Three new exhibitions of photography in New York City are showcasing work by alumni of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department. Shen Wei (2006) is showing a collection of works from his ongoing portrait series Almost Naked at Brooklyn’s Randall Scott Gallery, 111 Front Street, #204. The physically and emotionally revealing photographs, which Wei says grew out of his conservative upbringing in China and subsequent move to the U.S., will be on view April 2 – May 2, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, April 2, 6 – 8pm.
Another series based on a sense of place comes from Matthew Pillsbury (2004), whose “An American in the City of Light” is running at the French Institute: Alliance Française (FIAF), 22 East 60th Street, through Saturday, April 18. Representing FIAF’s first commissioned exhibition, the show collects black-and-white images of Paris shot by Pillsbury, an American who was raised in France.
Finally, alumnus Erin Gleeson (2007) is hosting the Photo Booth Salon, a party/exhibition taking place on Friday, April 3, 9 – 11pm, at 530 West 28th Street. Gleeson’s Salon will feature work by 18 emerging photographers, along with an on-site photo booth so that guests can add their images to the mix. Several of Gleeson’s fellow SVA photographers are showing their work as part of the event: Vanessa Bahmani (current student), Rachel Barrett (2008), Matt Baum (2007), Jade Doskow (2008), Dina Kantor (2007), Miles Kerr (2007), Seth Lambert (2007), Kelly Neal (2007), Emmely Pierre-Louis (2007), Tiana Peterson (2007) and Elizabeth White (2007). Attendees should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images: (top) Matthew Pillsbury, Galeries Lafayette en fete, Paris, 2008, © Matthew Pillsbury; (bottom) Vanessa Bahmani, Full Circle Soul Dance Company, 2009.