What is ARTSpeak?


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


Making the Artist: Studio Practice

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.

Illuminating Process – Exhibition in Pomerantz Lobby

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

Illuminating Process exhibition, Pomerantz Lobby, February & March 2014. Photo Carolyn Oberst

Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst

Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst

Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst

Illuminating Process exhibition. Photo: Carolyn Oberst

ARTSpeak lecturere: Pedro Barbieto

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/

ARTSpeak’s 2012-2013 season, Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book

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.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Maddy Rosenberg

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

Maddy Rosenberg

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Beth Thielen

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)

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Mira Schor

Artist and writer Mira Schor will lecture as part of ARTSpeak’s series, “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book” on November 27th, 2012, in the Katie Murphy Auditorium at FIT. The talk will take place from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

Mira Schor is a New York-based artist, writer, editor, and educator, known for her contributions to the critical discourse on the status of painting in contemporary art and culture as well as to feminist art history and criticism.  A focus of her visual work has been the representation of language in drawing and painting. Schor is the co-editor, with Susan Bee, of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism, published by Duke University Press in 2000. She is also the author of two books of writings on art, politics and culture, Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life. She has had solo exhibitions at Marvelli Gallery, Momenta Art, and Horodner Romley Gallery in New York, and CB1 Gallery in LA, and her work has been exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum, the Armand Hammer Museum, and the Neuberger Museum, among others.  In addition to numerous awards in painting and criticism, Schor was awarded a 2009 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant to develop A Year of Positive Thinking, a blog on contemporary art.

Mira Schor’s own website, where you can find out more about her artwork and her writing is:  http://www.miraschor.com

Her blog, A Year of Positive Thinking: http://ayearofpositivethinking.com/

You can read a recent interview with Mira Schor by artist Mary Jones, from June 2012 at:  http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6609

A recent artwork by Mira Schor, created during Hurricane Sandy, “Glad to See You Are Keeping Busy”, 2012, Oil on canvas, 24×28 inches

Mira Schor at the opening of her solo exhibition at Momenta Art, December 2008

ARTSpeak Lecturer: David Mazzucchelli

On Monday, October 22nd, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30pm, artist David Mazzucchelli will lecture on the unique aspects of storytelling in the medium of comics. He’ll speak in the Katie Murphy Auditorium in the Pomerantz Building (D Building) – enter at the Northwest corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

The talk is open to the public!  Those not members of the FIT community should let the FIT guard know they’re attending the lecture in the auditorium.

Mazzucchelli has been creating comics since his youth, and recently has brought the graphic novel to a new level of literary seriousness and beauty.  Renowned for his collaborations on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories and on an adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel, City of Glass, he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship.  His graphic novel, Asterios Polyp, was a NY Times Notable Book for 2009, and the winner of a LA Times Book Prize.


page from Asterios Polyp, 2010


ARTSpeak Lecturer: Vitaly Komar

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, artist Vitaly Komar will speak in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (D Building), at the Fashion Institute of Technology, located at 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY. The event is open to the public. The ARTSpeak 2011-2012 Lecture Series is sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts.

Vitaly Komar is a Russian painter and performance artist who was born in Moscow. He and fellow Russian artist Alexander Melamid collaborated as the conceptual art duo Komar & Melamid until 2003. In 1972, Komar & Melamid founded a movement they called Sots Art, a unique version of Soviet Pop and Conceptual Art that combines the principles of Dadaism and Socialist Realism. Komar currently resides in New York City, and has had solo exhibitions at the Moscow Biennale and the Galerie Sandmann, Berlin, Germany.

For more information on Vitaly Komar, go to his page on the website of the Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York City: http://www.feldmangallery.com/pages/artistsrffa/artkom01.html

Vitaly Komar