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On View in October: SVA Alumni and Student Work, Online and at Brooklyn’s Photoville
October 6, 2020 by Maeri Ferguson
A photograph of an outdoor exhibition of photography in a city park, beneath a large bridge.

Photoville 2020, an outdoor photography festival, now on view at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Credit: Tom P. Ashe

We said “Art Is Back” and we mean it, really. SVA may be operating remotely for the time being, but no amount of distance is stopping our community from being creative and jumping full-on into fall with lots of new art and a full schedule of events. You’ve already seen the College’s newest “Subway Series” poster, but there’s so much more to see in our virtual and, in some cases, in-person exhibitions. This month, especially, is a busy one for SVA.

A collage of photographs, featuring two domestic scenes, a black-and-white photograph of a nearly empty street in Mumbai, a photograph of a cat in a bodega and a close-up color portrait of a man being splashed with water.

Selected works on view at "Parallel Adaptations," the thesis exhibition of MPS Digital Photography's class of 2020, now on view online.

"Parallel Adaptations," an exhibition of thesis work by the MPS Digital Photography class of 2020, is a highlight of SVA's October calendar. Curated by New York City gallerist and SVA faculty member Debra Klomp Ching, the show is on view through Saturday, November 21, in SVA Galleries' virtual exhibition space. "Parallel Adaptations" showcases its featured artists' commitment to continuous progress and emphasizes the importance of community amidst a global crisis. Recurring themes across the collection include questioning personal or cultural identity, and ideas of imminent loss juxtaposed with those of reconnection.

Two color fashion photographs, each showing a single person's back and the back of their head.

Photographs by Binge Yan (MPS 2020 Digital Photography), on view at "Thesis Interrupted," a selection of work by MPS Digital Photography's class on 2020, now on view at Photoville, the annual photography festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Concurrent with “Parallel Adaptations” is “Thesis Interrupted,” an installation currently on view at the Photoville festival, now in its ninth year. Situated on a grassy piece of lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park just beneath the bridge, “Thesis Interrupted” explores how MPS Digital Photography’s class of 2020 thesis projects evolved during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent worldwide lockdown. Cut off from the College’s facilities and each other, the program’s students had to find creative solutions to continue or adapt their work. “Thesis Interrupted” shows the various ways they used their imaginations, circumstances and resources to complete their projects. 

A collage of four colorful paintings.

Selected works on view at Chromatophores, a juried exhibition of SVA student work, now on view online.

Also on view in the College’s virtual exhibition space, through Saturday, October 24, is “Chromatophores,” another juried, multidisciplinary show of student work with a focus on color, or chromatophores: cells that contain a variety of pigments found in amphibians, reptiles and fish. The works on view convey unique narratives and depictions of diverse identities, cultures and environments through photography, painting, drawing and other mediums. Featured artists include Bryan Fernández (BFA Fine Arts), Veronica Fernandez (BFA Fine Arts), Daisy Kong (BFA Illustration), Linda Loh (MFA Computer Arts), Marcelina Pater (MFA Fine Arts), Cyle Warner (BFA Photography and Video), G Yang (BFA Illustration) and Angel Yu (BFA Illustration).


Pandemic, you say? Sure, but “Art Is Back,” regardless.