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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Steve Brodner, Rachel Gogel, and Peter Hristoff!

Steve Brodner’s artwork churns up the cover of this week’s Village Voice. This is the latest update to Brodner’s triumphant series of Donald Trump editorial illustrations, which range from hilarious to chilling.

Steve Brodner for the Village Voice

Steve Brodner for the Village Voice

Rachel Gogel was selected by Inc. Magazine for its feature, “30 Under 30: Movers and Shakers in the Content Industry.” Inc. writes, “When the New York Times finally embraced native advertising with its T Brand Studios, it turned to Gogel to serve as Creative Director, helping brands to tell their story without compromising the journalistic integrity of the publication.”

Rachel Gogel has also been featured in OKREAL

Rachel Gogel has also been featured in OKREAL

Peter Hristoff continues his productive residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’ll build on his  lecture and writing series by participating in two “9 Minute Talks at the Metthis weekend. Peter writes, “On Friday, I will be speaking about the vitality of an unfinished masterpiece and on Saturday about the tragedy of unfinished lives — lives cut short by the AIDS crisis.  Hope to see you at the Met Breuer.”

Peter Hristoff at the Met Museum

Met Museum Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff. Photo by Jonathas Nazareth


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Friday Hot Links

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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

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Two-Lane Type (The New York Times): What typography does for safe driving. (via Jenny Kutnow)

Space-time Photo (NPR): A photographer captures the passage of time. (via John Rea)

Like Mike (The Guardian): On HBO’s tribute to director Mike Nichols (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Facebook Feels (Fast Co. Design): How Facebook designers reached beyond “Like.” (via Robert Stribley)


Faculty Updates

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Dina KantorSteve BrodnerMatt Rota, and Grant Shaffer!


Natasha Chuk, “Vanishing Points” (l); Dina Kantor, “Water Tower, Treece, KS,” 2012 (r)

Dina Kantor converses with arts writer Natasha Chuk on Feb 15, to discuss the themes of Chuk’s recently published book Vanishing Points, and Kantor’s images from the series Treece, which are featured in the book. This event is free and open to the public, hosted by MFA Photo, Video and Related Media and Visual and Critical Studies.

"Presidents" by Steve Brodner

“Presidents” by Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner will speak at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Feb 19. He will discuss Presidents, his new book in progress, which will explore the significant events of the administrations of president William McKinley to the present.

Matt Rota at Society of Illustrators

Matt Rota at Society of Illustrators

Matt Rota won a Silver Medal for the Editorial Category from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations for ProPublica. At the reception, he gave a brief speech about his work. Read our interview with Matt about his book here.

Image: Grant Shaffer

Image: Grant Shaffer

Grant Shaffer illustrated Three Magic Balloonsa children’s book presented by Juliana Marguiles, whose father wrote it for her and her sisters when they were children. The book is slated for release in May.

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Hands Together

Monday, January 18th, 2016

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., we’re looking at Keith Mayerson’s painting, Drum Majors (Martin Luther King, Jr., and Family), which was installed at the 2014 Biennial and is now part of the Whitney’s collection.


Keith Mayerson’s painting, Drum Majors (Martin Luther King, Jr., and Family), 2008

A rigorous, crescent-shaped composition, the image brings together Dr. King with his family. Their heads align like a chord on a musical scale. Coretta Scott King is at the top, the only standing. She embodies the ubiquitous adage, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” The Revered looks closely at his daughter, but Coretta’s elevated point of view enables her to survey all hands together. Still, the parents work in harmony; they mimic each other as each presses their right index finger to the keyboard.

The convergence of hands at the piano keyboard could remind us of the hands in Leonard Freed’s photo, Baltimore, Maryland: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being greeted upon his return to the United States after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, October 31, 1964. In Freed’s photo, the composition radiates outward from Dr. King’s extended hand – or all hands home in toward his. Either way, the scrum of hands describes the currents of MLK’s mass appeal and resonance. In Mayerson’s painting, the hands extend in the same direction, as they might have done in a church pew, among other places.

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Leonard Freed, “Baltimore, Maryland: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being greeted upon his return to the United States after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, October 31, 1964”

This may be a stretch, but I see formal affinities between Keith’s painting and Matisse’s Goldfish and PaletteBegin with the slabs of black geometric planes on the lower right quadrant of each painting: in Keith’s, a piano; in Matisse’s, a “vestigial scaffolding” that abstracts Matisse himself clutching a palette. Then look to the left, where black and white alternate. In the background of each painting, we see arabesque contours, especially fulsome in the floral paisley of the King family’s wallpaper. Notice how the marigold bow corresponds to Matisse’s lemon. And don’t you see a goldfish shape on the surface of King’s daughter’s dress?

Matisse Mayerson

Friday Hot Links

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Bob Ross Marathon (Open Culture): Feeling stressed and/or unskilled? Get a season of Bob Ross for free! (via Kevin Brainard)

Typeface Pirates (WIRED Magazine): It’s easier than ever to steal and share custom fonts without paying for them. (via Ilene Strizver)

Lego my Wei-go (DNA Info): Donate gently used Legos to Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum. (via Robert Stribley)