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Inauguration Art

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

“Of course artists are going to be very involved in planning and executing creative acts against what is going to be a very oppressive regime. We can lead the way. It’s sort of our job,” says artist Becky Howland to Hyperallergic. “There are times when it’s necessary to say ‘absolutely not,’ and this is one of them.”

So what are some ways forward for politically-minded artists, designers, filmmakers, and more? The answers seem to exist between individual motivation and collective action. Here are some examples.

The Nasty Women exhibition at Knockdown Center raised 50,000 dollars for Planned Parenthood, Callen-Lorde, and other community health initiatives, as reported in Artforum.

We the People,” a Kickstarter project, has raised more than 1.3 million dollars for printed materials, on its way to crowdfunding “The Amplifiers,” a documentary about art and activism.

Image via Kickstarter

Image via Kickstarter

For insiders, the Halt Action Group, led by well-placed artists, curators, and galleries, has organized the Dear Ivanka events and social media audience.

Image via New York Times

Image via New York Times

Museums and institutions will close for the #J20 Art Strike, initiated by e-flux, or they will offer free admission or special programming for Inauguration Day: “This call concerns more than the art field. It is made in solidarity with the nation-wide demand that on January 20 and beyond, business should not proceed as usual in any realm.”

Image via e-flux

Image via e-flux

And We Make America has hosted space and resources for artists to construct signs and props, as have numerous galleries, publicized through social media and word-of-mouth.

Image via Hyperallergic

Image via Hyperallergic

However you choose to jump in and respond to this unprecedented era, we offer several courses to help you craft your message. These include The Art of Consequence, Pow! The Art of Politics, and more. Though sometimes, all it takes is a sharpie and a passion.

Friday Hot Links

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.


NYTVR (New York Times): NYT steps up its VR game with Great Performers. (via Rachel Gogel)

MTV Reboot (Hopes & Fears): “The best thing we have [is] that MTV doesn’t mean anything anymore.” (via Kevin Brainard)

Brad’s Bill (Washington Post): Brad Landers backs bill to protect freelance creatives. (via Steve Brodner)

Donald and Hobbes (Mashable): Trump emigrates seamlessly into a classic comic. (via Robert Stribley)



Faculty Updates

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Peter Hristoff, Keith Mayerson, Matt Rota, and Viktor Koen!

Peter Hristoff at the Met Museum

Peter Hristoff at the Met Museum

Peter Hristoff is the Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this interview for the MetKids Blog, he picks his favorite artworks and offers insights on visiting the museum, including an assignment he gives himself.  To learn more about Peter’s work, read his statement about the museum’s influence on the monumental work he’s developing. One highlight: “Being able to spend so much time at the Met has provided me with great lessons in history; I see the fluidity of influences across borders, how one culture’s artifacts are reinterpreted by another. Pagan figures in one gallery evolve into saints in another; Islamic motifs that appear in ceramics are then repeated on a European fabric.”

Keith Mayerson, "My American Dream"

Keith Mayerson, “My American Dream”

Faculty update: Keith Mayerson has debuted the catalog for My American Dream, his vast solo survey at Marlborough ChelseaThe first printing is 200 copies, signed and dated. It has installation views, Keith’s notes about the exhibition, and every painting – and it reads like a comic narrative. It’s available at cost for $75 through Marlborough. 

rota ballpoint

Matt Rota has published The Art of Ballpoint with Rockport Books!  Matt has already established a practice of interviewing artists on his Pen and Ink Tumblr, so the new book seems like a natural progression.

Viktor Koen for NYT

Viktor Koen for NYT

Viktor Koen illustrated the cover for this weekend’s New York Times Arts & Leisure section! For his process and thoughts, visit his lively Tumblr.

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