Art by Shellyne Rodriguez from the MFA thesis show at Hunter College

VCS alumna Shellyne Rodriguez has sent us images of her work in the Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Hunter College, which closed this weekend. Today’s post presents the full set. (You can also find more art by Shellyne at her website.)























Kara Rooney in a one-night Improvised Showboat exhibition this Saturday evening

This Saturday evening (November 22nd), artist and VCS faculty member Kara Rooney will have work on display in a one-night show in Brooklyn presented by Improvised Showboat:

Improvised Showboat

Improvised Showboat is a curatorial venture from Lauren Britton + Zachary Keeting. We organize one-night studio exhibitions in New Haven + New York. Our shows are improvised in their nature: we ask the exhibiting artists to bring a work of their choosing, rather than curating specific works. We find this allows for surprises in the process: for the artist, the viewer and for us as curators. We hope that this series of shows allows for a space to see unexpected works, and to have unexpected conversations.

Our fourth exhibition is co-curated with Sangram Majumdar and will take place at his studio in Industry City / Sunset Park.

220 36th Street
Suite A510
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Saturday November 22nd / 7-9PM

Lauren Britton
Jennifer Coates
Karen A Davie
Elizabeth Gilfilen
Angelina Gualdoni
Elisabeth Kley
Josh Marsh
Jenna Pirello
Joyce Robins
Kara Rooney
Dominic Terlizzi
Daniel Wiener

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the show and this page for Improvised Showboat.


This Friday, November 21st at 7 pm: Caryn Moriah presents Seemoriah at Casita Maria

VCS alumna Caryn Moriah is at the end of her residency at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, and this Friday evening she will present her final performance from 7 to 8:30 pm. Here’s Casita Maria’s announcement:


casita maria

Come to Casita Maria for CARYN MORIAH as SEEMORIAH. This Friday, November 21 at 7 PM. Join the Papaya Power Revolution!


Residency: November 3 – 21, 2014
Performance: Friday, November 21, 2014 from 7 – 8:30 PM

Through dance, participatory performance and video, Seemoriah addresses the “Latina,” stereotype within Western culture. Paying homage to Josephine Baker’s infamous Danse Sauvage and her relatively lesser known commitment to Civil Rights, Moriah’s persona/superhero Seemoriah creates a contemporary interpretation of Baker’s performance, incorporating plátanos and her Papaya Power Revolution as symbols of empowerment for Puerto Rican women.

CARYN MORIAH is a Bronx-born, Puerto Rican visual and performance artist. A Silas H. Rhodes Scholar, she has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in Visual and Critical Studies. Moriah is the Founder of the Latina Feminist movement, Papaya Power Revolution. Her work was most recently exhibited in “The Last Brucennial,” an exhibition of women artists at the NY Armory Show.

6 train to Hunts Point Ave. or 2 / 5 train to Simpson St.
For more information visit:

Lucia Hinojosa in Gnome Magazine, and issue #3 of diSONARE

A screenshot of Lucia Hinojosa's review on the Gonma magazine website (click to visit).
A screenshot of the first lines from Lucia Hinojosa’s review on the Gnome magazine website (click to visit).

VCS alumna Lucia Hinojosa has been really over the last few weeks. A few days ago, she e-mailed me with information about a review she’s written of the recent Pierre Huyghe exhibition at The Artist’s Institute in New York City. The piece has just been published in the online art magazine Gnome; here’s a link. (For an earlier piece of criticism she wrote for The Brooklyn Rail, check out this post from September.)

In addition, Lucia mentioned the release of the third issue of diSONARE, the Mexico-City-based literary and arts magazine that she helped co-found earlier this year. The new issue of diSONARE includes contributions by SVA faculty member Carla Stellweg and our own VCS Chair Assistant Bret Schneider.

Here is a link to more information about diSONARE 03, including instructions on how to purchase it:

You can also read more about the first two issues in the following posts here on the VCS blog.


The cover of diSONARE 03, featuring a detail from the painting Thrice by Nathlie Provosty (for more information, see the section about her at this link on the diSONARE website).
The cover of diSONARE 03, featuring a detail from the painting Thrice by Nathlie Provosty. For more images and information about her, see this link on the diSONARE website (scroll down).


This Monday, November 17 at 6:30 pm: “No Fixed Address: Art as an Advocacy Tool for the Homeless”

Michael Pilgrim and Charise Paschall with their portraits from Andres Serrano's photo series "Residents of New York." Photos courtesy of More Art. (images and caption via the SVA website)
Michael Pilgrim and Charise Paschall with their portraits from Andres Serrano’s photo series “Residents of New York.” Photos courtesy of More Art. (images and caption via the SVA website)

This Monday evening (November 17th) at 6:30 pm, the Visual & Critical Studies Department will present the panel discussion No Fixed Address: Art as an Advocacy Tool for the Homeless in Room 101C at 141 West 21st Street. This is the third VCS-sponsored event in SVA’s Art in the First Person lecture series for the Fall 2014 semester.

Here’s a description of No Fixed Address from SVA’s event announcement:

A panel discussion moderated by William McAllister, senior research fellow and director of the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program/INCITE, Columbia University, focusing on how art can be used as a transformative tool for the homeless. This event includes a screening of a short film about Residents of New York, a public work by Andres Serrano developed as a case study for using art to raise awareness about homelessness. Panelists include Susan Craine, director of community and corporate programs, New York Cares; John Leo, actor, Theatre of the Oppressed; Maaji Newbold, actor, Theatre of the Oppressed; and Heidi Schmidt, public affairs manager, office of external affairs, New York City Department of Homeless Services. Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies in partnership with More Art.

You can find more information about the panel discussion and short bios of the participants at the More Art website.

No Fixed Address: Art as an Advocacy Tool for the Homeless is free and open to the public.

(via More Art)
(via More Art)