This Saturday: Kara Rooney in “A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G” at the 2015 Feminist Art Project symposium

Image: Nancy Popp Travertine (TFAP Day of Feminist Panels), 2009
 Collaborative Site-Specific Performance (College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles) 
Photo: Connie Tell

This Saturday, February 14th, VCS faculty member Kara Rooney will participate in the roundtable discussion “A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G,” part of a daylong symposium at the Museum of Arts and Design organized by The Feminist Art Project in conjunction with the 2015 College Art Association annual conference. The following information about the symposium and “A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G” is quoted from the Feminist Art Project website, the press release for the symposium, and the abstract for the panel discussion [PDF].


TFAP@CAA: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association Annual Conference 2015
Feb 14, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Time:  9am – 5:30pm This event is free and open to the public. Prior registration not needed. Seating is limited.
Phone Number: 848-932-3726
Contact: Connie Tell

The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) is pleased to announce the schedule for a special symposium at the Museum of Arts and Design. With an impressive list of participants, The Feminist Art Project’s TFAP@CAA Day of Panels will present a day of diverse panels that will be of interest to anyone curious about contemporary art and ideas. This event coincides with the 103rd Annual College Art Association Conference being held in New York from Feb. 11 – 14, 2015.

The 2015 TFAP@CAA Day of Panels entitled Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice, is organized by Damali Abrams, Artist; Jenn Dierdorf, Artist, Co-Director of the Fellowship Program and Development, A.I.R. Gallery; and Kathleen Wentrack, Art Historian, City University of NY, Queensborough Community College.

The symposium will focus on collaborative working methodologies and how women’s collectives have been crucial to feminist art practice since the 1970s. As feminist practice continues to evolve, collaboration and collectivity continues to provide an alternative to the patriarchal ideal of individualism. This Day of Panels will explore both a communal approach to working in the variety of media, and group support structures for women artists historically and in the present day.

10:30-11:30 am
Roundtable: A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G

Co-Chairs: Susan Bee (Pratt Institute; University of Pennsylvania) and Mira Schor (Parsons, The New School)

Panelists: Joyce Kozloff (Independent Artist) Sheila Pepe (Pratt Institute), Kara Rooney (Independent Artist, The Brooklyn Rail), Alexandria Smith (Independent Artist).

This panel will focus on Susan Bee and Mira Schor’s 29-year collaborative editorial project M/E/A/N/I/N/G—the journal started in 1986 and continues to the present as M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. It will emphasize the artists’ individual roots in 1970s feminism and social activism, the cultural conditions in the 1980s—both in terms of feminism and in art discourse—that led to the founding of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, the influence of its small-scale publication on many other journals both small and mainstream, and the community of artists that was created by the work.

For a full schedule of the day’s panel discussions and more information about the symposium and The Feminist Art Project, visit the following links:


Conner Calhoun in “Printer’s Proof” at the SVA Chelsea Gallery (reception tonight)

An installation view of "Printer's Prooof" (via the SVA website)
An installation view of “Printer’s Proof” (via the SVA website)

VCS senior Conner Calhoun has work on display in the exhibition “Printer’s Proof,” one of four SVA Fine Arts Department exhibitions on display through February 21st at the SVA Chelsea Gallery. A reception for the show will take place tonight (Thursday, February 12th) from 6 to 8 pm.

Here’s a description of the show from SVA’s event announcement, which also includes a slideshow of the installation:

“Printer’s Proof,” curated by faculty member Gunars Prande, explores the printmaking process in new ways. Prande says, “A printer’s proof is an impression pulled for the printer and is outside the regular numbered edition. The artists in this show are all artist/printers, not only creating the image but then printing it as well. This involves making decisions as they are printing and reacting to unexpected results—problems as well as happy accidents. They have all learned the traditional printmaking process and then made them their own, often choosing to create unique works of art instead of uniform print editions. By crossing traditional boundaries between mediums and incorporating drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and sewing, printmaking processes are constantly being reinvented.” Prints by Conner Calhoun, Nick Groepler, Bjorgvin Jonsson, Baljeet Rogers, Amanda Selinder and Chen Zeng are on view.

Gallery 4 also includes a selection of silkscreen books, curated by faculty member David Sandlin. “All of the silkscreen books displayed here combine image and text to guide the viewer through a narrative,” says Sandlin. “In each of the works, the pages flow with the aim of revealing a surprise with each turn.” The silkscreen book artists are Hye In Jeon, Hyo Jin Kang, Marissa Shea, Minju Sun, Fernanda Sanovicz and Jamilla Wu.

“Printer’s Proof” will be up through Saturday, February 21st, and is free and open to the public. The SVA Chelsea Gallery is located on the 15th floor at 601 West 26th Street in New York City, Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-592-2145 or

This Monday, February 16th at 6:30 pm: VCS presents “Alfredo Jaar: It Is Difficult”

Next week, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present our first entry in the spring 2015 Art in the First Person lecture series:

Monday, February 16, 6:30 pm
Alfredo Jaar: It Is Difficult
With an introduction by Carla Stellweg

Alfredo Jaar

SVA Beatrice Theater
333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

ALFREDO JAAR is an architect, artist and filmmaker. Over the past decades he has shown an unwavering penchant to base all his work on in-depth research in regards to political, social or community-based issues. From his 1979-1981 billboards Studies on Happiness around Santiago, Chile to his electronic billboard A Logo for America in Times Square, first shown in 1987 and recently revived this past August 2014, Jaar’s public interventions have focused not only on geographical space but also on the cultural and political specifics of those places. His serious interest in information, history and details behind a particular location enables his work to operate as a tool for new models of thinking about art in the world of culture at large.

Jaar’s SVA presentation will expand on the unique relationships of architecture and art in his past and current work including its social and political impact.

“Alfredo Jaar: It Is Difficult” is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the SVA Theatre at or 212-592-2980.

Images from last week’s Carnivalesque reception

During last week’s reception for Carnivalesque, VCS student Chaerin Ahn wandered through the crowd with a camera to document the evening’s events. Thanks to VCS Systems Administrator Justin Elm, Chaerin’s photos are now available on our Flickr page. Today’s post presents a selection from the photoset. I’ll be back again soon with a closer look at some of the works in the show.


VCS Department Chair Tom Huhn (right) talks with SVA President David Rhodes.


A performance by VCS senior Julia Santoli.




A view of works installed in the front hall at 133/141 West 21st Street, right outside the main gallery space.


Left to right: VCS Academic Advisor Paul D’Innocenzo, Systems Administrator Justin Elm, and faculty members Isabel Taube and Devi Dumbadze.


Jinhee Kwak (right) performs with the assistance of fellow VCS senior Jennette June (left)


VCS faculty member Devi Dumbadze.


Tom Huhn with SVA Provost Jeffrey Nesin (left)


Tom with VCS seniors Isabel Dahl (in black) and Lauren Orscheln (in white).


VCS senior Devon Watson (center).


Left to right: VCS seniors Lisa Saeboe, Julia Santoli, and Nicholas Calhoun.




Left to right: Seniors Rachel Zaretsky and Harris Bauer (facing away) with faculty members Gregory Donovan and Isabel Taube.




One more view of the crowd.