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This January at SVA: Upcoming Virtual Talks and Exhibitions
January 6, 2021 by Maeri Ferguson
An image from the "In Conversation with Branding and Design Experts in a COVID Era" talk

An image from the talk, “In Conversation with Branding and Design Experts in a COVID Era.”

A new year means new events, talks, workshops and exhibitions at SVA. Though we continue to gather virtually, there are numerous esteemed guests that will grace our screens and share their wisdom as creators, artists and experts, plus plenty of opportunities to pick up new skills in 2021. More than half a dozen exhibitions of work from students and alumni will be on view this month in our virtual galleries and in the windows of our Flatiron gallery space, with so much more to come. Don’t let the winter doldrums get to you—join us all month long!

Mark McKnight, from “Heaven is a Prison,” 2020.

Mark McKnight, from “Heaven is a Prison,” 2020.

Credit: Mark McKnight


January 6, 6:30 - 7:30pm | The Artist Residency Project Winter Info Session

Learn more about the The Artist Residency Project at the School of Visual Arts, the College’s fully online fine arts residency program. During this special information session event, you will learn about how The Artist Residency Project is run, look at work from past participants, and hear from faculty and alumni of the program.

January 7, 6:30 - 8:00pm | In Conversation with Branding and Design Experts in a COVID Era

Meet two accomplished individuals in the worlds of visual branding and design: Anita Zeppetelli, principal and creative director at Azura Design and Roswitha Rodrigues, co-founder and creative director at Magical Monkey. Media personality Valerie Smaldone will lead a conversation with these two experts, delving into their respective careers and personal paths, and discussing the opportunities and challenges facing creatives today. Presented by SVA's Division of Continuing Education.

January 12, 7:00 - 8:30pm | Mark McKnight

2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, 2020 Light Work Photo Book Award and 2020 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant recipient Mark McKnight will present an overview of his first monograph, 2020's Heaven is a Prison, published by Loose Joints, as part of the MPS Digital Photography i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series.

January 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm | Art Education Learning Lab: Thinking, Learning, Understanding

This two-hour workshop will cover an introduction to human cognitive development and how it forms the basis of what we learn, drawn from theory and evidence-based research. At the end of the workshop, participants will understand and be able to articulate the definition of human cognition and will be able to apply this understanding to their own learning processes, as well as those of their students and/or children. Presented by SVA's Division of Continuing Education and MA/MAT Art Education. 

January 13, 6:30 - 8:00pm | Housebound Photo Hunt

Join photographer and SVA Continuing Education faculty member Saul Robbins for a discussion, featuring examples and a hands-on shooting assignment that is designed to inspire new ways of making photographs while being housebound in these challenging times. Guests are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil and paper to take notes, a digital camera or mobile phone for making images, and an Instagram account should they wish to upload images for discussion. Presented by SVA's Division of Continuing Education. 

January 14, 6:30 - 8:00pm | Portrait Techniques with Joseph Sinnott

Learn simple tips to improve your portraits with SVACE faculty member Joseph Sinnott. A variety of techniques will be described, including the use of reflectors, flash and other readily available light sources to supplement available light in and outdoors to create flattering and engaging pictures of people. This event will demonstrate things anyone can do to enhance their photographs regardless of their resources and level of knowledge. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Presented by SVA's Division of Continuing Education. 

January 15, 6:00 - 7:30pm | Community Lecture Series: Cultural Attunement in In-Patient Units and Society

In this lecture, Javere Pinnock MPS, LCAT, and Dominique Darrell MA, MSED, CRC, LCAT, will explore the impact of representation, cultural celebration and being witnessed. Participants will review three case narratives that explore the impact of representation, cultural celebration and being witnessed. They will also review the collaboration between drama and art therapy, and look at the impact therapeutic theatre and transformative art therapy plays in strengthening the ego. Presented by MPS Art Therapy. 

January 21, 11:00am - noon | Any Future for Biennials?

The many canceled large-scale international exhibitions of the past year raise serious questions about the viability of such spectacular events. At the same time, travel restrictions and localized lockdowns may recall a time when such venues for cultural and artistic exchange held a crucial utopian promise. Join Rafal Niemojewski, director of the Biennial Foundation, in conversation with upcoming Liverpool Biennial curator Manuela Moscoso, current Taipei Biennial co-curator Martin Guinard, and current Shanghai Biennial co-curator Filipa Ramos, presented by MA Curatorial Practice.

January 26, 7:00 - 8:30pm | Brian Lowe

Join Brian Lowe, an award-winning advertising photographer specializing in sports campaigns and entertainment portraits, for a discussion about his work as part of the MPS Digital Photography i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series. Lowe's distinctive photographs are equal parts adrenaline, minimalist design and sensuality. His clients include Condé Nast, Showtime, HBO, CBS, ESPN, Apple Music, Ignited USA, Red Bull, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Billboard and Warner Bros.

"SVA Murals of Hope"
Credit: Jen Liang


Through early January | “Murals of Hope”

“SVA Murals of Hope” features nine large-scale paintings across the College’s boarded-up street-level windows along East 23rd Street. Designed by 14 SVA students and focused on positive messages of resilience like “NYC Still Smiles,” “Stay Beautiful NYC,” and “We're All in This Together,” these colorful works of art aim to bring some light to a dark and difficult time. The project was organized by the Office of Student Affairs.

Through January 9 | “Buildings Transformed by Interior Design”

An exhibition of thesis projects by the BFA Interior Design: Built Environments (ID:BE) class of 2020, the works will be on view in the SVA Flatiron Windows, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City, and online at svaidbethesis2020.com. “The themes that dominate the work are relevant to the issues of our planet,” says BFA ID:BE Chair Dr. Carol Bentel, FAIA, FIIDA, ASID. “The graduates′ projects focus on such topics as sustainability, the environment, recycling, spiritual values, well-being, the restoration of dying arts, energy renewal, the revival of local cultural values, helping sidelined communities be included, the nurturing of children and adaptively reusing abandoned buildings.” 

Through January 15 | “Remembering Milton Glaser, Class of 1951” | 7 East 7th Street btwn 3rd & 4th Aves

A new exhibition in the colonnade windows of Cooper Union’s Foundation Building, celebrates the work of one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century. Glaser, a 1951 graduate of The School of Art and a Bronx native, had an outsized impact on the visual landscape of New York, the city he loved with both its energy and eclecticism informing his renowned body of work. 

Through January 16 | “2020 Visions”

The class of 2020 was affected like no other in the history of SVA. Among other adversities, many of these students were deprived of the opportunity to have a gallery exhibition of their work this past spring. SVA Galleries invited all class of 2020 graduates to submit art about or inspired by this unprecedented year. Juried by five notable SVA alumni—José Carlos Casado (MFA 2001 Computer Art), Dana Davenport (BFA 2015 Photography and Video), Chioma Ebinama (MFA 2016 Illustration as Visual Essay), Nadia Haji Omar (MFA 2014 Fine Arts) and Jocelyn Tsaih (BFA 2015 Graphic Design)—these 60 selected artworks reference our current time.

Through January 16 | “The Book Show”

An annual group exhibition of book projects from the students in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program, curated by Marshall Arisman and Anna Raff. This year, artists consider whether a book’s impact is dependent upon a reader holding it in their hands. Redefining “The Book Show” in a virtual space during the current global pandemic became the task for this year’s degree candidates. And they have met the moment—delivering the resplendent, diverse and thought-provoking bodies of work presented here. 

Through January 29 | BFA Fine Arts Virtual Open Studios

BFA Fine Arts is launching their fall open studios at bfafinearts.sva.edu on Monday, December 21, which will feature a curated selection of work by each of the students in the class of 2021. 

January 16 - 30 | The Aftermath: Life After SVA MFA Fine Arts

An exhibition of work by MFA Fine Arts alumni, curated by Kaja Anderson (MFA 2016 Fine Arts).

January 16 - February 6 | 3Dream Spiral_Relax

An exhibition of work by BFA Visual & Critical Studies students. 

January 16 - February 6 | The Circular Ruins

An exhibition of work by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Class of 2022 students, curated by faculty member Viktor Koen and inspired by the classic paradigm of Jorge Luis Borges′ short story “The Circular Ruins (Las Ruinas Circulares),” first published in 1940. By viewing fire as a beginning rather than an end, 13 unique project concepts followed unexpected paths—down visceral rabbit holes and parallel universes where unlikely characters took the lead, from neon-colored gaming environments, shadows that question their hosts and personal documentation of origins and birth, to works inspired by Mayan codexes or the Rolling Stones′ “Sympathy for the Devil” hypothesis of evil’s influence through the ages.

Chaiun Oh, Class of 2020, 2020

Chaiun Oh, Class of 2020, 2020, from “2020 Visions.”

Credit: Chaiun Oh