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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 @beyonce.com



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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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Deborah Willis interviews Wangechi Mutu

BOMB Magazine — Wangechi Mutu by Deborah Willis.BOMB Magazine — Wangechi Mutu by Deborah Willis

From the introduction by Deborah Willis to her interview with Wangechi Muti at her studio:

Wangechi Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972.  Mutu’s work explores the interplay between “the real” and fiction, combining ideas found in literature, history, and fables to examine female identity and women’s roles throughout history. She has made sketches and created collages and video about the female body since her days at Cooper Union. In my view, allegory is central to her work and is made apparent through the use of collage, and fragmented or constructed imagery. The complexity of her layering of objects, mark-making, and collage  is achieved through her use of translucent materials, photography, and drawing. She also works with performance, a central component of her video installations. For some 15 years now, I have had the distinct pleasure of seeing Mutu pose for the camera for other artists. As I’ve followed Mutu over the years, I have had opportunities to see her work in museums here in New York City, in Toronto, and in galleries in cites both large and small. I love watching people engage and question as they view her work. My own writing and artwork also focuses on the black female body, and I am intrigued by the way Mutu manages to successfully focus her vision on sexuality, desire, and colonialism—while also incorporating girl culture, as well as popular and art historical references. She keeps her viewers engaged as she delves into and visually illuminates universal stories about ritual and myth. In this oral history, I hope to introduce new readings of how her work is viewed, consumed, collected, appreciated, and critiqued. [read interview]

Wangechi Muti website

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Alumni Guest Lecture 11-26-13




@ 4:45 pm, room 843



Janna Ireland received her BFA from DPI in 2007 and her MFA from UCLA in 2013. She will be speaking in Lorie Novak’s Multimedia Class about her recent photographic projects, blogging, and life after getting a BFA. All invited.

see www.jannaireland.com for more info

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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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Interview with Elaine Mayes

GYÖRGY LÁSZLÓ, on his blog L1GHTB1TES, has a great interview with Elaine Mayes discussing her ‘Autolandscapes’ series. She covers a wide range topics including spontaneity, the passage of time and new camera technology. Here’s a taste:

I chose digital for practical reasons. The world changed, and I needed to change with it. I did not decide to minimise blur, but I found that my digital camera when set on automatic can render a sharper image because it uses faster shutter speeds. I learn with every effort, and I try always to keep learning. I wish the world had stayed the same, but life in fact is about change, and the cultural changes that I don’t much like are the way it is. I feel it is important to go with the flow, to embrace what is necessary in our changing culture.

Head over L1GHTB1TES for the full interview and more photos.


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Elaine Mayes @ the TIME Lightbox Blog


Autolandscapes of the American Road

TIME magazine LightBox

…As one of the very first women teachers of photography who learned her craft primarily in art school, Mayes has influenced generations of photographers while quietly, steadily and tenaciously pursuing her own vision as a creative artist. This summer, Mayes’ work from her seminal Autolandscapes series will go on display through January 2014 at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, alongside work by Steve Fitch and Robbert Flick.
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Fantastic slideshow of images by Professor Emeritus Elaine Mayes accompanies an article written by the photo editor of LIFE.com, Liz Ronk. Liz is alumnus of our program who went on to get her MFA at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.


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‘Expand Your Seeing’ a workshop in Southern Oregon w/ Elaine Mayes

DPI Professor Emerita Elaine Mayes, along with photographers Jeff Jacobson and Carla Shapiro are conducting a photographic workshop this August. Below is the descriptions and details.

Register for this exciting workshop before May 31:  Expand Your Seeing, Improve your photographic vision and explore the southern Oregon coast with three very different and exceptional professional photographers (August 3rd – 10th).

Jeff Jacobson, Carla Shapiro and Elaine Mayes… Three Good Friends who are accomplished teachers and artists.

To learn more, read further and register follow here >>

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Create Change: Sonia Louise Davis

The Laundromat Project – Create Change Alumni Interview: Sonia Louise Davis.

By day, Sonia Louise Davis sits at our front desk taking care of all aspects of the department. This is only a small part of what she does in her life. Read this great interview with her on The Laundromat  Project blog where you can also see some of her art work. You can also check out her website.

Sonia was a 2011 Create Change Professional Development Fellow at the Laundromat Project,  a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to the well-being of people of color living on low incomes. They bring art programs to where our neighbors already are: the local laundromat. The Create Change Professional Development Fellows participate in monthly discussions and workshops designed to help artists deepen their approach to having a socially-engaged creative practice. 


If you roam around the Laundromat Project blog, you’ll also see an interview with Program Director, Petruska Bazin Larsen, who happens to be a DPI alum.

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