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This November at SVA: Upcoming Virtual Talks and Exhibitions
November 2, 2020 by Maeri Ferguson
Zhihan Wang Childhood Memories, 2019 from The Narrative Scale

Zhihan Wang's Childhood Memories, 2019, from The Narrative Scale

In what is sure to be an exciting month, November will give us lots to think about. And thankfully, there will also be plenty of artistic distraction, due to a full slate of events and exhibitions at SVA. Whether you want to learn how you can take action after the election with famed activist icon Francis Fox Piven, or you’re looking for inspiration for your first film in Part II of the MFA Photography, Video & Related Media alumni film festival, we’ve got you covered. Don’t miss out on all the new exhibitions opening this month, too, including the much-anticipated 2020 Visions, which gathers the work of SVA’s most recent graduates that is about, or inspired by, this unprecedented year.

Sharon Mooney, still from The Story of Everything, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sharon Mooney, still from The Story of Everything, 2018.

Credit: Sharon Mooney


November 4, 8:00 - 9:00pm | Beyond the Exhibition with the Guangdong Times Museum

In Guangzhou, Times Museum is a leading institution in southern China, known for research-heavy exhibitions and dynamic programming. Earlier this year, Times Museum launched its new online Chinese and English publishing platform, ON OUR TIMES, as part of the museum's initiative to decentralize the exhibition's role. Join chief editors and chief curators at the museum, Nikita Yingqian Cai and Jianru Wu, to discuss the exhibitions and curatorial research going online in times of COVID-19 and beyond. Presented by MA Curatorial Practice.

November 10, 6:30 - 8:00pm | MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Alumni Film Fest: Part II

MFA Photography, Video and Related Media celebrates its first Alumni Film Festival, presented as several monthly programs throughout the fall 2020 semester. This series will share the recent work of 30 alumni from the past 28 years. With pieces in formats such as short-form narrative, documentary, abstraction, environmental, music videos, installations, and more, this festival highlights the dynamic scope of video work emerging from the department. It highlights its global alumni community and commitment to new directions, the moving image.

November 10, 7:00 - 8:30pm | Ji Yeo

Photographer Ji Yeo will discuss her work, including her best-known project "Beauty Recovery Room," which portrays young women in the aftermath of undergoing cosmetic surgery. Yeo is interested in how ideas of "beauty" are internalized by women and how they come to define and enforce ideals of beauty upon their own selves. Presented by MPS Digital Photography.

November 13, 7:00 - 8:00pm | Frances Fox Piven on the 2020 Election: What Just Happened, and What Now?

Though the election outcome may still be unclear by the day of this talk, sociologist, activist and author Frances Fox Piven will survey what we do know about the winners and losers for the presidency, the Congress, the House, key state offices, and more. She will analyze the dynamics of the whole campaign season from the crowded Democratic primaries to the general. She will reflect on what the election bodes for issues especially urgent for today's students—climate change, student debt, jobs and wages, racial justice, healthcare, and more. Finally, she will ask, in light of the results, what ordinary people can do next to achieve a better world. Presented by Honors Program and BFA Visual & Critical Studies.

November 17, 3:00 - 4:15pm | Tosha Stimage

In this lecture, Berkeley, CA-based multidisciplinary artist and educator Tosha Stimage will discuss her work and career. Stimage holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She is a recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including The Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, The Toby Devan Lewis Award, Svane Family Foundation Grant, Facebook Artist in Residence, AICAD Teaching Fellow, Real-Time and Space Artist in Residence and YBCA Political Power Fellow. Presented by MFA Art Practice.

November 20, 6:00 - 7:30pm | Community Lecture Series: Ethical Issues in Clinical Treatment—Choices, Rules and Self-Reflection

In this lecture, Lindsay Lederman, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT will discuss current ethical issues around confidentiality, telehealth, boundaries, and more. Presented by MPS Art Therapy. 


Through November 14 | "The Narrative Scale"

A juried, multidisciplinary show of student work in which artists examine the past year, from mundane daily routines to family relationships to the history of policy-making decisions affecting communities today. Together they create a scale that spans narrative, from fiction to fact. They remind us that while what we see isn't always reality and what we hear isn't always the truth, everyone's experiences are equally vital and real for those who live them.

Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2020,

Edward Gia, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2020, from "The Narrative Scale."

Credit: Edward Gia

Through November 21 | "Parallel Adaptations"

An exhibition of thesis work by MPS Digital Photography 2020 graduates curated by New York City gallerist and SVA faculty member Debra Klomp Ching, "Parallel Adaptations" showcases these artists' commitment to continuous progress and the importance of community amidst a global pandemic. Recurring themes across the exhibition include questioning personal/cultural identity, ideas of imminent loss juxtaposed with reconnection, the struggle between humankind and nature, the value of familial relationships and the potential stability of tradition.

Through November 29 | "Thesis, Interrupted" at Photoville

Concurrent with "Parallel Adaptations," this installation in the famed Photoville festival explores the evolution of these thesis projects completed amidst the pandemic. It shows the various ways artists had to be resourceful when they were suddenly no longer able to access SVA's facilities and forced to reckon with their work differently. On view now at the Fulton Ferry Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

November 9 - December 14 | "Arm's Reach"

This juried exhibition of multidisciplinary works by SVA students and recent alumni explores familiarity through proximity. When one thinks of feelings and memories close to home, the narrative is typically warm, positive and nostalgic. However, these works illustrate a broader scope of an intimate experience, as familiarity is much more complicated. They tell personal stories that span the full spectrum of human emotion, from pastel scenes of ceramic dining ware and bright photos of cluttered bedrooms to sobering accounts of the loss of a loved one and the everyday fear experienced by Black Americans.

Juan David Figueroa, still from How did I get here?, 2020, Animation

Juan David Figueroa, still from How did I get here?, 2020, from the MFA Computer Arts Fall Exhibition.

November 17 - 30 | MFA Computer Arts Fall Exhibition

An exhibition of work by current MFA Computer Arts students. 

November 17, 2020 - January 16, 2021 | "2020 Visions"

The class of 2020 was affected like no other in the history of SVA. Among other adversities, many 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.

November 21 - December 12 | "Picture Library"

In collaboration with the SVA Library, BFA Photography & Video presents a virtual reading room of the class of 2020's Senior Books and accompanying materials, including the texts and artist books that inspired their work.


Through November 7, you can find Rance Jones' (MFA 1993 Illustration as Visual Essay) solo exhibition "The Lingering Revolution" at Forum Gallery. John F. Simon, Jr.'s (MFA 1989 Computer Art) solo exhibition "Drawing Air" is currently on view through November 8 at the David Richard Gallery. And you can see Inka Essenhigh's (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) self-titled solo exhibition through November 14 at the Miles McEnery Gallery.