October 2021 Virtual Events and Exhibitions at the School of Visual Arts


Tuesday, October 5, 8:00 – 9:00pm | “Other Art Worlds Completely” | Online

Working between East Asian and Euro-American institutions, exhibitions and artist studios, Alexander Lau, director of Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, and Freya Chou, who has served on the curatorial teams of the Taipei Biennial, Shanghai Biennial, Para Site in Hong Kong, as well as the upcoming 58th Carnegie International and Hong Kong’s participation in the 2022 Venice Biennale, join MA Curatorial Practice Director of Research Brian Kuan Wood to discuss how a curator can discover and encourage unexpected and unforeseen ways of doing art.

Wednesday, October 6, 8:00 – 9:00pm | “A Quiet Scale” Panel Discussion | Online

Join this virtual panel discussion presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies with artists Josephine Halvorson, Hanneline Røgeberg, SVA Art History faculty member and curator Catherine Haggarty and writer Andrew Woolbright, presented in conjunction with the exhibition “A Quiet Scale,” on view through Friday, October 15, at the SVA Flatiron Project Space.

Thursday, October 7, 6:00 – 7:30pm | “Afghanistan: 20 Years of War,” With Journalist Anand Gopal | Online

Over the years of the war in Afghanistan, award-winning journalist Anand Gopal has undertaken path-breaking reporting, interviewing former Afghani government officials, Taliban militants and ordinary Afghan men and women. He will discuss why the war’s effects did not live up to the false promises of American political leaders and possible implications for the future of America’s military footprint on the globe. Presented by the SVA Honors Program and BFA Visual & Critical Studies.

Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm | Russell Brown | Online

Join senior creative director at Adobe and Emmy Award-winning instructor Russell Brown for a lecture as part of MPS Digital Photography’s i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series. Brown will share expertise from his 32 years of creative experience at Adobe, where he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts and development. He has helped the world’s leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists to master the software tools that have made Adobe’s applications the standard by which all others are measured.

Friday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30pm | “Response Toward the Asian Community During the Pandemic” | Online

According to NYPD data, though Asian racism is not new in this country, there has recently been a significant increase in the number of attacks against Asian people. In this virtual community lecture from MPS Art Therapy, Tokyo-born art therapist Makiko Harada will share her own experiences and review the history of hatred toward Asians. The second part of the talk will be devoted to the arts’ response to racism.

Monday, October 18, 5:00 – 6:30pm | “Should We Ban Fashion Advertising?” | Online

In this panel discussion presented by SVA Continuing Education, we will explore this question by looking at what a world without fashion advertising would look like. Could this wean people from fast fashion and the planned obsolescence so virile within the contemporary fashion landscape? The panel includes Aja Barber, Willow Defebaugh, Shazia Abji and Charlie Engmen, and will be moderated by Shonagh Marshall, MPS Fashion Photography faculty member and curator, writer and founder of Denier, a bi-monthly newsletter that explores fashion in the Anthropocene epoch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 – 3:00pm | “The Year of Uncertainty at the Queens Museum” | Online

This year, the Queens Museum embraces the “intolerable uncertainty” of our time by embarking on a process of institutional self-exploration while strengthening connections between the museum and its communities to create new possibilities for culture, kinship and mutual support. Join Queens Museum President and Executive Director Sally Tallant, Public Programs Manager Catherine Grau, Director of Education Kimaada Le Gendre and artist-in-residence Julian Louis Phillips to explore how a new kind of institution can embrace the unknown in this panel presented by MA Curatorial Practice.

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:00pm | Community Design Workshop: “How We Move Forward Together” | Online

“How We Move Forward Together” is a 90-minute workshop where community designer and MFA Design for Social Innovation faculty member Sloan Leo will discuss 10 insights for designers who want to accelerate just communities. The workshop is held in conjunction with SVA Continuing Education’s fifth annual Art & Activism event on Wednesday, November 3 (details to come). This preview event and workshop is intended for curious designers who are committed to or interested in understanding how designers can accelerate justice, build community and advance equity.

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 – 8:30pm | Malike Sidibe | Online

Join a free lecture by Brooklyn-based, West African photographer Malike Sidibe as part of MPS Digital Photography’s i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration series. Sidibe specializes in fashion, portraiture and documentary photography and tends to take a dream-like approach to image-making. From photographing covers for The New York Times Magazine to having his work included in Time’s “Top 10 Images of 2020,” Sidibe has developed his own unique style. Sidibe’s work reflects his creative nature, and his inspiration is drawn by the people he meets and the places he has lived. He is a high-energy, creative photographer producing innovative portraits and images full of spirit and color.