NYC Exhibitions: SVA Alumni Kevin Cooley, Dina Litovsky and Pacifico Silano

January 16, 2015

The latest roundup features exhibitions by three MFA Photography, Video and Related Media alumni, whose work explores everything from scientific fact vs. common perception to Fashion Week photo “lust” and gay men in Nazi Germany during World War II.cooley425

Kevin Cooley (MFA 2000 Photography, Video and Related Media) debuts “A Thousand Miles an Hour,” his new two-channel video installation that takes its name from the speed at which the Earth rotates around its axis. Cooley uses slow-moving, continuous tracking shots to challenge viewers’ “perception and experience as it relates to scientific fact.” On view at Ryan Lee Gallery, 515 West 26th Street, through February 21.

Dina Litovsky (MFA 2010 Photography, Video and Related Media) presents “Fashion Lust,” her first solo exhibition in the United States. Documenting Fashion Week over four seasons, “Litovsky’s photos investigate the scene where the expertly constructed image of guests rivals the air-brushed glamour of the actual show.” Like much of Litovsky’s work, her latest series examines social performances and group interactions in both public and private spaces. On view at Anastasia Photo, 166 Orchard Street, through February 26.

For his debut solo exhibition in New York City, Pacifico Silano (MFA 2012 Photography, Video and Related Media) offers “Against Nature,” a group of images that explore the subjugated history of gay men living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Culled from photos from that era, as well as naturist journals and other sources, Silano’s series links German nationalism to early body culture movements. On view at ClampArt, 531 West 25th Street, through February 14.

Image: Kevin Cooley, A Thousand Miles an Hour, two channel video installation, 2014 (installation view).

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