ARTSpeak is a project created at the Fashion Institute of Technology – it’s intended to foster a conversation about the constant interplay between art and life. ARTSpeak consists of a number of different forums, including, but not limited to: A lecture series featuring distinguished artists whose work speaks about their own diverse lives, an FIT blog site where anyone in the FIT community can contribute commentary, and exhibitions of FIT student artwork.
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ARTSpeak 2013-2014 is an interdisciplinary program presented by the Departments of Fine Arts and History of Art. This program has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts. The series is open to the FIT community and the public.
You can now watch videos on the ARTspeak blog! Go to the tab (at the top of this page) that says Watch Videos! and click on that. You will be able to watch a video of ARTspeak lecturer Nayland Blake giving his talk at FIT. Or just click here to get to the video: http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kmc/preview/partner_id/483591/uiconf_id/6652122/entry_id/0_t8b1l82o/delivery/http
Artist and FIT alumna Abigail DeVille, speaks on her work on Friday, October 24th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in FIT’s Pomerantz Center, entrance on the corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.
This event is open to the FIT community and public.
ARTSpeak 2014-2015, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of events on the theme of Outside Traditions.
Abigail DeVille received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BFA from FIT in 2007. She has exhibited a growing constellation of site-specific installations in the United States and Europe. Her most recent exhibitions include Material Histories at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2014); Outside the Lines at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2014); Invisible Men: Beyond the Veil, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2013); and the Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Her work has been written about in New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Artforum.com. Ms. DeVille is a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient and is a 2014-15 fellow at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
The event has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.
ARTSpeak presents a film screening of the film, “Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray”, on Wednesday April 23, 2014, 6 – 7:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center (D Building) of FIT, entrance on the northwest corner of 27th Street and 7th Ave. This event is open to the public.
ARTSpeak 2013-2014, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of events on the theme of the artist’s process in the studio. This event is a screening of a rough cut of the film, Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, introduced by the filmmaker, Kristi Zea, and shows the artist Elizabeth Murray at work in her studio.
This event is open to the FIT community and public. In conjunction with this series, students have visited artists in their studios. Concurrent with this screening, ARTSpeak is also presenting “Making the Artist: Studio Practice,” an exhibition in the FIT Library of FIT junior and senior artwork curated by second-year students in the Art History and Museum Professions program.
These events have been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.
ARTSpeak presents an artist panel discussion on Monday April 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. This event is open to the public.
The panelists featured are Arlene Shechet, Chuck Webster, and Charles Yuen, who will talk about their work in the context of the ARTSpeak 2013-14 theme, “In the Studio: Illuminating Process.” The panel will be moderated by FIT History of Art Professor Mari Dumett, and will take place during the collaborative exhibition of Art History and Museum Professions and Fine Arts students in the FIT Library.
Arlene Shechet has received broad recognition for her corporeal and suggestive ceramic work. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work is in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Shechet currently lives and works in New York City and upstate New York.
Chuck Webster is known for his playful quasi-abstract paintings and drawings. His work was exhibited in a solo show at ZieherSmith in New York in 2012, and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the MFA Houston. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Originally from Hawaii, Charles Yuen moved to New York City after receiving an MFA from Rutgers University. He has had solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery; ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; and the Downtown Gallery, Honolulu. Yuen has participated in community-based activities including being a founding member of Godzilla, an Asian American arts organization.
As part of its 2013-2014 series ”Illuminating Process,” ARTSpeak presents Making the Artist: Studio Practice, an exhibition of FIT junior and senior artwork curated by second-year students in the Art History and Museum Professions program. This is an interdisciplinary project involving students and faculty from Fine Arts, Art History, Photography and Graphic Design, complete with an exhibition catalogue. Please be sure to visit the show on the 5th and 6th floors of the FIT Library from March 24 – April 28, 2014.
As part ARTSpeak’s 2013-2014 season, “Illuminating Process”, an exhibition of FIT Fine Arts students’ work was presented in the Pomerantz Lobby. The exhibition included both the “thinking” materials (sketches, notes, rehearsal artworks, etc.), and the larger artworks they lead to.
Illuminating Process exhibition, Pomerantz Lobby, February & March 2014. Photo Carolyn Oberst
Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst
Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst
As part of the ARTSpeak lecture series, Pedro Barbeito, a Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker, will speak about his studio practice and his creative process. Barbeito’s work explores the impact of digital image making on the history and language of painting by combining the imagery of painters such as Velazquez, Goya, and Picasso with the digital imagery of news media, science websites, and video games. ARTSpeak is a series presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art; this year’s series theme is “In the Studio: Illuminating Process”.
The talk will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov 26th, 2013, in The Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (also known as the “D” Building), corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue. The entire FIT community is invited, as well as the general public!
More information on Pedro Barbeitto can be found on his website http://www.pedrobarbeito.com/
The fall 2012/spring 2013 season of ARTSpeak was titled, Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book. The lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions all explored the rich relationship between the written word, and fine art.
October 22, 2012 – David Mazzucchelli – 12:30 – 1:30pm
November 27th, 2012 – Mira Schor – 2:30 – 3:30pm
February 14th, 2013 – Beth Thielen – 12:30 – 1:30pm
March 14th, 2013 – Maddy Rosenberg – 2:30 – 3:30pm
April 8th, 2013 – Panel Discussion: Martha Wilson, Max Schulman, Alexander Campos – 6:30 – 8:00pm
All FIT students, faculty, and staff are always welcome to become part of the conversation.
Artist and curator Maddy Rosenberg will lecture as part of ARTSpeak’s series, “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book” on March 14th, 2013, in the Katie Murphy Auditorium at FIT. The talk will take place from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
Rosenberg is a multidisciplinary artist who works in several media: oil painting, artist’s books, printmaking, drawing, toy theater, and installation. Rosenberg also is a curator, and is based in both New York City and Berlin, Germany.
In September 2009, Rosenberg opened CENTRAL BOOKING, a two-gallery space in New York focusing on artist’s books and their integration into the larger art world (www.centralbookingnyc.com). She received a NEA grant for her international multi-venue curatorial project, New York/Paris DIALOGUE Paris/New York.
Rosenberg has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe, and her work is in numerous public collections. She earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from Bard College.
Her website: http://www.maddyrosenberg.net
Central Booking: http://centralbookingnyc.com/
Dystopia, 2007, Linoleum block prints with digitally printed cover, edition of 30, 9 x 4 x 5 inches
Artist and writer Beth Thielen will lecture as part of ARTSpeak’s series, “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book” on February 14th, 2013, in the Katie Murphy Auditorium at FIT. The talk will take place from 12:30 to 1:30pm.
Beth Thielen graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her work widely since the mid-eighties. Especially known for her experimental book forms, she received a California Arts Council grant to teach in the California prison system, where she worked with inmate artists and produced artist books based on her experiences. Her work is represented in museums, libraries, and important public and private collections worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, Yale University, and the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library.
Beth Thielen, “Tower Book” (opened)