Highlights from the Visual Arts Program, 2015

November 7, 2015

Department News:
The Visual Arts Program appointed interdisciplinary artist Leeza Meksin and painter Aliza Nisenbaum to the faculty as full-time members. Meksin joined the program as assistant professor of professional practice in the Open Genre concentration, and Nisenbaum joined as assistant professor of professional practice in Painting.
 
Awards:
Caitlin Cherry (’12) was one of five emerging artists to receive a 2015 grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. The fund awards $50,000 per year for up to two years to artists who have demonstrated great talent and are on the cusp of a professional breakthrough.
 
Jessica Segall (’10) was one of 22 recipients of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Artists’ Fellowship Program for 2014.
 
Rachel Rose (’13) won the 2015 Frieze Artist Award, which allows an emerging artist to establish and release a major commission at Frieze London, one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. This year’s fair took place October 14-17, and included Rose’s instillation, a scale-model of the fair structure.
 
Current student Allison Janae Hamilton is a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, a juried exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The winners will be announced on March 10, 2016. Hamilton's work is currently included in the group exhibition Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identityat the Silvereye Center for Photography in Philadelphia.
 
Exhibits:
In January 2015, Columbia alumni, faculty and students were featured in Sisrahtac, an exhibition at the Torrance Shipman Gallery (an artist-run space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn)—Gregory Amenoff (Faculty), Nora Griffin (’11),Jon Kessler (Faculty), Nicole Maloof (’15), Brie Ruais (’11) and Maria Stabio (’12).
 
Thirty alumni and faculty of the Visual Arts program were featured in an exhibition at the Inside-Out Museum in Beijing, China, entitled Draw: Mapping Madness. It was the first drawing survey exhibition hosted by the museum. The exhibition was curated by Visual Arts faculty Tomas Vu-Daniel, and was on display from December 16, 2014 to March 1, 2015. Participants included: David Altmejd (’01), Gregory Amenoff (Faculty), Sanford Biggers(Faculty), Ernesto Caivano (’01), Miguel Cardenas (’05), Nathan Catlin (’12), Aurélien Couput (’13), Mark Dion (Mentor), Riaki Enyama (’13), Megan Foster (’02), Gandalf Gavan (’05), Eric Ramos Guerrero (’09),Valerie Hammond (Adjunct Faculty), Emily Henretta (’11), Chris Jehly (’11), Hedya Klein (’03), Nicola Lopez (Faculty), Kambui Olujimi (’13), Alyssa Piro (’14), Bruno Pogacnik (’13), Corey Riddell (’12), Jessica Segall (’10), Kiki Smith (Adjunct Faculty), Sarah Sze (Faculty), Rirkrit Tiravanija (Faculty), Xu Wang (’13),Jesse Weiss (’10), Paula Wilson (’05), Shahar Yahalom (’14) and Tuguldur Yondonjamts (’14).
 
Caitlin Cherry (’12), Irini Miga (’12) and Mira Hunter (’13) were selected for an interdisciplinary group exhibition entitled Immediate Female, which featured more than 20 artists based in New York City and was on display from January 25 to March 8, 2015 at the Judith Charles Gallery. Following the exhibition’s opening, Miga was listed as one of “10 Badass Emerging Female Artists You Should Know” by the Huffington Post.
 
Seven Columbia artists were featured at this year’s Venice Biennale: Huma Bhabha (’87), e-flux, which was created by Julieta Aranda (’06), Joan Jonas (’65), Mika Rottenberg (’04), Gedi Sibony (’00), and faculty membersSarah Sze and Rirkrit TiravanijaJoan Jonas (’65) was selected by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to represent the United States at the Biennale, where she created a site-specific piece for the American pavilion.
 
Eight School of the Arts students and alumni—Cristina Camacho (’15), Sondra Perry (’15), Julia Phillips (’15),August Vollbrecht (’15), Tatiana Berg (’14), Heidi Howard (’14), Yujin Lee (’15) and Patrice Renee Washington (’14)—were featured in NEW WORK NEW YORK, the first biennial survey of work by second-year students and recent graduates from New York City-based MFA programs.
 
Forty-nine students and recent graduates were featured in Floating Point, a show at the Judith Charles Gallery, which was on view this summer: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Cristina Camacho (’15), Jenny Cho, Sam Cockrell(’15), Kelsey Elverum (’15), Devra Fox, Ector Garcia, Cy Gavin, Ilana Harris-Babou, Patrice Aphrodite Helmar (’15), Mike HewsonBrooke Holloway, Cary Hulbert, Bryan JabsStephen Paul Jackson (’15), Yujin Lee (’15), Talia Link (’15), Dana Lok (’15), Coby Kennedy, Bora Kim (’15), Jonah King, Emily Kloppenburg, Nicole Maloof (’15), Julia Medynska, Ioana Manolache (’15), Pablo Montealegre, Matthew Morrocco (’15), Leah Moskowitz (’15), JP Mot (’15), Filip NikoljskiGina O'Connor (’15), Justin Olerud,Ilaria Ortensi (’15), Lorella Paleni (’15), Ruth Patir (’15), Sondra Perry (’15), Julia Phillips (’15), Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin (’15), Meredith Sands, Lynn Spanke, Frank Spigner, Michael Stablein, Jr.Rachel Stern, Alex Strada, Victoria Udondian, August Vollbrecht (’15), Cameron WelchJonathan Bruce Williams (’15) and Jiwoon Yoon.
 
Faculty members Tomas Vu-Daniel and Rirkrit Tirvanija collaborated on an exhibit entitled Green Go Home at the Nieves Fernandez Galeria in Madrid, which opened on September 10. Vu-Daniel also had a solo show at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, entitled Dark Side of the Moon.
 
Visual Arts Mentor Mark Dion’s latest installation, The Trouble with Jellyfish, opened on September 18 at Le Laboratoire in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dion, known for blurring the boundaries between art and science, uses both real and representational jellyfish as a means of exploring environmental issues.
 
Alumna Dana Schutz (’02) had a solo exhibition at Petzel Gallery in New York, a series of paintings entitled Fight In An Elevator.
 
Faculty member Thomas Roma has an exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery entitled In the Vale of Cashmere, which is comprised of a series of black-and-white portraits and landscapes set in an area of Prospect Park where, for decades, gay men have been cruising for partners and forming a community. The exhibition will be on view until December 15.
 
Alumnus Lior Shvil’s (’10) PROTOCOLS is on view at Art in General’s 6th Floor Gallery, from September 12 to November 21, 2015. The exhibition, created to imitate urban terrain conflict areas, includes large-scale sculpture installations and performances inspired by military counterinsurgency training courses. The performances will be presented as Art in General's contribution to Performa 15.
 
Rachel Rose (’13), known for her video installations, has a solo exhibition entitled Everything and More at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from October 30, 2015 to February 7, 2016. This will be her first solo exhibition in the United States.
 
LeRoy Neiman Gallery Exhibitions:
Several alumni, students and faculty have curated or shown work at this year’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery exhibitions, including Stirring Still, curated by Ioana Manolache (’15) and Maria Stabio (’12); Bodies Burning at the Edges, curated by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (’16) and Jonah King (’16); and currently Come Together, curated by faculty member Tomas Vu-Daniel, which is the fourth instillation in a series of exhibitions organized by Vu-Daniel and Rirkrit TiravanijaCome Together opens on November 4 and will run until December 2, and will feature work by Natalie Birinyi (’11), Ernesto Caivano (’11), Nathan Catlin (’12), Riaki Enyama (’13), Emily Henretta(’11), Chris Jehly (’11), as well as Tiravanija and adjunct faculty member Craig Zammiello.