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.
"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.
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.
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.