Let’s Do Lunch! SVA Offers Slate of Free Midday Summer Programming
June 24, 2019
Beatrice Glow, Rhunhattan [Tearoom], Installation view, Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill Public Garden and Cutlural Center, Bronx, NY
An image of Gary Simmons' artwork.
Image by Gary Simmons

Summer is in full swing and we've got a great way to help you cool off and take a break from the day with the Lunchtime Lecture Series, presented and curated by SVA's MFA Art Practice program. Held on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 2:00pm in June and July, this year's iteration of the series will feature a diverse group of interdisciplinary artists, speaking on topics that range from racial and gender identity to global politics and pop culture. Visiting artists are recognized for their work in performance art, painting and sculpture, visual technology, and more.

All Lunchtime Lectures will take place at MFA Art Practice, located on the fifth floor of SVA's 335 West 16th Street location, and are free and open to the public. Details of each speaker are below.

Tuesday, June 25: Gary Simmons
Gary Simmons (BFA 1988 Fine Arts) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work draws from American pop culture to racial identity and cultural politics. (Read our Visual Arts Journal feature on Simmons here.)
Tuesday, July 2: Eleanor Kipping
Eleanor Kipping is a socially engaged artist and educator. Her interdisciplinary creative practice is concerned with the black female experience as Other in the United States, regarding hair politics, color-ism and racial passing and how these topics may be explored at the intersections of installation, performance and social practice.
Tuesday, July 9: Kalup Linzy
Kalup Linzy is a Brooklyn-based video and performance artist who creates low-tech, satirical narratives inspired by television soap operas, telenovelas and Hollywood melodramas that explore racial, gender and sexual identity.

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Image by Shirin Neshat.

Tuesday, July 16: Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat is a New York City-based Iranian artist whose work explores female identity and politics in Islamic countries.

Tuesday, July 23: Baseera Khan
Baseera Khan is a New York City-based artist whose work shares an experience of exile and kinship shaped by economic, pop cultural and political situations. She mixes consumerism with spirituality and treats de-colonial histories, practices and archives as geographies of the future.

The Lunchtime Lecture series is just one of the many events and exhibitions being offered by SVA from June through August. From MFA Fine Arts' rotating "Life On An Island" exhibitions on Governors Island to discussions about art healing and therapy and juried exhibitions of student work, there is no shortage of fun, free activities hosted by the College, on campus and off. For a complete list of SVA summer programming, visit sva.edu/events.

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Artist and educator Eleanor Kipping.