VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES: ETO OTITIGBE
This fall we were incredibly fortunate to have artist Eto Otitigbe join our faculty!
Please join us Monday, December 3 from 1-2PM in the Library, Room 242, as he speaks about his work, his studio practice, and his professional career. Free and open to all!
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ON VIEW: November 29, 2018 – January 20, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: November 28, 2018 | 7-9PM
CURATED BY: Jenny Gerow
Gymnasia is an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Rose Nestler in the Project Room of BRIC House. The exhibition includes Nestler’s oversized textile reinterpretations of ancient prize amphorae and a multi-channel video installation that places costumed dancers, gymnasts and wrestlers amidst large scale fabric trophies moving to the sound of a hypnotic and syncopated chorus of commentators.
The works included in this show pull from the iconography and structures of the ancient Greco-Roman Gymnasium, while also utilizing the familiar aesthetics and materials of contemporary sportswear. Gymnasia presents an investigation into the correlation between athleticism, spirituality, gender and power through illustrating sports, ceremonies and rewards that sustain the oppressive regime of toxic masculinity within American culture.
As a project based, interdisciplinary artist, Rose Nestler uses fabric as a sculptural material because it is linked to clothing — our second skin, further illuminating how clothing can denote power and profession. Video allows her to activate her sculptures, documenting a physical experience with the objects she creates. She often adapts ancient subject matter with contemporary materials and reimagines iconic patriarchal institutions as feminine spaces, chipping away at the entanglement of gender and history.
Project Collaborators: Dancers: Meghan Herzfeld, Emma Lutz-Higgens, Joanna Warren, Justin Faircloth, and Clara Wiest. Wrestlers: Leonard Reibstein and Vincent Vitadamo. Director of Photography: Robin Stein. Chorus members: Zahar Vaks, Jaffia Royes, Emily Melander, Marcia Hopson, Kristen Racaniello, and Adam Rennick.
Rose Nestler is a 2017-18 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.
Rose Nestler received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 2017. She has exhibited at a variety of galleries including, Thierry Goldberg, CRUSH Curatorial, and CUCHIFRITOS, all in NY; Ortega y Gasset Projects, Underdonk, and Smack Mellon, all in Brooklyn; and University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery. Rose has been an artist-in-residence at Lighthouse Works, Chashama Workspace Program, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Byrdcliffe Artists Colony.
The Project Room, located adjacent to the Gallery in BRIC House is an added resource for video work, BRIC’s emerging curator program, small-scale exhibitions and experimental curatorial projects.Read More »
HOW HAS THE SELFIE EVOLVED? THIS NEW PORTRAIT GALLERY EXHIBITION CHARTS ITS RISE, FROM 1900.
” “Eye to I” is the final exhibition of the ones mounted to mark the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary. Most of the previous exhibitions have featured people who aren’t usually noticed by official portrait galleries: slaves, workers, lynching victims and even those literally invisible to history — represented by the images in another 50th-anniversary show, “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light.”
This show is more traditional, in the sense that many of its subjects are well known and, in some cases, expected. (How could there not be, for example, an Andy Warhol?) Yet some of the 77 artworks, nearly all of them from the museum’s collection, are of less-celebrated figures. The selections are noteworthy for their artfulness, but also for how they illustrate our shifting ideas of self-image.”
” Patricia Cronin’s bronze sculpture of herself and her spouse, Deborah Kass, is both traditional and contemporary. The original is meant for the couple’s gravesite and is modeled after Victorian-era funerary art. But it depicts the women in nude embrace, sensuous and seemingly very much alive.
Bronze outlasts flesh, but the goal of any portrait is to preserve. The body withers while the image endures — if properly backed up on a flash drive, of course.”
Read a full article by Mark Jenkins:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/how-has-the-selfie-evolved-this-new-portrait-gallery-exhibition-charts-its-rise-from-1900/2018/11/14/7f6287e8-e385-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?utm_term=.7790eb98e367Read More »
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Taking A Millennial Approach at Brooklyn College’s MFA Spring 2018 Thesis Show
Featuring 13 artists, this MFA exhibition is a more intimate affair than the others I’ve seen, and much of the work unapologetically indulges in pop culture commentary, dating apps, and the guy in the White House.
By Zachary Small
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If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash
Brooklyn College MFA 2018 Thesis Exhibition
May 25 – June 3, 2018
Curated by Sara Shaoul
Thursday, May 24, 6 to 8 PM
Featuring William J. Simmons, Yasmin Ramirez, Ph.D & Jane Ursula Harris
Friday, June 1, 6 to 8 PM
The Department of Art at Brooklyn College CUNY and 601 Artspace is pleased to present the 2018 MFA Candidates’ Thesis Exhibition.
“Poetry is just the evidence of life” noted the late, great Leonard Cohen. “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” The artists of the 2018 Brooklyn College MFA thesis group recalled this sentiment to me because their work feels, overwhelming and consistently, like a form of proof. Proof of complex personal narratives, proof of the deeply flawed world we inhabit, proof of the theoretical, conceptual and political beliefs that motivate their work. The artists in this show offer poetic evidence that their claims are true. And in doing so, they prove that the lives of artists are not footnotes to be relegated to the background or basement of artwork. They are its source.
In her book “Hold it Against Me” theorist Jennifer Doyle describes a pressing need for a new language of contemporary art criticism that can effectively discuss work that is emotional, difficult, personal: work that deals with feeling and affect, work that sometimes turns the viewer into a witness or participant. Doyle points out that such a sea change would not only underscore that identity and emotion are inextricably linked, but would challenge the art historical canon to acknowledge a “broader spectrum of viewers seeking a wider range of experiences than those recognized by traditional articulations of that discipline.” The Brooklyn College thesis class openly and unapologetically mine their life experiences to make art, offering up their personal histories and challenges, acknowledging the influence of their day jobs, laying bare their spiritual and material explorations. They collectively embrace the sincere, the emotional, the challenging, the difficult.”
– Sara Shaoul, Curator and Gallery Director at 601 Artspace
Featured artists are Lexi Campbell, Megan Cavanaugh, Madeline Donahue, Joshua Gabriel, Celie Gruber, Helena Halvarsson Hagg, Megan Heckmann, Tom Hemmerick, Elizabeth Insogna, Georgie Flores Mendéz, Eliza Moore, Samantha Rivera and Olivia Taylor.
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Eto Otitigbe’s interdisciplinary practice investigates the intersections of race, power, and technology. With history as the foundation of his creative exploration, the artist sets alternative narratives into motion. Through this, he also creates spaces for people to experience a unique mixture of concepts.Otitigbe has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial organized by the Bronx Museum and Wave Hill. He is a former artist-in-residence at The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Otitigbe is currently working with Howeler and Yoon Architecture to design a memorial to enslaved laborers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Otitigbe recently completed a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., where he investigated the connection between the Urhobo language of Southwestern Nigeria and objects from the museum’s collection. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS) and Stanford University (MS) and earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the TransArt Institute. Otitigbe, who is of Urhobo descent, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where he serves as Assistant Professor in the Art Department of Brooklyn College.Read More »