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.