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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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What’s New at the Cage for Fall 2014!


Hello and welcome back! We have some very exciting new equipment her at the DPI cage. Browse the equipment and check out the specs after the jump >>>.

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Alumnus Elizabeth Moran featured on NY Times Lens Blog

Exploring the Photographic Spirit by David Gonzalez, NY TIMES Lens Blog

An amazing little camera caught Elizabeth Moran’s attention at a family reunion. It was as tiny as a spy camera, cartoonishly so.

And her aunt said it photographed ghosts.

“My aunt had learned about it from this ghost-hunting group she and my uncle had started working with,” Ms. Moran recalled. “They said ghosts were not as sensitive to this camera because it was tiny.”

The whole ghost thing was not exactly alien territory for Ms. Moran and her relatives. She had been fascinated since childhood by her mother’s tales about growing up in an old Memphis farmhouse where footsteps were heard each night going from the basement to the second-floor bedrooms. When her Aunt Sue, who married her Uncle George, said they were going to start investigating the family’s old house — using that tiny camera and other contraptions — Ms. Moran was hooked.

“We grew up with stories about this house,” she said. “It wasn’t a big leap. It wasn’t anything they were ashamed to tell us about. They just wanted to try and research things that may have been behind what happened at the house where my mother and her siblings grew up.”

The result is “Record of Cherry Road,” a series that looks at a possibly haunted house, as well as other, more symbolic, family ghosts. An exhibit of the images will be at New York University later this year. [continue reading]

Elizabeth Moran received in her BFA at Tisch in 2007 and MFA in 2013 and MA in Visual and Critical Studies in 2014 at California College of the Arts. She was the department’s recipient of the 2013 Tierney Fellowship, a 10 year program supporting emerging artists in photography. An exhibition of this project will be on view in our Gulf and Western Lobby Gallery December 4, 2014 – January 17, 2015. A selection of the work will also be on view in the Tierney Fellowship exhibition at Photoville in September 2014.

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2014 Senior Portfolio Review

May 13 was DPI’s second annual Senior Portfolio Review where 25 graduating seniors met with 20 reviewers ranging from curators, photo editors to commercial agents. Thank you to our reviewers for their time, generosity, and insight:

  • Marcia Allert, photo editor, Daily Beast, (alumnus)
  • Sam Barzilay, curator, creative director, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Phil Bicker, photo editor, TIME magazine
  • Jacqueline Bovaird, Commercial Agent, (alumnus)
  • Whitney Boyd, photo editor. New York Times Lens Blog
  • Isolde Brielmaier, independent curator
  • Mia Diehl, photo editor, Fortune, (alumnus)
  • Marvin Heiferman, independent curator and writer
  • Rujeko Hockley, curator, Brooklyn Museum
  • Whitney Johnson, photo editor, New Yorker
  • Peter Kayafas, book publisher, artist, Eakins Press
  • Paula Kupfer, Managing editor, Aperture
  • Jennifer Miller, photo editor, Traveler Magazine (alumnus)
  • Sophie Morner, magazine editor and gallerist, Capricious, (alumnus)
  • Emma Raynes, Magnum Foundation
  • Kay Reichart, commercial agent, Creative Circle
  • Laura Roumanos, Arts Producer, United Photo Industries/Photoville
  • Jeffrey Henson Scales, photo editor, New York Times, Sunday Review, OpinionSection, BookReview, The Year In Pictures
  • Sam Shahid, Creative Director, Shadid & Company
  • Julie Saul, gallery dealer, Julie Saul Gallery

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Congratulations DPI Class of 2014!!

NYU held its all-school commencement ceremony today and a big congratulations goes out to all of our DPI graduates. Tuesday May 20th we held our in-house reception. Below is a gallery of snaps from that event. Enjoy!

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DPI Alum Richard Renaldi Visits Large Format


DPI Alum Rich Renaldi came to visit Tom’s Large Format class this week. Rich discussed his new book and exhibition ‘Touching Strangers’ and his new show at Bonni Benrubi and hammed it up with the rest of the Large Format.

Rich Renaldi and LF class 4-2014

Richard Renaldi and TD small

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DPI Faculty Interviews

DPI faculty member Mark Jenkinson, with lots of help from DPI senior George Brooks, filmed a number interviews with faculty here that will be posted in the coming weeks. Here’s a teaser of set photos and stay tuned for the real videos.

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‘New York in Tokyo Eyes’ by DPI alum Hiroyuki Ito


The Wall Street Journal has published a slide show  by DPI Alum Hiro Ito (’97). The work is comprised of a series of diptychs and goes very nicely with the work that is still on exhibition here at Tisch at 721 Broadway in the Gulf + Wester Gallery until November 16th. If you haven’t seen it yet please drop by.

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No Longer Empty – Sonia Louise Davis

Department staff-member Sonia Louise Davis is included in a new group show, “Through the Parlor.” Presented by No Longer Empty in a former beauty salon in Chinatown, the exhibition opens this Friday, November 8th. According to their website, No Longer Empty’s mission is to “widen and deepen the public engagement with contemporary art, to promote the work of experimental and socially-conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art.”

Through the Parlor
24 Rutgers Street (between Henry and Madison)
November 8 – December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 8, 6 – 8pm


For more information about the NLE Curatorial Lab, click here.

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