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  • Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, June 2

  • Reception: Saturday, May 4
    3:00 – 6:00pm

  • Colonels Row, 405 B, Governors Island, NY

  • Open weekends, 11:00am – 5:00pm

  • Free and open to the public

SVA MFA Fine Arts is one of 30 New York-based organizations who will host free seasonal programs and exhibitions on Governors Island as part of its calendar of arts and cultural programs for 2019. Presented in the historic former military homes of Nolan Park and Colonels Row, programs will engage visitors of all ages in the visual and performing arts, environmental science and culture.

The first of three cycles of SVA programming on the island will be "Castaways," a group exhibition featuring 11 SVA alumni working across digital media, sculpture, collage and performance, curated by MFA Fine Arts faculty member Mark Ramos (MFA 2010 Computer Art). The exhibition is free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

From SVA MFA Fine Arts:

Islands exist as multitudes. We are interested in engaging artists with the conceptual idea of "Life on an Island" with its multiplicity of meanings. We are equally as interested in physical geography as we are in the conceptual and metaphoric associations: islands as isolated, islands as tropical paradise, rugged survivalism of castaways, colonialism, rising sea levels, island gigantism, etc. But perhaps, we are most interested in islands as metaphors for contemporary art world(s). As a globally recognized Fine Arts MFA program, we are fortunate enough to work with emerging artists from all over the United States and the world. This perspective has given us rare glimpses into a vast archipelago of art worlds, unique socio-cultural influences, divergent aesthetic and art histories like islands on a chain. Our program engages the diverse body of our alumni, current students, faculty, invited artists and partner art schools, to make site-specific work, through a series of short residencies on Governors Island, related to the idea of “Life on an Island,” whatever that may mean to them.

Featured artists: Rebecca Adorno (MFA 2010 Computer Art), Hanna Alvgren (MFA 2010 Computer Art), Eun Young Choi (MFA 2001 Fine Arts), Boyce Cummings (MFA 2000 Fine Arts), Shih Chieh Huang (MFA 2001 Fine Arts), invited artist Taezoo ParkValerie Guinn Polgar (MFA 2010 Computer Art), Mark Ramos (MFA 2010 Computer Art), Federico Muelas Romero (MFA 2002 Computer Art), Heather Renée Russ (MFA 2011 Photography, Video, Related Media) and Jeremiah Teipen (MFA 2001 Fine Arts)

Cycle 2, "Archipelagos," curated by MFA Fine Arts faculty member, staff member and alumnus Alison Kuo, will take place from June 4 – July 7. 

Cycle 3, "S.O.S.," also curated by Alison Kuo, will take place from July 9 – 31.

Colonels Row

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