Two DPI Alumni chosen for 2015 PDN 30 under 30

Congratulations to DPI alumni Sara Macel (BFA 2003) and Jonno Rattman (BFA 2014), two of PDN’s 30 under 30 New and Emerging Photographer’s to Watch.

Sara Macel

Jonno Rattman

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DPI Professor Wafaa Bilal to Show at the Venice Biennale and More!



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)

Bilal_LOVELY_PINK_ARES_GOD_OF_WAR3Images: top via Lawrie Shabibi, bottom via Driscoll Babcock

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Chair Deborah Willis interviewed on NPR

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.

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De Blasio Nominates Alum Hank Willis Thomas to Public Design Commission

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.

Hank Willis Thomas



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Now on View: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show One

melia snodgrass

Now on View: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show One

The first 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 Thursday, February 5th, 2015. It will remain on view at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts through March 11th, 2015.

Details and a preview gallery after the jump!

Stay tuned for images of the opening and install shots.

Image by Melia Snodgrass.

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Alumni Update: Mid January 2015

Here’s your one-stop shop for the new work, projects, events and exhibitions being done by our DPI alums.

• TONIGHT! Linzi Silverman (’10): If you are free tonight Thursday, January 15, please come join the Brooklyn Collage Collective and Linzi at Sugarlift in Bushwick (200 Morgan Ave, BK) between 7pm-10pm for the CUT & PASTE show. There will be great art and good drinks.

• Ashley Valmere (’07) is participating in an exhibition at Stanford Art Gallery from January 13 to March 1. Ashley will have several large prints on the subject of man’s relationship and interaction with nature. Details.

Come April, another exhibition at Embark Gallery called “What Grows Here” will feature 5 of Ashley’s photos on the topic of the California drought. The show runs from April 10 to May 10, 2015. Details.

• Alexandra Diracles (’07) and Vidcode will be launching their stop motion movie making kit this coming March at SXSW EDU! (March 9 – 12, 2015) Come check out the display at the Playground if you are going to be in Austin during the festival. Details.

In April, Vidcode will be hosting a Teen Girl Hack Day. It’s going to be a truly unique hackathon! Think music videos, artists, cinematographers, interactive documentaries, and stop motion shorts throughout the weekend, all using code! Details.

Wyatt Gallery (’97) has an opening reception for his new work SUBTEXT, next Wednesday January 21st 6-8pm at Foley gallery at 59 Orchard Street in the LES. This is all new large-scale work and a new printing process for Wyatt that most people think are abstract paintings but are in fact photographs of what’s left behind when print advertisements are removed from their spots in NYC subway stations. Also on view at Foley Gallery are two works by the collaboration of Wyatt and DPI alum Hank Willis Thomas.

• Margeaux Walter (’06), working with ’14×48′, an art organization that re-purposes advertising billboards for public art works, has a piece that plays with the WWII phrase “Keep Calm, Carry On.” Margeaux’s piece is currently posted at Greenpoint Ave and 46th Street in Queens, NY, map.

Richard Renaldi (’90) shares his lifelong love of the color pink. Fellow DPI alum Susanne Shaheen writes about his recent work, not with 8×10 film but an iphone, exploring the “lush and cheerful” hue. Details.


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DPI Alum Rian Dundon (’03) Featured on Time Lightbox

Ed and Chris. Seaside, 2010.

Following on his latest book, Out Here, Vol. 1DPI alum Rian Dundon talks to Time Lightbox about photographing the changes he has discovered in Northern California since returning from a six year stint in China. Check out the slideshow and Rian’s essay about Northern California over at Lightbox.

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DPI Junior Nathaniel Langston Palmer (’16) on NYTimes


DPI Junior Nathaniel Langston Palmer (’16) has been shooting along with the filming of “The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dick, described by the NYTimes Carpetbagger blog as a “searing exploration of sexual crime on college campuses and institutional cover-ups.” One of Nathaniel’s photos accompanies this mention of the film in the Carpetbagger’s Sundance preview. Way to go Nate! Details here.

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Great Big Final Alumni Update for 2014


Wrapping up what has been a wonderful year for the DPI alumni community. Here is an exciting selection of current work:

Bonnie Briant designed two books  that were selected for the 27 photobooks that “defined 2014″ according to TIME’s photo editors and renowned photography experts. Details.

Sasha Arutyunova has a solo exhibiton of work that is part of a residency at the Center for Faith & Work. The series, ANTE MERIDIEM, features street photographs taken in New York City at dawn. Exhibition will remain on view until early 2015, date TBD. On view: W83 Ministry Center, 150 W 83rd St., Sanctuary New York, NY

Mathew Kristall had great editorial work in Vogue, T Magazine, W Magazine, and Vogue Paris.

Sarah Kehoe was in conversation with APA at the Apple Store in Soho. She shared insights on her creative process and working with a crew.  Details.

Margeaux Walter’s has an installation as part of  The Hunter College MFA thesis show composed of items from the IKEA catalogue and appear to be a deconstruction of our everyday lives as commercialized beings. The photos and videos range from the abstract to the literal to the humorous. The Hunter MFA Thesis show is on view until Dec. 27th and by appointment through Jan. 4th. 205 HUDSON STREET GALLERY Hunter College MFA Campus, New York, NY 10013. Details. Read a review of the project at the blog Tonight at Dawn.

Tamara Porras‘ exhbition ‘Insatiate is presented by En Foco’s Touring Gallery. ‘Insatiate’ explores the cognitive dissonance between social norms of eating and my inner relationship with food consumption. On view: December 6, 2014 – January 30, 2015.  Artist Talk and Reception on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3-4pm. Details and Facebook Event. Riverside NYPL, 127 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023.

Lili Holzer-Glier photographs of the Art Basel scene in Miami were featured in Vogue Magazine.

Emily Shur self published a book: Playground. Details.

Monique Jaques shot photos for ‘High Heels and Hijabs: In Indonesia, an Islamic Answer to Beauty Pageants” for Al Jazeera America. Details.

Alex Q. Arbuckle has been shooting the many civil rights protest in recent weeks, his photos from the Millions March are featured at Vogue. Slidehow.

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Checking in with DPI Seniors at the Final Crit for Fall 2014

Tuesday was an exciting day for DPI Seniors (’15), they showed the final edits of their projects, getting the chance to relax and reflect.

Check out the photos from the final crit below:

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Senior Thesis Show 1 will be on view at 721 Broadway, opening February 5, 2015 and on view until March 12, 2015. Opening reception: February 5th at 6pm. 721 Broadway.


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