Curated by New York University is currently holding senior student honors exhibitions from February 3 to March 6 at 80 Washington Square East. Candidates and undergraduate students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts studio together to showcase new exhibitions around campus.
There are a total of five exhibitions grouped under the title “Between / Beyond: Given Boundaries”, including “Universal in Personal”, “We Are Used to Hold Hands in a Corner”, “In Search of Bright Matter”, “Art of the In-Bedween ”and“ Make Space / Give Place, ”which are on display for five weeks in a row.
The exhibitions, which present a wide range of works that use both traditional and digital media, explore the collective relationships and divisions that exist in society. In addition, the exhibitions demonstrate the importance of the material for the finished work of art. For Steinhardt Sr. David Ma, a member of the collaboration, the exhibition is not only a deeper insight into his experience, but it also invites and welcomes the audience.
“Themes range from curses of generations, breaking the rules, finding out about ourselves in these troubled times and changing everything we know about the world.” Ma said. “We wanted to be more open, to let people come and show works that were more intimate and that they might also be relevant because it’s something of a universal experience, but it’s also an individual experience.”
Ma, an interdisciplinary artist, has exhibited paintings, videos and ceramics throughout his exhibition “Universal in Personal”. In his glazed ceramic work, Childhood Star, Ma explores the representation of family roles in East Asian families and emphasizes the intent of interactivity and sensitivity of sculpture.
“I created this piece so that the viewer could take off that mask and sit on a chair – these are two separate parts,” Ma said. “If you hold this really heavy mask and sit in this uncomfortable chair, you are forced to hide the manifestations of this comfort or any other inappropriate emotions. It should allow viewers to feel that role. ”
IFA curators combined the work of two students with similar interests before considering the election from their portfolio. Subsequently, curators and student artists had to come up with one specific theme together.
IFA first-year graduate student Alison Carey said that the artists she told about her ideas were very happy with the exhibition.
«I think it was a way to combine two very different practices under one theme, and I think all three of our hopes for space are that when viewers are there, they can reflect on what goes beyond our common vernacular or our usual regimes of identifying things, people or states of being, ”Kerry said.
Because much of Kerry’s previous curatorial experience involved working with great renowned artists, she said participating in a cohesive group of artists at New York University was a particularly rewarding experience.
“I learned a lot about the process and perspectives of artists, as well as how to truly work together and find a vision that brings in both artists and curators,” Kerry said. “As a curator, I can come and accept these ideas that they are trying to convey through their art, and help put them into a form or words that anyone will understand, whether or not they have experience in art history.”
Meanwhile, another group of Steinhardt and IFA students is working to create a virtual exhibition that will open on February 24. A virtual exhibition called “Retro / Intro” will complement personal exhibitions and focus on topics related to social injustice and pandemics. First-year graduate student Sofia Omer described the virtual exhibition as an opportunity to reflect on feedback and understand the personal ideas of artists.
“I always think you get the best ideas by working with different people, and we all have different areas of interest,” Omer said. “And it was very interesting – actually very useful for connecting our 10 artists.”
Because of the pandemic, most exhibitions over the past two years have been shown online. Omer believes that the use of digital platforms for viewing and art exhibitions benefits the community.
“The idea of curating work online may not seem so appealing because you want to do it in person and get in touch with people,” Omer said. “But I also feel that there are a lot of opportunities that are being supervised online, because the show will be available to everyone … I feel that an online exhibition is like a new way of creating, which is also very interesting to me.”
Although NYU’s curatorial collaboration places greater emphasis on interaction and relationships between students, faculty members of the Steinhardt studio’s art department also play an important role. They took the art of senior students and spent time developing strategies and discussing steps to successfully complete their work throughout the process.
“It’s such a wonderful experience to see an exhibition evolving from studio ideas to experiments in off-studio research and then the final project when it’s going to the gallery,” said Shadi Haruni, who heads the undergraduate art program at Steinhardt Studio. “It’s a privilege to be an art professor and work with young artists. This is something I know well as an artist. But it’s something that never ceases to be joyful and chaotic – it’s always very nice. “
The partnership between Steinhardt and IFA gives students the opportunity to actively participate and contribute ideas with faculty and colleagues in other schools.
“I think it’s an incredible model of how we can collaborate as well as support that collaboration,” Haruni said. “It is very unique in this program that every year the exhibitions are different, the spirit of the program is different, because it is determined by the students who enter it. But students are changing, even teachers are changing, employees are changing, but cooperation continues. ”
The personal exhibition open exclusively to the New York University community from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday through March 6.
Future art exhibitions of senior studios will take place later this semester at The Commons and Rosenberg Galleries, housed in the Barney Building at Stuyvesant St, 34.
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Jules Van Haver, Barbie Kim, Eva Sperling, Alison Carey, Maddie Shank, Andy Ho Tung Cheng, Elise Howell, Sophia Omer and Grace Oler.
David Ma, Caleb Williams, Sarah Goldman, Nina Moloy, Brock Riggins, Rhea Barwe, Delia Pelly-Walbert, Chris Weimir, Talia Dean, Ebony Carpenter, Isabella Crespo, Ari Kim, Melonie Knight, Isabella Curculis, Sophie U Amalia Mederios, Sonia Miklavcic, John Paivalias and Hannah Rothbard
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