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This May at SVA: Upcoming Virtual Talks and Exhibitions
May 6, 2020 by Maeri Ferguson
Illustration of a man and a woman looking at each other at one end of a long table. In the background, at the other end of the table, a kind holds up a goblet. There are candles lit down the table.

Geraldine Luglio, Macbeth, 2020, cut paper collage, 20 x 20 inches. On view in "Man Made Monsters."

Just like that, another month has gone by and we're still looking to our screens for creative outlets and inspiration. In addition to our SVA Shows thesis events, SVA has a full slate of amazing virtual talks and exhibitions to look forward to this month. Here are a few highlights:


Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 pm: Julian Voloj and Clayton Patterson

Clayton Patterson is a photographer, videographer and the unofficial folk historian of the Lower East Side; Julian Voloj is an award-winning photographer and author who has published four collaborative graphic novels to date: Ghetto BrotherJoe ShusterBasquiat and, most recently, Clayton. Presented by MPS Digital Photography as part of its i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, Voloj and Patterson will discuss the making of Clayton and its thematic concerns in their talk.


Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 pm: Kezi Ban

Kezi Ban is a commercial photographer and director best known for a cinematic style that hinges on the "just before" or "just after" mise-en-scène of consequential action. Presented by MPS Digital Photography as part of its i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series.

The NYC skyline, featuring the Empire State Building, during the day, slightly obstructed by the bottom half of a pair of female legs, which protrude from the bottom of the image. The legs don black sheer stockings and red pumps.
Credit: Kezi Ban

Through Friday, May 15: Please Don't Come to This Show, Part 1 - I'm not afraid of dying, but I'm afraid of being alone

The first iteration of the new bi-weekly series, "Please Don't Come to This Show," this exhibition presents the work of MFA Fine Arts students and alumni representing the borders and methods of coping with or protecting ourselves from an upended world. It explores boundaries between home and the outside, interior and exterior, the limitations of understanding inherent to language, and the line demarcated where two colors meet. But it also looks at the burden of these lonesome and uncertain times in all its absurdity, dreaming and longing, and the ways we perform alternate personas for self-protection and digital communication to ward off isolation.


Through Monday, May 18: Man Made Monsters

This expansive exhibition of work by over 100 BFA Cartooning and BFA Illustration students explores fictional and biographical texts and images involving the monsters that we create. Experience some of your favorite stories in a whole new way with the students' original visual interpretations.

A rectangle featuring various L-shaped blocks of different colors like green, purple, brown, pink, orange, blue, and red. It is attached to a wall and has a shadow

Blanche Yizhe Huang, Crossroads, 2019, oil on canvas 10 x 6 inches. On view in "I'm not afraid of dying but I’m afraid of being alone."

Through Saturday, May 16: Color Management

This juried exhibition demonstrates the adaptability of color when used as subject or form. Each artist uses paint, pigment or dye to depict worlds, both visible and hidden.


Opening Thursday, May 14Reclaimed

This juried exhibition will address ownership of the human figure in an age of exploitation. Critiquing social institutions by protest through art, each artist explores different approaches to harnessing control and freedom of the figure through lens-based media.


Plus, SVA's Division of Continuing Education remains hopeful to offer a variety of courses both in-person and online this summer. Join faculty members this month for virtual information sessions about course offerings in a variety of disciplines: Upcoming are advertising, animation, fine arts, interior design, photography, Visible Futures Lab and visual narrative. Find details and RSVP at sva.edu/events.