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Photography & Imaging BFA Exhibition

Event Date and Time:

May 8, 2014 – May 24, 2014
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free.


Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor, rear lobby) and 8th Floor Gallery
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

A reception and Senior Awards ceremony will be held on May 20th from 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Dean's Conference Room (12th Floor) at 721 Broadway. Photo identification is required for access to the building. For further information, call 212.998.1930.

The exhibition, comprising works selected from the students' thesis projects and other current work, represents the visual and conceptual diversity of the department's class of 2014: Zalika Azim combines selections from a discovered photo archive into an installation in an attempt to learn about her grandmother's unknown life and career as photographer, curator, collector and family archivist. Her piece sets forth to explore the significance of the photograph in the making and revisiting of space, history, memory and redefining the self. Madeleine Boardman's series is an investigation in the regimens in which women routinely participate to beautify themselves, which draws inspiration from both fashion photography and cinema. George Brooks' project documents farmed animals that have been rescued from situations of abuse and neglect and calls into question humans' current use and treatment of nonhuman animals. James Clarizio mixes private and public imagery by collaging street art with vintage familial photographs. In a series of fantasy tableaus called 'lawn-escapes,' Kate Colabella invites you to see the city of Yonkers through her lens. Liam Cotter's series of street portraits is an exploration of the peculiar solitude of being alone among millions. Ciara Crocker's "And that's the truth." A Portrait of Irish Travellers is an exploration of the culture and character of Irish Travellers in their transition away from the road. Grace Curatola's A Happy Childhood is a body of work about the transitional period between childhood and adulthood. Maureen Dai presents a series of self-portraits that explores how childhood memories resurface throughout life. Inspired by the everyday, Jenny Eom presents a selection of projects in various media that explores ideas driven by relationships with the self and others. Andres Galvan's This is the exploration of a kinship that exists between Haiti and jazz music while simultaneously surveying his family relationships and outlining the parallel existing between the two. By focusing on mundane peculiarities, Soleil Garneau's pictures depict both the detriment and the delicacy of humans' relationship with our surroundings. Filled with solitude and stillness where contemplation thrives, Kathryn Heimsath's portraits are of places that are somewhere between being lost and being found. By reducing the number of pixels in each photograph to the number of that animal remaining in the wild, Megan Hilliard visually represents how close we are to losing some very important species to extinction. Perri Hofmann finds dimensionality within flattened imagery and symbolism in contemporary landscapes. Sandy Honig's photographs explore the interaction between the worlds of a child and an adult; these worlds exist simultaneously and though they often intersect, there are large parts of each that go unnoticed. James Huang's images are forensic depictions of his daily existence, looking as a detective for clues and hidden meanings to make sense of the things that have happened. Olivia Hunter's thesis presentation focuses on the surrealist aspects of collective consciousness and the psychological inability to grasp the full truth in a complex world. Annika Jakes' Dileab, meaning "legacy" in Scottish Gaelic, consists of landscapes taken on the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis and Harris. Dileab is an exploration of the spirit's interaction with a constructed space. A photographic documentation of living with Roma (Gypsy) communities in Eastern and Central Europe, Kieran Kesner's work is specifically interested in the examination of the origins/causation of Gypsy stereotypes and prejudice. Rachelle Klapheke's project revolves around her brief relationship with the town of Liberty, New York, and the state of mind in which she photographed it--as much as she experienced in Liberty, she still couldn't get close to it. Her personality didn't allow it. Even in her most intimate moments, she was always staying there as a guest. Through the documentation of non-events, Jackson Krule's thesis explores his belief in the unreal. John Kurtz explores the personal significance of family photographs and archives through the arduous process of weaving, which serves as an attempt to create a physical connection between himself and the often unknown family members depicted. Resulting are works where multiple images compete for attention and, through their simultaneous existence, link all of the cut and woven faces of those that came before him together. Jake Lindeman's series of photographs attempts to understand the relationship between past and present American narratives. Quetzal Maucci presents a project of her months living in an Argentinean ashram as she explores ideas of spirituality, reconnection, and letting go. Jolie Maya-Altshuler's photographs attempt to document an often ignored side of girl culture that represents a complicated, queer, gritty, uncomfortable and exuberant portrait of young femininity. Using his own stories as well as gathering stories from friends who have spent most of their lives in strong denial, Patrick McNabb envisions a project that identifies with young adults and the reactions of their families, both liberal and conservative, and exposes the homophobia that plagues homosexuals even as they seek equal and civil rights. Rediscovered in her archive of rejected nightlife photos, Daryl Oh's Anonymous Parties is about finding the unexpected in these originally overlooked images. In the chaos of New York City nightlife, her archive uncovers a juxtaposition of privacy, intimacy, and honesty in spontaneous recordings of what seemed incidental moments. By exploring the industrial landscape of Newark, New Jersey, in color images highlighting the form, shape, and essence of the city, Sonja Podesta presents a collection of images that record the human mark, the unseen human hand that created these spaces. Jacob Evan Smith presents a collection of aesthetically-driven images that reflect his solitary and surreal exploration through a foreign land. Margaux Swerdloff tries to get at the soul of an enormous industry in America 'the sex industry'by looking at its mise en scéne. On the sets of a porn website, in an S&M dungeon, and in the rooms of a sex motel, she discovers places where human desire is manufactured into something that can be consumed. Andras Saul Vargas's works engage the audience to reframe their ways of thinking about race and the cultural divide. Through portraiture and conversation, Rachel Williams explores the themes of identity and race in relationship to the experience of being an African-American woman in the university setting.

The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.