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.

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.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn talks on his artwork and life on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, at FIT in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, located in the Fred P. Pomerantz Center on the northwest corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn (b. 1977) creates hybrid, fractured portraits on paper and linen
using charcoal, gouache, pastel, paint stick, and oil paint. His works are replete with art
historical references to Cubism, Surrealism, Francis Bacon, and others, yet his process is
also very personal, drawing from his memories, experiences, traumas, and family history
growing up in Chicago’s Robert Taylor housing project. Nathaniel Mary Quinn balances
the beautiful with the grotesque, the sinister with the benevolent, capturing the
complexity of human emotion in a way that is individual and also representative of the
human condition.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn has exhibited at galleries and institutions internationally. Recent
solo exhibitions include Half Gallery, New York; Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy; M + B Gallery,
Los Angeles; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Bunker 259 Gallery, Brooklyn; Pace
Gallery, London, England; and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
(MoCADA), Brooklyn, New York. He has also been featured in the group exhibitions at
Artist Space, New York; The Bronx Museum of Arts; Albertz Benda, New York; Satori
Gallery, New York; Susan-Inglett Gallery, New York; and Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New
York; and in A Process Series | Here He Come: Black Jesus, curated by Jessamyn Fiore,
Rawson Projects, New York. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications,
including the New York Times, The Independent (London), AFROPUNK, the Chicago
Reader, The Daily News, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Time Out New York.
He is the recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Artistic, Performance, and Fine Arts Award
and a two-time winner of the National Arts Club Prize. Quinn is included in the public
collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Whitney
Museum of American Art, among others. Nathaniel Mary Quinn, a native of Chicago,
received his BFA from Wabash College and his MFA from New York University. He
currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s page on his gallery’s website is here.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Ellen Altfest

On Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 6 – 7:30pm, artist Ellen Altfest speaks about her work in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, in the Fred P. Pomerantz (formerly D Building) of Fashion Institute of Technology, as part of the ARTSpeak 2018-2019 series, Artists and the New Muse. 

After receiving her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1997, Ellen Altfest has developed her own distinctive and devoted approach to figurative and representational painting.  The artist and writer David Humphrey observed that “Altfest’s paintings celebrate the way objects become engulfed by their surroundings and simple acts of identification multiply and transform.”  Altfest was born in 1970 in New York, where she currently lives and works.  In addition to graduating from Cornell University and from Yale, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.  She was awarded a studio space at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, New York, and she has held residencies at the Zabludowicz Collection, Finland, and the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas.  She led an artist workshop at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan.  Since her first solo exhibitions at Bellwether Gallery, New York, in 2002 and 2005, Altfest has had solo exhibitions at White Cube, London, and her work has been featured in exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, the Venice Biennale, and at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, U.K.  Her current exhibition, Green Spot, is on view at White Cube, Hong Kong, China.

This event is part of the ARTSpeak 2018-2019 lecture series, Artists and the New Muse, an interdisciplinary program presented by the departments of Fine Arts, History of Art, and English and Communication Studies.
ARTSpeak is made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Committee, with support from the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Wayne Koestenbaum

On Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, 5 – 6pm, critic/poet/novelist/performer/visual artist/academic Wayne Koestenbaum gives a talk on his work in The Art and Design Gallery in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, 227 West 27th Street.

Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of 19 books, most recently Camp Marmalade (Nightboat, 2018), Notes on Glaze: 18 Photographic Investigations (Cabinet Books, 2016), and My 1980s & Other Essays (FSG, 2013). He contributes regularly to The New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Artforum, and other periodicals and has participated in panels at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, he was a visiting professor in the painting department of Yale’s school of art from 2002-2011.

The 2018 – 2019 ARTSpeak Series has been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation with support from the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts.

ARTSpeak Panel: The Presence of Art History in the Artist’s Mind

ARTSpeak 2016-2017, a joint program of the Fine Arts and Art History Departments at FIT, presents a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 6:30 – 8pm, on the theme of The Presence of Art History in the Artist’s Mind.  The theme explores the impact of art history on the contemporary artist’s studio practice.  This series is open to the FIT community and the public.
Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to parents of Ghanaian heritage, and he received his MFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited his work in the US and Europe, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Sugar Hill Museum, New York. Sharon Horvath received her BFA from Cooper Union and her MFA from Tyler School of Art. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rome Prize. She is Professor of Art at Purchase College, SUNY. Kyle Staver received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her MFA from Yale University. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, Staver recently exhibited her work at Kent Fine Art, New York. Jennifer Samet teaches art history at the New York Studio School and the New School. She writes the column “Beer with a Painter” in Hyperallergic, and is co-director of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York.
The ARTSpeak 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.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Siri Hustvedt

On Wednesday, April 11th, at 5pm, writer Siri Hustvedt will be speaking in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in the Pomerantz Center (formerly D Building). The public is welcome to attend.

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, three collections of essays, a work of non-fiction, and six novels, including the international bestsellers What I Loved and The Summer Without Men. Her most recent novel The Blazing World was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Book Prize for fiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College in New York. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

ARTSpeak studio/classroom visit and exhibit by EJ Hauser

Visual artist EJ Hauser visited the FIT Fine Arts department on October 27, 2017, at 12:30pm and gave a talk on her artwork and studio practice.

EJ Hauser is a New York based painter. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been reviewed in publications including BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times.

In conjunction with her campus visit, Ms. Hauser will also present a selection of paintings and works on paper in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center 6th Floor display cases.

EJ Hauser’s website.

big imagining delphi, 2017, Oil on canvas, 70 x 55 inches.

EJ Hauser

ARTSpeak studio/classroom visit from Benjamin Degen

Visual artist Benjamin Degen visited the FIT Fine Arts studios (room D630) on November 20, 2017, at 12:30pm and gave a talk on his work and practice.

Benjamin Degen is a New York based painter represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS, and the Collezione Maramotti in Italy.

Benjamin Degen’s website

Benjamin Degen among his paintings.

ARTSpeak Lecturer: Carrie Moyer

Artist Carrie Moyer will speak Tuesday, March 21st, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at Fashion Institute of Technology, 27th Street and 7th Avenue.
ARTSpeak 2016-2017, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, includes a series of lectures on the theme of The Presence of Art History in the Mind of the Artist.
Carrie Moyer is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited widely, in both the US and Europe. Museums shows include a traveling survey, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny,  that originated at the Tang Museum, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Moyer has received awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell Foundations, Anonymous Was a Woman, and Creative Capital among others. With photographer Sue Schaffner, she co-founded one of the first lesbian public art projects, Dyke Action Machine!, which was active in New York City between 1991-2008. Moyer’s writing has appeared anthologies and periodicals such as Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Modern Painters and others. She is an Associate Professor in the Art and Art History Department at Hunter College. Moyer is represented by DC Moore Gallery.

Cloud 9, 2016, Acrylic, glitter on canvas. 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and DC Moore Gallery

Candy Cap, 2016, Acrylic, glitter on canvas. 78 x 90 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and DC Moore Gallery

Artist Carrie Moyer – photo by GirlRay