Closing Reception for Steve DeFrank: On the Edge of Panic, this Saturday, October 26th from 6 to 8 pm in the Flatiron Project Space

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Steve DeFrank
On the Edge of Panic
Recent Works

October 10 – November 1
Closing reception: Saturday, October 26, 6-8 PM


BFA Visual & Critical Studies and the Flatiron Project Space announce an exhibition of recent works by faculty member Steve DeFrank (BFA MICA 1986, MFA SVA 1990).  A closing reception celebrating the artist, his work and his extraordinary teaching will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibition will run through November 1.

DeFrank has prepared the following statement:

“I’m a queer man making queer paintings in a post-gay art world. We are at a crossroads with the heterosexualization of gay culture. Assimilation dampens identity; the shift of societies (some, not all) to integrate gay folks and their culture is a loss as well as a gain. There is a cost for having a more homogeneous world, a more homogenous art world, a blandness that feels very dry. Queer demands to be seen.

The paintings share a dandified staging, a restrained fantastical flamboyance, with a modernist sensibility.  I am synthesizing abstraction and a cartoony queer comic figuration. This dualism in the paintings contributes something that is secondary to the work but something it couldn’t exist without.  That tension keeps me on the edge.”

The exhibition will include an overview of the artist’s influences in the window monitors.

About Steve DeFrank:

Steve DeFrank lives and works in the Bronx, New York. He is a Fulbright García-Robles Scholar, was awarded the Lillian Orlowsk/William Freed Foundation Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for outstanding painter.  DeFrank has had 7 solo shows in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions, including at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, the New Museum in NY and the Provincetown Art Museum.  Steve’s work is in the collections of the New Museum of Contemporary Art SEI/West Family Collection, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. He is an instructor of painting, sculpture and drawing at his Graduate School Alma Mater, the School of Visual Arts.

Special thanks to Tom Huhn, Chair of BFA Visual Critical Studies, and Peter Hristoff, amazing artist and curator.

The Flatiron Project Space, created and founded by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies (VCS) department, is located on the ground floor of 133 West 21 Street. The gallery invites VCS students and guest curators, along with other departments at SVA, to realize curatorial projects that highlight our rapidly expanding visual culture. Shows are held monthly and include video, performance, painting and sculptural projects.

The gallery is open Monday through Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM. It is fully accessible by wheelchair.

For more questions on the Steve DeFrank: The Edge of Panic, past or future shows, please contact us at or at 212.592.2093.

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