Queens College and Social Practice Queens Launch “Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice”

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) brings together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College, with the long-standing community-based activism of the Queens Museum.

SPQ with Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Queens Museum (left) Precarious Workers Pageant, Venice, Italy (right) (photos by Zaid Islam and Setare Arashloo)

The Queens College Art Department and Social Practice Queens (SPQ) introduce a new, 24 credit, Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice geared to postgraduate (MA, MFA) students interested in one-on-one mentoring based around individual learning objectives. The new program offers access to specialists in the field as well as seminars focused on project management, interdisciplinary studies, and the history of art as social action and it incorporates a unique partnership with faculty in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College, which has a programmatic focus on urban social justice and participatory action research.

The application deadline for the coming Fall matriculation is April 20th, 2017. For more information and to apply visit: www.socialpracticequeens.org/degree/

Applications are also open for all concentrations of the Queens College MFA Program, including Social Practice Queens. For more details visit: www.qc.cuny.edu

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY), with the long-standing community-based activism of the Queens Museum. Since 2010, SPQ has focused on integrating studio work with interdisciplinary, tactical and cooperative forms of art with real world outcomes. SPQ faculty include art faculty Chloë Bass and Greg Sholette; Queens Museum affiliates Prerana Reddy and Larissa Harris; and Urban Studies faculty Tarry Hum and Brian DeRosa.

The Queens College MFA in Studio Art is a low-cost, comprehensive, studio-based graduate program focused on contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, digital media, critical theory, and social practice art. Every MFA candidate enjoys a large, private workspace with access to wood, metal, plaster, ceramic, printmaking, digital, traditional photo facilities, and an on-site bronze foundry that is unique within CUNY. Full-time Studio and Social Practice Faculty: Chloë Bass, Glenn Goldberg, Tony Gonzalez, Sin-ying Ho, Kurt Kauper, Tyrone Mitchell, Debra Priestly, and Gregory Sholette.

The Spring MFA Exhibition “Gestures & Junctures, Questions & Quotes,” curated by Paul D’Agostino (Centotto), will be on view from April 9 through May 2, 2017 at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn.

Visiting artists, critics, curators and mentors include: Doug Ashford, Paul D’Agostino, Angela Dufresne, Dana Schutz, Xenobia Bailey, Larry Bogad, Deanna Bowen, Robert Boyd, Tania Bruguera, Gretchen Coombs, Amy Cutler, John Currin, Lois Dodd, Torkwase Dyson, Alicia Grullon, Spencer Finch, Yevgeniy Fiks, Tom Finkelpearl, Sarah Fritchey, Stamatina Gregory, Fran Ilich,  inCUBATE, Alfredo Jaar, Jim Lee, Omar Mismar, Pepon Osorio, Saul Ostrow, Liz Park, Elizabeth Peyton, Ted Purves, Sal Randolph, David Reed, Mika Rottenberg, Gregory Sale, Dread Scott, Elsie Siegel, Eve Sussman, Nato Thompson, Caroline Woolard, T. J. Wilcox, The Yes Men, Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Learn more at: www.socialpracticequeens.org