Phong Bui, a faculty member in both the MFA Art Criticism and Writing and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, presents “Phong Bui: Work According to the Rail, Part I (After the Flood).” An extension of an ongoing series of site-specific social installations that began in 2000 (the same year his publication The Brooklyn Rail was conceived), the work in this exhibition reflects his desire to transform “the Rail from mere, ephemeral printed matter into a work of art.” On view at Show Room, 170 Suffolk Street, through December 16.
John A. Parks, a faculty member in both the BFA Illustration and Cartooning and BFA Advertising and Graphic Design departments, explores memories of his English childhood in a series of richly evocative images entitled, “Paint and Memory.” By using a finger painting technique, he brings back aspects of children’s artwork while creating sophisticated, layered colors in his images. On view at the 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, 532 West 25th Street, through December 21.
MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt offers a retrospective of his work entitled “Love Among the Junk.” Through mixed-media constructions, collages, and installations made of household items and dollar store knick-knacks, Lanigan-Schmidt’s work explores themes of gay sexuality, class struggle, and religion. On view at MoMA PS1, 4601 21st Street, Long Island City, Queens, through April 1, 2013.