Octet in Istanbul

August 21, 2009

This week, several SVA alumni, students, faculty and staff members are in Istanbul to be part of “Octet: Selected Works from the School of Visual Arts,” an exhibition that is being presented by SVA at the Pera Museum in Turkey (to be followed by a domestic show opening in the Visual Arts Gallery on Tuesday, November 24). Curated by BFA Fine Arts Department Chair Suzanne Anker and alumnus and faculty member Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts), “Octet” includes approximately 100 works by over 60 artists, offering a wide-ranging survey of current trends and issues in contemporary art.

One of the recent alumni showing work in “Octet” is Joshua Allen Harris (BFA 2009 Fine Arts), who sent the following dispatch via e-mail from Istanbul:

“The Pera museum sits atop a hill in the Bryoglo section of Istanbul. From its front door you can look down and across the deep blue waters of the Golden Horn. The weather was beautiful the morning of the museum’s opening of ‘Octet.’ On the facade of the building was an announcement of the show; the swirled ‘Octet logo’ was next to the surprisingly similar logos of SVA and the Pera Museum.

Paintings from [faculty member] Judith Linhares share space with the broken-glass sculptures of Andrés Basurto Portillo (BFA 2003 Fine Arts). Video projects from Lynn Herring (BFA 2009 Fine Arts) were so different from Erik Guzman’s (MFA 2003 Fine Arts; BFA 1996 Fine Arts) moving interactive sculpture and Joseph Tekippe’s (MFA 2006 Computer Art) upside-down drone-music-producing cello. From photographs to drawings, so many different disciplines line the two floors of the exhibition. We gathered for the opening, where everyone was smartly dressed and the public was excited for the show. We walked through the show with friends and family alongside members of Istanbul’s art scene and young artists. The night was exciting and inspiring, and for me it was a special honor to show my work in such a beautiful city among talented artists and an intrigued public.”

Images: Photos by Adam Rogers and Kara Rooney.

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