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October 2021 Virtual Events and Exhibitions at the School of Visual Arts

Fall is a time for a refresh and the discovery of new things, and SVA has so much to offer for those who feel like exploring. More than a dozen exhibitions and events are packed into October of this year, including the continuation of the 10th anniversary of the MPS Digital Photography i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics from fashion to global policy and the arts. Paintings, fine art, sculpture, video and photo installations from students, alumni and visiting artists can be found at Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the SVA Flatiron Project Space windows and, of course, in the College’s virtual galleries all month long.


Through Saturday, October 9 | MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Exhibition 2021 | Online

An exhibition of MFA Photography, Video and Related Media graduates’ thesis work, curated by Kris Graves, photographer and publisher of Monolith Editions and Kris Graves Projects.

Through Friday, October 15 | “A Quiet Scale” | SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street

A two-person exhibition featuring the work of Josephine Halvorson and Hanneline Røgeberg and curated by SVA Art History faculty member Catherine Haggarty, safely viewable through the windows from the sidewalk.

Through Friday, October 15 | “Recalled” | Online

An exhibition of thesis work by the MPS Digital Photography class of 2021, curated by New York City gallerist and program faculty member Debra Klomp Ching.

A photograph of a person viewed from above. They are lying on what appears to be a window.

Chris Marklein-Tice, Across the Bridge, 2021. From the 2021 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Exhibition.


Through Friday, October 15 | “The Nature of Things” | Online

An exhibition of multidisciplinary work by seven SVA students and alumni curated by artist, curator, writer and SVA staff member Dan Halm (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay; BFA 1994 Illustration), “The Nature of Things” explores the reaction to man’s continued influence and perceived dominance over the natural world. In a time when humans were forced to re-examine and contemplate their significance over their actions, nature both offered a respite and showcased its true dominance over humankind.

Through Wednesday, December 1 | SVA at Photoville | Brooklyn Bridge Park

SVA Continuing Education and MPS Digital Photography each present displays at New York City’s 2021 Photoville, New York City’s free premier photo destination, now in its 10th year.

Wednesday, October 20 – Friday, November 12 | “Adoration” | SVA Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by artists and SVA staff John-Michael Byrd and Wayde McIntosh, curated by the artists. Over the last year, like many creative people, Byrd and McIntosh have reflected on whom and what should be uplifted, supported and revered. “Adoration” and the subsequent works in this intimate exhibition developed from discussions of and witnessing who deserves a place of adoration, admiration, devotion and praise. Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies.

Thursday, October 21 – Friday, November 5 | “In and Out of Time” | Online

An exhibition of work by BFA Fine Arts students.

Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, November 19 | BFA Photography and Video Fall 2021 Exhibition | Online

An exhibition of work by BFA Photography and Video students.

Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, November 19 | “Do the Liminal Space!” | Online

An exhibition of animations, prints, videos and interactive installations by 14 MFA Computer Arts students and alumni, “Do the Liminal Space!” demonstrates those unknown moments when undergoing transition periods. The artists in this exhibition courageously explore themes of movements within the landscape, the body, words and the uncharted. We invite viewers to take a deep breath, be still with the obscure ambiguity and do the liminal space.

An artwork depicting piano keys, rulers, and sheet music.

Josephine Halvorson, Piano and Composition. From “A Quiet Scale.”



Tuesday, October 5, 8:00 – 9:00pm | “Other Art Worlds Completely” | Online

Working between East Asian and Euro-American institutions, exhibitions and artist studios, Alexander Lau, director of Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, and Freya Chou, who has served on the curatorial teams of the Taipei Biennial, Shanghai Biennial, Para Site in Hong Kong, as well as the upcoming 58th Carnegie International and Hong Kong’s participation in the 2022 Venice Biennale, join MA Curatorial Practice Director of Research Brian Kuan Wood to discuss how a curator can discover and encourage unexpected and unforeseen ways of doing art.

Wednesday, October 6, 8:00 – 9:00pm | “A Quiet Scale” Panel Discussion | Online

Join this virtual panel discussion presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies with artists Josephine HalvorsonHanneline Røgeberg, SVA Art History faculty member and curator Catherine Haggarty and writer Andrew Woolbright, presented in conjunction with the exhibition “A Quiet Scale,” on view through Friday, October 15, at the SVA Flatiron Project Space.

Thursday, October 7, 6:00 – 7:30pm | “Afghanistan: 20 Years of War,” With Journalist Anand Gopal | Online

Over the years of the war in Afghanistan, award-winning journalist Anand Gopal has undertaken path-breaking reporting, interviewing former Afghani government officials, Taliban militants and ordinary Afghan men and women. He will discuss why the war’s effects did not live up to the false promises of American political leaders and possible implications for the future of America’s military footprint on the globe. Presented by the SVA Honors Program and BFA Visual & Critical Studies.

Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm | Russell Brown | Online

Join senior creative director at Adobe and Emmy Award-winning instructor Russell Brown for a lecture as part of MPS Digital Photography’s i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series. Brown will share expertise from his 32 years of creative experience at Adobe, where he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts and development. He has helped the world’s leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists to master the software tools that have made Adobe’s applications the standard by which all others are measured.

Friday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30pm | “Response Toward the Asian Community During the Pandemic” | Online

According to NYPD data, though Asian racism is not new in this country, there has recently been a significant increase in the number of attacks against Asian people. In this virtual community lecture from MPS Art Therapy, Tokyo-born art therapist Makiko Harada will share her own experiences and review the history of hatred toward Asians. The second part of the talk will be devoted to the arts’ response to racism.

Monday, October 18, 5:00 – 6:30pm | “Should We Ban Fashion Advertising?” | Online

In this panel discussion presented by SVA Continuing Education, we will explore this question by looking at what a world without fashion advertising would look like. Could this wean people from fast fashion and the planned obsolescence so virile within the contemporary fashion landscape? The panel includes Aja BarberWillow DefebaughShazia Abji and Charlie Engmen, and will be moderated by Shonagh MarshallMPS Fashion Photography faculty member and curator, writer and founder of Denier, a bi-monthly newsletter that explores fashion in the Anthropocene epoch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 – 3:00pm | “The Year of Uncertainty at the Queens Museum” | Online

This year, the Queens Museum embraces the “intolerable uncertainty” of our time by embarking on a process of institutional self-exploration while strengthening connections between the museum and its communities to create new possibilities for culture, kinship and mutual support. Join Queens Museum President and Executive Director Sally Tallant, Public Programs Manager Catherine Grau, Director of Education Kimaada Le Gendre and artist-in-residence Julian Louis Phillips to explore how a new kind of institution can embrace the unknown in this panel presented by MA Curatorial Practice.

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:00pm | Community Design Workshop: “How We Move Forward Together” | Online

“How We Move Forward Together” is a 90-minute workshop where community designer and MFA Design for Social Innovation faculty member Sloan Leo will discuss 10 insights for designers who want to accelerate just communities. The workshop is held in conjunction with SVA Continuing Education’s fifth annual Art & Activism event on Wednesday, November 3 (details to come). This preview event and workshop is intended for curious designers who are committed to or interested in understanding how designers can accelerate justice, build community and advance equity.

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 – 8:30pm | Malike Sidibe | Online

Join a free lecture by Brooklyn-based, West African photographer Malike Sidibe as part of MPS Digital Photography’s i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series. Sidibe specializes in fashion, portraiture and documentary photography and tends to take a dream-like approach to image-making. From photographing covers for The New York Times Magazine to having his work included in Time’s “Top 10 Images of 2020,” Sidibe has developed his own unique style. Sidibe’s work reflects his creative nature, and his inspiration is drawn by the people he meets and the places he has lived. He is a high-energy, creative photographer producing innovative portraits and images full of spirit and color.

An image that appears to be a photograph of a person submerged in a pool, facing up.

Malike Sidibe, from the series “Mamiwata.” Sidibe will speak on Tuesday, October 26, as part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration Lecture Series.

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