MFA Fine Arts program welcomes 16 new faculty
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The School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts program is adding 16 artists and curators to its faculty, including Stephanie Cunningham, Matthew Deleget, Tsibi Geva, Mark Thomas Gibson, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Kalup Linzy, Omar López-Chahoud, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Sheila Pepe, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, Accra Shepp, Lumi Tan, Jasmine Wahi and Caroline Woolard. The new faculty will expand the offerings of the program under the leadership of its chair, Mark Tribe.
“We are thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to work with these remarkable artists and curators,” said Tribe. “The addition of these new faculty will further broaden the range of our already-diverse program. They were chosen for their expertise in fields and frameworks that are relevant to our students, including activism, African American art, craft traditions, feminism, inclusive curatorial practices, Latinx art, museum education, performance, photographic documentation, queer art, representational painting, sculpture, socially engaged art and social media.”
The new faculty include:
–Stephanie Cunningham, co-founder and creative director of Museum Hue, works to advance the visibility and viability of people of color, utilizing museums, the arts and cultural institutions, as a medium for discussion.
–Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. He is a co-founder and co-director of Minus Space.
–Tsibi Geva is one of Israel’s most prominent and influential artists. He represented Israel in the 2015 Venice Biennale.
–Mark Thomas Gibson is a painter whose work has been exhibited at Anahita Art Gallery in Tehran, Fredericks and Freiser, Motus Fort Gallery in Tokyo, Salon 94 and Susan Inglett Gallery.
–Genevieve Hyacinthe teaches art history with particular focus on art since 1945, West African art and its Diaspora, performance art and ritual, and issues of globalism. Her current manuscript in development reconsiders the artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ana Mendieta and their political activism in paint and performance in 1980s New York.
–Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist who was born in Stuckey, Florida and is now based in Brooklyn. His best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. He is releasing on a new comedy short series with James Franco later this year.
–Omar López-Chahoud is an independent curator. He has been the artistic director and curator of the Untitled art fair since its founding in 2012.
–Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects the paradoxes of growing up in the Caribbean. Her work combines performance and social practice to address a critical analysis of desire, cultural ideologies, and environmental degradation.
–Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist, writer, teacher, and arts lawyer interested in the analysis of property and structures, in both tangible and intangible forms, through legal and cultural discourses and practices.
–Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculptures made from domestic and industrial materials. She uses feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display.
–Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a conceptual artist and writer. She is the arts editor for SPOOK Magazine and a contributing editor at The New Inquiry.
–Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.
–Accra Shepp is a photographer. He is currently working on a survey of the more than 40 islands that make up New York City. He is also completing an artist’s book for a public art commission in Luxembourg.
–Lumi Tan is curator at The Kitchen, where she organizes exhibitions and performances with artists across disciplines and generations. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, The Exhibitionist, Frieze, The New York Times, and in numerous exhibition catalogues.
–Jasmine Wahi is a co-director of Gateway Project Spaces and the co-founder and director of Project For Empty Space in New Jersey. In addition to running these organizations, she curates exhibitions that deal with issues of cultural identity, intersectional feminism and race.
–Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. In 2016–17, she will premiere her second documentary with Art21’s New York Close Up, complete major commissions from Cornell University, Cooper Union, and Williams College, and will represent the United States in the Community Economies Research Network’s international initiative, (Re)Drawing the Economy.