The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, is presenting “Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery,” a new exhibition in which more than 30 contemporary artists reflect on how slavery has shaped American society. Alumni Renée Cox (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media) and Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Photography) are part of the exhibition, which was inspired by the recent “Slavery in New York” show and the upcoming “Civil Wars: New York and Slavery 1815 – 1870,” also at the Historical Society. “Legacies” is on view June 16, 2006 – January 7, 2007.
Another SVA alumnus is taking part in a new show driven by an important social issue. Jonathan Torgovnick (BFA 1996 Photography) is presenting “Living with HIV” at the United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street, through Tuesday, June 20. The exhibition is displaying Torgovnick’s photography along with text by Newsweek writer Geoffrey Cowley, the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project and other work that deals with AIDS and HIV in the world today.
Image: Renee Cox, Queen Nanny: Maroon Series, 2004. © Renee Cox, Courtesy Robert Miller Gallery, New York.