SVA’s 2006–07 academic year got underway this week, which also meant the opening of the latest season of exhibitions in the College’s galleries. First up was “Still Missing: Beauty Absent Social Life,” an exhibition of paintings exploring the sense of isolation or disconnectedness that has come to define the modern era. Artists Richmond Burton, Jeff Gauntt, David Humphrey, Katharina Immekus, Verena Landau, Matthias Ludwig, Chris Martin (MPS 1992 Art Therapy), faculty member Gary Stephan and faculty member/alumnus Amy Wilson (BFA 1995 Fine Arts) all contributed work that addresses a number of questions pertinent to painting today, and in particular the question of what kind of society contemporary art depicts as desirable. Curated by Tom Huhn, chair of the Art History Department and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department, “Still Missing” had an opening reception on September 7, and will be on display at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, through Saturday, October 7.
In addition, there will be a panel discussion that will examine some of the issues brought up by the show. Faculty member and Art in America Senior Editor Raphael Rubinstein will moderate the panel, which will feature Burton and Wilson, along with philosopher and journalist Crispin Sartwell, on Thursday, September 21, 7pm, in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor.
Image: Matthias Ludwig, Vor Dem Zaun, 2005.