Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman in "The Space Between" at Julie Saul Gallery

From March 7- April 20, the Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring work by MFA Photo/Video faculty members Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman. "The Space Between" brings together artists across disciplines who portray the many phases of intimate relationships. "The Space Between" refers to both the physical joining of couples as well as the passage of time that unifies them or causes them to drift apart.


Through love and coupling, humans unite and become one, as depicted by many of the artists' works featured in the group show. Form and action stops at the perfect moment of union in Elinor Carucci’s close up of a man and woman as their lips almost meet.

Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. In a relatively short amount of time, her work has been included in an impressive amount of solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.


Writer Marvin Heiferman doesn't consider himself an artist outright; however, his passion for photography and keen eye has resulted in many photographs being captured and shared through social media. Heiferman, aka “@whywelook” zooms in on the outline of a man and woman on the subway on his daily commute; combining body language, a tattoo and patterned dress to suggest intimacy.

In addition to being a contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous museums, galleries, publications, catalogs, blogs, and magazines including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, Aperture, and BOMB. Heiferman is the author, editor, and packager of over two dozen books on photography and visual culture, including Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).

Congratulations to 2019 Alumni Society Grant Recipients

Three MFA Photo/Video students were recently granted generous awards from SVA's Alumni Society. This year's recipients, among other SVA students across disciplines, were MFA Photo/Video thesis students Brett Henrikson, Wanki Min, and Hanwen Zhang.

Henrikson and Min were awarded the Alumni Scholarship Award, which was established in 1999 by the Alumni Society. This award is distributed annually to undergraduate and graduate students in their final year at SVA to aid in the completion of final thesis/portfolio projects.

Zhang received the The Thomas Reiss Memorial Award, established in 2003 in memory of Thomas Reiss (MFA 1993 Photography and Related Media) by his brother, Richard M. Reiss. An avid environmentalist, Tom passed away in August 2002. This annual award is designated to support a thesis project by a final-year MFA Photography, Video and Related Media major whose project addresses a humanitarian issue.

All three recipients will graduate at the end of this Spring semester, 2019.

Hannah La Follette Ryan featured in New York Magazine

MFA Photo/Video student Hannah La Follette Ryan (often working under the Instagram handle @subwayhands) has been covertly documenting the emphatic, twisted hand yoga of subway riders since 2015. Ryan explains her obsession with the hands of her fellow subway passengers:

"I moved to New York six months after I graduated college in 2014. I started 'Subway Hands' pretty much instantly, within a month of moving. I think that was largely because I arrived in New York and was just so excited and overwhelmed simultaneously by becoming a New Yorker that I was looking around the city with wide eyes and found myself on the subway a lot because I’m a nanny and I’m always commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan. I found myself people watching a lot and on the subway noticing how you see every kind of person and every energy represented. I was very struck by how expressive that space is."

New York Magazine recently gave Ryan some spring accessories to photograph in her element: the subways of New York City. The following are some samples of what she captured.

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Naixin Xu's "THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN" showing at Anthology Film Archives

Recent MFA Photo/Video alumni Naixin Xu (class of '18) is screening her ambitious film THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN at the Anthology Film Archives on Wed. January 30th.

all stills courtesy of the artist

all stills courtesy of the artist

The work is an observational documentary film, which is about a truck driver’s cross-country journey across China into Tibet. The film observes Tibetan and Mainland Chinese local, common culture and modernization. The aim of the project is to present, from an observer’s view, fluid and subtle pictures of the culture itself: its people, its landscape, its economy. All are struggling and reforming between the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.

THE DRIVE: 6DAYS 4392KM 30000YUAN acts to make an adventure of movement and space. It’s about experiencing and living through the long journey. The visuals become about pictures and what they represent; in expanded and compressed time.


Naixin Xu is a photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She currently lives and works in Beijing & New York.

Jamie Permuth's coverage of "Olmedini" featured in the New York Times

Alumni Jaime Permuth never forgot the day 20 years ago when he met Olmedo Renteria on the subway. How could he? With his tuxedo, red shirt and courtly manner, Mr. Renteria cut quite a figure among the weary commuters. But after that first encounter, he disappeared, which is not unusual.

After decades of performing on television in Ecuador, renowned magician Olmedo Renteria — aka Olmedini El Mago — arrived in New York to showcase his talents to audiences commuting on the city’s subways.

Olmedini stopping for a slice of pizza after a visit to Tannen’s Magic Shop on 34th Street. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini stopping for a slice of pizza after a visit to Tannen’s Magic Shop on 34th Street. credit: Jaime Permuth

Mr. Permuth, a Guatemalan photographer in New York, was smitten. He set out to find the magician, whom he located through social media. “Is this Olmedini?” he asked when they met face to face. “He was quiet and then said, ‘At your service.’ It was such an old-fashioned voice coming from another place and time.”

Permuth set out to document the world of Renteria and his images were recently published in the New York Times. What follows are some selected images from the full article.

Olmedini holding props in his apartment. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini holding props in his apartment. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini, dressed in his magician gear, waiting for a train to perform. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini, dressed in his magician gear, waiting for a train to perform. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini lives in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. His doves Lluvia (Rain) and Sol (Sun) are his constant companions. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini lives in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. His doves Lluvia (Rain) and Sol (Sun) are his constant companions. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini strumming a guitar in his apartment in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. credit: Jaime Permuth

Olmedini strumming a guitar in his apartment in a housing complex for the disabled in East Harlem. credit: Jaime Permuth

A “transmutation trick” by Olemdini. credit: Jaime Permuth

A “transmutation trick” by Olemdini. credit: Jaime Permuth

Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City.

His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Ryugaheon Gallery (Korea) Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament.  Among others, his work is included in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Guatemala, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, Yeshiva University Museum, State University of New York New Paltz, Art Museum of the Americas (DC), Fullerton Art Museum (CA) Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale (FLA) and Fondazione Benetton.

Jiwon Choi featured at LACE "Take My Money/ Take My Body"

This month, alumni Jiwon Choi is featured in the group show, Take My Money / Take My Body at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The exhibition is an entry point for questions surrounding the promises of popular media within highly bureaucratic, surveilled, and macro-scaled communities such as corporations and nations. Whether a data-mining social platform, exploitative culture industry, or resurgent populist movement, these larger systems structure the very conditions in which we find our (best) selves, albeit at contentious costs and rapidly-inflating prices. Popular media is the emergent interface for such a transaction. What, then, can we make of the joyful feeling of being a willing subject, or one of many in a captive audience?

Still from  Parallel,  Jiwon Choi

Still from Parallel, Jiwon Choi

The productions and fan communities of K-Pop bring new critical vocabularies to bear on this discourse. Characterized by a dialectic of heartfelt engagement and cynical manipulation, K-Pop is a contested cultural stage where trans-Pacific choreographies of invasion, seduction, and disidentification unfold daily over live-stream. Grounded in works by an intergenerational group of artists from China, Cuba, South Korea, Spain and the United States, and supported by programming that reaches out to fans in Los Angeles, Take My Money / Take My Body adopts the verbs, exclamations, and affects of K-Pop and its constitutive communities as a theoretical framework to address the complexities of subjecthood, consumerism, and politics.

Seventeen Girlfriends , Jiwon Choi

Seventeen Girlfriends, Jiwon Choi

Jiwon Choi, born 1991 in South Korea, completed her MFA in photography, video, and related media at School of Visual Arts. She works in the mediums of moving images, and performance. She lives and works in New York City. Her recent exhibitions and screenings include “Parallel,” the Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, United States, “New Filmmakers”, Anthology Film Archives, New York, United States, “FLOW”, Raven Row, London.

Visit Take My Money/ Take My Body for more information about this group exhibition in Los Angeles, CA.

Choi is also showing work this month at Double Takes: Historic and Contemporary Film + Video at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, and Shall we dance? at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France.

Faculty and alumni featured in Photograph Magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue

This month, photograph magazine features work by thesis student Petros Lales and alum Pacifico Silano, with additional commentary by writers, artists, and MFA Photo/Video faculty Lucas Blalock, Lyle Rexer and Marvin Heiferman.

Writing on Lales's The Time Traveler, photographer Lucas Blalock asserts:

" space has at once given us a model for engaging with the virtualities latent in the material world, and new tools with which to picture them... [The Time Traveler] is funny and wise and weird. The eye contact is astonishing. Sci-Fi is all around us these days but rarely is it so convincing."

Petros Lales,  The Time Traveler , 2017.

Petros Lales, The Time Traveler, 2017.

Pacifico Silano,  Untitled (Mirror) , 2018.

Pacifico Silano, Untitled (Mirror), 2018.

Curator Marvin Heiferman says of Pacifico Silano's featured work Untitled (Mirror)

"The gutter-- in the publishing world and on city streets-- is a place we're often cautioned to avoid... the place where images butt up against each other with only a paper fold, white border, or staple separating one from the next. I haven't stopped thinking about this particular one since I first saw it because, spit right down the middle, it's about here versus there, nature and the nature of looking, and, of course, scenarios designed to excite."

In addition to these works highlighted in "photograph is 30," alumni Dinh Q. Lê and faculty Wardell Milan are featured artists in the January/February issue as well. Milan's first West Coast exhibition at the Fraenkel Gallery is highlighted as is Lê's retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art in California. To read more from photograph magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue, visit the publication's site.

Wardell Milan,  Michael Ross , 2018.

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross, 2018.

Andrew Moore's "Blue Sweep"

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Blue Sweep, an exhibition of new photographs taken in Alabama and Mississippi by American artist and MFA Photo/Video faculty Andrew Moore, is on view this month at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. Following in-depth explorations of the economically ravaged city of Detroit (2007 – 2009) and the mythic high plains region along the 100th meridian (2011 – 2014), Blue Sweep continues the artist’s investigation of “the inner empire” of the United States.

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The result of twelve trips over three years, Moore’s work in the American South uses historic homes, both grand and modest, the preserved backroom of a Jewish social club, the curtained entry to a Freemason’s temple, a worm-eaten map of Hale County and a ruined bridge in a verdant swamp to suggest the economic, social and cultural divisions that characterize the South and the love of history, tradition and land that binds its citizens. The exhibition juxtaposes three different views of domestic dwellings which allude to these themes: the richly adorned library of a grand plantation house; a modest bare-floor bedroom decorated with emblems of God and country hung on unpainted wooden walls; and a remote trailer home with a dirt swept yard, a traditional landscaping practice brought to the south by West African slaves.

The son of a Connecticut architect, Moore has frequently used architectural structures as a means to explore themes of time, culture and a complicated history of place. While he has often undertaken a study of place on the verge of change - the shuttered theaters of New York’s 42nd Street preceding its remaking as a vortex of consumerism, Havana just prior to the suspension of U.S. travel restrictions and early post-Cold War Russia before the embrace of western capitalism - the images in the exhibition Blue Sweep suggest a place lost in time and in full embrace of the old.

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Born in 1957, Andrew Moore lives and works in New York City. His work has been featured in solo and group museum exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Akron Art Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, and the National Building Museum, Washington D.C. He will be featured in upcoming exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Moore’s photographs have been acquired by numerous museums in the United States and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the Israel Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among others. Five monographs of his work have been published: Inside Havana (2002, Chronicle), Russia (2005, Chronicle), Detroit Disassembled (2010, Damiani), and Andrew Moore: Cuba (2012, Damiani). In 2019, Damiani will release Blue Alabama, a monograph on Moore’s work in the American South.

Jacqueline Bates curates "At Home: in the American West" at Aperture

Mary Dambacher, Taos, NM ; Photo by Ahndraya Parlato & Gregory Halpern

Mary Dambacher, Taos, NM; Photo by Ahndraya Parlato & Gregory Halpern

In a year when thousands of migrant children have been sent to live in tent cities, rents for a San Francisco apartment average $3,750, and wildfires have destroyed entire communities, the question of how people define “home” has never felt more urgent. Some feel nostalgic about where they came from, some never left the towns they grew up in, and others couldn’t wait to leave. At Home, organized by MFA Photo/Video alumni and California Sunday Magazine Photography director Jacqueline Bates in conjuction with Aperture Gallery, features a variety of emerging and established photographers who traveled through ten states in the American West and spoke to people about what, and where, home is. At Home will be on view December 6, 2018 – January 4, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, December 6 from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Derrick Washington & Kurt Gramm, Los Angeles, CA;  Photo by Erica Deeman

Derrick Washington & Kurt Gramm, Los Angeles, CA; Photo by Erica Deeman

The series includes a formerly homeless woman who finally feels settled in her tiny house in Seattle, a single mother who found her sanctuary living off the grid in the New Mexico desert, a couple who built their dream mansion in the mountains, a DACA recipient who has proudly purchased his first home in Utah, and a Los Angeles native who feels at peace by the ocean.

This exhibition coincides with the publication of The California Sunday Magazine’s December special issue in which all stories will be told through photography, focusing on a single theme: Home.

Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.

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.