The Creators Project review of the MFA Thesis Show

Text by : Andrew Nunes 

After the conclusion of the 2016 SVA MFA Fine Arts thesis show last month, the school’s MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media thesis exhibition opened at the SVA Chelsea Gallery. Different than the fine arts show, which had a specific thematic focus on American politics and power dynamics, this thesis exhibition presented works by 28 graduating artists that were open-ended and unbound by any singular topic or theme.

“Some fine arts programs become known for a ‘house style’ of sorts, but in our program, students are encouraged to develop their own ideas,” explains the exhibition's curator, Bonnie Yochelson, to The Creators Project. “As a result, the curator’s job is pretty daunting. At the very least, I tried to ‘do no harm,’ in that I try to bring works together that do not interfere with each other. At best, I am able to create ensembles in which works play off each other in subject or mood.”

Read the full article and see more of the talked work here

Installation View: 2016 SVA MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media Thesis Exhibition. Photo by Marysia Gacek

Installation View: 2016 SVA MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media Thesis Exhibition. Photo by Marysia Gacek

Image from Third Space, Sara Meghdari

Image from Third Space, Sara Meghdari

xoxo, Darlene, Nick Alciati

xoxo, Darlene, Nick Alciati

I Take My Body Back, Kelsey Lynn

I Take My Body Back, Kelsey Lynn

Hair from Aftertaste, Hope Antonella Guzzo

Hair from Aftertaste, Hope Antonella Guzzo