October 7, 2015

Yearbook exhibits HFBK Graduate Show in Hamburg School Watch reports from SOMA in Mexico City

Art & Education
(1) SOMA summer 2014 group session with Carla Herrera-Prats. Courtesy of SOMA. (2) Lukas Engelhardt, Oh K, 2015. Performance installation. Photo: Lennard Liegmann. (3) Julia Schulze Darup, Rosendahl (detail), 2015. (4) Rosanna Graf, Stab&Fleisch, 2015. Screenshot from the digital video.

art&education features Yearbook, a platform for schools to present student work from MFA shows, open-studio presentations, and other annual student exhibitions.

Yearbook exhibition currently on view:

Hamburg’s University of Fine Arts (HFBK)
Graduate Show 2015
Attracting around 4,000 visitors, the HFBK exhibition of graduation projects is one of the most popular art events in Hamburg. This year’s exhibition was accompanied by a host of performances and culinary offerings organized by students. Held from July 10–12, some 130 graduates who had obtained bachelor’s or master’s degrees in fine arts presented their final-year projects, specializing in the fields of Sculpture, Stage Design, Design, Film, Graphics/Typography/Photography, Painting/Drawing, and Time-Based Media. See the gallery of student work here.

School Watch reports from Mexico City:

SOMA: A Case Study in Artist-Run Education
By Chris Sharp
In order to begin to understand SOMA, its role in the Mexico City art scene, and ultimately its mission, it is necessary to have a sense of its origins and the gap it intends to fill. SOMA can be seen as the slightly less organic continuation of two artist-run spaces active in the 1990s in Mexico City. One was the relatively short-lived Temístocles 44, founded by artists Sofía Taboas, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Eduardo Abaroa, in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood… The other space, perhaps better known to those outside of Mexico and much longer lived, was La Panedería. Located in a former bakery in La Condesa, La Panedería was founded and directed by artists Yoshua Okón and Miguel Calderón from 1994 to 2002 (Okón later went on to found SOMA). Although accounts of La Panedería vary from the laudatory to the damning, it cannot be denied that it made a significant contribution to the local and international ferment and reputation of the Mexico City art world. What is more is that it was another space run by artists for the exhibition, dissemination, and discussion of art. And this, along with the purportedly cross-generational mode of Temístocles 44, is something that SOMA has sought to preserve as its guiding spirit. [read more]

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