As an eventful 2016 winds down and the new year approaches, we thought we would check in with a few of the College’s department chairs to find out where they were planning on putting their energies in the new year. Here are seven on 2017.
Steven Heller, co-chair of MFA Design: “I resolve to teach design students the difference between fact and fiction and how important it is to make design that respects the democracy we were born into. Designers can make people think. . . . We don’t want to lose that ability during the next four years.”
Nathan Fox, chair of MFA Visual Narrative: “Get back to designing and printing my anaglyphic series of 36 ghosts, pick up where I left off writing on ‘Tin Toys and Leather Kittens’ (a story I started working on based off of a mural, which has since developed into a comic book script) and finish, pitch and sell my first creator-owned sci-fi comic book series.”
Steven Madoff, chair of MA Curatorial Practice: “If I may speak beyond myself: At this moment of intense and fundamental danger to our civic institutions, our attention as makers has to turn with equal intensity to the remembrance of our values and the concentration of our purpose, and, of course, to celebration and joy as well. To rejoice in those things that have been good about us as Americans and humans, and to will ourselves to address those things that betray our goodness, our private and collective intelligence, our ethics and caring. As always, we each and all have a lot to do.”