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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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On View: Social in Practice Exhibition

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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, which will be on view at NYU Tisch Gulf + Western Gallery & 8th floor galleries from October 16th through November 29th, 2014. The featured projects, each addressing a specific social issue, span an array of mediums and represent artists’ initiatives around the world.

Pete Brook at reviewed the show at its debut venue, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, 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.

Event Date and Time:
October 16, 2014 – November 29th, 2014
Gallery hours are 9am-7pm weekdays, and noon to 5pm Saturdays.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 16th 6-8pm

Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor)
8th Floor Galleries @ DPI
721 Broadway @ Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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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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‘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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Migrantes and the Aftermath

A collaboration between adjunct professor Joseph Rodriguez and alumna Lili Holzer-Glier for FotoFocus Biennial 2014 in Cincinnati.


“Migrantes and Aftermath are two stories, two exhibitions about the remarkable strength of the displaced, the marginalized in America. But these two exhibitions are also a pairing, a dialogue between professor and former student. Both Migrantes and Aftermath represent the underrepresented, the nameless, and the invisible at the center of the debates surrounding the immigration fracas and disaster response. The hope of both projects is to make the Goliaths that are immigration and natural disasters, both specific and, importantly, human. In Migrantes, a project that spanned more than a decade, between 1995 and 2006, photographer Joseph Rodriguez challenges the idea of the interchangeable Mexican worker, an insidious archetype in American culture.”

Read more here.

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Laundromat Project Create Change – Apply!

Laundry Room, photo by @studiomuseum

Interested in Arts and Social Justice? Want to build community with like-minded practitioners and non-artists alike? Are you powered by compassion, hoping to amplify existing creativity in your neighborhood?

The Laundromat Project is currently accepting applications for Create Change 2014!

Application deadline: Monday, March 3rd.
Click here for information about the Fellowship and the Residency.

Create Change Fellows attend training workshops and collaborate on a community-based project at the end of the fellowship cycle. Create Change Residents are artists of color who mount a project in one of three anchor neighborhoods: Harlem, Bed Stuy or Hunts Point/Longwood. Residents are given a $5000 honorarium and up to $1500 in production funds.

I was a Fellow in 2011 and can personally attest to the strength of this growing non-profit, their commitment to artists and local communities, and the impact the program had on my work and career trajectory. A special shout out to DPI Alumna Petrushka Bazin Larsen, LP Program Manager and force to be reckoned with. Apply now!


photocredit: @studiomusem “we love our neighbors!” –

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Deb Willis @ Harvard

Art, Turned on its ear
by Corydon Ireland, Harvard Staff Writer
Harvard Gazette

Photographer, curator, and arts scholar Deborah Willis, who normally hangs her beret at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will be in residence at Harvard this semester.

Deborah Willis @ Harvard

Willis, the foremost U.S. historian of African-American photography, last Wednesday shared what she will explore this year as the inaugural Cohen Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She’ll focus on how modern photo and video artists are revisiting iconic Western images, and recasting them with jarring depictions of races typically left out of the iconic art of ages ago. [read more]


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Lorie Novak interview published in Photoworks Annual on ‘Family Politics’

Photoworks Annual

A conversation between DPI Faculty  Lorie Novak and Marianne Hirsch has been published in the first Photoworks Annual from Photoworks in Brighton, UK



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Envisioning Emancipation nominated for NAACP image award

Envisioning Emancipation

Deb Willis’ book Envisioning Emancipation has been nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award. Congratulations to Deb and Barbara. <read NYTimes review of the book>

NAACP Image Award Nominations – Outstanding literary work – nonfiction

    • “Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around the World” – Retha Powers (Little, Brown)
    • “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery” – Deborah Willis, Barbara Krauthamer (Temple University Press)
    • “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society” – Carl Hart (HarperCollins, Harper)
    • “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones” – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
    • “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” – Henry Louis Gates Jr., Donald Yacovone (SmileyBooks)

About the Award

Established in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

The NAACP has long been involved in the continuing struggle for greater participation by African Americans in the entertainment industry. This effort began in 1915 when the organization launched a nationwide protest against the showing of the movie “Birth of A Nation” by D. W. Griffith. The film set in the period immediately after the Civil War, depicted black people as savages and the reconstruction era as a period of corruption. It remains one of the most controversial films ever made. In response to the NAACP’s crusade against “Birth of A Nation,” independent black filmmakers, like the legendary Oscar Micheaux, defied stereotypes by creating movies that portrayed blacks in a positive light.

Awards will be announced February 22.

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