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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

Cat Buono in the Every Woman Biennial

MFA Photo/Video alumni Cat Del Buono is featured in this year's EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL, an all woman and women-identified art biennial founded and curated by C. Finley. What began as the Whitney Houston Biennial, a wild one-night event of art and performance celebrating women in 2014, and expanded to a two-week exhibition in 2017 in the awakening of the #MeToo movement, will present its third iteration, titled Every Woman Biennial, from May 20 - May 29 in NY, and a sister biennial featuring LA-based artists June 2 - 12 in LA.

image courtesy Cat Del Buono

image courtesy Cat Del Buono

Opening Receptions for the Every Woman Biennial are as follows:

NYC: May 19th 1-4pm, La MaMa Galleria 47 Great Jones NYC SHOWS RUN May 20-29th 1-7pm everyday including memorial day

LOS ANGELES: June 2nd 4-7pm, Bendix Building 1206 Maple Ave LA SHOWS RUN June 3-12th 1-7pm

Del Buono's piece, entitled It's Time, blurs the line between photo and video by adding subtle movement within the image. The 1933 US Attorney's Office photo comes to life with the clock ticking in the background. The men in the featured photo seem to be stuck in time, perpetually waiting for the photo to be taken. Through ths work, Del Buono proposes a commentary on society being stuck in an era when white males hold the positions of power, begging the question: "When will the narrative move forward?"

Cat is also enjoying recent success with Our House Meridien, a free after-school arts program and community garden for local school children, which she recently launched in her hometown of Meriden, CT. Classes will be up and running by this fall with a Community Garden event on June 15th.

For more updates on Del Buono's recent projects, visit the artist's website.

Melvin Harper featured in "It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror"

Project for Empty Space is pleased to present It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror, an exhibition in collaboration with the For Freedoms initiative, featuring MFA Photo/Video alumni Melvin Harper. The exhibition was inspired by James Baldwin’s short story "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon," and explores the themes that are still relevant over half a century after Baldwin’s work was published. It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror will be on view through January 2019.

still from  Watch  (Melvin Harper, 2016)

still from Watch (Melvin Harper, 2016)

Baldwin's “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” was published in The Atlantic Monthly, in 1960, and later included in a collection of short stories, “Going to Meet the Man,” this piece follows it’s protagonist through a series of memories and reflections on the eve of his return to the United States after years of living in Paris. As with many of Baldwin's delicate and visceral short stories, the thematic underpinnings of “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” are racism and violence, invisibility and imposed identity, love and loss, pain and precarity, and, perhaps most importantly, the intersections of all of the aforementioned human phenomena. In It is astonishing..., these themes are explored within a contemporary framework.

still from  3017  (Melvin Harper, 2017)

still from 3017 (Melvin Harper, 2017)

Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation.

Melvin Harper is an English born Creative Art Director and Visual Artist based between Hollywood, Ca, and NYC. His recent exhibitions include: Volta Art Fair, NYC; Art Basel, Miami Beach; and Re: Art, NY.

Yoav Friedlander solo exhibition ‘‘After the Fall’’ at Carrie Able Gallery

Yoav Friedlander, MFA Photo/Video alumni, presents a solo exhibition at the Carrie Able Gallery this month on Wednesday Nov. 14.

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Speaking on his images, Friedlander says:

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"Ever since I can remember it was photographs who introduced me to and informed me of my personal and collective past or present realities that are inaccessible or out of reach. Photographs had visually mapped reality. A broken promise we made to ourselves looking up to the medium as a neutral reflection of what visibly exists. We treat photographs as hard evidence, and to the extent that we find ourselves considering what is real to be different from how it should be according to its own image. Since the inception of photography, reality gradually became augmented by its own reflection. I am focusing my work at this point of friction."

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Yoav Friedlander is a miniature scale model fine artist and photographer. Born 1985 in Israel, Yoav received his BA in Photographic Communications from Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem in 2011, and graduated with an MFA in Photography Video and Related media from the School of Visual Arts NYC in 2014.

Friedlander has shown work at The Artists' House, Jerusalem, The Wassaic Project, N.Y., and The Venice Bienniale, among numerous other galleries, worldwide. He is also the co-founder of Float Photo Magazine.

For more information about Friedlander's upcoming solo exhibition, visit the event page or RSVP here.

©Yoav Friedlander, 201 North Pearl Street, Shamokin, PA, 2018

©Yoav Friedlander, 201 North Pearl Street, Shamokin, PA, 2018

In a write up by Lenscratch, Friedlander when asked about the series and it’s motivations responded by saying”

For now I can’t tell what value my pictures might have, but I took them with a sense of urgency to capture all that was colorful and all that was about to change. One of these pictures documents St. Nicholas Coal Breaker, It also happens to be one the last photograph of it standing. it was torn down the next day. I never had intended to insert myself into American history through the back door like this. It is unclear how I, a child of the desert, found myself venturing into coal mines in the frost of winter.

To read more please click here.

Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers

New York City’s nine predominantly Chinese neighborhoods are home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. Interior Lives features the work of three photographers who have spent years documenting the lives of Chinese New Yorkers: Annie Ling, and An Rong Xu, and MFA Photo/Video alum Thomas Holton.

Thomas Holton,  Chinese Soap Opera , 2004

Thomas Holton, Chinese Soap Opera, 2004

Thomas Holton has followed the trajectory of a single family, the Lams of Ludlow Street, since 2003. Starting as a family of five in a 350-square-foot apartment, the family has changed over the past 15 years, with the growth of the children and the eventual separation of the parents. In an attempt to better understand his own Chinese heritage, Thomas Holton began photographing the streets and the daily rituals of the Chinatown neighborhood. However, what began as a more traditional documentary project in the "street photography" genre developed into a much more intimate exploration of a single family's life spanning a decade. It shows the Asian American immigrant experience as well as it is the exploration of a family's turbulent history, which everyone can relate to regardless of race or religion.

An Rong Xu,  Pell Street , 2011

An Rong Xu, Pell Street, 2011

Other photographers featured in this exhibition include: Annie Ling, who documented the lives of the 35 residents of the fourth floor of 81 Bowery—the “invisible immigrants” who live cramped quarters and work for low wages, and An Rong Xu who navigates his Chinese-American identity with a series of photographs that explore the intersection of “two sometimes polarizing cultures.” Together, the works of these three photographers provide a window into the complex realities of immigrant life in New York City.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), and will be on view from October 26, 2018 - March 24, 2019.

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St. and is open daily from 10am–6pm.

Highlights from Vera Lutter's Ongoing Residency at LACMA

Since February of 2017, New York-based artist and MFA Photo/Video alumni Vera Lutter has been engaged in an ambitious residency at LACMA, making large-scale photographs of LACMA’s campus and collections.

LACMA with YANG NA, 2011-PRESENT, III: March 14, 2017

LACMA with YANG NA, 2011-PRESENT, III: March 14, 2017

African Figure: June 27, 2017

African Figure: June 27, 2017

Lutter's project documents not only exterior views of the buildings on LACMA’s campus that are slated for demolition to make room for a new building for the museum’s permanent collection, but also the interiors of selected galleries to create images that follow in the grand tradition of 19th-century “gallery paintings” of museum interiors. Using her camera obscura method, Lutter has also photographed paintings in LACMA’s permanent collection. Although Lutter has previously photographed classical and modern sculptures, this is her first time using her camera obscura to photograph two-dimensional works of art.

Vera Lutter’s work has been recognized by many periodicals including Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, BOMB, and The New York Times; as well as books including 100 Contemporary Artists (Taschen), The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames & Hudson), and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon).

Lutter recently sat down with LACMA CEO Michael Govan and spoke about her ongoing artist residency at LACMA. (Please see the video below.)

To learn more about Lutter's residency visit LACMA Unframed, or Vera Lutter's website for more information.

Barry Salzman Nominated for "Deeper Perspective" Lucie Award

MFA Photo/Video alumni Barry Salzman is in the running for a Lucie Award, for his photographic accounts of post-genocide Rwanda.

The Lucie Awards are held annually, honoring the greatest achievements in photography. Ceremonies this year will take place Sunday October 28 at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall and will honor other such luminaries as Joyce Tenneson, Shahidul Alam, and Lee Friedlander.

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Speaking on his own nominated work, Salzman states: "I was shooting in Rwanda in April/May 2018 when new mass graves were discovered, almost 25 years after the genocide. My work attempts to challenge the universal fatigue that has set in around the genocide narrative, in large part by engaging the viewer's imagination. This series does that. While it is impossible to imagine 1 million murdered victims, we can readily imagine the life of the little girl in THAT white dress who was clubbed to death or dismembered by a machete-wielding perpetrator.

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I was deeply troubled by the PILES of crumpled clothes from the pits they were excavating, along with human bones and skulls. I needed to see the personal items one by one. Each was a real person. A person that had been at the center of their own life story. As we carefully laid out each piece, still damp from the earth, I found myself imagining that person’s story. In making this work, I thought about the words of philosopher, Georges Didi-Huberman, "Let us not invoke the unimaginable, but instead, force ourselves into that difficult place of imagining."

For information about the awards ceremony, visit the Lucie Awards website. To learn more about Barry Salzman's projects, and to view his work, please visit the artist's website.

"The Candid Frame:" A podcast with Gerald Cyrus

“Jukebox” from: Stormy Monday

“Jukebox” from: Stormy Monday

MFA Photo/Video alumni Gerald Cyrus recently collaborated with photographer Ibarionex Perello to produce an episode of Perello's photography podcast "The Candid Frame."

“Bandaged” from: Harlem

“Bandaged” from: Harlem

Gerald Cyrus was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, CA and began photographing there in 1984. In 1990 he moved to New York City and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1992. While at SVA, he also interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the supervision of Deborah Willis. During his time in New York, Cyrus photographed regularly on the streets of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn, and in 1994, he started frequenting the nightclubs in Harlem and photographed the vibrant music scene in that historic neighborhood for over six years. The resulting body of work, entitled “Stormy Monday”, was published as a book in 2008.

Cyrus currently lives in Philadelphia and teaches part-time at Jefferson University. He is also a member of the Kamoinge, Inc. photographers’ collective.

The Candid Frame is a photography podcast hosted and produced by Ibarionex Perello, which provides frank, insightful interviews with some of the industry's top established and emerging photographers. The weekly program is consistently ranked among the top programs of its type.

To listen to the featured podcast in full, visit The Candid Frame and navigate to the media player at the end of Gerald Cyrus' bio.