Back to School: Things To Do At SVA This Fall
September 03, 2019
​Oliver Jeffers; None So Blind (Those Who Don’t Want To See), 2018.​ Courtesy the artist
<p "="">Left, illustration of a girl with a paintbrush; center, a dress made of paper that is covered with text; right, a palm tree emerges from a cloud and a mirror hangs in front of it.

Left: BFA Illustration student Sofiya Kuzmina, First Threshold, 2018. On view at “Mirrored Display”; Center: Lesley Dill, Gown of Blueprint, 2014, Hand-painted metal with oil paint on metal armature, 78“ x 58” x 58“ (closed); 78” x 67“ x 69” inches (open). On view at “Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information” at SVA Chelsea Gallery; Right: Photo by KangHee Kim, who will give an i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture this fall.

Welcome back to school! Are you ready to go? SVA kicks off the fall semester with many fun and enlightening exhibitions and talks to reengage and stimulate the minds of returning students, staff and faculty. Below is a roundup of vibrant events happening exclusively at SVA to enrich and expand your horizons.

Oliver Jeffers; <i>None So Blind (Those Who Don’t Want To See), 2018.</i>

Oliver Jeffers, None So Blind (Those Who Don’t Want To See), 2018, on view at “Look Both Ways” at SVA Chelsea Gallery. Image courtesy the artist.

Art & Activism: Takin′ It to the Streets
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm
At its third annual Art & Activism event, SVA Continuing Education will celebrate the power of collectives, performance as political activism and artistic activations of public space with Sing for Hope, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), NYC’s Percent for Art Program, photographer Stacy Arezou Mehrfar and event moderator Valerie Smaldone. The evening will conclude with a reception featuring performances by youths from HMI, as well as the opportunity to create protest gear with the design collective MOVE.

Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor
Through September 21
Reception: Friday, September 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm
This new exhibition, curated by Debbie Millman, chair of the MPS Branding program, brings together unique typographic works from 60 different artists. With pieces from artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Miranda July, this exhibition showcases how words and text hold power in the arts. Many of the pieces shown in this exhibition come from Millman’s personal collection.

Into the Wild: Integrating Neuroscience with Art Therapy Theory, Practice and Research
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Monday, September 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Presented by MPS Art Therapy, this talk by Juliet L. King, associate professor of art therapy at The George Washington University, will introduce the theory of art therapy and its neurotherapeutic qualities. This talk will not only serve as a way to educate listeners on the unknown or unclear, but also to remove the common assumptions had about said theory.

Mirrored Display
SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, Lobby
September 14 – October 5
Reception: Thursday, September 19, 6:00 – 8:00pm
This juried exhibition features work by SVA’s undergraduate and graduate students. Varying based on each artists′ view, this exhibition features paintings and illustrations that can depict anything from self-portraits to everyday objects.

<p "="">a person dressed as a mime poses seated in front of a body of water with a bridge in the distance.

Still from a documentary by Yuxing Guo (MFA 2019 Social Documentary Film) that will screen at “SVA Premieres: Ninth Annual MFA Social Documentary Film Thesis Showcase” at SVA Theatre.

After School Special 2019
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 22, 2019
Featuring some of SVA’s most accomplished film, television, animation and visual effects alumni, this multi-day festival will include screenings, premieres of new work, and behind-the-scenes looks at cinema and television hits and classics. All events will feature exclusive Q&As with industry insiders. Screening highlights include Springsteen on Broadway, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Halloween and much more.

What about Activism? Book Launch
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 – 9:00pm
With the global rise of a politics of shock driven by authoritarian regimes that subvert the rule of law and civil liberties, a new book, What about Activism? (Sternberg Press), produced by MA Curatorial Practice, asks more than 20 leading curators and thinkers about creative forms of protest and advocacy that cultural institutions can offer. Join editor and Chair of MA Curatorial Practice Steven Henry Madoff for a book launch and a discussion with some of the book’s contributors.

SVA Premieres: Ninth Annual MFA Social Documentary Film Thesis Showcase
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Thursday, September 26 – Saturday, September 28
Join MFA Social Documentary Film for its annual thesis showcase, featuring a preview of documentary shorts and features in-progress by its talented class of 2019. Filmmakers will be present for Q&As after each screening.

<p "="">a cartoon of present day American political figures presented as a royal court.

Steve Brodner, The Court of King Donald I, 2017. Publication: Los Angeles Times, January 2017, art directors: Wes Anderson, Susan Brenneman. Courtesy of the artist. On view at “The Masters Series: Steve Brodner” at SVA Chelsea Gallery.

The Masters Series: Steve Brodner
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor
October 5 – November 2
Reception: Thursday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm
SVA honors illustrator and BFA Illustration faculty member Steve Brodner with the 31st annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition in 2019. This exhibition is a culmination of all of Brodner’s celebrated political art covering his past 50 years as an artist. Many of Brodner’s caricatures have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek and The Washington Post, to name a few.

Artist’s Talk: An Evening with Steve Brodner
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 – 9:00pm
In conjunction with the Master’s Series exhibition honoring Steve Brodner, the artist himself will talk about his 50-year career as a successful illustrator, author, educator and political commentator in this evening talk at the SVA Theatre.

In addition to these special events, SVA’s academic programs host a number of artist lectures each semester. MPS Digital Photography’s i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series features talks by leading photographers and artists, hardware and software developers and industry experts on select Tuesdays through December; MA Curatorial Practice will host talks by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia and the program’s director of research Brian Kuan Wood (September 13), Vietnam-based curator Zoe Butt (October 15), and editor Lucy Cotter (October 24); and, as part of its Scheimpflug lecture series, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media presents a discussion between faculty member Shimon Attie and program alumnus Ming-Jer Kuo (2014)—both 2019 recipients of the New York Foundation of the Arts Award in Architecture, Environmental Structures and Design (September 17).