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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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Hank Willis Thomas – Unbranded

ALUM Hank Willis Thomas current NYC exhibition, Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015,  at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea closes tomorrow May 23. It has gotten a huge amount of press which we have excerpted and linked to below.

The essays from the excellent exhibition catalog are online at Africanah

[excerpt from The truth about adverts: selling the White Woman in The Guardian]

Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”

Chained to perfection, 1965/2015. Photograph courtesy Hank Willis Thomas and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Chained to perfection, 1965/2015. courtesy HWT & Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

His latest exhibition is Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015, in New York. It follows Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968-2000, his 2007 exhibition that surveyed the branding of blackness. A Century of White Women examines how advertising has helped construct gender ideals over the last 100 years. If racism is the most successful advertising campaign of all time, then sexism, as the work illustrates, isn’t far behind.

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More Press

You don’t have to try so hard!, 1958. Artist Hank Willis Thomas and NPR’s Linda Wertheimer used this “unbranded” ad from 1958 — with a man mischievously smiling as a woman laps up beer — as an example of the growing sexualization of women in ads from the late ’50s.

Interview on NPR

 HyperallericThe Unchanging Portrayal of White Women in 100 years of advertisements

Brooklyn Rail: Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Allie Biswas

HANK WILLIS THOMAS, an essay by Shelley Rice

ForbesHank Willis Thomas reveals truths about women in advertising

IJ Review

NY Magazine

Musee Magazine

Town and Country Magazine

Huffington Post

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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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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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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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Opening this Week! Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two

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Opening this Week: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two

The second 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 this Thursday, March 26th, 2015. It will remain on view at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts through April 25th, 2015.

See details and a preview gallery of Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show Two after the jump.

Also, read the great Washington Square News writeup.

Stay tuned for images of the opening and install shots.

Image by Rodrigo Cañedo-Gattegno.

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

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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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Now on View: Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015 Show One

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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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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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