On Thursday, January 31 from 7 – 9pm at 209 East 23 Street, 3rd floor, join the SVA community
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for a panel discussion on relief efforts and artists’ responses to Superstorm Sandy. The monumental hurricane had a profound effect on the New York City area, and many are still grappling with the aftermath. Artists throughout the city were hit hard by the storm, and many were also instrumental in bringing relief to those affected.
The discussion will be moderated by Charles H. Traub, artist and chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, who was among the organizers of “here is new york,” the community-sourced exhibition of post 9/11 photographs. John Mattiuzzi (MFA 2012 Computer Art) will discuss his video Frankenstorm, capturing the human and emotional impact of the storm in Brooklyn. Jessica Rionero (BFA 2010 Film, Video and Animation) and BeGracious.org Founder Chelsea Marino will explain the non-profit’s mission to raise money for the purpose of re-building people’s homes. Kathy Shorr (BFA 1998 Photography), founder and director of The Summer in the City Project, will speak about her experience helping Katrina survivors in New Orleans and how it inspired her to aid Sandy’s youngest victims. Dena Muller, director of new initiatives at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), will discuss the impact the storm has had on the wider community as well as the art world, and what steps NYFA is taking to provide assistance.
Image: ChaHyun Jik.