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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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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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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)

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Watch DPI Faculty Member Terry Boddie Speak About His Work

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In October DPI professor Terry Boddie (DPI ’89) spoke about his work as part of SVA’s i3 lecture series. Watch Terry speak along with slides of his work below:

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Photo Gallery: Celebrating Fred Ritchin’s Retirement from NYU

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Saturday night on the 8th floor of Tisch saw a wonderful celebration of the 23 years and countless inspiring ideas that DPI professor and associate chair (now adjunct professor) Fred Ritchin gave to NYU and DPI. We’re excited for Fred and his new position as Dean of the School at ICP. Click through to enjoy photos from the party and don’t miss the slideshow of images capturing Fred’s 23 years at DPI.

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Two Shows Now on View at DPI! ‘Social in Practice’ and ‘Migrantes & Aftermath’

We had a wonderful opening on October 16 for our two current shows (three really!). Social in Practice (details here) recently arrived from its exhibition at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the dual show ‘Migrantes’ by Joseph Rodriguez & ‘Aftermath’ by Lili Holzer-Glier (details here) are on view here at Tisch. Check out images from the reception as well shots of the exhibition. Enjoy and congratulations to the all artists. Exhibitions are on view until November 29. Click on an image to view a slideshow.

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DPI Professor Terry Boddie on African American and Caribbean Photography

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On Tuesday October 21st at 7pm, SVA presents a lecture by DPI professor Terry Boddie. From SVA:

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization. Boddie talks about his recent projects and how they intersect with the history of African American and Caribbean photography. His talk is part if the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features presentations by digital photographers, hardware and software developers and industry experts. Presented by MPS Digital Photography.

The event is free and open to the public. For details click here.

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DPI Professor Shelley Rice in Conversation at the Rubin Museum

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Tonight, October 15th at 7pm, at The Rubin Museum presents a conversation between photographer Mary Ellen Mark and DPI professor Shelley Rice on “the legacy of pioneering photographer Marc Riboud.” The event is presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition ‘Witness at a Crossroads Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia.’ From the Rubin:

Witness at a Crossroads chronicles French photographer Marc Riboud’s journeys across Asia during the mid-1950s and 60s, a period of great cultural and political transition in the region. More than one hundred arresting black-and-white photographs offer glimpses into everyday life in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, and Japan, illuminating tensions between tradition and post-war modernity.

Presented in association with the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Buy tickets and see more details here. Student standby tickets are available for $10.

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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 prisonphotography.org 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

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

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