“Metaphysical Realism” on the Lower East Side

Located at the epicenter of the music scene that saw punk bands rise, the Art on a Gallery  is showcasing  ” The wendigo 2nd Annual Summer Group show” an exhibition in the Lower East side that is supporting  local and emerging artists in all media that have a certain edge to their work.

The HAD Professor Sue Karnet, a painter, sculptor and designer, has been exhibiting her artwork for many years in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Now, she is presenting her recent work “Metaphysical Realism”.

For this, Karnet explores methods of communicating ideas about perception through time and space, by using a technique that leaves the residue of previous layers, creating a palimpsest to be decoded by the viewer.

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Thurs, 06/22/2017,7-9PM
Thurs, 07/13/2017, 6-8PM

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Congratulations to Professor Eva Díaz in Receiving grant from the Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation announced over $560,000 in new grants for individuals around the world to support 72 innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture. Among the funded projects are exhibitions, publications, films, performances, and site-specific installations. These diverse projects advance new scholarships, fuel creative experimentation, critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.

This year’s awarded projects were selected from a competitive pool of nearly 700 submissions. The funded projects are being undertaken by individuals and collaborative teams—72 projects by 99 grantees representing 20 countries—who include architects, designers, curators, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and writers from around the world.


Eva Diaz Book

The HAD associate professor Eva Díaz  was selected after writing her new book, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College, released last year by the University of Chicago Press. The project examines how an interdisciplinary group of artists proposed new models of art practice around the concept of experimentation, and focuses on three key Black Mountain teachers in the late 1940s and early 1950s: Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Offering a bold, compelling new angle on some of the most widely studied creative figures of modern times, The Experimenters does nothing less than rewrite the story of art in the mid-twentieth century.

To learn more about the 2017 Grants to Individuals, go to

Professor Eva Diaz will be speaking about learning communities at MoMA today

Eva Diaz, HAD faculty Associate Professor , will be participating in the panel “Learning communities in modern Art and Design. This panel discussion examines three case studies in experimental education that have greatly influenced subsequent generations of learners and educators. In conjunction with the opening of the People’s Studio: Design, Experiment, Build, a new education space in the Museum.


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Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online.

Professor Greg Lindquist will be participating in the 2017-18 Whitney Museum of Art’s Independent Study Program

Greg Lindquist, HAD faculty, will be participating in the Whitney Museum of Art’s Independent Study Program (Studio Program), beginning September 5, 2017. The Independent Study Program (ISP) consists of three interrelated parts: Studio Program, Curatorial Program, and Critical Studies Program. The ISP provides a setting within which students pursuing art practice, curatorial work, art historical scholarship, and critical writing engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production. The program encourages the theoretical and critical study of the practices, institutions, and discourses that constitute the field of culture. Each year fifteen students are selected to participate in the Studio Program, four in the Curatorial Program, and six in the Critical Studies Program.


Congratulations to Professor Meggs on Her Recent Publication

We are please to forward a link to a special essay about Graphic Design Historian Philip B. Meggs by his daughter and our faculty member, Elizabeth Meggs, who wrote it in honor of his 75th birthday. She looks at sixteen of the special books in his library. The graphics and typography are extraordinary.

Professor Lindquist’s New Painting Installation Opens in the Lower East Side

Lindquist_Central Booking Centra ImageProfessor Greg Lindquist is showing Smoke and Water: Dispatches, a site-specific painting installation at Central Booking on the Lower East Side, on view until May 28, 2017. The opening reception is Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6-8pm.

Please read his artist statement for more details:

In Smoke and Water: Dispatches, I extend imagery from a multi-year environmental and socially-engaged project focused on the continued affects from the 2014 coal ash spill running through eighty miles of the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia. Visualizing the coal ash in water, I seek to transform toxic swirls into abstract vortices of pulsating color. Each installation of Smoke and Water places painted architecture and canvases in conversation. In this most recent dispatches, shallow vitrines of coal ash will run along the two main walls in material juxtaposition to its painted depiction. Drawing from diverse movements such as Impressionism, site specific Land Art and the grassroots activism of Environmental Justice, the Smoke and Water painting installations work with communities to facilitate social change, actively creating space for the possibility of mobilizing political action and reshaping common values.



Professor Robertson and Students Host RiDE Episode

Robertson_RiDE 2On April 13, 2017, Professor Robertson and her Themes in Art and Culture II class hosted a RiDE Episode on the topic of Art as Resistance: Decolonizing Art History.

Latina artists, Ruby Chacón and Maria de Los Angeles presented artwork and shared personal stories of migration, displacement, identity, family and heritage with students in the introductory art history class.

Maria dressed participants in some of her painted dresses, challenging students to question how it feels to wear another person’s culture. They discovered that the artists’ work did not fit neatly into “global” art histories, and that the presentation was being offered as part of a larger decolonizing project.

Follow the links for more information about the artists Ruby Chacón and Maria de Los Angeles, as well as more information about the Risk/Dare/Experiment (RiDE) Grant.


Devika Sen Makes Successful Presentation at Public Art and Activism Symposium

IMG_2890 (2)Devika Sen, an undergraduate student in Professor Joyce Polistena’s course “Radical Art and Activist Artists” (fall 2016) presented Printmaking Process as Active Protest, at the international undergraduate symposium “Public Art and Activism” sponsored by the art history department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on April 18, 2017. Participation by one of our undergraduate students in an national and international art history symposium is a first for HAD.  Speakers included the keynote, Lucas Cowan, Director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (Boston) and students from UMass Dartmouth College, Purdue University Indianapolis, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri- Colombia, and Pratt Institute!

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Devika’s paper focused on the political posture of Latina Artists Cooperatives and how this movement shaped her own work as an activist, as a feminist, and as a Latina artist. Some of her own prints were featured in her talk and, following the presentation, members of the audience were eager to learn how they might obtain copies! The symposium organizers arranged for overnight accommodations and dinners for the participants and Devika said it was a cool experience hanging-out with students from other art programs. Professor Polistena, who helped Devika prepare her paper and accompanied her to the symposium, admitted that she felt excited and proud for Devika’s success.

Congratulations to Professor Robertson on Her Recent Publication

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Professor Robertson’s book article: “Decolonizing Aztec Picture-Writing,” has just been published in Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Andrew Finegold and Ellen Hoobler (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 185-196 & 88).

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This study turns more than 250 years of conventional studies on their head by prioritizing the pictures that constitute the indigenous basis for “writing,” over the written down words added by Spanish colonizers: (1) pairing a Nahua riddle with a place-name sign, it shows how orality might conceivably have worked, engaging users in an interactive process; (2) comparing the workings of 16th c. Nahuatl diphrasisms, in which images worked in tandem with verbal language, it relocates Aztec picture-writing within a much larger language practice; (3) turning to Aztec metaphysics, it introduces James Maffie’s concepts of “energy-in-motion,” which can be used to explain not just what the pictures represent but what they are doing, and how they go about ordering, organizing, presenting and disclosing teotl, the “stuff” of reality.

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