If You Build It

Exciting site-specific exhibition happening in Washington Heights this summer:

“If You Build It” exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty, includes installations, photography, and performances by more than twenty local, national, and international artists. Featured are alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and former staff Sonia Louise Davis, Alumnus Petrushka Bazin Larsen, program manager at the Laundromat Project, contributed an essay to the catalog.

The works in the exhibition address cycles of urban decay and regeneration; building community through shared heritage; immigration and displacement; the longing for home in all its senses; and the vast economic disparities that plague our cities.

The multi-floor exhibition leads visitors from the ground floor to the ninth and back finally to the third floors where additional works, installations, and apartments are curated by invited neighborhood organizations.  The project will incorporate multi-disciplinary cultural events and the next editions of No Longer Empty’s signature education programs—the Y.Dot Youth Docent Program, Teens Curate Teens in partnership with ArtsConnection, and No Longer Bored Family Days. Check website for info.

“Caesar’s Visa” by Hank Willis Thomas. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Holland Cotter writes in the NY Times 

In 2009, when a bad economy left commercial spaces vacant across New York City, an itinerant nonprofit art group called No Longer Empty started filling some of them — a storefront on West 23rd Street, the closed-up Tower Records on lower Broadway — with art. This summer, the organization adds a twist to its mission by working on premises that have yet to be occupied, an in-progress 13-story affordable-housing complex called the Sugar Hill Building located on West 155th Street in Washington Heights.

Sponsored by Broadway Housing Communities and designed by David Adjaye, the development won’t open until the fall. But for the next month, it has exhibitions installed on two floors, and in a ground-level space that will eventually be the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling.
[read rest of review]

No Longer Empty’s mission is to widen the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. read more

If you are in NYC, go see it: 155th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC 10032
Thursday–Friday 3–7pm & Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm
Wednesday by appointment.
On view until August 10, 2014

Be sure to check out No Longer Empty’s website to learn more what they are doing and artist opportunities.

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Now on View: Social in Practice Exhibition [Update]

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DPI Chair Deborah Willis and Photography & Imaging alumnus Hank Willis Thomas curated an exhibition entitled Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, on view at The Nathan Cummings Foundation from March 27 – October 2. The featured projects, each addressing a specific social issue, span an array of mediums and represent artists’ initiatives around the world.

[Update!] The exhibition has been reviewed at prisonphotography.org, and describes the “innovative” show as “teeming with powerful and important works.” The review goes on to give to great descriptions of all of the included projects. Link.

The exhibition showcases the work of DPI faculty Lorie Novak, Paul Owen, and Bayeté Ross-Smith, and DPI alumni Wyatt Gallery, Kristina Knipe, Richard Renaldi, Alexandra Diracles, Petrushka Bazin Larsen, and Hank Willis Thomas. Other artists and collaborations, both local and international, include Sonia Louise Davis, Russell Frederick, Lonnie Graham, Eric Gottesman, Ayasha Guerin, Jamila Mohamad Hooker, Lara Stein Pardo, Noelle Théard, Hong-An Truong, Christine Wong Yap, Be The Witness, The Laundromat Project, and Question Bridge Interactive.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is located at 475 Tenth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), 14th floor. Reservations are required for viewing the exhibition and can be made by emailing exhibits@nathancummings.org.

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Opening Tonight: ‘Fixed Variable’ at Hauser & Wirth Curated by DPI Alum Yuta Nakajima


DPI Alum Yuta Nakajima has co-curated a show with Madeline Warren titled ‘Fixed Variable.’ The show opens tonight at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea from 6-8pm.

‘Fixed Variable’ looks at the work of eight artists who explore the tension between the photograph and the object, in light of the new and complex ways that we experience images in contemporary visual culture: mediated by the computer, corrupted by Photoshop, unnoticed and ingrained in the urban landscape.

Through process and play, these artists confront the reductive definition of the photograph as a truth-telling, two-dimensional document. The image is intervened with and acted upon, be it with Photoshop, poured concrete, or a simple crease. (hauserwirth.com)

The show was also mentioned in a piece covering this and the other show at H&W, ‘The Photographic Object, 1970′ a reprise from MOMA.

27 June – 25 July 2014

Hauser & Wirth, 18th Street, New York

Opening reception: Friday 27 June 2014, 6 – 8 pm

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DPI Faculty Erika deVries’ New Exhibit at the Hudson Opera House

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“The Hudson Opera House opens its summer exhibition with new and selected works by the artist Erika deVries.Taking over the ground floor rooms of the Opera House, whathaslightodowithdarkness opens with a reception with the artist on Saturday, June 28 from 5-7pm and runs through Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Linda Earle, executive director of the New York Arts Program, moderates a talk with the artist on Saturday, July 12 at 5pm.” Read more here.

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DPI Alum Aaron Shuman is curator of Krakow Photomonth


DPI Alum Aaron Shuman (’99) was selected to curate Krakow Photomonth. Asked to sum up his ideas for this year’s show, Aaron responded:

I’m fascinated by the relationship between photography and knowledge, as well as how photography often inspires a search for knowledge.

I see photographers as people who go out into the world, and though they might not be experts in a particular field or on a certain subject, wrap a camera around their neck and begin to learn, and to search for knowledge. The knowledge that they seek and often find can be personal, philosophical, scientific, abstract, but the whole process becomes one of searching.

This is why the title of the Main Program is split—Re:Search. In a few words, I wanted to examine the photographer as a researcher, the process of searching that photography involves and inspires, and the relationship between photography and knowledge.

Read the full interview at lensculture.com.

Aaron Shuman is a photographer, curator, writer, and Director and Editor of SeeSaw Magazine, an online photography magazine.

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DPI Alum Nicholas Calcott has a new Website [Updated]

DPI alum Nicholas Calcott is very pleased to announce the debut of his new website. Take a look now at http://www.nicholascalcott.com!It was completed by Kyle Blue and Geoff Halber of ETC (design) and Marty Spellerberg(development), and they all have my biggest thanks for all their hard work.There’s a new and new-old work on the site, including new work for Herman Miller (pictured) and other clients. Keep and out old and new projects in the coming months.


[Updated] Nick also shot photos inside the New York home of Louise Bourgeois for The Telegraph. View the photos and read the article here.




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Photos of Sufi Mystics by DPI Alum Monique Jaques


Shooting for Al Jazeera America in Georgia (located between Turkey and Russia) DPI alum Monique Jaques captures the traditional and the changing Muslim practices in a country overwhelming populated by Christians. Classically practiced by men, the songs of the zikr are now largely practiced by the older women of the town and call for peace in an area of the world that has seen more than its fair share of war and violence of the last decades.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera America.


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Recent photography graduates & new students – Ian Parry Scholarship Deadline

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The Ian Parry Scholarship is a free award for documentary photography and visual photojournalism students and freelance photographers of 24 years and under. It will be judged by our Patron Don McCullin and Trustees. Please follow us on twitter @ianparryscholar for more updates

The Ian Parry Scholarship deadline is 7th July 2014. Recently graduated Degree MA/ MFA graduates should also apply. Please forward this email to your 2013 / 2014 students for an exciting opportunity to work with us during this special year, our 25th Anniversary year.

We have increased the prize to £3,500 for the winner and camera equipment from Canon. Two finalists receive £500 each. Save The Children offers an international paid commission to one of the finalists. A selection of the winning images will be published in the Sunday Times magazine Spectrum and exhibited in London, also appearing in a special catalogue being prepared to mark our 25th Anniversary.

Please see our attached application form, press release & poster and visit www.ianparry.org for our latest news from our past winners like Marcus Bleasdale/VII, Jonas Bendkisen/Magnum, Simon Roberts and Leonie Hampton.

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Ian Parry scholarship PRESS-RELEASE 2014

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DPI Alumni Update: Mathew Kristall

Mathew Kristall Studio is happy to share 3 new projects 1. Now and Then 2. Une fille, un style 3. Brooklyn’s Finest. Click though for the full gallery.

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‘It Happened In Monterey’

Exclusive Opening with Professor Emeritus Elaine Mayes at the Mr. Musichead Gallery.

“A Hollywood premier exhibit featuring 40 rare images by renowned photographer, Elaine Mayes, who was on the scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 to capture ‘modern rock’s defining moment’.”

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Read more here.

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