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SVA Alumna Janelle Lynch Opening at Hudson River Museum

Janelle Lynch,  Another Way of Looking at Love

Janelle Lynch, Another Way of Looking at Love

SVA MFA Photo/Video '99 Alumna Janelle Lynch is opening her new show, Another Way of Looking at Love at the Hudson River Museum. The collection of work marks a notable accomplishment for Lynch, as it has been shortlisted for the Prix Pictet 2019, an integral part of the opening week of the notable Les Recontres d'Arles photography festival held every year in the South of France.

"Finding subjects on her wooded property during all seasons, Lynch (American b. 1969) focuses closely on dense trees, plants, and flowers to encourage us to look more intently and think more deeply about our relationship to nature, the planet, and each other. "

The opening reception for Another Way of Looking at Love will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8 PM.

Additionally, Lynch will be giving a lecture on her work at the Denver Art Museum on September 26, from 7-8:30 pm.

More information on Janelle Lynch, her work, and the Prix Pictet 2019 can be found on her website:https://www.janellelynch.net/

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SVA MFA Photo/Video Alumni Yoav Friedlander ('14), Niko J. Kallianiotis ('13) are co-foudners of the Rust Belt Biennial, sponsored by alumna Dana Stirling ('16) and juried by faculty member Andrew Moore.

This is the first Rust Belt Biennial, and will feature a series of lectures, gallery talks, and panel discussions to celebrate and showcase artists native to Pennsylvania and the Rust Belt region.

Andrew Moore is quoted in the show's press release stating: "...I was once again reaffirmed in my belief that the stories of the Rust Belt continue to be of singular importance for the greater trajectory of America today."

The Biennial is currently on display at the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Opening reception is to be held September 7th at 6 p.m.

More info on the Rust Belt Biennial can be found at: https://www.rustbeltbiennial.com/

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SVA MFA Photo/Video Alumni Rehan Miskci, Daqi Fang, and William Miller Named Amongst 2019 Recipients of the Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship

Daqi Fang (‘17),  The Hibernation Cave , 2018

Daqi Fang (‘17), The Hibernation Cave, 2018

The 2019 recipients of the annual Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship have been announced and amongst the list are three SVA MFA Photo/Video Alumni: Rehan Miskci ('14), Daqi Fang ('17), and William Miller ('17).

Our department is so proud of our distinguished alumni for their hard work and recognition.

Rehan Miskci and Daqi Fang recently paid a visit to our 2019 group of incoming MFA Photo/Video students during orientation week, lecturing on an array of subjects including the creative processes and contexts behind their respective works, making a living as a working artist, and life as an artist post-graduate studies.

Miskci's background in architectural studies informs her interesting survey of the unity between stuctural forms and imagery and how they collide in the context of photographic spaces and compositions. Fang's digitally manipulated landscapes give insight to a multimedia artist's journey through life and the world. Miller's more experimental approach to both digital and analog processes of photography offer to the viewer an alternate way of viewing the capabilites of the photographic medium, free from more traditional and regimented ways of producing imagery.

To view more information on the Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship and the full list of 2019 recipients, follow the link: http://m.bronxmuseum.org/aim/

Rehan Miskci (‘14),  You Left Behind , 2017

Rehan Miskci (‘14), You Left Behind, 2017

William Miller (‘17),  JPG Portrait,  2017

William Miller (‘17), JPG Portrait, 2017

SVA Alumnus Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao Featured in NY Magazine Article "Our Lesser Islands"

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SVA MFA Photo/Video '05 alumnus Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has been featured in the NY Magazine article "Our Lesser Islands" by Robert Sullivan. The article goes in-depth, exploring and expanding upon the narratives and legacies of New York's "overlooked" islands, utilizing an atmospheric and insightful portfolio of images by Liao in order to highlight not only the natural splendors which still abound today, but also how time and civilization have shaped the various infrastructures and dynamics of each respective island, creating a grand perspective of the bits and pieces that make up what we know today as New York.

Link to the full article on NY Mag website: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/touring-the-overlooked-islands-of-new-york-city.html

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's website: http://www.jeffchienhsingliao.com/

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,  Long Island Sound, Hart Island    “In August 1971, 18,000 young people took a ferry from City Island, in the Bronx, to Hart Island, then as now the city’s burial ground, for a drug-and-alcohol-free music festival to raise money for Phoenix House, which for a short time ran an addiction-treatment center there. ‘On the mile-long Island, young people in jeans and colorful T-shirts lounged around the spacious festival grounds, enjoyed hamburgers and pizzas, went on rides, tossed baseballs for Kewpie dolls and listened to several rock bands in concert,’ according to one account. Four pot smokers were asked to leave the island. ”

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Long Island Sound, Hart Island

“In August 1971, 18,000 young people took a ferry from City Island, in the Bronx, to Hart Island, then as now the city’s burial ground, for a drug-and-alcohol-free music festival to raise money for Phoenix House, which for a short time ran an addiction-treatment center there. ‘On the mile-long Island, young people in jeans and colorful T-shirts lounged around the spacious festival grounds, enjoyed hamburgers and pizzas, went on rides, tossed baseballs for Kewpie dolls and listened to several rock bands in concert,’ according to one account. Four pot smokers were asked to leave the island.

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,  Long Island Sound, High Island    “The radio tower pictured here has been known to transmit as far as Chicago, California, and even Japan.”

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Long Island Sound, High Island

“The radio tower pictured here has been known to transmit as far as Chicago, California, and even Japan.”

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,  Lower Bay, Swinburne   " From a 1929 newspaper report: ‘Swinburne Island, abandoned Federal plague station, known and dreaded by superstitious immigrants as the Island of the Dead, has been despoiled by vandals from Staten Island beaches nearby. Drunken bathers of both sexes have broken into the mortuary. Using the old crematory as the scene of their destruction, they have smashed dozens of urns, scattering to the winds the ashes of foreigners who died at America’s gateway.’ ”

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Lower Bay, Swinburne

"From a 1929 newspaper report: ‘Swinburne Island, abandoned Federal plague station, known and dreaded by superstitious immigrants as the Island of the Dead, has been despoiled by vandals from Staten Island beaches nearby. Drunken bathers of both sexes have broken into the mortuary. Using the old crematory as the scene of their destruction, they have smashed dozens of urns, scattering to the winds the ashes of foreigners who died at America’s gateway.’

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao,  East River, Roosevelt Island   “ Today, tourists take the tram to Roosevelt to see the cherry blossoms at the finally finished FDR memorial by Louis Kahn. In 1842, while visiting so-called slums in New York, Charles Dickens took a boat there to see the Octagon Tower, New York’s new so-called insane asylum. ‘Everything had a lounging, listless, madhouse air, which was very painful,’ he wrote. ‘The moping idiot, cowering down with long disheveled hair; the gibbering maniac, with his hideous laugh and pointed finger; the vacant eye, the fierce wild face, the gloomy picking of the hands and lips, and munching of the nails: there they were all, without disguise, in naked ugliness and horror.’ The creator of Scrooge liked the architecture, calling it ‘spacious and elegant.’ In 2006, it was converted to luxury rentals: a two-bedroom, two-bath goes for $4,700 a month. ”

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, East River, Roosevelt Island

Today, tourists take the tram to Roosevelt to see the cherry blossoms at the finally finished FDR memorial by Louis Kahn. In 1842, while visiting so-called slums in New York, Charles Dickens took a boat there to see the Octagon Tower, New York’s new so-called insane asylum. ‘Everything had a lounging, listless, madhouse air, which was very painful,’ he wrote. ‘The moping idiot, cowering down with long disheveled hair; the gibbering maniac, with his hideous laugh and pointed finger; the vacant eye, the fierce wild face, the gloomy picking of the hands and lips, and munching of the nails: there they were all, without disguise, in naked ugliness and horror.’ The creator of Scrooge liked the architecture, calling it ‘spacious and elegant.’ In 2006, it was converted to luxury rentals: a two-bedroom, two-bath goes for $4,700 a month.

Join Recent Graduates and Faculty for "Film Fest at the Farm" in Rhinebeck, NY - hosted by SoMad Studio

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Film Fest at the Farm is an independent film festival at the height of the harvest in Rhinebeck, New York. This two-night event will feature screenings, talks and installations from environmental filmmakers & artists. This includes esteemed participants such as Grahame Weinbren, Laura Parnes, Shelly Silver & Isabella Rossellini. The festival is produced by SoMad Studio, an artist collective & creative space in the flatiron; SoMad is founded by 2019 SVA MFA Photo/Video graduates Sara Arno, Carla Maldonado, Paul Simon, and Serichai Traipoom. Their work will be featured alongside fellow graduates Johnnie Chatman and Jonathan Ellis.

Due to the nature of this event ticket sales are limited, but please see the festival webpage for further information.

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Johnnie Chatman Exhibiting at Fraenkel Gallery's "Another West"

This fall, Fraenkel Gallery presents "Another West", curated by American photographer Richard Misrach. Comprised of work by eleven established and emerging artists, the exhibition surveys contemporary approaches to the Western landscape, and features the work of recent MFA Photo/Video graduate Johnnie Chatman.

The artists shown in "Another West" use a variety of strategies to reveal the consequences and aftermath of the American concept of Manifest Destiny. While juxtaposed against an exhibition of Carlton Watkin prints, Chatman's works are in direct dialogue with an array of contemporary artists including Lewis deSoto, Mercedes Dorame, Mishka Henner, Nancy Holt, Zig Jackson, An-My Lê, Meghann Riepenhoff, Ed Ruscha, David Benjamin Sherry, and Tabitha Soren.

Self Portrait , Cascade Falls, 2016

Self Portrait, Cascade Falls, 2016

Johnnie Chatman (B. 1990) is a lens-based artist residing in New York City. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Chatman's work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States including at the De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), Claremont Museum of Art (Claremont, CA), and Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR). He has been the recipient of the Beth Block Travel Grant, School of Visual Arts Alumni Scholarship Award, Alice-Beck Odette Scholarship and a department assistantship from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been featured in publications including PDN EDU, All The Best Alice, Rucksack Magazine, The Bold Italic, VoyageLA and Zoetrope All-Story.

The exhibition, "Another West" will run from Sep. 6th through Oct. 19th, 2019 kicking off Fraenkel's 40th anniversary. The reception will take place on Sep. 12th with a curator-led walkthrough on Saturday, Sep. 14th.

Self Portrait , Grand Canyon, 2016

Self Portrait, Grand Canyon, 2016

MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media Faculty and Alumni Named NYFA Fellows

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program. Among this year's honorees were many MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media faculty and alumni. Congratulations to all!

Fellows: Jiatong Lu, Rehan Miskci, Lucas Blalock

for architecture and environmental studies: Ming Jer Kuo, Shimon Attie

Finalists: Julianne Nash, Dana Stirling

Photography Panelists: Penelope Umbrico, Sinan Tuncay

Used Electrical Cords for Sale (eBay), 2009 – 2018 and Bad Display (eBay), 2017-2018, installation at BRIC Arts Media,  Penelope Umbrico

Used Electrical Cords for Sale (eBay), 2009 – 2018 and Bad Display (eBay), 2017-2018, installation at BRIC Arts Media, Penelope Umbrico

© Dana Stirling

© Dana Stirling

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program makes grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding five per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive, and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 2,542. Since it was launched in 1985, the program has awarded over $31 million to more than 5,000 artists. This year, thanks to the generous support of photography nonprofit Joy of Giving Something, NYFA was able to award an additional five Fellowships in Photography, which has the largest application pool of any Fellowship category.

Foundations 2013-15,  Lucas Blalock

Foundations 2013-15, Lucas Blalock

NASA Stack No. 8 (Palouse, Australian Wildfire, Khyber Pass and Western Slope of Andes),  Julianne Nash

NASA Stack No. 8 (Palouse, Australian Wildfire, Khyber Pass and Western Slope of Andes), Julianne Nash

Pardon Our Appearance, 2017, Sinan Tuncay

Pardon Our Appearance, 2017, Sinan Tuncay


Susannah Ray’s series "Down For the Day" on view at Works on Water

MFA Photo/ Video alumni Susannah Ray and curator of Prints and Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York, Sean Corcoran, spoke at the Works on Water/Underwater New York Residency Project Space on Governors Island last month, where selections from Susannah Ray’s series "Down For the Day" are currently on view. They presented Ray's series on day trippers in the Rockaways and the history of photographing New York City beaches and other public spaces of leisure.

From Susannah Ray's "Down for the Day:"

Ariel , 2017

Ariel, 2017

Boobies , 2018

Boobies, 2018

"They all come down for the day. Camps set up shoulder to shoulder, mini-habitations, refugees from the city. Running into the water with a shout. By August it's like a bathtub. The late-afternoon sun, relentless, lowering in the sky, the shadows grow long, lifeguard whistles from one stand then the next, like a virus up and down the beach: everybody out. Shaking sheets and packing coolers, missing flip-flops and crying toddlers, trying to rinse off the sand, its everywhere on everything, sand, sand, and more sand."

Susannah Ray lives in the Rockaways, a small peninsula on the edge of New York City bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay, and JFK International Airport. This intersection of city and water is at the heart of her photography and extends her early interest in landscape photography, which she uses as as form of visual geography, rendering the complex interrelationships of place, people, history, and ideology.

Swimmers , 2017

Swimmers, 2017

Ray has had museum and gallery solo exhibitions and has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous online publications. Born in 1972 in Washington, D.C, she studied photography as an undergraduate at Princeton University and completed her MFA in 1997 at the School of Visual Arts MFA Program in Photography and Related Media. Susannah Ray is an adjunct Associate Professor of Photography and the Photography Program Supervisor at Hofstra University.

Sheet , 2018

Sheet, 2018

Lynn Shelton's "Sword of Trust" Opens in New York

MFA Photo/Video alumni Lynn Shelton opened her feature film "Sword of Trust" in New York. Shelton and comedian/ collaborator Marc Maron were on hand for post screening QnAs on the film's weekend opening in New York. "Sword of Trust" is currectly showing at Landmark 57th street and the IFC center.

Credit: SXSW Film Festival

Credit: SXSW Film Festival

The film chronicles a cantankerous pawnshop owner in Alabama (Maron) who spends most of his time swindling customers while trying and failing to get his man-child employee Nathaniel (Jon Bass) to do any work. When Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her wife Mary (Michaela Watkins) try to hawk a Civil War-era sword inherited from Cynthia's recently deceased grandfather, he tries to get the better of them.

Variety's Dennis Harvey says: "“Sword of Trust” is light and loose, the kind of movie likely to illicit chuckles if seen at home (rather than the guffaws it earned from receptive crowds at its SXSW premiere). But in its small way, it does have something to say about our escalating culture of conspiracy theorists, revisionist history, and retro racial attitudes, albeit too frivolously to cause actual offense to those who pray the South shall rise again. Prospects will be modest, but could at least match that of Shelton’s earlier “Humpday” — and this is the funnier film of the two."

Lynn Shelton is a director and actress, known for Humpday (2009), Laggies (2014) and Your Sister's Sister (2011).

Liz Zito Performs Mueller Report Fan Fiction at ArtSpace

MFA Photo/Video Staff and Alumni Liz Zito recently performed Mueller Report Fan Fiction with Liz Zito at ArtSpace in New York City.

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The show is an accumulation of appropriated composited material made over the past two years, not coincidentally the same timeframe Special Council Robert Swan Mueller III was investigating and writing his now famous report. After the release of the Mueller Report in March 2019, Zito has been filling in the redactions with her own absurdist humor, while composing a noir-like narrative which follows Mueller’s investigative process. Zito's project highlights disputes over freedom of information and the manipulation of news distribution in the media.

Liz Zito is a multi-media artist and humorist based in Brooklyn NY. Zito uses her work as a tool to subvert main stream systems. Closely studying educational institutions, Zito’s work thinks critically about the evolution of art making in the age of the internet, using accessible information to reach informal audiences. Zito humorously dissects deeply ingrained power dynamics within pop culture and western civilization, creating work that lives happiest outside the confines of traditional art spaces.

Liz Zito is currently an administrator at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media program, where she received her MFA in 2015.