SVA has an ambitious new exhibition opening on Friday, August 26 at the Visual Arts Gallery (601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, 212.592.2145). “The Influentials” features distinguished female alumni of the college and the diverse group of artists who have influenced their practice, and is both an investigation into the creative lineage between contemporary artists and a dialogue between mentors and mentees that crosses generations, genders and media.
Co-curated by independent curator Amy Smith-Stewart and SVA Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Carrie Lincourt, “The Influentials” brings together some of New York’s most recognized female artists, from celebrated painters like Katherine Bernhardt (MFA 2000 Fine Arts) and Inka Essenhigh (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) to sought-after video and installation artists like Aïda Ruilova (MFA 1999 Photography and Related Media) and Phoebe Washburn (MFA 2002 Fine Arts). The exhibition’s title refers not only to this group but also to a second group of individuals who have been a guiding force or touchstone in their work. Each of the 19 participating SVA alumni was asked to invite an artist or other person of influence to be part of the exhibition, and the invitees range from Washburn’s grandmother, whose “waste not, want not” outlook can be seen in her granddaughter’s frequent use of recycled materials, to cult French filmmaker Jean Rollin, whose 1975 erotic vampire tale Lips of Blood illustrates Ruilova’s obsession with horror movies.
For more info and to see the full list of participants, visit SVA.edu.
There will be a reception for “The Influentials” on Thursday, September 8, 6 – 8pm.
Image: A still from Marilyn Minter’s video Pink Green Caviar, 2009. Courtesy of Salon 94.