Coming in January: “Defending Dialogue” at the Westside Gallery


This January, SVA’s Westside Gallery will host “Defending Dialogue,” the Visual & Critical Studies program’s senior exhibition for the class of 2013. The group show will run from January 5th to February 2nd, 2013, with an opening reception Thursday, January 10th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Here’s a description of the show from the VCS website:

This exhibition features the work of 17 seniors in the Visual & Critical Studies Department. Ranging from multi-screen videos and mixed media installations to paintings and prints, the pieces engage a variety of contemporary themes in divergent ways: some works materialized from actual dialogues (verbal and written); others seek to break down assumptions and invite a critical exchange of ideas, encouraging dialogue in response. The topics addressed by the works express current concerns and include censorship, personal and cultural identity, gaming strategy, memory and forgetting, dreams, and the aerial. The show exemplifies the diversity of aesthetic and theoretical approaches associated with this department and challenges viewers to think broadly and critically just as the program requires the students to do.

The exhibition includes work by:

Alex Belancourt
Luiza Cardenuto
Nina Franzen
Lucia Hinojosa
Ilana Kruger
Hallie Kruger
Betty Laboz
Angela Miskis
Amelia Modlin
Maya Harder-Montoya
George Mott
Lauren O’Neill
William Patterson
Alyssa Rina
Courtney Spieker
Susanna Spieler
Megan Westgate

I will update the blog with additional information about “Defending Dialogue” as it becomes available, and add a follow-up post about the opening reception sometime in mid-January.


The fall 2012 semester is coming to an end in a couple days, but I will continue to post regular updates to the VCS blog during the winter break, including a piece about VCS alumna Brooke Tomiello and a follow-up on the Priene Hali rug exhibition at P.S. 290 that Peter Hristoff mentioned in this post.


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