Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt Has MoMA PS1 Retrospective
The Masters Series: James McMullan
SVA at the Miami Project
Mariano Rivera and Friends Visit SVA Theatre
Richard Wilde Joins One Club Hall of Fame
Fashion Film Festival Welcomes Fashion's Image Makers
Post-Sandy, SVA Hosts Operation Photo Rescue
Chris Newman Wins CAS Career Achievement Award
Liz Magic Laser Commissioned for Armory Show
Actor David Strathairn Speaks to Students
Julia Hoffmann Gives Distinguished Alumnus Lecture
Holland Cotter Visits SVA
Writer Teju Cole Speaks at MPS Art Therapy Conference
Bowie Film Has Its U.S. Debut at SVA/BBC Film Festival
Film and Video Student Interviews Director Danny Boyle
Stefan Sagmeister Honored with AIGA Medal
Bob Giraldi Joins Advertising Hall of Fame
Students Work with MoMA on Destination: NYC
Actor Melissa Leo, Other Film World Notables Hand Out 2013 Dusty Awards
Greil Marcus Delivers Commencement Address
John Hockenberry Moderates D-Crit Conference
From November through April, "Tender Love Among the Junk," a retrospective of the pioneering "maximalist" artwork of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt (faculty, MFA Fine Arts), was on view at MoMA PS1 in Queens. "My whole aesthetic is based on the house I grew up in," the artist told SVA Close Up last spring. "My mother was a tremendous influence. . . . She was an artist in her own right."
Above: Installation view of "Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: Tender Love Among the Junk" at MoMA PS1, 2012. Photo by Matthew Septimus.
In the fall, SVA honored James McMullan, one of America's foremost illustrators, with its 2012 Masters Series Award and retrospective exhibition. Though perhaps best known for his Lincoln Center posters, McMullan has also designed and illustrated innumerable magazine articles, book and album covers, and advertisements; he also taught at SVA for 30 years.
In early December, SVA showed works by nine recent graduates at the inaugural Miami Project, held in conjunction with the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, one of the biggest events on the international art world's calendar, attracting a high-profile crowd of artists, collectors, curators and dealers.
Photo courtesy of Miami Project.
On January 22, sports broadcaster Ed Randall's Fans for the Cure, a nonprofit dedicated to prostate cancer education and prevention, presented An Evening with Mariano Rivera and Friends at the SVA Theatre. The event, which Fans for the Cure called "our most successful yet," included a panel discussion featuring the All-Star relief pitcher and his fellow Yankees David Cone (former pitcher), John Flaherty (former catcher) and Larry Rothschild (pitching coach), as well as a memorabilia auction and meet-and-greet with fans.
Photo courtesy of ImagesAR.
In January at Manhattan's Gotham Hall, Richard Wilde, chair of BFA Advertising and BFA Design, was honored by The One Club, a nonprofit organization of creative professionals, becoming only the second person to be inducted into its Educators Hall of Fame. A longtime designer and teacher, Wilde is also a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and has won over 200 professional awards, including gold medals from ADC, AIGA, Creativity, The One Show and the Society of Illustrators, as well as an International ANDY Award and CLIO Award.
Photo by Bob Fagan, The One Club.
The MPS Fashion Photography Department hosted its third annual Fashion Film Festival at the SVA Theatre on January 31. In addition to a screening of films, including works by Ryan McGinley and Steven Meisel, the event included a panel discussion on the genre, featuring illustrator Quentin Jones, writer Glenn O'Brien and film producer Maria Gallagher.
In early February, the MPS Digital Photography Department donated its facilities to Operation Photo Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring damaged photographs, for a two-day event benefiting those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The effort was a notable success, attracting coverage by the Associated Press, the BBC and NPR.
Photo © 2013 Katrin Eismann; all rights reserved.
BFA Film and Video faculty member Chris Newman was honored by the Cinema Audio Society on February 16, receiving the organization's Career Achievement Award at its annual ceremony, held at the Millenium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The three-time Academy Award winning sound mixer, whose resume includes such films as The French Connection and The Godfather, was introduced by his longtime collaborator and friend Jonathan Demme.
Photo by Joshua Liberman.
In March, BFA Visual & Critical Studies faculty member Liz Magic Laser served as the commissioned artist for The Armory Show, a contemporary art fair held each year in Manhattan. Laser's work for the show included official show merchandise, such as T-shirts, as well as a focus-group video that examined art fairs, the art world as a marketplace, and even Laser's own work.
Photo by Andy Ryan, courtesy of The Armory Show.
In March, award-winning actor David Strathairn (Lincoln, The Bourne Ultimatum) visited the SVA Theatre to discuss his work with directors ranging from Wong Kar-wai to Steven Spielberg in a student-exclusive Q&A, moderated by Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film and Video and BFA Animation departments. Strathairn's visit was the latest in a series hosted by BFA Film and Video; past guests include James Gandolfini, Sean Penn and Meryl Streep.
On March 13, Julia Hoffmann (BFA 2002 Graphic Design) gave the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at an event sponsored by the College's Alumni Society. Hoffmann, then the creative director of advertising and graphic design at The Museum of Modern Design (New York) and currently creative director, international, at Etsy, discussed her life and career, which includes work for the Metropolitan Opera, Microsoft and Volkswagen.
On March 14, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times art critic Holland Cotter spoke about his inspirations, influences and career in "Blocked," a lecture hosted by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department. Other notable guest speakers at SVA in 2012 - 2013 include New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti, dramatist Richard Foreman, former U.S. Poet Laureate Phillip Levine, philosopher Mark Lilla and writer Luc Sante.
Above: MFA Art Criticism and Writing Chair David Levi Strauss with Holland Cotter.
On March 15, the MPS Art Therapy Department held its annual conference at the SVA Theatre, and the roster of distinguished panelists included acclaimed novelist, photographer and critic Teju Cole, currently writer in residence at Bard College. This year’s conference focused on how social, cultural and personal viewpoints impact perception and art therapy practice.
Above: Jennifer Christine Nash, assistant professor of American studies at George Washington University, Teju Cole and MPS Art Therapy faculty member Eileen McGann. Photo by Tanya Merrill.
On March 17, the SVA/BBC Design Film Festival, curated by Steven Heller, co-chair of MFA Design, and Adam Harrison Levy, faculty member in the MFA Design Criticism faculty member, played at the SVA Theatre. Highlights included the U.S. theater debut of Cracked Actor (1975), a documentary on musician David Bowie, and Chelsea Hotel (1981), a film about the historic residence as seen through the eyes of the artists who lived there. The event also included a Q&A with Alan Yentob, director and producer of Cracked Actor.
Above: Cracked Actor still, courtesy of the BBC.
On April 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tapped SVA student Matt Hoerl (BFA Film and Video 2013) to conduct a Q&A with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle at an Academy-hosted screening of Boyle's first film, Shallow Grave (1994).
Photo by Peter Dressel / © A.M.P.A.S.
On April 19, MFA Design faculty member Stefan Sagmeister received the prestigious AIGA Medal, given by the AIGA, a professional association for design, at its annual gala. In its announcement, AIGA praised Sagmeister for his "unorthodox" work, which has lately grown to include gallery and museum exhibitions that "focus on the broader impact of design" and its ability "to change perceptions and possibly behavior."
Photo by Steve McFarland for Angela Jimenez Photography.
On April 29, film director and MPS Live Action Film Chair Bob Giraldi was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. In its announcement, the federation noted Giraldi's more than 4,000 "unique visual masterpieces," including ads for Pepsi and Toyota, as well as music videos for stars such as Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.
Photo by DG Photography.
In May, when the MoMA Design Store unveiled Destination: NYC, its special collection of some 200 products created by New York-based designers, it came with a visual identity that encompassed signage, displays and online graphics, all created in collaboration with the College's MPS Branding students. The students and Design Store staff used the new Visible Futures Lab at SVA to create many of the in-store props; in all, the project involved six months of research and design work.
Photo by Mark Kingsley.
The Dusty Film & Animation Festival and Awards, a year-capping event for graduating stundents of the BFA Animation and BFA Film and Video departments, took place at the SVA Theatre in early May. Presenters included industry notables Melissa Leo, Geoffrey Fletcher, Andrew Jarecki, Lisa Jackson, Fred Seibert, Peter C. Frank, Frank Gresham and Chris Newman, among others. In addition to Dusty awards, selected students received honors from professional organizations, including New York Women in Film & Television, the Independent Filmmaker Project and the National Board of Review.
Above: Melissa Leo with Dusty winner Shubhashish Bhutiani (BFA 2013 Film and Video).
On May 9, the College held its commencement exercises at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, presenting more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate degrees to members of the class of 2013. Journalist and critic Greil Marcus (Rolling Stone, The Village Voice) was the featured speaker; he also received an honorary doctorate in fine arts. In his speech, Marcus reflected on the "false" division between "high art and low art" and the power of art to "make us feel that what we think we know, we don't."
Counterpoint, a daylong conference presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department, was held on May 11. Writer and broadcaster John Hockenberry, host of NPR's The Takeaway, served as the conference moderator; the day's events included talks on architecture, product design and urban planning.
Above: John Hockenberry with Paola Antonelli, MFA Design Criticism faculty member and senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA. Photo by Michael George.