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Round up: BLACK PORTRAITURE{S} II

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The ‘BLACK PORTRAITURE{S} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories’ conference took place earlier this summer at Villa La Pietra, home of the NYU Florence program. This was the 6th conference in 6 years organized in large part by DPI Chair Deborah Willis, exploring perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. The conference was hugely successful with more than 580 people in attendance including New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray.

Hat tip to DPI administrators Edgar Castillo, Brandy Dyess, Patricia McKelvin, Abi Roucka for their hard work on the front, middle and backend of this endeavor. Other DPI community members in attendance included Dean Allyson Green, Shelley Rice, Ulrich Baer, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Zalika Abdul-Azim, Claudia Mann, Nicole Motta, Kalia Brooks, Hank Willis Thomas and former DPI admin M. Liz Andrews.

Click through for more details, videos of the presentations and performances, and for links to photos and discussions inspired by and included in BLACK PORTRAITURE{S} II >>>

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Image by Deborah Willis

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DPI Chair Deborah Willis Featured on HuffPo

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Following on the heels of “Black Portraiture{s} II, Imaging The Black Body and Re-Staging Histories” at NYU Florence, the Huffington Post’s Jacqueline Bishop has written up an informative essay and interview with DPI Chair Deb Willis. In the post the two discuss a wide range of topics from the aforementioned event in Florence to Deb’s influences growing up, bad teachers and the dedication it takes to make it in the art world as a woman of color. Read the whole HuffPo article on Deb Willis here.

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Alumni Update: Wrapping up May 2015

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

• Damaso Reyes (’01) has his project ‘The Europeans’ written up in Art Link

• Kieran Kesner (’14) won a Webby award for Best Use of Photography, for his project ‘Eyewitness to Hell,’ photographs of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Kieran also has “Steps of Glory: The 12-hour endurance test to honor U.S. soldiers” up on Mashable.

• Jonno Rattman (’14) had a large gallery images accompanying an article on MSNBC.com about this year’s Preakness.

•  Cofounded by alum Alexandra Diracles (’07) , Vidcode has a new project that is free to play. “Draw on your video while learning about booleans!”

• Richard Renaldi (’90) has a wonderful travelogue from Burma in Condé Nast Traveler featuring stunning portraits in his classic style, with motifs of his “Touching Strangers“.

• Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel (’12) has cofounded, and is celebrating the grand opening of, Dimond Mine Arts in Oakland, CA. Dimond Mine Arts will feature workshops, classes, quality art supplies, and of course, art!

• Hank Willis Thomas (’98) was included in the NY Posts’s ‘7 hot NYC artists you need to know right now.’

• The collaborative and interactive project by faculty member Bayeté Ross Smith and alum Hank Willis Thomas, ‘Question Bridge,’ received the 2015 Infinity Award for New Media.

Fotografia Magazine interviewed Sara Macel (’03) about her book ‘May the Road Rise to Meet You.’

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Congratulations DPI 2015 Graduates!

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We recently said farewell to our most recent class of DPI graduates. DPI had a reception here on the 8th floor and graduates also celebrated at the Tisch Salute at Madison Square Garden. Here you can find a gallery of photos and snaps from those wonderful events. Bon voyage friends, write us often and come back to visit us soon! Click through for a gallery of our 2015 DPI graduation celebration!

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Final Critiques and Fun at DPI, Saying Goodbye to Spring ’15

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Final critiques took place this week at DPI. There was much work to see and many snacks to eat! Click through to enjoy a gallery DPI’s final critiques.

Above: Myles Golden with his project ‘Black Americana’

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Coming Around the Bend! DPI Alum Lili Holzer-Glier at the Kentucky Derby

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DPI alum Lili Holzer-Glier has two slideshows up at Vogue: an overview “The Kentucky Derby 2015 Draws a Record Crowd” and one that’s style-oriented, “Street Style from the 2015 Kentucky Derby Weekend

Image by Lili Holzer-Glier via vogue.com.

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Congrats to DPI Students Michael Beckert and 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.

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Alumni Update: April 2015

 

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.”

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DPI Student Tris Bucaro on Broadway.com with ‘Catch Me if You Can’

 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

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Now on View: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two

 

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

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