Art History, which is devoted to the study of all the visual arts, is one of the broadest fields in the humanities. It is concerned not only with the nature of works of art -- their form, style, and content, but also with the social, political, and cultural circumstances that shape them.
Introductory level courses encourage a basic and lifelong understanding and appreciation of works of art. The rest of the curriculum offers a more advanced and specialized knowledge of art, which can lead to many kinds of careers, including teaching, museum administration and curating, business positions in galleries or auction houses, publishing, criticism, collection advising, and conservation, as well as creative careers in any medium. Students in many fields may also find that art history is relevant to their studies.
The department, fortunate in being located in New York City, one of the world's great art centers, takes full advantage of the rich resources of the city's museums and galleries.
Visual Arts Talks Calendar Fall 2016
All talks will be held on Monday nights at 7pm in the Louise McCagg Gallery (Diana 400). All are welcome to attend.
Monday September 19th: (Art + Community) with Camille Hoffman and Melissa Levin
CAMILLE HOFFMAN received her BFA in Community Arts and Painting from California College of the Arts in 2009, and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2015. Since 2006, she has worked as an arts educator, youth mentor, and program manager for organizations including the California College of the Arts Center for Art & Public Life, 826 National, the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jerome Project at Artspace New Haven. Hoffman’s exhibitions include; Music and Conversation: East of the Wallace Line at the Yale University Art Gallery, MASSIVAMENTE at Espai Cultural Biblioteca Azorín in Valencia, Spain, and La Fête à Colette at the Nuit Blanche arts festival in Paris, France. Hoffman currently lives and works in New York City.
MELISSA LEVIN joined LMCC in 2005 and is currently the Director of Cultural Programs. Throughout more than a decade working in the arts, she has been committed to innovative and holistic approaches to supporting artists and the creative process. Previous to LMCC, Melissa held positions at Andrea Rosen Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Artforum International Magazine. She has participated in panel discussions and served on juries at the National Endowment for the Arts, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, the Alliance of Artist Communities, Rhode Island School of Design, Baruch College, Lower East Side Print Shop, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; and lectured at the Drew University, University of Oregon in Eugene, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, New York University, Parsons: The New School for Design, and The Cleveland Institute of Art. As an independent curator and writer, Melissa has also worked with venues including MoMA PS1, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Culturehall.com, NurtureArt, Cuchifritos Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Taylor De Cordoba Gallery in Los Angeles. Melissa received her B.A. with honors in Visual Art and Art History from Barnard College.
Monday September 26th: Maria Nordman
MARIA NORDMAN is a GermanAmerican sculptor and conceptual artist. She became part of Southern California's Light and Space movement. Her art developed in the late 1960s from ephemeral recordings of sights and sounds around Los Angeles, with an idealistic desire to create democratic, accessible works. Based in Santa Monica, she became known in California for her lightfilled art installations. In the late 1980s, Nordman erected a small portable house at the 59th Street entrance to Central Park behind the William Tecumseh Sherman Statue, made of plain wood and equipped with seats.
In 1990 she first exhibited in New York, with Exhibition of “Permanent Transience” where she created a reflective experience using glass panels and stilllife objects in the Dia Center for the Arts. In 2011, Nordman's 1967 work “Filmroom: Smoke” was displayed as part of a retrospective of Los Angeles art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Nordman has exhibited at Documenta in Germany in 1977, 1982 and 1987. Her work has been shown at such institutions as the Stedelijk Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and MoMA PS1.
Monday October 3rd : Bob Nickas, 100 Paintings / 100 Years: 19152015
One painting per year, in chronological order, representing the span of a hundred years. Beginning with Malevich's Red Square, the talk ends with a furniture sculpture by John Armleder, borrowing Marcel Duchamp's Apoliniere Enameled and Norman Rockwell's Painting the Little House as its dual its imageannouncement, suggesting that painting is, and maybe has always been, an assisted readymade. There are some perverse choices, admittedly, and more than a few glaring omissions. After all, part of the intention of this talk is to reclaim history as written by each of us, as a means to both participate and to playfully interrupt narratives that are longstanding and no longer resistant to revision. As such, the selection was made in a personal, freeassociative way, spontaneously/intuitively accumulating one work after another, engaging with the idea of art history as a game of exquisite corpse—to examine the body in question, the body of painting. The audience will trace and imagine the narrative as the story unfolds, since its telling accounts for the various "rugs being pulled out from under" in the span of a hundred years' time: from the monochrome—which is not necessarily the refusal of an image—and the readymade, to the 1st world war, Dada and disfiguration, the Jazz age, antagonisms towards the market, the stock market crash of 1929, regionalism, degenerate art, Grandma Moses, visionaries, action painting, the optical unconscious, destruction in art, the painting as surrogate, schizophrenia and art's split personality, repetition and difference, strategies of parody and appropriation, the subject of time and collective memory: "time is thin around the cause and dense around the effect." Along the way Andrew Wyeth meets Patty Hearst—and that only brings us to 1975.
BOB NICKAS is a critic and independent curator based in New York. He has organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984, and earned a reputation for an individual style that transgresses the accepted. Nickas was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 200407, where his exhibitions included Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; and Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. He served on the team for the 2003 Biennale de Lyon, contributed a section to Aperto at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and collaborated with Cady Noland on her installation for Documenta IX in 1992.
His books include Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting, Theft Is Vision, Live Free or Die, Catalog Of the Exhibition and, most recently, The Dept. of Corrections. He is one of the authors of Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years In 200 Pivotal Artworks, and of No Problem: Cologne/New York 19841989. 30/130, a survey of his books, catalogs and 'zines—130 publications produced over the past 30 years—as well as records, editions and posters, was presented at White Columns in 2015.
Monday October 10th: Karin Schneider
*Karin Schneider’s exhibition “Situational Diagram” is currently on view at Dominique Levy Gallery through October 20, 2016
KARIN SCHNEIDER was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1970, and has lived in New York since the 1990s, working as an artist, filmmaker, teacher and writer. In 1997, she was the cofounder of Union Gaucha Productions (UGP), an artistrun, experimental film company designed to collaborate with people from different artistic disciplines. Schneider was also a founding member of Orchard gallery, a cooperatively organized exhibition and event space in New York’s Lower East Side. (2005 to 2008). In 2010, cofounded Cage to facilitate other kinds of social interactions. The object/subject relationship in her work is amplified towards the creation of a broader (social) architecture/system, producing sometimes, very abstract signs that are not necessarily visible anymore. Her works are in museum collections such as Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Art in Lodz, Poland; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires among others. She exhibited in numerous museums internationally such as Museum of Modern Art, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Centre D’art Contemporain, Bordeuax; The Barbican, London; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka among others.
Monday October 17th (Art + Immigration) with Maria De Los Angeles
MARIA DE LOS ANGELES is a New York City based artist whose work focuses on issues of migration, displacement, identity and otherness. She received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art (2015) and BFA in painting from Pratt Institute (2013).
Monday October 24th at 7pm (Art + Black lives Matter) with Suhaly BautistaCarolina and Kameelah Janan Rasheed
New Yorker by birth and AfroDominican by bloodline, SUHALY BAUTISTACAROLINA, otherwise known as, “The Earth Warrior,” is an artist, educator + community organizer. Her recent work explores themes of power, afrofuturism + memory.
Before joining the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) as the Director of Public Programs, Suhaly served as the first Engagement & Education Manager at the public art nonprofit Creative Time. She is the founder of the Afrofuturism book club, Black Magic and has worked in various capacities with organizations such as Artspace, FOKUS, The WallsOrtiz Gallery and The Brooklyn Children's Museum. In 2015, she was a panelist at ArtPrize7's "Reflecting the Times: Arts & Activism" alongside Dread Scott and Arts.Black. She is a 2016 alumna of CCCADI’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and a recent graduate of Columbia University's Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, "The Many Worlds of Black New York." Her photographic documents and writings have been published in Insight Magazine, United Nations’ International Museum of Women and Caribbean Vistas Journal. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at NYU and La Casa Azul Bookstore. As of 2016, she is also a Weeksville Ambassador and Summer Arts Residency Fellow Scholarship recipient. Suhaly earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.” She is living and loving in Brooklyn, New York.
KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College.
She has exhibited her work at Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, TOPAZ Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, etc.
Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014), The Center for Book Arts Residency (2013), The Laundromat Project Fellow (2013), Visual Artist Network Exhibition Residency (2013), Visual Artist Network Community Fund Expansion Grantee (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency Juror (2013), STEP UP Emerging Artist Awardee (2012) and Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012).
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