from the call:

Greenpoint Gallery is now accepting submissions for our Spring Fling Juried Salon Show!!

FRIDAY, March 27th, 2015!!
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: March 26th at 11pm

Spring has sprung! Let us further urge the winter away by celebrating the cosmic thumbs up for springtime. This is a time of regeneration and rebirth so submit your favorites, your experiments, your breakthroughs! Dazzle and amaze us!

We’ve had several People’s Choice lately, so it’s time for our SPRING JURIED SALON SHOW! Mingle with fellow artists and a judge’s panel of artistic professionals at the most beloved independent art gallery in Brooklyn. Springtime is a booming time for selling work, so submit your best and price them to sell!

Best in Show wins $200 and a solo show! Runner Up winners will receive a slot in a group show with other Runner Up winners! We have two gallery floors and a stellar lineup of local bands and musicians sure to entertain. Submit today!

FRIDAY, March 27th @ 8pm.
All Mediums!!
Size Limit: 36×48″ and under

For additional information, including submission guidelines and details on delivery and pick up of works for the show, see the listing on the New York Foundation for the Arts website.

The VCS chair reading for March 2015

Ashford Six Moments
Doug Ashford, Six Moments in 1967 #3, 2008-2011.

The VCS Chair Reading for this month is the article “After OWS: Social Practice Art, Abstraction, and the Limits of the Social” by Gregory Sholette. Here is Department Chair Tom Huhn’s introduction:

My colleague Amy Wilson suggested the reading for this month. I’m very glad to second her recommendation:

Amy writes: I was given a copy of the book Golden Age (from which this essay is taken) by one of its editors after hosting the Zombie Formalism panel at SVA.

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