Staging the Object
School of Visual Arts presents a multi-part exhibition showcasing work by BFA Fine Arts students, on view February 7 through February 21 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, New York City. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Staging the Object,” curated by Andres Janacua, the BFA Fine Arts director of operations, brings together artists whose interests intersect through the lives of autonomous objects. According to Janacua, “These artists deploy strategies that cultivate objecthood, articulating a resonate thingness inherent to its form. For this exhibition we see how works become protagonists in their own theater in which narratives unspool through a privileged language. Upon entering the gallery, visitors encounter a stage set in its own right as the works characterize a narrative in an ostensibly domestic setting—each artwork playing its scene as any willful actor would.” Works by Sofia Abraham, Diana Bauer, Shannon Pollak, Andrew Senken, Devin Tamiazzo, Kate Weinberg and Elyssa Willadsen are featured.
BFA Fine Arts at SVA prepares students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field head on. With a faculty of approximately 90 active artists, critics and curators, a distinguished roster of guest lecturers and various exhibition opportunities, the department offers direct and multifaceted engagement with New York’s art community. From coursework in anatomy, figure drawing and color theory to interdisciplinary workshops in digital and photo-based media, the curriculum provides a broad platform for expression. The department boasts a digital lab with state-of-the art recording, editing and projection technology; fully equipped printmaking facilities; sculpture studios with computerized milling machines; and the Nature and Technology Lab, where living materials can be employed in art production.