Work by Meir Gal featured in “Dynasties” at the Haifa Museum of Art

A screenshot of Meir Gal's website (click to visit)
A screenshot from Meir Gal’s website (click to visit)

Work by Artist and Visual & Critical Studies faculty member Meir Gal is now on display in the group exhibition Dynasties at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. The show will run through midsummer 2015. Here is a statement about it from the museum’s website:

Haifa Museum of Art Collection: Dynasties

Amongst the artists whose work is exhibited:

Micha Ullman, Mordecai Ardon, Deganit Berest, Meir Gal, Tsibi Geva, Yitzhak Dantzinger, Yocheved Weinfeld, Irit Hemmo, Moshe Tamir, Avital Cnaani, Raffi Lavie, Juan Miro, Andre Masson, Michal Neeman, Joshua Neustein, Eli Petel, Jacob Pins, Mike Clay, Paul McCarthy, Moshe Castel, Jacob Steinhardt.

Closing: July 25th, 2015

The new display of the Haifa Museum of Art collection includes both permanent and temporary exhibitions from the vast collection, producing produces various narratives and surprising connections between artworks of different eras and locations. The subject matter of dynasties was chosen as a gateway to the permanent exhibition of the museum’s collection, and is presented as a point of view through which different relationships between artists are manifested, including kinship, continuity, initiation, validation, appropriation, resistance and criticism. In addition to the works displayed, the visitor to the exhibition will have access also to the research and information concerning the artists and the artwork. Additional rooms on the second floor of the museum will be dedicated to prominent artists in the collection, including Aviva Uri, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Michael Gross and Kathe Kollwitz.

For more information about the show, visit the Haifa Museum of Art website.

Meir Gal teaches several courses in the Visual & Critical Studies and Art History Departments at SVA, including the following yearlong course for first-year VCS students:

AHD-1030 / AHD-1035
Visuality and Modern Art I and II
Two semesters: 3 art history credits per semester
The interconnections among modern art, modernity and visuality will be the focus of these courses. Topics will include the historical development of “modern” vision, the impact of photography and film on visualization, and the decline of realism and the emergence of abstraction. The goal of the courses is to bring together historical, philosophical, scientific and technological studies of visuality and relate them directly to “modern” artistic practice.

You can learn more about Meir and see some of his work at his website.

Haifa Museum

Opening November 7: LEGACY at Knockdown Center, featuring work by Casey Schultz


Starting this week, VCS third-year student Casey Schultz will have some of his work on display in the group exhibition LEGACY at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. The show opens tomorrow (Friday, November 7th), and will be up through the end of the month.

Here’s a description of the show from the gallery’s press release:

Knockdown Center is delighted to present a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, video and installation by artists and their artist parents. The exhibition opens on November 7th and runs until November 30th.

The works in this exhibition explore the ways in which a creative pursuit is inscribed and inherited throughout an artistic life. Emblematic of diverse processes and intentions, the works allude to one another in subtle and overt ways and serve as a non-verbal correlative to collected video stories presented amidst the installation. By portraying similarities and differences in styles and techniques of an artist and their artist parent, the pieces create a framework for examining the creative process as a life-long commitment that transcends the expectations of profession and audience.

What strategies are artists using to sustain a consistent and meaningful lifelong relationship with their work and in what ways could relatives participate directly in the creation of an art piece?

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue LEGACY available at the opening and throughout the length of the exhibition.


Lilian and Ulrike Feser
Lola Göller and Mone Sommer
Constantin and Ulrich Hartenstein
Chelsea and Thurmont Knight
Rebecca (Marks) Leopold and Lee Bamberger Leopold
Casey and Kurt Schultz
Clemens and Hans-Heinrich Wilhelm

The opening reception for LEGACY will take place this Friday, November 7th from 6 to 9 pm, and the exhibition will be on view thereafter each Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 pm through November 30th. Knockdown Center is located at 52-19 Flushing Avenue in Maspeth, Queens, within walking distance of the Jefferson L train stop in Bushwick (see the map below). For more information about the show, visit this page on the Knockdown Center’s website, or contact the gallery’s Creative Director Michael Merck at

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The November 2014 VCS Chair Reading: Howard Singerman on Mike Kelley

X-TRAHere’s Tom Huhn’s announcement of this month’s VCS Department Chair Reading:

I’m happy to offer this essay by Howard Singerman on the occasion of the Mike Kelley retrospective exhibition at MoMA PS1 last Fall. The essay is less a review of the exhibition and more an attempt to reconsider the relation of trauma to representation in Kelley’s work. Singerman well shows the extent to which Kelley’s art continues to be so thoroughly misperceived and misunderstood. It might well be that this is one of the most important features of the work. I hope you enjoy the essay.

You can read this piece online at the link above, or download a PDF from Tom’s website at this link.

Coming up on Saturday, November 8th: an open house for the Visual & Critical Studies program

This coming Saturday (November 8th, 2014), the School of Visual Arts will host an open house at the SVA Theatre for Visual & Critical Studies and several of the school’s other Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Here’s an overview from SVA.

Undergraduate Open House: Cartooning, Computer Art, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Visual and Critical Studies

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • Registration begins at 8:30am, program begins at 9:00am

An open house event highlighting the following BFA degree programs at SVA: Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Fine Arts; Illustration; Interior Design and Visual and Critical Studies. Visitors have an opportunity to meet with the College president, department chairs, SVA students and members of the Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life and Student Affairs staffs.

To register, click here.

The SVA Theatre is located at 333 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. If you’re planning to attend the open house, you might also want to check out the Visual & Critical Studies website in advance. We’ve also got a page on the SVA website that provides additional information about the department and our curriculum, along with images of student artworks and a couple short videos. You can also read a little about last year’s open house here.

Opening next week: Shellyne Rodriguez in the Hunter College MFA thesis show

Shellyne is on the right end of the middle row (just above the word “corner”).

Starting on November 7, VCS alumna Shellyne Rodriguez will have works on display in Hunter College’s Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the school’s 205 Hudson Street gallery. The exhibition will run through the 22nd, with an opening reception on the evening of November 6th. Here’s a description of the show quoted from the Hunter College website (the link also provides additional information about the Hunter MFA program and facilities, along with contact information):

Hunter College Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part I
November 7 – 22, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm

205 Hudson Street Gallery
Hunter College MFA Campus
(Entrance on Canal, between Hudson and Greenwich)

The thesis work of students receiving graduate degrees from Hunter College’s MFA program will be presented as part of Hunter College’s Fall 2014 Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the new MFA campus at 205 Hudson Street. This exhibition will include work of graduate students in Combined Media, Painting, Works on Paper, Photography and Sculpture. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in Hunter College’s prestigious and competitive MFA program.

Join us for part one of the Hunter College Fall 2014 Thesis Exhibition opening Thursday, November 6, 6–8pm. The exhibition will feature works by nine graduating artists: Alejandro Almanza, Marissa Bluestone, Sebastian Carrasco, Abelardo Cruz, Chris Charbonneau, Reiko Hamano, Shellyne Rodriguez, Jordon Schranz, and Zach Trow.

The Hunter College MFA in Studio Art is a three-year program designed to offer broad opportunities for artists to develop their work and an ongoing studio practice in an environment that encourages experimentation, production, and critical dialogue. MFA students work with Hunter’s exceptional full-time faculty both individually in tutorials and in small seminars focusing on student work and contemporary practice, as well as in classes in the theory, criticism and history of art. In addition, many artists, curators, critics, and historians are invited to meet with students.

Shellyne has been featured several times here on the VCS blog. To read about some of the things she’s done since she graduated from the Visual & Critical Studies Program, check out these posts: