In the SVA Galleries:
- LAST CHANCE: “Beautiful Losers,” an exhibition of work by third-year students in the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department, curated by Department Chair Thomas Woodruff. Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, through Saturday, April 4.
- “OFF-ROADING: The Reinvention of the American Gas-Guzzler,” an exhibition for which 3D Design students in the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department acquired a 1980 Chevy “Monster” pick up truck (a vehicle known for its fuel inefficiency), then systematically disassembled it and transformed the parts into functional objects, giving the truck a new life. Curated by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan. SVA Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, through Saturday, April 11.
- “Transformations,” an exhibition of selected projects by students in the BFA Interior Design Department. The works are displayed in a “gallery within a gallery” that was created by students in the department’s Design/Build course. Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, through Saturday, April 11.
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- Artists Talk on Art Presents: The Power of Paper: Artists Joan Giordano, Fran Kornfeld, Nancy Cohen, Lynne Sures, and Mel Kendrick will explore the possibilities of paper as an art material and explain why it is the major component of their works. Friday, April 3, 7pm, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater. Admission is free for SVA students, faculty, staff and ATOA members; $7 regular admission; $3 for SVA alumni, non-SVA students and seniors.
- Natalie Jeremijenko: The artist and experimenter presents a talk entitled Re-Imagining Our Relationship to Natural Systems and Material Culture. She is currently the New York Prize Fellow at Van Alen Institute and directs a network of environmental health clinics. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department. Friday, April 3, 6 – 8pm, 136 West 21st Street, 2nd floor. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 212.592.2228 or [email protected].
- Michael Rock: A lecture entitled Superficiality: Dematerialization and Branded Surfaces. Rock is a partner in 2×4, Inc. in New York; director of the Graphic Architecture Project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and adjunct professor of design at the Yale School of Art. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department. Tuesday, April 7, 6 – 8pm, 136 West 21st Street, 2nd floor. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 212.592.2228 or [email protected].
- Avital Ronell: Nietzsche Loves You: Author and educator Avital Ronell will examine the relationships between art and morality, presenting the dossiers of Friedrich Nietzsche, the most ferocious defender of art as a vital necessity. Presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department. Tuesday, April 7, 7pm, SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Free and open to the public.
- Lisa Yuskavage: The figurative painter, best known for her overtly sexualized female nudes, will discuss works chosen by students for this event. Presented by the BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Departments. Tuesday, April 7, 7pm, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater. Free and open to the public.
- Objectified screening: Two preview screenings of director Gary Hustwit’s new film Objectified, which examines people’s everyday interactions with manufactured objects and the designers who create them. Hustwit, who also directed 2007’s Helvetica, and designers from the film will be present for post-screening Q&A. Presented by the MFA Design, MFA Design Criticism and MFA Interaction Design Departments. Thursday, April 9, 6:30pm and 9:30pm, SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Purchase tickets at objectifiedfilm.com, $25 general admission, $20 SVA students and faculty.
For a complete list of SVA events, visit sva.edu/events.
Image: Works by Alexandra Alcantara, John O’Callaghan, Kaori Sakai, Bridget Rhee, Kathleen Ugurlu and David Waelder; from “OFF-ROADING: The Reinvention of the American Gas-Guzzler.” Photograph by Nada Ray.