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Final Critiques and Fun at DPI, Saying Goodbye to Spring ’15

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Freshman, Myles Golden

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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DPI Student Tris Bucaro on Broadway.com with ‘Catch Me if You Can’

 Shout out to DPI Junior Tris Bucaro (instagram), who shot a great gallery of photos for broadway.com for an article on the return of the musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ to NYC. Check out Tris Bucaro’s Photos of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ here and see more photos the ‘Catch Me If You Can’ instagram feed.

Photos by: Tris Bucaro via broadway.com and @catchmenyc

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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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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]

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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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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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Checking in with DPI Alum Hank Willis Thomas

DPI alum Hank Willis Thomas (’98) has had a busy Fall, here are a few things he’s been involved in:

Hank gave a talk to 99U, in which he deconstructs the things we think make sense, “challenging our perceptions of identity, history, and symbols.” 99U is Behance’s effort to provide this “missing curriculum” for making ideas happen. Details Here.

Hank Willis Thomas was also at Art Basel, Miami showing his inflatable ‘Truth Booth” where visitors are invited in to finish the answer “The truth is…” Here is a writeup on the Miami installation from the New York Observer.

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Hank Willis Thomas with Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks, In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth), 2011.
(Photo: Courtesy Goodman Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, © Art Basel.)

Hank Willis Thomas is also currently participating in two group shows in New York City, one at Aperture Gallery titled ‘The Photographer’s Playspace’ and on view November 19, 2014–January 29, 2015, which includes 20 photographers responding to assignments from the Aperture book The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas. (Bonus! DPI  alum Aaron Schuman’s assignment in the book was responded to by Ron Jude. ). Details Here.

Hank Willis Thomas, Jet People, 2010, gouache acrylic on canvas. ©Hank Willis Thomas / Courtesy the Artist & Jack Shainman Gallery, NY

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Hank’s second NYC show is at The Studio Museum in Harlem: ‘Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art’, which “explores the ways contemporary artists use Ebony and Jet as a resource and as inspiration in their practices. ” Details here.

The exhibition was reviewed in Art News: “Power of the Press: Artists celebrate Ebony and Jet at the Studio Museum in Harlem.”

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DPI Alum Lili Holzer-Glier Looks Back at Sandy Damage with Photos Two Years Later

Dona Vickers and her daughter Donise huddle together to keep warm. Gas began leaking into their Far Rockaway rental after a large sinkhole opened directly in front of their house. The gas was turned off to their home and the Red Cross evacuated Dona and her children to an Econo Lodge in Ozone Park. After a weekend in the motel, the Red Cross returned the Vickers home. Their gas had not yet been turned on however because the boiler their landlord installed was not up to code. Until the landlord fixes the boiler, the Vickers must live without heat.

Dona Vickers and her daughter Donise huddle together to keep warm. Gas began leaking into their Far Rockaway rental after a large sinkhole opened directly in front of their house. The gas was turned off to their home and the Red Cross evacuated Dona and her children to an Econo Lodge in Ozone Park. After a weekend in the motel, the Red Cross returned the Vickers home. Their gas had not yet been turned on however because the boiler their landlord installed was not up to code. Until the landlord fixes the boiler, the Vickers must live without heat.

Vogue has featured DPI alum Lili Holzer-Glier with a slideshow of images that detail the ravages wreaked by Hurricane Sandy two years ago and still visible today.  Lili’s work about Sandy is also featured here at DPI  in a show called ‘Aftermath,’ along with ‘Migrantes’ by DPI professor Joseph Rodriguez. The photos can be seen here in person at 721 B’way and also in our previous blog post. Take a look!

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