Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem presents Goods to Declare – MFA Internat
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

Goods to Declare – MFA International


Opening: Tuesday, July 18th, 19:30

Selected works from current graduates of 15 international MFA and Advanced Studies Programs at the old terminal, Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel. An exhibition celebrating Bezalel’s centennial.

Wednesday, July 19th, 18:00-20:00

Symposium: ”What Will You Ever Do With That Degree?”

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We are pleased to announce the exhibition, “Goods to Declare – MFA International”, an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the Academy. “Goods to Declare” will be held at the abandoned old terminal of Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and will present a selection of works by 51 artists currently graduating from 15 international MFA and Advanced Studies Programs in fine art. We hope to create a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists of the same generation from different places and cultures. Although the airport terminal is not the theme of the exhibition, it may serve as a metaphor for the moment of graduation, before departing into the “real” art world.

Participating art schools and artists:

Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux arts, Paris: Domitille Chaudieu/Chloé Dugit-Gros Ecole nationale des beaux arts de Lyon: Alina Abramov/ Benjamin Hochart Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main: Dennis Loesch/ Adrian Williams/ Özlem Günyol Columbia University School of the Arts, New York: Ronnie Bass/ Dasha Shishkin School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Andrew Ross/ Jean Alexander Frater CalArts, Los Angeles: Cathy Akers/ Cindy Santos Bravo Malmö Art Academy: Christina Leithe Hansen/ Anders Sletvold Moe Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft and Design, Stockholm: Ane Mette Hol/ Paula von Seth The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm: Kristina Stark/ Love Enqvist Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki: Laura Wesamaa/ Andreas Lycke Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty, Istanbul: Semiha Müge Özbay Aydogan/ Osman Dogu Bingöl The Glasgow School of Art: Krisdy Shindler/ Dani Marti/ Emily Strange/ Laura Aldridge Goldsmiths College, London: Alex Robbins/ Jennifer Allen The Slade School of Fine Art-London : Eloise Fornieles & Kate Hawkins/ Julie Rafalski/ James T Hobbs/ Ellie Reid/ Jedsada Tangtrakulwong Bezalel Academy: Maya Attoun/ Yuval Beaton/ Melanie Daniel/ Deborah Warschawski/ Netta Zohar/ Hadas Hassid/ Tal Yerushalmi/ Erez Israeli/ Rubi Lebovitch/ Oren Noy/ Orly Sever/ Michael Sperer/ Noam Zucker/ Elad Kopler/ Yonathan Shilo/ Elad Sarig/ project by first year MFA students.

Curators: Prof. Nahum Tevet & Sandra Weil

What Will You Ever Do With That Degree?

Change is underfoot. “The MFA is the New MBA” is one of the top ten Breakthrough Ideas making the Harvard Business Review’s annual list. Asked about his vision for General Motors, the Vice Chairman of Global Product Development Robert Lutz answered: “I see us as being in the art business. Art, entertainment, and mobile sculpture, which coincidentally, happens to provide transportation.” Corporate recruiters are hiring recent MFAs from distinguished schools, not to make art, but to be thinkers, innovators and change agents in a new creative economy. Beyond this trend, Joseph Nye, Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, encourages cultural producers to take seriously the relevant effects art and entertainment are having as forms of “soft power” in the larger world. MFA’s are being given new responsibilities, relevance and power, but are graduate faculties preparing them for these roles? How should MFA faculties account for this new scope of influence in their curricula while addressing the ethical, cultural and public policy questions they entail? Should they shun, embrace or just try to manage this next episode in what it means to educate an MFA?

The members of the symposium are:

Professor Sam Ainsley, Head of the MFA program, The Glasgow School of Art

Phyllida Barlow, The Slade School of Fine Art-London

Professor Zvi Goldstein, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Dr. Andrew Renton, Program Director MA Curating, Goldsmiths College-London

Sarit Shapira, Curator, Tel Aviv

Irit Sommer, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Micha Ullman, Artist, Tel Aviv

Professor Johan Widén, The Royal University College of Fine Arts. Stockholm

Dr. Ronald Jones, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft and Design, Stockholm.

Our moderator, the artist and critic Ronald Jones will present the distinguished panel a hypothetical controversy designed to explore emerging roles for MFAs in the larger world while unpacking vital cultural, ethical, legal and public policy questions.

Sun-Thurs 11.00-21.00; Fri 10.00-18.00; Sat 10.00-22.00

Free entrance

July 17, 2006