Reception: Tuesday, June 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
It was an experience that to this day still unravels itself to me. Sometimes I see it in my paintings or drawings, a certain predilection towards a specific shape, or form. Sometimes it’s when I choose to stand up at a Starbucks counter to have my espresso, or how familiar it feels when I hear someone speaking Italian in the subway. Usually, it hits me during a quiet taxi ride home as I watch the glistening NY landscape and I know that Rome’s landscape is still burned into my eyes, and that for a little while, I belonged to her somehow.
– Jonathas Nazareth
The Visual and Critical Studies Gallery is pleased to present AMARCORD, an exhibition of works created by students of SVA’s inaugural class in Rome. Titled after Federico Fellini’s 1973 masterpiece Amarcord (meaning “I remember”) the exhibition presents works made by the participants since their return to New York as well as a digital presentation of works made while in Rome. Similar to the theme of the movie, which is a coming of age story, the exhibition presents the idea of studying abroad as a transformative experience.
Among the pieces presented will be a monumental self-portrait by Gerald Sheffield (BFA Fine Arts 2015) referencing the style of Roman busts that incorporate various types of marble and the Belvedere Torso. Sheffield, who will continue his studies at Yale (MFA Painting) in the fall, comments: “Rome provided a unique opportunity for me as a studying artist. The historical significance and parallels to contemporary western culture became an integral part of my work.” In addition, the exhibition will include an over life-size saluting rabbit by Andrew Senken (BFA Fine Arts 2015) reminiscent of the saluting Emperor bronzes along the Roman Forum; Digital images of unidentifiable ancient fragments by Taylor Baker (BFA VCS 2015); a video inspired by Bernini’s “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” by Kate Kuhne (BFA Fine Arts 2016) and Lisa Saeboe (BFA VCS 2015); painted reliefs of devotional objects and spaces by Julia Garcia (BFA VCS 2014); and, Byzantine mosaic-like paintings by Jonathas Nazareth (BFA VCS 2014), among others.
Curated by Peter Hristoff.