Artwork by Andy Ralph (MFA Candidate, Fall 2019)

laissez faire et laissez passer  opens at 205 Hudson Street, Hunter College on December 12, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm and will run through January 4, 2020. The exhibition is organized by Nicole Kaack in collaboration with the participating artists Hannah Beerman, Brian Yihurn Byun, Elizabeth Harney, Emily Janowick, Judy Koo, Jessica Mensch, Patrick Carlin Mohundro, Andy Ralph, and Jordan Stohl—with an introduction by Shannon R. Stratton. The exhibition is open daily 10 am – 7 pm, and is closed on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020. Click here for more information.

laissez faire et laissez passer  does not attempt to resolve the Capitalist collision of collectivity with cultural and economic competition. However, working within the limits of this system, we seek a space in the contraction of budgets for generosity and presence. By engaging the ties of a coincidental community, the artists in this show lean into the negotiations of collectivity, production, friendship, and care. We hope that what the art world has to give is precisely this soft boundary between network and community, commodity fetish and awe. laissez faire et laissez passer structures itself as a self-conscious strike-out and strike-through—an attempt to erode a compromised structure while ineluctably reproducing it. We may exist within this system, but there is much that we are trying to undo.

The Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art is a competitive and affordable three-year program providing a rigorous immersion in the changing ideas and forms of contemporary art. Located in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, the program offers students the time, space, and an interdisciplinary framework in which to develop their artistic practice.

MFA faculty include Carrie Moyer, Drew Beattie, Andrea Blum, A.K. Burns, Daniel Bozhkov, Joel Carriero, Susan Crile, Lisa Corinne Davis, Constance DeJong, Chie Fueki, Aaron Gilbert, EJ Hauser, Anthony Hawley, Valerie Jaudon, Cameron Martin, Mary Mattingly, Dave McKenzie, Jeffery Mongrain, Paul Ramirez, Reiner Leist, Juan Sanchez, Alex Segade, Nari Ward, Tom Weaver, and Brian Wood.

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