Photo by Michael Beckert
Photo by Anthony Tran
• Michael Beckert’s instagram account was recognized by Refinery29 as one of the “17 New York Photographers You NEED To Follow On Instagram”
• Big congratulations to Anthony Tran, selected as a finalist for the Serbin Communications 35th Annual College and High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon, USA.
The hardcover book Best of College & High School Photography 2015 will publish the selected work of all winners, honorable mentions and finalists.
Serbin Communications received over 17,000 photographs from students in the US, Canada, and around the world. This year’s judges were: Kenda North, University of Texas at Arlington; James Rudnick, School of Visual Arts, New York; and Everard Williams, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. College and high school entries were judged separately, and finalists will be featured in two sections in the book.
From Will Steacy’s “Deadline”
From Hank Willis Thomas, “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015″
From Austin Irving’s “NOT AN EXIT”
Here’s your one-stop shop for the new work, projects, events and exhibitions being done by our DPI alums in the month of April.
• TONIGHT! Hank Willis Thomas‘ new solo show “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015” opens at Jack Shainman Gallery. Opening reception for the exhibition: Friday, April 10, 6 – 8 PM.
Building on ideas explored in his celebrated Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008, here Thomas’ unbranding technique tracks notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire in mainstream America. Spanning the rise and decline of print advertising, the work provides a spectrum for the ideal feminine type that has been marketed to individuals across gender, racial, and socio-economic lines throughout the past hundred years.
• Will Steacy’s (’03) Newsroom covered by us here and here was written up in the Guardian along a with a gallery.
• Austin Irving (’06) has a solo show, “NOT AN EXIT” opening at Wilding Cran Gallery in LA on May 16th from 6-9pm. The show will be on view through June 27.
NOT AN EXIT is a collection of large format photographs that Irving has been compiling since 2007. The subjects for the series are doorways and hallways, liminal spaces intended for movement that somehow appear impenetrable. Maze-like optical illusions occur when the linear elements align to simultaneously flatten and expand the two dimensional picture-plane. Void of cultural signifiers, belonging to no specific place or location, a universality of line and form reoccurs from image to image, offering a deeper assessment of the formal elements that make up the spaces we pass through and sometimes never truly see. As Irving explains, “We are going somewhere and yet – there seems to be no way out.”
Shout out to DPI Junior Tris Bucaro (instagram
), who shot a great gallery of photos for broadway.com for an article on the return of the musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ to NYC. Check out Tris Bucaro’s Photos of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ here
and see more photos the ‘Catch Me If You Can’ instagram feed
Photos by: Tris Bucaro via broadway.com and @catchmenyc
Now on view! DPI’s Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two. Thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday to view the work and celebrate the opening of the exhibition, we had a great turn out. The show is on view at 721 Broadway through April 25th, 2015. Click through for details and to see a galley of photos from the reception and installation shots of Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two
Opening this Week: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two
The second of 3 exhibitions featuring works in photography, digital imaging, and multimedia by 17 graduating seniors from the class of 2015 in the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, Emerging Media Group. The show will open this Thursday, March 26th, 2015. It will remain on view at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts through April 25th, 2015.
See details and a preview gallery of Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two after the jump.
Also, read the great Washington Square News writeup.
Stay tuned for images of the opening and install shots.
Image by Rodrigo Cañedo-Gattegno.
This week The New York Times launched their first Instagram feed @nytimes and the inaugural 6 photos belong to DPI alum Bryan Denton (’05). Bryan shot the intimate photos while on assignment in Sierra Leone capturing the human moments that make up the country’s slow recovery from the horrific Ebola outbreak.
Recently Rachel Barrett (’03) was featured in an interview for American Photo in which she discusses her life and work. She covers a wide range of topics including grad school, photographing communal living and the transitions from school to work and what it means to settle down, start a family and keep an art practice going. Lots to chew on!
DPI is excited to announce that professor Wafaa Bilal will be showing his new work “Canto III” as part of The Armory Show in New York this March and at the Venice Biennale opening in May. “Canto III” takes its name from Lord Byron’s ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ in which the main character travels from Dover to Waterloo considering the formerly war-torn land, its heroes, and his own personal losses. Wafaa’s project is inspired by an unrealized dream of Sadaam Hussein’s Ba’athist cadre to launch into orbit a golden statue of the despot himself. “Canto III” will see veterans of the United States’ most recent war in Iraq paid minimum to wage to assist in the fabrication of the artwork.
“This project is intended as an inquiry into homelands and frontiers, from my homeland of Iraq, to my new home here in the United States, to our peoples’ forays into outer space. Through explorations of subjects such as the treatment of veterans returning home across the globe, the egomania of a dictator, and the mundane brutality of the systems we construct, I hope to shed light on how borders and political exigencies can impact the people that give the most support to their homelands.” (Wafaa via Lawrie Shabibi)
Additionally, opening February 26th at Driscoll Babcock in New York is Wafaa’s “Lovely Pink.” “Lovely Pink” features “miniature reproductions of ancient Western iconography in cold cast resin and bonded marble are destabilized by veils of heavy black enamel and the trappings of industrial heated shrink-wrap” (via Driscoll Babcock)
Images: top via Lawrie Shabibi, bottom via Driscoll Babcock
Broadcast today on NPR’s Morning Edition, an interview with Deborah Willis and Director Thomas Allen Harris: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photography Fades Up To Joy. They speak about their work and the film.
Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis, the film features the works of photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others..
Through A Lens Darkly, will broadcast Monday, Feb. 16, on the PBS program Independent Lens.
De Blasio Nominates Hank Willis Thomas for Painter Seat of Public Design Commission | ARTnews.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.
Hank Willis Thomas, The Cotton Bowl, series: Strange Fruit, 2011
Willis Thomas is a sculptor, photographer, and installation artist best known for his conceptual photos that explore issues of identity, race, media, and popular culture.
According to a press release from the City of New York, the Mayor’s nominations have been submitted to the City Council for approval. [read more from Art News]
Other big HWT News:
Beyoncé features Hank Willis Thomas on her website in celebration of Black History Month.