2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

by Columbia University School of the Arts

Curated by Regine Basha. Featuring: Jenny Cho, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Devra Fox, ektor garcia, Cy Gavin, Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou, Mike Hewson, Brooke Holloway, Cary Hulbert, Bryan Jabs, Coby Kennedy, Tali Keren, Rola Khayyat, Jonah King, Emily Kloppenburg, Pablo Montealegre, Filip Lav, Justin Dale Olerud, Meredith Sands, Michael Stablein, Jr., Rachel Stern, Alex Strada,Victoria Udondian, Cameron Welch, and Jiwoon Yoon. [...] read more

School Watch

Outside the Art World’s Regimes: The MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art

by Owen Duffy

John Waters’s 1998 film Pecker, a raucous satire of the New York art world, follows the rise to fame of an unassuming eighteen-year-old Baltimore photographer. After a dealer from the fictional Rory Wheeler Gallery happens upon Pecker’s debut exhibition at The Sub Pit in Hampden, the young artist is thrust into Manhattan’s cultural spotlight and becomes an instant success. He sells countless prints, attends highfalutin gallery dinners, and is even offered a solo show at the Whitney. When he returns home after his Big Apple whirlwind, however, life begins to fall apart. Pecker is now recognized everywhere, his family becomes [...] read more

Video School

NourbeSe Philip’s contribution to the Words Aloud 7 Spoken Word Festival

M. NourbeSe Philip’s work sends a deep linguistic, formal, economic, social, cultural, institutional shudder throughout the system we have inherited. Her language tangles in and out of itself in ways that make plain (and then cover over again) that English itself is impossible to separate out from the racist colonialism that undergirds the modernism we traffic in today. This talk is from NourbeSe Philip’s contribution to the Words Aloud 7 Spoken Word Festival that has been cut up into bite-size recordings so that each piece she reads is its own fragment. They are hard to choose from and my hope [...] read more

Cornel West: DiversityInc Diversity-Management Best Practices Keynote

I have been thinking about this piece for too long, have delayed my words, my contribution, for weeks now. I have been trained, like many of us have been, to understand my own lateness as a colossal incompetence with deadlines. This deviation from the academic or philosophical norm of a majority who seem to be able to get their articles and contributions in on time has waiting for it exactly this simpler and more punitive explanation of incompetence, either with one’s own scheduling or else with the responsibilities of a contributor’s commitment. But this notion of incompetence only urges further [...] read more