Visual Arts Senior Open Studios – December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 1-4PM

Barnard Visual Arts Senior Open Studios

600 W 116th St, New York, NY

Suite 81, 8th Floor

Visit the studios of current seniors majoring in Visual Art. Students will present finished work from the semester alongside works in progress to better contextualize their overall process. The event is geared toward getting feedback from a larger audience as well as showcasing student work.


Here/say – November 27, 2017

Monday, November 27, 7-9 pm

Here/say – Framing, Part 3 [Criticisms]: Considering the shifting role of critics and criticism

Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Siwin Lo, Art historian and writer, Siwin Lo is a writer and PhD student in Art History at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her research focuses on twentieth-century art, with particular emphasis on feminism, abstraction, and painting. Her writing has appeared in e-flux, and she has presented on various topics in modern and contemporary art in Canada and the United States. She holds a BA (2013) and an MA (2015) from the University of British Columbia. Her MA thesis problematizes artistic labor in the paintings of Agnes Martin. In addition to research and writing, she teaches in the Art department at Brooklyn College.

Screening and Talk with Carrie Hawks BC’01 – November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 6-8pm

Carrie Hawks BC ‘01, Film Screening and Discussion

Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Carrie Hawks harnesses the magic of animation to tell stories. The artist has been seriously committed to visual art ever since holding a crayon. They have exhibited art in New York, Atlanta, Kansas City, Toronto, and Tokyo. Their first film, Delilah, won the Best Experimental Award at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival (2012). Their films have screened at BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia), CinemAfrica (Stockholm, Sweden), and MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York). They received a BA in Art History with a Visual Arts concentration from Barnard College and a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University. The Jerome Foundation gave generous funding to black enuf* (pronouns: they/them/theirs)

“Currents” Exhibit Opening – November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 6-8pm

Currents, Student Exhibition Opening

Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

On view Tuesday, October 31 – Tuesday November 14, 2017

Artwork by: Annya Serkovic, Brian White, Christina Stevens, Courtney Lyons, Eliana Kahan, Ella Viscardi, Genevieve Nemeth, Helen Huilun Liu, Iris Wechsler, Isaac Padgett, Jessica, Zhanying Zhang, Jessie Park, Julia Girardoni, Kathryn Brady, Lily Arzt, Nicolas Lopez-Alegria, Sophie Kovel

Here/Say – October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 7-9 pm

Here/Say – Framing, Part 2 [Climate]: Regarding our relationship to the [huge, frameless, changing] natural world

Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Riitta Ikonen, Finnish visual artist with a vivid nature relationship, Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen’s (b.1981) work, encompassing wearable sculptures, performance and photographs has been in curated solo and group exhibitions in Kiasma, Tate Britain, NADA Miami, and London 2012 Olympic Park amongst others. She exhibits, lectures and performs internationally often with the series Eyes as Big as Plates looking at the modern human’s affinity to nature. Ikonen graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008, with an MA in Communication Art and is based in both Rockaway Beach and Finland.

Åsa Rennermalm, Professor, Arctic climate change researcher, Åsa Rennermalm is associate professor at the Department of Geography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interest is hydrology and glaciology of the Arctic region. Currently she is studying the Greenland ice sheet to better understand how much meltwater escapes to the ocean where it affects marine environments and raise global sea levels. Her work involves analysis of models, satellite and field data. She has participated several Arctic field expeditions.

Åsa joined Rutgers faculty in 2009. Before coming to Rutgers she was a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Geography at University of California Los Angeles. Her Ph.D is from Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and she has a master and undergraduate degree from University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Åsa’s research centers on understanding Greenland ice sheet mass loss and runoff. Her work spans from small-scale, fieldwork-based studies of ice sheet surface hydrology to Greenland-wide studies of how ice sheet hydrology and mass-loss connects to atmospheric and oceanographic conditions. She has done educational modules for pre-college students about the changing Arctic in collaborated with a NJ high school teacher. Several recent expeditions included collaborations with artists, including one with Diane Burko a Philadelphia-based photographer and landscape painter, and one, more recently with the Rutgers Film Lab.

Vanessa Thill BC ’13, Artist, writer and curator, Vanessa Thill is an artist, writer, and curator. Her sculptures use cut paper forms, nets, and cauldrons of supplies such as glues, soaps, and dyes to create slowly evaporating sculptures, akin to scabbed skins, eroded terrain, woven garments, or luminous screens. She is interested in systems of non-human organization given a new material reality in which categories like natural landscape, built environment, and human body are deeply unsettled.

She has exhibited her work at Nicelle Beauchene, Bible, and on the digital platform SCREEN_, among others. She co-produces exhibitions, publications, and other projects as Sorry Archive, a platform for experimentation with display formats and social transactions. Most recently, Sorry Archive curated “Astral Oil, Global Family” an exhibition by Jonathan Durham and Rindon Johnson inspired by the century-long story of the Greenpoint Oil Spill.

In 2014, she curated an alumnae exhibition and edited a catalog of essays called “Lucid Gestures: An Exhibition of Alumnae Artists” with Eunice Yooni Kim at McCagg Gallery at Barnard College. She is also a Curator at Large at Knockdown Center in Queens, and their resident beekeeper.

Art Fast – September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 6-8pm


Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Art Fast is a 9-day creative festival inspired by a South Asian festival called Navaratri where the essence of the festival is to celebrate the divine creative energies that resides within all of us. Apart from participating in the online creative challenge, Art Fast also invites participation in its various events organized in New York City that celebrate the spirit of the festival. The events that are participatory in nature vary from art, dance, music and fashion workshops, performances, artist discussions, art exhibit etc. They are led by creatives who are ready to collaborate and experiment with other creatives of different fields and cultural backgrounds.

JunYi Chow, a pianist and improv composer, will present his piece, BREATH-TIME-FLOW, a multisensory performance in experiencing the relationship between sound, time and space. Amelia Marzec, a visual and sound artist, will present ALOUETTE 1. Bring any small instrument that you have and can play with.

Here/Say, Fall 2017


Here/Say, Fall 2017
On Framing [Classification, Climate, Criticisms]
Three Mondays: September 25, October 30, November 27

Part I – [Classification]: Considering the motivations and repercussions of naming and framing behaviors
Monday, September 25
7-9 pm, Louise McCagg Gallery, Diana Center

Featuring Jacqueline Mabey and Joiri Minaya, moderated by Lizzy De Vita

Joiri Minaya
Artist, educator
Living between the United States and the Dominican Republic (and having lived in Belgium for a while) has made Minaya aware of her own difference and subjectivity depending on context. Influenced by this, her work meditates on representation, identity constructions, gender roles, migration and nature from a personal place but also through larger transcultural and historical frames. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales (ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2009, the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. in 2011 and Parsons the New School for Design in 2013. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Minaya is the recipient of Emerging Artist Awards from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2016) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2015), a Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., and the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo. She lives and works in Manhattan, NY, maintaining a strong artistic presence in the Dominican Republic.

Jacqueline Mabey
Independent curator
Jacqueline Mabey’s work is shaped both by her study of art history at Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University & The University of British Columbia & by her multifarious professional experience in commercial galleries, non-profit art organizations, and artist studios. Recent, forthcoming & ongoing projects include: Art+Feminism, a campaign to improve coverage of feminism & the arts on Wikipedia, which she co-founded; In this place where the guest rests, a group exhibition highlighting the materiality & temporalities of cultural trauma; “Not Mine Alone, Nor Mine to Own: Some Reflections on the Young Girl,” a forthcoming article in The Journal of Feminist Scholarship. She was included in Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 & called a “Badass Woman” by Buzzfeed. Mabey works independently under the honorific, failed projects.