Alum Jeremy Dennis Artist Talk @ Isak’s ARS 381 Hybrid Studio 2:00pm, Wednesday, September 20th

SBU alum Jeremy Dennis (SBU ’13, MFA Penn State ’16) will speak on Wednesday, September 20th, 12:00pm, as part of the “Race, Love and Labor” photography exhibition at the Stony Brook University Zuccaire Gallery.

Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is an artist and photographer born in Southampton, New York and raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Dennis graduated in 2013 with a B.A. from Stony Brook University in New York with a minor in Digital Arts, and received an MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2016.

His talk will reflect upon his studio art practice beginning at Stony Brook University, which led to his artist in residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. 

Jeremy will reconvene for an in-depth session with the Stony Brook University photography students and deliver an artist talk and discussion in the Fine Arts Hybrid Studio SINC Site #4255 on the 4th floor of Staller Center at 2:00pm.

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Chrissie Iles Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art @ The Stony Brook University Department of Art | Monday, April 24th | 12pm – 1pm | 2nd Floor Staller Seminar Space

Chrissie Iles Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art @ Stony Brook University Department of Art | Monday, April 24th | 12pm – 4pm | 2nd Floor Staller Seminar Space: Chrissie Iles is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her exhibitions include co-curating the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials, and curating major survey exhibitions of Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Yoko Ono. She also curated several group exhibitions including “Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art 1964-1977″; “Scream and Scream Again: Film in Art”; and “Signs of the Times: Film, Video and Slide Installation and Britain in the 1980s.”


Takahiko Iimura @ Nobi’s Studio in Manhattan Saturday, April 22 from 7pm

Film Viewing Event with Takahiko Iimura: Saturday, April 22 from 7pm

Location: 315 7th Avenue 19D/corner of west 28th (Nobi’s studio) 5 min. walk south from Penn Station 7th ave. exit

Refreshments and discussion to follow after the viewing. Please sign up-so that I can get the headcount.

George Maciunas, Jeff Perkins and critic Jerry Saltz may join us.

A pioneering figure in the New York and Japanese film and video undergounds, Taka iimura has had a tremendous impact upon the development of experimental cinema in both the U.S. and Japan. iimura’s work in video has concentrated on deconstructing the language of video, especially video’s power to obscure the author of the image, through the audience’s immediate acceptance of what is shown on screen as true. iimura establishes a relation between the self-reflexive nature of language and the simultaneous feedback characteristic of video, exploiting this relation to investigate the shifting position of video’s subject (who is behind the camera) and object (who is in front of the camera). Through his videos, which read like elaborate semiotic riddles, iimura has educated audiences to the structure of video in a way that has profoundly changed the way the medium is viewed.

He is a widely established international artist, having had numerous solo exhibitions in major museums such as the Musem of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Reina Sofia National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, in addition to artist residencies at the German Academy of Arts and Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study Center. Recently he has been involved in using computers, publishing more than 20 DVDs/CD-ROMs, and writing several books on film, video, and multimedia, including a book published in English, “The Collected Writings of Takahiko iimura”. “I am concerned with the whole system of video, not just what you see on the screen, but including the camera, monitor, the whole system.”
—Takahiko iimura

Jorge Fernandez Torres, curator, art critic, and professor based in Havana, Cuba. @ Stony Brook University Art | Tuesday, October 25th | 12pm – 2pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Staller Center for the Arts 2nd Floor Art Seminar Room

Jorge A. Fernandez Torres is a curator, art critic, professor at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, Director of the National Fine Arts Museum of Cuba, and the Havana Biennial. He is a former director of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, member of the Commission for Cuban Cultural Development of UNESCO, and the Advisory Council for the Arts on the National Library of Cuba. He curated and authored exhibition publications including: “Art Practices and Social Imageries” for the 2012 Havana Biennial, “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (Havana), and “El Lugar Construido” (Spain). Jorge A. Fernandez Torres will be speaking about contemporary art in Cuba today, and present artists and projects he experienced while staging the Havana Biennial.

Guest Critic: Murtaza Vali @ Stony Brook University | Monday, March 28th, 2016 2pm – 6pm

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Monday, March 28th, 2016  |  2pm – 6pm

The Department of Art at Stony Brook University Studio Art MFA invites guest critic Murtaza Vali.

Murtaza Vali is a Brooklyn-based writer, art historian, and curator. An independent critic since 2005, his reviews, essays, profiles, and interviews have appeared regularly in Artforum.comArtReviewArt IndiaBidoun Magazine, and ArtAsiaPacific, where he is contributing editor and was co-editor of their 2007 and 2008 Almanac, a year-end review of contemporary art across Asia. He has written essays for nonprofits and galleries around the world, most notably for monographs on Emily Jacir, Reena Saini Kallat, and Laleh Khorramian. He has been a visiting critic at Yale’s School of Art and Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. As winner of the Winter 2010 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship, Vali curatedAccented at Brooklyn’s BRIC Rotunda Gallery (2010) and recently edited Manual for Treason, a multilingual publication commissioned bySharjah Biennial X (2011). He holds an MA in art history and archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.


Robert Whitman: Swim and Local Report @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 7pm

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Multimedia artist Robert Whitman will discuss his two latest projects: Swim (2015) and Local Report (2012). Whitman’s career spans multiple decades and disciplines. In the 1960s, he associated with a group of artists, including Alan Kaprow, Jim Dine, and Claes Oldenburg, who staged innovative theatrical performances on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In 1966, Whitman joined ten other New-York-based artists to work with Billy Klüver at Bell Laboratories, creating artwork which utilized computer media and other emergent technologies. He received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 1976, and has been the subject of retrospectives at such prominent institutions as DIA and MoMA. His recent theatrical performances employ telecommunications networks and multisensory elements to conceive new communities of spectatorship in the theater and gallery alike. For more information on LOCAL REPORT you can visit the projects’s website:

This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) founded by Robert Whitman among others. It is a vibrant community of artists that redefined what constituted art in the twentieth century.

Stony Brook Manhattan is located in midtown 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Please use the entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.

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Lev Manovich: Instagram as a Medium and Message: Art History Meets Data Science @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 7pm


Lev Manovich, “Instagram as a Medium and Message: Art History Meets Data Science”

Lev Manovich will discuss his latest project SELFIECITY, a data science investigation of self-portraiture in five cities around the world. For more information on SELFIECITY you can visit the project’s website:

Stony Brook Manhattan is located at 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Use entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.

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Rob Storr: Louise Bourgeois and the Privilege of Sublimation @ Stony Brook Manhattan — Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7pm


Renowned art critic and curator Robert Storr derives his lecture from his forthcoming book, Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois (2014). Storr was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. In addition to writing for numerous art publications, he has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, CUNY graduate center, and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, New York Studio School, and Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Painting/Printmaking and Dean of the School of Art at Yale University.

Stony Brook Manhattan is located at 387 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016. Use entrance around the corner at 101-113 East 27th Street.