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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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Opening Tonight: ‘Fixed Variable’ at Hauser & Wirth Curated by DPI Alum Yuta Nakajima


DPI Alum Yuta Nakajima has co-curated a show with Madeline Warren titled ‘Fixed Variable.’ The show opens tonight at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea from 6-8pm.

‘Fixed Variable’ looks at the work of eight artists who explore the tension between the photograph and the object, in light of the new and complex ways that we experience images in contemporary visual culture: mediated by the computer, corrupted by Photoshop, unnoticed and ingrained in the urban landscape.

Through process and play, these artists confront the reductive definition of the photograph as a truth-telling, two-dimensional document. The image is intervened with and acted upon, be it with Photoshop, poured concrete, or a simple crease. (hauserwirth.com)

The show was also mentioned in a piece covering this and the other show at H&W, ‘The Photographic Object, 1970’ a reprise from MOMA.

27 June – 25 July 2014

Hauser & Wirth, 18th Street, New York

Opening reception: Friday 27 June 2014, 6 – 8 pm

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Update from DPI Alum Sophie Lvoff

This comes through from DPI Alum Sophie Lvoff


O’Keefe Avenue, 2013

Sophie T Lvoff Studio

Hello, how are you, I have some news I’d like to share with you:

I’m honored to announce my inclusion in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” curated by Franklin Sirmans, opening in New Orleans on October 25, 2014. Please come down and see!

I’m currently in residence at The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida where I have been photographing and enjoying long walks on the beach among the sea turtle nests & grouper (sandwiches).

If you’re in New Orleans on June 14, make sure you come to “Ca$h & Carry” at Good Children Gallery. It’s our benefit exhibition, featuring gallery members and invited artists selling artwork for $50, to go towards operation costs of GCG and future publications. Opening reception June 14, 6-10pm, on view through July 6. 4037 St. Claude Avenue, hours of operation: Sat & Sun 12-5 and by appointment.

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Exhibition by DPI Alum Diane Meyer


DPI alum Diane Meyer is featured in the exhibition ‘The Embroidered Image’ at Robert Mann Gallery in Chelsea. The show runs from May 29 through August 15.

Diane Meyer received her BFA @ P&I in 1999 and her MFA from UCSD in 2002. She is the recipient of the International Fellowship Award from Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA and the Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles.

A description of the show from the website:

The photograph today is increasingly distanced from the handmade. With the proliferation of digitalization, seamless Photoshop retouching, and quick laser printing, pictures now more than ever are a product of the mind and the machine. In tandem, the photograph has become eminently reproducible. Yellowing silver prints and one-shot polaroids, once keepsakes saved in shoe boxes or pinned on walls, have been all but negated by online photo streams and jpegs from our iPhones.

Yet a group of intrepid artists are working to reclaim the photograph as a unique and handmade object, through an entirely unexpected medium: embroidery. …Diane Meyer’s thick needlepoint panels mimic pixellation in her images of the stark Berlin cityscape, blurring the built environment to comment on fading memories of its history…

More at Robert Mann

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DPI Alum Dana Michelle Hemes in MFA Exhibition in Chelsea

hemesJune 5th is the Montclair State MFA thesis show opening.  Dana Michelle Hemes has been attending this intensive 2-year program,  working on “transforming her practice to more fully understand interspecies interactions.”  The opening will start at 6pm at MagnanMetz gallery on 26th street between 10th and 11th, with drinks to follow at a nearby bar should any of you be interested.
Full event details over at the Facebook Event.
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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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Opening Soon: Wafaa Bilal ‘The Ashes Series’


Opening reception: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6-8PM

Opening at Driscoll Babcock Galleries, ‘The Ashes Series’ by DPI faculty member Wafaa Bilal features ten photographs and a durational performance piece. ‘The Ashes Series’ photographs show “handmade models which he based on a collection of mass-syndicated images documenting the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom.” In the performance piece ‘Erasing’ the artist ritually selects a square to be cut and removed from a photographic image of Saddam Hussein’s destroyed palace. He then archives the squares as if they were dissected specimens.”

For more details click through to the Driscoll Babcock Galleries site.



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NYU’s Third Annual Gallery Crawl


The following invite comes along from NYU’s Grey Art Gallery:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4:45–8:00 pm

To spark interest in the many gallery and exhibition spaces on the NYU campus, the Grey Art Gallery’s Student Friends Committee has planned and will host the third Spring Arts Festival, a walking tour (with free map/guide) of six departmental and independent galleries affiliated with NYU.

Free of charge and open to the public, no reservations necessary, photo ID required for entrance to
NYU buildings. Participants are welcome to join and leave the tour at any time.
Facebook event.


4:45–5:15 pm
Barney Building Galleries at Steinhardt
34 Stuyvesant Street

Tisch Photography & Imaging Department Galleries
719–721 Broadway

5:45–6:00 pm
80 WSE Gallery
80 Washington Square East

6:05–6:20 pm
Fales Library
Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor

6:25–6:35 pm
Kimmel Windows
LaGuardia Place between Washington Square South and West 3rd Street

6:40–6:55 pm
Grey Art Gallery
100 Washington Square East

7:00–8:00 pm
Reception at A/P/A Institute Gallery
8 Washington Mews

We hope you will join us for this fantastic event!
Come see some great exhibitions and appreciate all NYU’s gallery spaces have to offer!

For more information, email greyartgallery@nyu.edu

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‘A Frayed Knot’ in LA featuring DPI alum David Gilbert (’04)


DPI alum David Gilbert will be part of a three-person show at Jancar Jones gallery in LA opening Saturday January 11th.

In his work for the show, Gilbert continues his ongoing exploration of framing by surrounding a large, black-and-white photograph with small, colorful objects from his studio. By tacking these physical objects to the wall he brings his process and workspace into the gallery while simultaneously creating clearly defined boundaries. These spatial concerns are elaborated in a related piece, in which photographs of the small objects are printed on a pair of white fabric curtains affixed to the gallery’s windows. Neither distinctly a photograph nor a sculpture, the work registers its uncertain relationship to interior design, to photography, and to the windows themselves.

 The rest of the press release can be seen at Jancar Jones’ website.

Stop by and show your alumni love.

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Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College


Join DPI chair Deborah Willis, as she kicks off this one-day symposium focused on the work of Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980), in conjunction with Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, currently on display at NYU’s 80WSE Galleries. (See links at the bottom of this post for details and registration).

Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013
9:00am – 4:30pm

Presenters will include art historians, curators, and other leading scholars together exploring Hale Woodruff’s art and its significance.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, NYC
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m – continental breakfast will be provided

Details here. Register here.

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