Tonight from 5 to 8: “Reply All” and “BCC,” the Spring 2015 VCS open studios

Reply all! #Visualcriticalstudies open studios~~ tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm ~~ at 133 w 21st on the first fourth and six floor.~~ silkscreen poster by Conner Calhoun @ijustcawnt
Reply all! #Visualcriticalstudies open studios~~ tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm ~~ at 133 w 21st on the first fourth and six floor.~~ silkscreen poster by Conner Calhoun @ijustcawnt (via VCS Instagram)

 

Tonight from 5 to 8 pm, the Visual & Critical Studies program presents two open-studio exhibitions of student work: Reply All, featuring works by VCS seniors, and BCC, consisting of works by first through third-year students. Both exhibitions will take place at 133/141 West 21st Street in the 4th floor studios and classrooms and the new ground-floor VCS Gallery. There will also be a special performance by VCS senior Julia Santoli at 7 pm.

 

Tonight! BCC #Visualcriticalstudies Non-Senior Show ~ During #vcs open studios at 133 W. 21 st. Floors 4 & 6 ~ 5-8 PM
Tonight! BCC #Visualcriticalstudies Non-Senior Show ~ During #vcs open studios at 133 W. 21 st. Floors 4 & 6 ~ 5-8 PM

The following student statements describe the works on display in the first floor gallery space (as shown here and here). (Click on the image below to open a PDF)

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See you tonight!

 

Announcing “Reply All,” the 2015 VCS open studios on Friday, May 1st from 5 to 8 pm

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Join us for the BFA Visual & Critical studies Spring 2015 Open Studios along with the inaugural installation at the VCS Gallery on the ground floor.

Friday, May 1st, 2015, 5-8 PM
133 West 21st Street
New York, NY 100011

VERONIKA BABAYAN / TAYLOR BAKER / HARRIS BAUER/ CONNER CALHOUN  LILYANN CHEN BRITTANY COTA / CARMELA D’AGOSTINO / ISABEL DAHL
JOSEPH DESENA / ASHLEY ELMA JENNETTE JUNE / ASPEN KINCAID
JINHEE KWAK / MONICA LO / SHAWN MCCARNEY / CARISSA MELILLO
TEREZA MELKOVA / KATRINA MITILENES / LAUREN ORSCHELN
LILY ROCHELISA SABOE / JULIA SANTOLI / DEVON WATSON
RACHEL ZARETSKY / LEILA ZHANYBEKOVA

WITH A SELECTION OF WORK FROM VCS FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS.  SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY JULIA SANTOLI AT 7 PM.

Artwork by Conner Calhoun
Animation by JinHee Kwak

For additional information and announcements, visit the Reply All Facebook page.

Here are two previews of the installation in the new ground floor VCS Gallery, courtesy of the VCS Instagram page and VCS Twitter.

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Preview of work by Devon Watson and Brittany Cota currently on view at the #VCSGallery in SVA’s Flatiron Building @ 133 W 21st st. Come bye and check it out!!!! #visualcritical #artinchelsea #onview #nycgalleries

 

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A preview of works by JinHee Kwak and Conner Calhoun currently on display at the #VCSGallery at SVA’s Flatiron Building @ 133 w 21st st #visualcritical

 

Carissa Melillo in The Visual Opinion

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VCS student Carissa Melillo has a short poem in Conflict, the latest issue of the student-run magazine The Visual Opinion. Here are a couple shots of Cari’s contribution:

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More information about The Visual Opinion and images from past issues can be found on the magazine’s Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter pages.

Video of “Sadequain: A Talk by Saiyid Ali Naqvi” now available online

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A video of last week’s lecture “Sadequain: A Talk by Saiyid Ali Naqvi” is now available online on YouTube and iTunes U. You can view it by clicking on the preceding links or either of the screenshots below.

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VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn and Saiyid Ali Naqvi during last Monday’s talk.
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One of the slides from the lecture.

This Saturday, April 11th at The New School: Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 11th), VCS faculty member Kareem Estefan will take part in Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production, a colloquium hosted by The New School’s Vera list Center for Art and Politics:

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Ahmet Ögüt, Pleasure Places of All Kinds; Fikirtepe Quarter, 2014. Sculpture, mixed media, 60 x 60 x 28 inches, private collection, Amsterdam. Photo courtesy the artist.
Ahmet Ögüt, Pleasure Places of All Kinds; Fikirtepe Quarter, 2014. Sculpture, mixed media, 60 x 60 x 28 inches, private collection, Amsterdam. Photo courtesy the artist.

Boycott as a political and cultural strategy has rarely been more prominent than in our current moment. From art institutions and universities, to cities and entire countries, many have been affected by positions that pose as “withdrawal” or “disengagement” and in fact often result in various actions and pointed engagement around a specific issue or question.

This colloquium concludes a year-long cycle of seminars and programs on cultural and academic boycotts as special conditions for discourse and art making, organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School starting in spring 2014. The seminars addressed timely questions of the agency of artists in the social and political sphere, and how culture can enact and perform change within a politics of disengagement.

Building on the themes and examples discussed in these seminars, Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production brings new voices to join previous speakers in articulating a way forward for future boycott movements. Conceived as a concluding strategy session, the afternoon is divided into open discussion sections with all colloquium participants around three topics, introduced by short prompts by the invited speakers, among them Joslyn Barnes, Noura Erakat, Pato Hebert, Maria Lind, Ahmet Öğüt, Omar Jabary Salamanca, Dread Scott, Radhika Subramaniam, and Chen Tamir.

Examples abound of contemporary artists holding institutions, exhibitions, and projects accountable for their practices. Via labor issues in the United Arab Emirates, funding structures of the biennials in Sidney or São Paulo, participation in the 2014 Manifesta in Saint Petersburg, and calls to renew a cultural boycott of Israel – artists are leveraging their power to shift the ways culture is produced on individual, civic, institutional, and educational levels. In anticipation of a forthcoming publication, Assuming Boycott focuses on key texts developed during specific campaigns and the shifts in language and implementation of their principles, over time, to reflect changing contexts. Above all, the colloquium seeks to explore how strategies, alliances, lead actors, and guidelines have responded and adapted to a changing cultural, political, and economic environment.

Kareem will moderate the following panel discussion during the 3 to 5 pm session:

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel
Initiated by members of Palestinian civil society in 2005, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that was reignited in recent years has gained newfound traction in the face of unrelenting Israeli oppression. Throughout the life of this decade-long movement, targets and strategies for disengagement have been hotly contested and frequently debated. The BDS movement remains sharply polarizing, underscoring its potential as a rallying point in Palestine/Israel relations, yet frequently obscuring the variety of nuanced positions on this movement. The BDS statement is being compared to initiatives opposing a boycott, and is examined in the context of a layered and complex matrix of resistance efforts.

Presenters
Noura Erakat
Omar Jabary Salamanca
Chen Tamir
And colloquium participants, moderated by Kareem Estefan

For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit the colloquium’s page on the Vera List Center website.

Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production will take place at The New School this Saturday, April 11th from 1 to 5 pm in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building, Wollman Hall, 66 West 12th Street, 5nd floor in New York City. Admission is free; RSVP is requested at vlc@newschool.edu.