Wednesday, December 6th
Main Library, Samuel and Bernice Gottlieb Room (Rm. 411)
Wednesday, December 6th
Main Library, Samuel and Bernice Gottlieb Room (Rm. 411)
Friday Oct. 27 6pm – 10pm
Saturday Oct. 28 12pm – 10pm
Tuesday Oct. 31 12:30 – 4pm
MICHAEL MALLORY, 1936-2017
After a battle with cancer, Michael Mallory died September 28. For more than half a century he was professor of renaissance and southern baroque art history in the Art Department and had served for 21 years, until recently, as Department Chair. He received his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D from Columbia.
Although it is common practice here to note how popular an instructor was with students, for Professor Mallory it is no exaggeration. His students loved him both as a teacher and as a person. His student evaluations were extremely high and student comments were universally effusive; we did not find a single negative one. Years later visiting alumni often mention his class as the one they remember best. He was truly an exceptional teacher. He was extraordinarily helpful to students needing counseling or intercession with the administration. He was also loved by his colleagues and it seems by others that knew him all over the college. Finally he was very modest, dismissive of praise and the idea that he should be nominated for a teaching award.
Professor Mallory became famous––indeed one might almost say infamous––for his disattribution of a painting once considered a very important Italian early renaissance work and the city of Siena’s prime tourist attraction, Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the Siege of Montemassi, a large fresco in the Palazzo Publico (City Hall) purportedly by Simone Martini. It took Mallory and his collaborator, Gordon Moran, years to prove and to convince a skeptical art-history world that it was a later anonymous pastiche purposely done in an earlier style. They met tremendous resistance at first by many art historians, by the city of Siena itself, and by important art institutions, and early on were refused publication in some major journals that thought their thesis too radical. Today their conclusions are universally accepted, those opposing them having been won over (or died), with later editions of art history textbooks dropping all mention of the work. Such disputes get little attention in the United States, but the European and especially the Italian press followed it all enthusiastically. A large carton in Mallory’s now empty office is filled with press clippings. One of our favorites is a cartoon showing Guidoriccio lying on a psychoanalyst’s couch, in the same armor he wears in the fresco, his horse tethered to the couch, and Mallory in the analyst’s chair saying something like, “Let us explore your identity crisis a little further.” If you wonder how he survived these very acrimonious years, Professor Mallory possessed an understated mischievous streak and a mordant vein of humor and we think on some level he rather enjoyed it all.
On view through October 3rd
Reception: Tuesday, September 26th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 3rd, 3:30-5:30 PM
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs is presenting a collection of interactive works in the exhibition “Future Reboot.” The exhibition may be viewed now through Oct. 3 in the Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, which is located on the top floor of the HCCC Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City – just across the street from the Journal Square PATH Transit Center. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with the opening of the College’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Building at 263 Academy Street in Jersey City on Tuesday, September 19.
The Future Reboot exhibit, coordinated by HCCC Associate Professor Jeremiah Teipen, challenges viewers to rethink their relationship to the changes in both natural and human-made environments, and to each other. The multimedia works on display create new meanings to scientific, mathematical and technological practices.
The rate of scientific discovery has accelerated at warp speed. Electronic technology is relentlessly creating new virtual spaces while making objects obsolete. Computer-aided engineering has utilized mathematical algorithms to change everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. Meanwhile, the dark cloud of devastating environmental change looms large. With all these forces at work, it may seem that our current reality is taken straight from science fiction. And the future seems closer than ever and gaining on us. Whether that future is utopian, dystopian or otherwise may depend on the ability of the arts to make these changes understandable, personal and relatable so that we as individuals can gain the agency to affect our futures.
Whether as a process or tool, a critique or a reflection of our society, the artists in this exhibition use science, technology, engineering and math to create art that questions our current trajectory and asks viewers to rethink our relationship to these changes, to our environments, both natural and human-made and to each other. Before we can arrive at any answers, we must first create a path by understanding the questions.
The Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery
Located on the top floor of the HCCC Library Building
71 Sip Avenue. Jersey City, NJ 07306
(next to the Journal Square PATH Station)
Gallery Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This memorial is free and open to the public. The program will include refreshments, the presentation videos and slides, and open mic time.
Sponsored by the Brooklyn College Art Department.
For more information about the program, call 718.951.5181.
Brooklyn College 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition
June 7, 2017 – June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday June 10, 6-9pm
92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY
The Department of Art at Brooklyn College is pleased to present the 2017 MFA candidates’ thesis exhibition Commencement , curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon. The exhibition is on view from June 7-17, with an opening reception from 6-9pm on Saturday June 10, 2017 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY.
Through various media and thirteen very unique practices, the work in Commencement offers a glimpse into the concerns and preoccupations of our society as a whole. What makes these artists unique is the humor and beauty with which they approach difficult subjects. To talk about pain and gender through soft sculpture, or identity by repeating the image of a quirky tropical plant, or disease through delicate abstractions on glass, is to take personal, overwhelming subject matter and make it relatable. These artists have taken their passions and experiences as a starting point and distilled them down to aesthetically and conceptually rich work in an effort to create dialogue. Although this exhibition marks the end of formal study, it is the commencement of thirteen promising careers in the arts.
Matthew Benson, Yu-Tien Chang, Tammi Dow, Kenny Faith, John Harris, Clarence Hause, Zachary Lombardi, Cheng Luo, Benjamin Lyon, Tommy Mavra, Rose Nestler, Joshua Shelstad, Estefania Velez Rodriguez
The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.* Gallery hours are 12pm – 6pm everyday from June 7-17. For press inquiries contact Kathleen Smith at (718) 951-5572 or [email protected]
*Smack Mellon is ADA accessible
Vito Acconci, distinguished lecturer and internationally renowned artist, died April 28 leaving his wife Maria and a host of adoring students and grief stricken colleagues at Brooklyn College. A committed teacher, brilliant thinker and maverick artist he will be greatly missed.
Acconci grew to prominence in the late sixties and early seventies with a host of ground-breaking performances and videos many of which were on display at his 2016 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS 1 location and are regularly on view at that museum’s Manhattan location. Born in the Bronx of Italian Catholic parents of modest means, he often reminisced about his father who instilled in him a love of opera and the arts. Acconci began as a poet earning an MFA from the graduate writing program at the University of Iowa in 1964. Always at the forefront of experimental practices, he and his colleague, Bernadette Mayer, published one of the early mimeographed magazines, 0 TO 9, from 1967-69. His poetic experiments addressed the materiality of words themselves. The space of the poem transformed into a performative arena when he placed letters on the floor and interacted with them. He moved artistically from performative poetry to performance art to performative architecture gaining prominence in all these areas. During his years at Brooklyn he ran an architecture and design firm located in Dumbo which he and his wife called Acconci Studio. He was famous for opening its doors and sharing his extensive archives with his MFA students at Brooklyn. His passion for design was legion and his innovative work earned him the 2012 Designer of the Year award at Miami Art Basel.
Klaus Biesenbach, the director of PS1, summed up his accomplishments as follows: “He is one of the most influential artists of his time because of the way he connects the private with the public sphere, the body with the street, the media space with the personal space.” We in the art department remember as well his wry humor. Our Acconci summed it up in 1975, “I am a guerilla fighter, not an artist. This is not a show but a hit-and-run attack. That isn’t a gallery, it’s a combat zone…” He later countered with a twinkle, “I loved the idea of being a guerilla fighter, but I don’t think I ever was one!” But he was a courageous fighter his entire life for the most controversial and cutting-edged art of his day.
Associate Professor of Art History, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Additional writing on Vito Acconci:
Learning from Vito Acconci by Jennifer McCoy for Hyperallergic
Wall, 2017, an historical tribute to Allan Kaprow’s 1970 Sweet Wall by Judith Rubenstein
In November, 1970, Allan Kaprow, an artist known for his “Happenings,” built, to condemn the Berlin Wall, his Sweet Wall near its site in Germany. He cemented cinder blocks with bread and jam, then knocked them down.
What I am proposing is an historical tribute and a statement about walls. It is about President Trump’s proposed wall between Mexico and the U.S.
My plan is to, with 15-20 helpers, build a wall of 20-30 cardboard and styrofoam boxes on the Brooklyn College lawn between Ingersoll and Boylan Halls. We will “cement” the boxes with paste, and then graffiti the wall. Then we will knock this down. The wall will be built on a plastic tarp so as to protect the lawn. The entire process will take an hour or two. Passersby can join in.
Thursday, May 4th 6:15
Main Library, Room 411