This Thursday: the reception for “Defending Dialogue” at the Westside Gallery


The new semester at SVA began today, and there’s a lot happening in the Visual & Critical Studies program over the next few weeks.

First up is the opening reception for the VCS senior exhibition “Defending Dialogue,” which will take place this Thursday, January 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Westside Gallery on the ground floor at 133/141 West 21st Street. The group show opened this Saturday, and will run through February 2nd. (For more information on the gallery’s location and hours, see below.)

Here’s a description of “Defending Dialogue” from SVA’s online event announcement:

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Defending Dialogue,” an exhibition of work by fourth-year students in the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department: 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 and Megan Westgate. Curated by art historian and faculty member Isabel Taube, the exhibition will be on view January 5 – February 2 at the Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21 Street, New York City.

The exhibition exemplifies the diversity of aesthetic and theoretical approaches associated with the department and challenges viewers to think broadly and critically, just as the program requires the students to do. Ranging from multi-screen videos and mixed-media installations to paintings and prints, the pieces employ various strategies: some works are based on actual dialogues (verbal and written); others seek to break down assumptions and invite a critical exchange of ideas through dialogue. The works include censorship, personal and cultural identity, gaming strategy, and memory and forgetting.

The Westside Gallery, located at 133/141 West 21st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, and Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For more information, please call 212.592.2145.

This Thursday’s reception is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

Visual & Critical Studies