April 20, 2022

2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Columbia University School of the Arts

Raphaela Melsohn, Poltrona tentáculo de ovo, 2020.

Kelsey Shwetz, Plants To Flesh, 2022.

Jonathan Harris, Placeling Landscape, 2021.

Ryan Wang, To You, 2021.

Hilary Devaney, But Some Things Are Better Left Unnamed, 2021.

Elzie Williams III, Composition, 2021.

Joseph Liatela, To Move Is To Remember, 2021.

Fadl Fakhouri, A Banned Surveillance, 2019.

The Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program presents the 2022 MFA thesis exhibition in collaboration with the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. This exhibition encompasses work by the 33 artists who will complete the Visual Arts MFA Program May 2022. Curator Elisabeth Sherman notes, “for these thirty-three individuals, this exhibition marks the beginning of the threshold between their lives as students and the future that lies ahead.”

April 23–May 22, 2022. Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm. Registration required.

Participating artists
Sound artists:
Anthony Sertel Dean, Jonathan Harris, John Thomas Levee. Visual artists: Katherine Blackburne, Linus Borgo, Kaela Mei-Chee Chambers, Hyoju Cheon, Alejandro Contreras, Hilary Devaney, Fadl Fakhouri, Linnéa Gad, Danielle Gottesman, Amada Gris, Jacq Groves, Erin Elise Holland, Julia Jalowiec, Sophie Kovel, Breeze Li, Joseph Liatela, Lyn Liu, Xinyi Liu, Raphaela Melsohn, Keika Okamoto, Mimi Park, Júlia Pontés, Jeremy Z. Qin, Abby Robinson, Christen Shea, Kelsey Shwetz, Ryan Muchen Wang, Elzie Williams III, Yixuan Wu, Lizzie Zelter.

“There are of course many overlapping interests amongst the group, be it content that is often reflective of this moment—the systems and institutions that shape our society and reinforce inequity, identity position and personal history, environmental precarity and the relationship between humans and the non-human natural world, or disorienting and uncanny investigations of architecture and private space—or formal inquiries into abstraction, materials and artistic histories, amongst many myriad and overlapping others.” —Elisabeth Sherman

About the curator
Elisabeth Sherman is an Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions at the museum, including: Dawoud Bey: An American Project (2019–22), Making Knowing: Craft as Art, 1950–2019 (2019–22), the Whitney’s presentation of Zoe Leonard: Survey (2018), and Between the Waters (2018). She has worked with artists such as Trisha Baga, Bunny Rogers, Torbjørn Rødland and Michele Abeles on solo projects at the Whitney and has written for numerous exhibition catalogs and artist's monographs. She is a board member of Burnaway in Atlanta.

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