If you’re looking for a dose of culture outside of the art museum world, you’re in luck- right now, there are dozens of exhibitions on display at some of the city’s best art schools. Way better than museums, stopping by a college usually allows you ample opportunities to: a) see tons of beautiful work for free, b) enjoy in a generally child-free environment, c) take your time and go whenever you want, and d) scope out fliers for student events with free pizza.
Personally, we’d recommend the events at SVA :)
FIT at Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
Fashion & Politics exhibit, until Nov 7, a chronological exploration of over 200 years of politics as expressed through fashion. Also showing American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion, November 6, 2009 - April 10, 2010, he first exhibition to explore how the "philosophy of beauty" is allied to the craft of dressmaking. Night & Day begins December 3, 2009 - May 11, 2010, examining how the rules that dictate appropriate dress for women have changed over the past 250 years
PARSONS at 2 W. 13th St. Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Control/Print: Considering the Future of Ink on Paper, Thu, Nov 5 - Sun, Dec 20. An exhibition that investigates the possibilities of a customized future for digital art and design. Originated as a three-year research project undertaken at the Royal College of Art in London, it investigates the possibilities of a customized future for digital art and design.
COOPER UNION at41 Cooper Gallery (3rd Ave. between 6th and 7th Streets)
Lubalin Now, Nov 5- December 8, a free exhibition at The Cooper Union, will showcase contemporary graphic design that reflects the formal and conceptual approach of pioneering designer Herb Lubalin's work and legacy.
THE NEW SCHOOL at Vera List Courtyard, 66 West 12th Street, ground floor
Currently showing Art in the Institution, Art as the Institution, (October 19 through October 24, 2009), as part of the New School art collection.
SVA at Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st St
User Generated is an exhibition of sculpture, prints, digital video, computer animation, and interactive video installations by students and alumni. Works range in mediums from 3D animation to interactive installations. The gallery is open weekdays from 9a-7p, and on Saturdays 10a-6p.
NYU at the Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East
Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya, is currently on display at NYC. The exhibition includes masters of the Papunya School including Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, and Mick Namararri Tjapaltjarri. Works display the beginning of the Western Desert art movement in which indigenous Australian artists explored images in a new medium, and on permanent surfaces.
COLUMBIA at Morningside Campus, in the International Affairs Building, 4th Fl Lobby
Harriman: 1989- Year of Miracles: Austria and the End of the Cold War is a photo exhibit, curated by Gunter Bischof and Lorenz Mikoletzky, on the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe. The photo exhibit is free and open to the public from 9a to 6p every weekday, until January 15th.
PRATT at 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn
Pratt will be hosting an exhibition of student design work from the Copenhagen Study Abroad Program, from now until Friday (Nov 13th). The exhibit features innovative design in furniture and textiles. Work that is showcased includes 20 prototypes of student designs produced during Pratt’s Study Abroad program, DIS/Copenhagen, last summer.
Go see some art and support your local NYC student artists!