04/23/20 Anne Spalter – [DIAP] MFA artist talk – online

Anne Spalter - artist

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Please join us for a online talk by the artist Anne Spalter

Location: The [DIAP] Zoom Room

Thursday April 23rd

Time 10:30AM – 11:30AM

The presentation is free and open to the public.

To attend and receive login information please RSVP to diap@ccny.cuny.edu

Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts programs at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1990s. With a decades-long goal of integrating art and technology, Spalter has authored over a dozen academic papers and the seminal, internationally taught textbook, The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999). Alongside her studio practice, Spalter continues to lecture on digital art practice and theory. She is on the Digital Art Acquisitions Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Spalter’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY); the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); and others. Her artistic process employs a hybrid arsenal of traditional mark-making methods and innovative digital tools. A new body of work, further developed at a Winter 2019 residency at MASS MoCA, combines artificial intelligence image algorithms with oil paint and pastels.

Having studied mathematics as a Brown undergraduate prior to her Painting MFA from RISD—and with additional cross-disciplinary masteries including a 2010 black belt and 2011 Sensei designation in Kenpo Karate—Spalter’s eclectic influences in the studio are as diverse as Buddhist art, Jungian archetypes, Surrealism, and pure mathematics. Spalter’s classical arts education combined with her foundational command of digital art theory suited her well when she transitioned from academia to a full-time studio practice in 2009.

For the digital art component of her mixed media practice, Spalter uses custom software and algorithms to transform both still and video source footage—which she captures in high resolution during multisensory experiences such as riding the Coney Island Cyclone; walking through an open-air flower market in Bangkok; and gazing down from a helicopter over downtown Dubai—into psychedelic, vibrantly rendered “Modern Landscapes.”

Spalter is also noted for her large-scale public projects. MTA Arts commissioned Spalter to create a 52-screen digital art installation, New York Dreaming, which remained on view in one of its most crowded commuter hubs (Fulton Center) for just under a year. Spalter’s 2019 large-scale projects included a 47,000 square foot LED video work on the Hong Kong harbor.Anne Spalter - artist


Joshua Citarella – [DIAP] MFA artist talk

poster for artist talk by Joshua Citarella

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[DIAP] MFA artist lecture by Joshua Citarella
Tuesday, March 17 at 2pm in the [DIAP] Studio, Shepard Hall room 408, 259 Convent Ave, NY 10031
The talk is free and open to the public.
Joshua Citarella is an artist, writer and researcher based in New York. He is the author of Politigram & the Post-left and 20 Interviews.
This lecture will discuss the evolution of the political compass meme: from the youth search for political identity to threat-casting future scenarios. It is an in depth exploration of young political spaces online and an attempt to answer “What comes after the end of history?”
poster for artist talk by Joshua Citarella
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Joshua Citarella
Choose Your Future, 2020, C-prints, Dibond, 65-3/4" x 57-5/8"


The Other Utopias – an exhibition curated by DIAP fellows

The Other Utopias

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Curated by Diana Guerra and Emily Malave

Arpi Adamyan, OlaRonke Akinmowo, Daniel Aros, Camille Breslin, Zoe Brice, Heeseo Choi, Jazzmint Dash, Marielis Garcia, Kathleen Granados, Red Sagalow & Kiyomi Taylor
February 20th – March 5th, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20th, 2020 / 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Cohen Library Archives Gallery
Morris R. Cohen Library, 5th floor. North Academic Center (NAC) Room 5/301. 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031

THE OTHER UTOPIAS is a group exhibition curated by Diana Guerra and Emily Malave and features artists from The City College of New York, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, New York University and Columbia University.

THE OTHER UTOPIAS envisions an otherworldly material and immaterial outlook. As multiple discourses and identities arise from the past, present, and future we weave together the work of artists who take marginalized sources of knowledge from ancient and contemporary scripts, and reproduce a Utopian outcome. When we look for art, we are looking for something that magically ignites our physical senses. Not only does it invoke thought, but we perceive the artist as the caster of a spell. We consider identity as multiple and acknowledge its possibilities of transformation and diverse manifestation. The inclusivity present in this exhibition is in the form of photography, video, painting, installation, mixed-media and animation.

THE OTHER UTOPIAS will precede the ‘CCNY Women Make Art’ show that is organized every year by the Archives & Special Collections as part of the Women’s History Month. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 – 5:30PM. For additional information please contact Sydney Van Nort, Archivist and Assistant Professor, svannort@ccny.cuny.edu; Diana Guerra, dianaguerra14@gmail.com; or Emily Malave, emilymalave@gmail.com.


Diana Guerra and Emily Malave are MFA candidates in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) at The City College of New York – CUNY.



NEW SPRING 2020 [DIAP] MFA Workshop course

Eyebeam Assembly: Black Movement in Digital Spaces

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NEW SPRING 2020 [DIAP] MFA Workshop course (open to all CUNY graduate students)

Eyebeam Assembly: Black Movement in Digital Spaces

Eyebeam Assembly: Black Movement in Digital Spaces

ART  B2012  (44650.4SU) Workshop: Themed

Thursdays 6:15pm – 9:05pm

Understanding, Transforming, and Preserving Movement in Digital Spaces.

In the past few years, access to motion capture data, 3D base models, and software to “make an animation of yourself” has skyrocketed. From MakeHuman to Mixamo to CMU’s motion capture database, the ability to make and finish polished projects has become easier for many. While these resources are extremely helpful to create a range of projects, they lack tools to create diverse characters and movements unexplored by systems that center assumptions of neutrality.

This class will explore issues of cultural representation and exploitation through readings, discussion and an introduction to motion capture, rigging and 3D environments. Core elements of the class will integrate performance, virtual reality, and physical computing to question access, control and representation inherent in these technologies.

Instructor: LaJuné McMillian

Register through CUNYFirst, non-CCNY students will need to apply for an e-permit to take this course.


12/16 – Footnote* a series of thesis research presentations

DIAP Thesis presentations 2019

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DIAP Thesis presentations 2019

FOOTNOTE* a presentation of work in progress by the 2nd-year DIAP MFA students. Come see and hear what they are panning for their upcoming Spring 2020 MFA Thesis shows!
Monday Dec 16th, 7-9PM
Shepard Hall Rm 408
259 Convent Ave (Entrance near 140th st.)