Archive | December, 2014

Book Launch at Rawson Projects

12 Dec

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Artist talk and book launch: Saturday, December 13th, 5 – 7 P.M.

Printed Matter, Inc.

Printed Matter and Rawson Projects are pleased to co-host a conversation with artist Clive Murphy and writer Aengus Woods on occasion of the publication of DIWIF (DEMONIC INTERVENTIONS WITH IKEA FURNITURE).

DIWIF explores the relationship between utopian aspirations and our suppressed primitive selves through the convention of the self-assembly manual. Illustrations from visual artist Clive Murphy are paired with text from writer and curator Aengus Woods, mimicking the self-assembly manual to the extent that it takes the form of a fragmentary assemblage of statements, quotations and facts concerning, but not limited to Bauhaus, IKEA, fascism, primitivism, utopia and shamanism.

DIWIF is one of six books published as part of Printed Matter’s Emerging Artists Publication Series. The publication is an edition of 350 copies and is available for purchase here.

For more information about the exhibition at the gallery click here

For more information about the event at Printed Matter click here

Clive Murphy is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. He has exhibited at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York; Kling & Bang, Reykjavik; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Creative Time, New York; Tate Modern, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai; West Germany Gallery, Berlin; CityMine(d), Brussels and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague. He is a founding member of cultural interventionist group PROKON and plays music with The Collected Works Of Lenin.

Aengus Woods is a philosopher, critic and curator based in Brooklyn. A co-editor of Other Edens: The Life and Work of Brian Coffey (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010), his writings have also appeared in The Irish Times, The Dublin Review of Books, The Millions and NPR. He is a founding member of cultural interventionist group PROKON and plays music with The Collected Works Of Lenin.

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Book Event: Jean-Pierre Laffont in conversation with Shelley Rice

10 Dec

Thursday, December 11th, 7:00 p.m.

Jean-Pierre Laffont
Photojournalist; founding member of Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News; author of Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990; Forward by Sir Harold Evans (Glitterati Inc., 2014) 

in conversation with

Shelley Rice
Professor, Department of Photography and Imaging and Department of Art History, NYU; critic; curator; author of Parisian Views; editor, Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman

Sparked by the desire to be a witness to his time, and driven by his insatiable curiosity, photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont traveled all fifty of the United States, capturing America through some of its most turbulent eras.

Laffont photographed everything: crises, tragedies, daily news, the politics of the White House and the United Nations. He thrived on working alone and only on stories of his choosing, ranging from the Civil Rights movement, to the race riots, the Vietnam War, the first Gay Pride parades, as well as the peace and feminist movements. He wrote his itineraries, made his appoint­ments, paid his expenses, developed his films, edited his photos, and wrote his copy. He worked “on speculation”, disliked working on assignments, and the needs of the marketplace never entered into his decisions to cover a particular story.

The book is organized by decade, taking us across the nation, from the funerals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy to the Washington D.C. protests. In no other country could Laffont have accessed such a wide range of controversial subject matter. For a photojournalist, America was, and continues to be, a Photographer’s Paradise.

For more than four decades, Laffont traveled the globe for the world’s leading news magazines. Among the numerous awards Laffont received are the Overseas Press Club of America’s Madeline Dane Ross Award, the World Press Photo General Picture Award, University of Missouri’s World Understanding Award, and an award from the New York Newspaper Guild. In 1996, he was honored with the French Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Glitterati, Inc. won a Lucie Award for Book Publisher of The Year for Jean-Pierre’s Laffont’s Photographer’s Paradise.

Catherine McNeur’s Book Reviewed in NY Times

4 Dec



Preview of “‘Taming Manhattan,’ Cath...l History -”

 Read the review in its entirety.

Please see earlier post about the publication of our URDS adjunct, Catherine McNeur’s book!

Prospective Student Weekend

3 Dec


Smithsonian-Mason MA in the
History of Decorative Arts

cordially invite you to our

Prospective Student Weekend 

February 6-9, 2015
Smithsonian Institution, Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC

Careers in the Decorative Arts
Friday, Feb. 6, 2 to 4 p.m.
Panel discussion and Q&A session led by program alumni

Admissions Interviews
Friday, Feb. 6, Saturday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 9
Contact Cynthia Williams ( to schedule

Open House
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
Meet and mingle with faculty, staff, alumni, and current students

Exhibition Tour
Monday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.
“Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection” at the National Gallery of Art, let by Dr. Oscar P. Fitzgerald, furniture expert and program instructor

Sit In on a Class
Monday, Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m.
Survey of Decorative Arts II
Dr. Angela George, Assistant Director

RSVP to or 202-633-8629

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Ritchie Markoe Scribner ’75 Lecture Tonight!

3 Dec


Readings: Art History Writing Competition

3 Dec

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Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

Readings: Art History Writing Competition

NYU students will read their prizewinning poems and prose in response to Ernest Cole Photographer.Organized by contest judge Thomaï Serdari, Adjunct Associate  Professor of Art History, CAS, and of Marketing, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, NYU, the competition includes students from NYU’s Department of Art History, CAS, and Professor Donna Cameron’s class “The Politics of Portraiture,” TSOA.

Co-organized by NYU’s Department of Art History and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge.


Offered in conjunction with the exhibition
Ernest Cole Photographer,
on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery
from September 3 to December 6, 2014.

For information on the exhibition,
including a complete program roster,
please visit
Tel: 212/998-6780

Grey Art Gallery Hours:
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 11 am–6 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday: 11 am–5 pm
Closed Sunday/Monday/Major holidays


January 13–April 4, 2015
The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929 –1940
Lower Level Gallery: Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection

Join the conversation!
Use @NYUGrey #ErnestColeNYU and visit the Grey’s:

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The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
For best access, please call 212/998-6780 before visiting.

Image: Ernest Cole, “Pensive tribesmen, newly recruited to mine labor, awaiting processing and assignment.”
House of Bondage, 1967
Gelatin silver print, 12 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. © The Ernest Cole Family Trust.
Courtesy the Hasselblad Foundation



The Medieval Virtual Seminar

3 Dec

Medieval Virtual Seminar