Through the Looking Glass
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Through the Looking Glass,” an exhibition of selected work by second-year students in the MPS Art Therapy Department and the clients they work with at their internship sites. Curated by Liz DelliCarpini. The exhibition will be on view February 9 – March 9 at the Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21 Street, New York City.
Curator Liz DelliCarpini says, “Being truly seen by another—feeling a sense of belonging, inclusion and purpose in the world—is a basic human need and is the focus of this exhibition. Here, the art therapist’s role is recognizing, highlighting and expanding client strengths. The gallery is viewed as an extension of traditional therapeutic space, providing the artists with an opportunity to be seen in a different context and to step outside of restricting identities. This can be quite empowering, allowing one to realize unseen capacities and connect to society in novel ways.”
Student work is displayed with client work to illustrate the communication between client, therapist and viewer. Students’ internships are in collaboration with Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Riker’s Island, The Foundling Hospital, FEGS, Montefiore Medical Center and Hudson Guild, as well as many other organizations in and around the New York City area.