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Conversations on Acts of Art and Rebuttal
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Conversations on Acts of Art and Rebuttal

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 Opening night of Black Artists in Rebuttal at Acts of Art, April 6, 1971.  Image courtesy of RYAN LEE Gallery, New York and Adobe Kuo Archives, Los Angeles

Opening night of Black Artists in Rebuttal at Acts of Art, April 6, 1971.

Image courtesy of RYAN LEE Gallery, New York and Adobe Kuo Archives, Los Angeles

Conversations on Acts of Art and Rebuttal

Friday, October 5, 2018, 1–6pm 
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College North Building, 4th Floor
Entrance on the south side of 69th Street
between Park Ave. and Lexington Ave.


1pm | Welcome by Howard Singerman, Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College

1:15pm | 1971 Art Students League: Richard Mayhew and Oakley N. Holmes, Jr. in conversation with Lisa Farrington

1:45pm | Statement by Cliff Joseph, read by LeRonn P. Brooks 

2pm | Weusi Artist Collective: Dindga McCannon and Ademola Olugebefola in conversation with LeRonn P. Brooks

2:30 pm | Betty Blayton-Taylor discussing her work, from a film by Oakley N. Holmes, Jr., 1975

2:45pm | Abstraction: Richard Mayhew and Frank Wimberley in conversation with Lisa Corinne Davis 

3:15pm | Vivian Browne discussing her work, from a film by Oakley N. Holmes, Jr., 1975

3:45pm | Where We At: Black Women Artists: Dindga McCannon in conversation with Lisa Farrington and Lisa Corinne Davis

4:15pm | Nigel Jackson and Acts of Art Gallery: James Denmark and Frank Wimberley in conversation with LeRonn P. Brooks

4:45pm | “Once in a While” by Benny Andrews, read by Tom Sleigh, Distinguished Professor in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Hunter College

5pm | Round table discussion: Rebuttal to the Whitney Museum Exhibition: Black Artists in Rebuttal 

5:45pm | Audience Q&A

6pm | Closing remarks by Sarah Watson, Chief Curator, Hunter College Art Galleries

6:15-8pm | Reception at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, 132 E. 68th Street

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Kick Off Reception for Axis Mundo
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Kick Off Reception for Axis Mundo

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Patssi Valdez, Portrait of Sylvia Delgado, c. early 1980s. Hand-painted photograph with ink and pastel, 20 x 36 in. (50.8 x 91.4 cm). Courtesy of Patssi Valdez. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber

An exhibition of work by a collaborative network of over 50 LA-based queer Chicanx artists produced through the 1960s to 1990s

Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz

Hunter College Art Galleries: 205 Hudson Gallery & Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
June 22–August 19, 2018

Kick Off Reception for Axis Mundo
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 3:00–4:30 PM
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
132 E 68th Street, New York, NY 10065

Please note that the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery will close at 5 PM on June 21, 2018. Please join us for the opening reception at 205 Hudson Gallery from 6–9 PM on June 21, 2018.


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Being Alone, Sharing: Conversations on Survival
1:00 PM13:00

Being Alone, Sharing: Conversations on Survival

Being Alone and Sharing

Being Alone, Sharing: Conversations on Survival
Saturday, April 28, 1–7:30pm 

Organized by Sarah Watson and Dylan Gauthier with Alida Jekabson

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey, curated by Javier Rivero Ramos and Sarah Watson, on view through May 6, 2018

Drafted in his sketchbook, the phrase “school of survival” echoes Juan Downey’s belief that educators and artists have a responsibility to work towards societal change. Addressing the urgencies of the material realities of the 1970s, Downey’s work foreshadows the ever-evolving crisis we find ourselves in today. Considering our current ecological and political moment, this conversation series invites artists, educators, and activists to share how their creative process, approach to education, and daily life respond to and define survival. 



1–1:30pm Introduction by Sarah Watson and talk on Juan Downey by Javier Rivero Ramos

1:30-2:45pm Conversation with Stephanie Alvarado, Brooke Singer, and Dior St. Hillaire, moderated by Alida Jekabson

2:45-3:45pm Conversation with smudge studio (Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse) and Tattfoo Tan, moderated by Dylan Gauthier

3:45-4pm Coffee Break

4-5:15pm Conversation with School of Apocalypse (Tal Beery, Catherine Despont, Eugenia Manwelyan and Adam Stennett) and Pili X, moderated by Sarah Watson

5:30-6pm Reading by Lila Zemborain and Mónica de la Torre, organized by Jocelyn Spaar

6-6:30pm Intro and performance demo of Datagarden’s MIDI sprout

6:30-7:30pm Wine and cheese reception



STEPHANIE ALVARADO is a queer Afro-Indigena Latina feminista born and raised in the Bronx, NY by way of Guayaquil, Ecuador. She is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and reproductive justice scholar and activist. Alvarado is currently the Director of Advocacy and Partnerships at 596 Acres, NYC's only community land access advocacy organization.

Founded in 2011 by Joe Pattucci and Alex Tyson, DATAGARDEN is an arts organization and zero waste record label. DataGarden builds community and connection to nature through experiences that extend human perception using sound, including releasing downloads on plantable artwork; producing installations and events; and using plants to play electronic music with their bio-sonification MIDI Sprout device.

DYLAN GAUTHIER is an artist and educator who creates platforms and social infrastructure around ecology, community, landscape, and social change. Gauthier is a founder of the boat-building and publishing collective Mare Liberum and of the Sunview Luncheonette, a co-op for art, politics, and poetics in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He teaches in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College.

ALIDA JEKABSON is a M.A. candidate in the Art History program at Hunter College and is the spring Gund Curatorial Programming Fellow for the Hunter College Art Galleries. Alida's research interests include public art and museum history with a focus on modern and contemporary art from the Americas.

JAVIER RIVERO RAMOS, co-curator of the exhibition The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey, is a second year PhD student at Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archeology studying modern and contemporary art with a specific focus on Latin America. His research interests include international networks of artistic exchange, art under duress, and Pan-Americanism. He has worked in the curatorial departments of Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX; Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX, and the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York.

SCHOOL OF APOCALYPSE––founded in 2015 by Tal Beery, Catherine Despont, Eugenia Manwelyan and Adam Stennett––is a radical learning community organized around a notion of school broadly defined as a framework and container for the emergence of shared knowledge. The school invites a range of thinkers, artists, and scientists to present programming on themes connecting creative practice and notions of survival. Subjects of study are theoretical as well as hands on, and emphasize the integration of observational and material practices found in mystical traditions, creative modalities and scientific field work.

BROOKE SINGER engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations, public art and performances that often involves participation in pursuit of social change.

JOCELYN SPAAR is a poet, translator, and artist, living in New York and working at the Hunter College Art Galleries.  She is the poetry editor of STILL magazine, based in Berlin and New York.

SMUDGE STUDIO is a collaboration between Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse that started in 2005. smudge studio designs and cultivates embodied practices that support humans in paying nuanced attention to the fast and intense material realities that are now emerging on a planetary scale.

DIOR ST. HILLAIRE is the owner of GREENFEEN, an environmental consulting firm that uses Hip-Hop to teach sustainability as a lifestyle through green technology and compost education. Through exclusive partnerships, zero waste events, and organics collection, GreenFeen uses this triple bottom line theory to teach a holistic lifestyle.

TATTFOO TAN is an artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature.

MÓNICA DE LA TORRE is the author, most recently, of The Happy End/All Welcome. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. Her translation of Defensa del ídolo, the sole book of poetry by the Chilean modernist Omar Cáceres, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse this summer.

PILI X is a multidisciplinary artist, radical urban planner, and Director of Community Partnerships at the North Philly Peace Park. His work focuses on community development and place-making using ecology, design, education, and art as a vehicle to implement radical change. He was named one “12 People Of Color Leading The Social Impact Charge In Philadelphia” in 2017 by Generocity.

SARAH WATSON is Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries and is co-curator of the exhibition The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey. Her curatorial interest is in creating experimental sites for education, collaboration, and action, with a focus on time-based works including film, sound, video, new media, performance, poetry and literature. In addition to organizing exhibitions and programming, Watson oversees the gallery component of the Advanced Certificate in Curatorial Studies at Hunter College.    

Poet and critic LILA ZEMBORAIN (Argentina) is the author of eight poetry collections including Guardianes del secreto (2002), translated into English as Guardians of the Secret (2009); Malvas orquídeas del mar (2004), translated into English as Mauve Sea-orchids (2007); Rasgado (2006), translated into French as Déchiré (2013).  From 2009 to 2012 she directed the NYU MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish, where she continues to teach. 

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Magnum Photos Inside Out

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Magnum Photos Inside Out

Magnum Photos Inside Out

Friday, October 27, 2017
10:15am – 5:30 pm

The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47–49 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Organized on the occasion of the exhibition Framing Community: Magnum Photos, 1947 – Present, this forum discusses how Magnum photographers have shaped visual narratives within a world that is ever more fractured and uncertain. Across seven decades, Magnum members have questioned their position as outsiders looking in, negotiating religious and cultural diversity while seeking trust and shaping relationships with a wide range of communities. A working group of photographers, writers, and historians retraces significant moments of this cooperative photo agency, debating the meaning of these images as encounters with difference, and looking at their channels of communication and community outreach, from printed magazines to the contemporary digital landscape.

Convener: Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Participants: Nadya Bair, Jennifer Bajorek, Chris Boot, Bieke Depoorter, Reiner Leist, Kristen Lubben, Alia Malek, Susan Meiselas, Fred Ritchin, Carole Naggar, Howard Singerman, David Levi Strauss, Peter van Agtmael

Free and open to the public
Seating is limited
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Maria Antonella Pelizzari


10:15 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:45
Magnum Photos and Its Media
Panelists: Nadya Bair, Chris Boot, Kristen Lubben
Moderator: Howard Singerman   

11:45 – 12:30
Bieke Depoorter's Talk

12:30 – 2:00
Lunch Break and Visit of Exhibition

2:00 – 3:30
Documentary Photography in a “Post-Truth” Age
Panelists: David Levi Strauss, Susan Meiselas, Fred Ritchin, and Bieke Depoorter
Moderator: Reiner Leist

3:30 – 4:00
Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30
Migration, Exile: Communities At a Loss
Panelists: Alia Malek, Peter van Agtmael, Jennifer Bajorek
Moderator: Carole Naggar

With the support of the Crossways Foundation in collaboration with the Hunter College Department of Art and Art History and the Hunter College Art Galleries

Image: Susan Meiselas, Hanging out on Baxter Street, Little Italy, NYC, 1978 © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

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Bayadères for Two Skywalks: A site-specific work by Daniel Buren
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Bayadères for Two Skywalks: A site-specific work by Daniel Buren

Photo-souvenir: Bayadères for Two Skywalks, March 2016, work in situ, Hunter College, New York, NY, United States, March–December 2016. © Daniel Buren/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Bill Orcutt.

Bayadères for Two Skywalks: A site-specific work by Daniel Buren

On view through Saturday December 31, 2016

Leubsdorf Gallery
Hunter West Building
132 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

“It is by working for a given exhibition site that the work in situ—and it alone—opens up the field for a possible transformation of the very place itself.” — Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren (b. 1938) is a French artist whose work is rooted in the avant-garde conceptual practices of the 1960s. Buren has long engaged in creating large-scale site-specific works, conceiving and executing these works in response to their specific architectural and institutional setting and using these elements as cues for reimagining the space. For Hunter College, Buren has transformed the iconic skywalks into prismatic passageways, rendering a familiar space unfamiliar. This intervention creates an opportunity to engage with the architecture in a new way—prompting questions about how we experience color, light, and space and how those elements alter the social and physical environment. As in all of Buren’s site-specific work, the artwork itself is only completed through interaction, eliciting the viewers’ intellectual, emotional, and sensorial response as they move through the space.

This work is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni, on view at the Hunter College, 205 Hudson Street Gallery in Tribeca, through April 10, 2016. This exhibition—the first critical examination of the significant, albeit brief, work of the four artists in 1967—seeks to reexamine the group by placing its work in context with the broader conversations surrounding institutional critique, performance, and the role of painting as a political medium.

Bayadères for Two Skywalks is made possible by LVMH / Moët Hennessy–Louis Vuitton with additional support from the David Bershad Family Foundation and Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Inc.; the Brant Foundation, Inc.; Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg; Andrew and Christine Hall; the Hunter College Foundation; Stephen King, C12 Capital Management; the Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; President Jennifer J. Raab; and an anonymous donor.

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