In the SVA Galleries:
- “Potential Energy: 19 Designers Set Their Ideas in Motion,” an exhibition of products, campaigns and services developed by students graduating from the MFA Design Department, curated by faculty member Dorothy Twining Globus. Both commercially viable and culturally significant, these products have been realized through graphic, Web, industrial and motion design; and “MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Thesis Projects,” an exhibition that brings together books, figurative paintings, graphic novels and narrative series by 20 students graduating from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, curated by faculty member David Sandlin. Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, through Saturday, May 16.
- “Assets, Elements & Objects of Desire – Now in 3D,” an exhibition of still images from thesis projects by students in the BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department, curated by Department Chair John McIntosh and featuring an original collage by faculty member Alexander Reyna. Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, through Saturday, May 23. There will be an encore screening of student work on Wednesday, May 13, 7pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street.
- “Happy”, an exhibition of work by first-year students in the MFA Design Department, featuring an original 3D display and extensive line of products developed by each student to increase enjoyment of everyday life, curated by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan. SVA Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, through Saturday, May 30; Reception: Monday, May 11, 6 – 8pm.
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- The Affordable Art Fair New York City: SVA is exhibiting the work of nine current students at the 2009 Affordable Art Fair (AAF). The AAF provides new and established collectors with an opportunity to buy contemporary art in all media, with pieces priced between $100 and $10,000. Thursday, May 7, 12 – 6pm
Friday, May 8, 12 – 8pm; Saturday, May 9, 12pm – 8pm; Sunday, May 10, 12pm – 5pm. 7 West 34th Street. General admission is $20, $15 for student/senior (valid ID required) and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. Visit aafnyc.com for more information about participating artists and exhibitors.
- MFA Computer Art Department Open Studios: An opportunity to see new works by current MFA Computer Art Department students in the studio setting. Friday May 8, 12pm – 7pm; Saturday, May 9, 12pm – 6pm; Reception: Friday, May 8, 5 – 7pm. 132 West 21st Street, 7th floor. Free and open to the public.
- Motion Graphics Screening: A screening of motion graphics work by students in the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department. Monday, May 11, 6 – 9pm, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Free and open to the public.
- The Improvisers: For this month’s Dot Dot Dot lecture, practitioners from diverse backgrounds, including music, theater and comedy, will discuss how designers can use the principles and processes of improvisation to bring spark and perspective to their work. The speakers include Armando Diaz, instructor at Magnet Theater; Heather Gold, speaker and performer at The Heather Gold Show; Graham Marshall and Sunmee Kim of Innovation & Design, Motorola Inc.; and Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere. Presented by the MFA Interaction Design Department. Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm, White Rabbit, 145 Houston Street. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at bit.ly/theimprovisors.
- Encore!: A screening of thesis projects from the BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department. Wednesday, May 13, 7 – 10pm, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Free and open to the public.
For a complete list of SVA events, visit sva.edu/events.
Image: Anna Raff, Gator, 2008; from “MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Thesis Projects.”