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.
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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.
The talk is free and open to the public.
image credit: Joshua Citarella Choose Your Future, 2020, C-prints, Dibond, 65-3/4" x 57-5/8"
THE OTHER UTOPIAS
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Diana Guerra, email@example.com; or Emily Malave, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW SPRING 2020 [DIAP] MFA Workshop course (open to all CUNY graduate students)
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.
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.)