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Virtual Art Movement: SVA's Streaming Events For April

Whether it's a lecture, a course or an art show, SVA has joined the virtual art movement.

April 3, 2020 by Mae Ferguson
Sara Falco's Mentors work
Credit: Sara Falco

In the midst of these strange times, there are still many bright spots to be found at SVA. Like everyone, we have turned to live streaming to stay motivated, stimulated and inspired. Whether it's a lecture, a course, or an art show, SVA has joined the virtual art movement, and we hope you'll join us there. 

There are so many events to look forward to this month, including a talk with photographer and SVA faculty member Patricia Voulgaris on Monday, April 6, from 7:00-9:00pm. Voulgaris will discuss her performative practice, which explores the concept of memory and its relationship to the body, as well as the collaborative interactions that challenge personal limits and reveal vulnerability between the artist and subject. 

For even more photography inspiration, check out MPS Digital Photography's i3 Photo Lecture by artist Tommy Kha on Tuesday, April 7, from 7:00-8:30pm. Kha will discuss his most recent exhibition, "Return to Sender," one of his many iterations on the notion of self-portraiture. In this particular body of work, Kha performs intimacy for the camera by enlisting strangers to kiss him on the lips, any way they choose. As a queer Asian man from the southern United States, the stakes of these proposals can be high, and it is not often that we see bodies like his getting kissed in the popular media or even on gallery walls. Or see portraitist Bruce Polin, best known for his ongoing project "Deep Park," based on a series of chance portraits taken in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, give a talk on Tuesday, April 21, from 7:00-8:30pm. Working with a large format 8 x 10 camera, Polin constructs private spaces within public spaces. 

Patricia Voulgaris photograph of a woman
Credit: Patricia Voulgaris

For a more timely talk about how we can ensure that we remain vigilant about our values and steadfast in our commitment to social justice as we all adapt to COVID-19, join Ideas in Action: The Privilege of the Margins, on Thursday, April 9, from 10:30am-noonMFA Design for Social Innovation designer-in-residence Sloan Leo, together with Rajasvini Bhansali, executive director of Solidaire Network, and Urvashi Vaid, founder and CEO of The Vaid Group, will engage in an intimate dialogue on power, privilege and the importance of centering the perspectives of communities at the margins.

On Wednesday, April 22, from 5:00-9:00pm, design entrepreneurs from the MFA Design class of 2020 will premiere their unique products and entrepreneurial objectives in the interactive public forum Venture 2020: New Prospectives. The program will feature 23 ventures that rise above the status quo in offering unique initiatives to an array of contemporary concerns.

Venture 2020: New Prospectives – Online

If you're hankering for a bit of escapism, you can also still view Mentors, the exhibition of work by BFA Photography and Video students inspired by their close working relationships with media industry leaders, curators and artists. Though the show opened just as SVA's facilities were suspending access, you can experience the incredible work on view through our virtual gallery. And starting Thursday, April 30, keep an eye out for the link to Built Environments 2020, an online exhibition of thesis work by graduating students of the BFA Interior Design program.

Spring is upon us, and there is so much left to do and see this school year. Though we may not be able to physically visit an art gallery or head to a talk at the SVA Theatre with our friends, we can still join together and experience all the SVA community has to offer us.