The MFA Art Practice class of 2014 has joined forces with faculty member and deputy chair of MA Curatorial Practice, Jovana Stokic, to organize the exhibition “Community Board,” on view at Glasshouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from Friday, July 18 through Monday, July 21.
Participating artist Kate Harding describes how the exhibition arose from a wish to remain connected with classmates as they approach the end of their three years together. “’Community Board’ came about as a means of showing together one last time while we were all still together in this incubator of sorts that is grad school.” MFA Art Practice is a low residency program, drawing participants from across the country. “I spent time between Los Angeles, Missouri and New York, while others were in El Paso, Miami, North Carolina, Maryland, Philadelphia and Nebraska,” Harding explains. “One of us (Leah Foster) was between Dilley, Texas, and Botswana in Africa and then driving a school bus around the U.S. for a while.” Despite the distance, she adds, “We have the dynamics of a large family.”
In keeping with the multidisciplinary approach of MFA Art Practice, works on view include video, installation, drawing and performance. According to participating artist Simone Couto, “The title ‘Community Board’ suggests that this exhibition embodies community formation and culture production from a viewpoint of multiplicity.” Adding, “Rather than producing a show around a common theme or concern, the participants have been more interested in the collective engagement of their diverse practices and the unexpected outcomes.” As the exhibition’s curator, Stokic embraces this multiplicity. “My goal is to let the exhibition unfold as a truly self-governing body,” she says.
Students have chosen to organize “Community Board” in addition to their individual thesis exhibitions, which take place throughout the summer. Join the artists for an opening reception on Friday, July 18 from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Glasshouse exhibition and performance space is located at 246 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Images from top down: Simone Couto, still from Água, 2014, single channel video, 4 minutes, loop. Concept and production by Simone Couto and Marcos Kuzka. Simone Couto, AirSeries, 2014, charcoal or water color pencil, gouache, Japanese ink, Arches watercolor paper; and Kate Harding, still from Salton Sea, December 12, 2013, 8:24am.