March 22, 2010

2010 MFA exhibitions open

80WSE Gallery at New York University

The 80WSE Gallery is pleased to host the NYU Steinhardt MFA Thesis Exhibitions, with receptions April 6 and May 4, from 6–8pm at 80 Washington Square East in New York City. Exhibitions will be on view April 7–17, and May 5–15. The April 6 reception will also celebrate the opening of artist and alumni Nate Lowman’s new window installation on Washington Square Park.

“The work in this year’s MFA exhibitions mixes extravagance and contemplation with a resistance to direct address. Even the wolves and lionesses, decked out in wigs and spandex, are restrained, their steady gaze knowing, but not telling. Perhaps in 2010, idealism lies beyond words. Heroic insights have been too often used as footnotes for texts written by rote, and the risk of emptying out language overtakes the hope of discovery through communication. Instead, gritty concrete blocks perfume the air, and severed heads hang silent below a patio umbrella. The burden of revelation shifts towards the viewer, in works which confide meaning through silent films and lingerie, puppets, wallpaper, and unfixed photographs haunted by coded voices. Memories of land mines, urban decay, and murder cross continents to link up within the narrative of a single life, while the delicate painted texture of industrial rubble emerges as the substance of both figure and ground.”
– Nancy Barton, Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions on behalf of the MFA faculty: Carol Bove, Sue DeBeer, Ross Bleckner, Jesse Bransford, Peter Campus, Trisha Donnelly, Maureen Gallace, Rachel Greene, RoseLee Goldberg, Amy Granat, Lyle Ashton Harris, John Torreano, Kevin McCoy, Paul Pfeiffer, Jack Pierson, Gerald Pryor, Adam Putnam, David Rimanelli, Judith Schwartz, and Aida Ruilova

The MFA program is a two-year period of intensive self-study and dialogue among the unique group of artists who form our community of students and faculty. Faculty, visiting artists, and critics make individual studio visits each week; group critiques and close relationships with nearby art spaces galleries, museums, and the larger university balance this on-on-one studio experience. Study abroad may be based on faculty and student interest, or linked to NYU sites such as Berlin, Paris, Ghana, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or Madrid. The program is extremely selective, with 20 full time students; substantial scholarship support is available on a competitive basis.

The new Advanced Certificate in Studio Art links critical ideas and artistic practice through 12 credits of intensive study. The program provides an opportunity to work closely with renowned artists in downtown New York. It can be completed by studying full-time during the summer, or part-time during summer and winter sessions in New York and at our Global ArtSites. This program is open to those pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate experience, as well as those with Masters Degrees who wish to focus on studio art practice and theory. Admission is competitive. The deadline for applications to the Advanced Certificate program is April 15, 2010.

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