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SVA MA Curatorial Practice’s Major Year-End Exhibitions for Spring 2019

Five exhibitions and one symposium telling stories on undocumented immigrants, expression and censorship, queer artists and the AIDS crisis, the armed conflict in Columbia, the abstraction of language, and party-as-platform to transfer knowledge between bodies and environments.

Kiyan Williams, Reflections in Blaq, performance still. Photo by Heather Kresge. Double Disappearance: A symposium about the Undocumented Memorial of 9/11, The 8th Floor, NY, 03/02/2019. Image courtesy Andrea Valencia. Phoebe Osborne, Flake, performance still, 2017. Photo by Xinyi Ren. Furen Dai, Language Producing Factory, multimedia installation, 2017. Image courtesy the artist. Michael Rees, Synth Cell 009, String Thing, Rooster, air-inflated PVC vinyl, inkjet print on vinyl, and augmented reality app, 2018. Image courtesy the artist. Jesús Abad, Colorado, Rio Atrato, Colombia, black and white photograph, 2002. Image courtesy the artist.

SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice program is thrilled to announce the exhibitions and public events that culminate the 2019 degree.

Double Disappearance: A symposium about the Undocumented Memorial of 9/11
March 2, 2019, The 8th Floor (17 W 17th St, New York)
Curated by Andrea Valencia Aranda, the symposium considers the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the National September 11 Memorial, while interrogating the politics of memorial culture and the complex identity of migrants.

What Happens Here Stays with Us
Curated by John Michael Elammar, What Happens Here Stays with Us is a one-night-only event that brings artists, performers, and works together to experiment with the form of party-as-platform as a device to transform and transfer knowledge between bodies and environments.

Haunted and Whole
Jesse Bandler Firestone’s exhibition historicizes late queer artists and their communities lost during the AIDS crisis by tracing and revealing linkages between artists from the past and artists today.

Idioglossia
Curated by Xinyi Ren, questions the unprecedented ease of both expression and its censorship in the information age, through the lens of private languages as well as spontaneous or deliberate deviations from existing language systems.

Geographical Memories
Bringing together four artists who offer pathways to understanding the armed conflict in Colombia, María Alejandra Sáenz’s exhibition, Geographical Memories, acknowledges nature as a living body that reacts, records, and remembers.

“[I]n the image of…”
Curated by Michele Thursz, “[I]n the image of…” explores communication technology’s increasing abstraction of language, space, and culture by presenting artworks as worlds within worlds: portals to other spaces and experiences.

MA Curatorial Practice balances hands-on training with history, theory, and building a professional international network. Apply now for Fall 2019 admission at macp.sva.edu.

The opening will take place on April 18, 2019, 6 to 9 pm at the Pfizer Building (630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn) and is free and open to the public.

Exhibitions will be on view until May 8 by appointment. For more information, visit sva.edu/exhibitions.