‘America is Hard to See’: SVA Faculty and Alumni in Whitney Museum’s First Exhibition in New Space

May 26, 2015

To commemorate the May 1 opening of the Whitney Museum’s new home in lower Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, an inaugural exhibition spanning the museum’s permanent collection is now on view and features work by numerous SVA faculty members and alumni. whitneyamerica200Entitled “America is Hard to See,” the exhibition “elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts,” according to the Whitney’s website.

Comprised of works by over 400 artists, “America is Hard to See,” as the title alludes, represents a massive reorganization of the American art canon. Among the artists from the SVA community whose work is on display are the College’s Acting Chairman Milton Glaser, BFA Fine Arts faculty member Lynda Benglis, BFA Cartooning and BFA Illustration faculty member Keith Mayerson, Amy Sillman (BFA 1979 Fine Arts), Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Fine Arts) and MFA Fine Arts faculty member Fred Wilson, among others.

mayerson425The exhibition runs through September 27 and currently encompasses all gallery spaces throughout the museum. For more information, click here.

Artwork: Keith Mayerson, 9-11, 2007, oil on linen, 40 x 62 inches.

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