The MA Curatorial Practice program at the School of Visual Arts is delighted to present our Spring schedule of special events. All events are free and open to the public. Please join us.

Thursday, January 23, 7pm 

Political Anticipation and Dead Time: Salma Shamel in conversation with Vartan Avakian, Fadi Bardawil, and Sarah Rifky


Shortly after the uprisings erupted across Lebanon last October, protestors declared that the “real end” of the Lebanese civil war is happening now, rather than 29 years ago. In the spirit of this temporal correction, where “now" supersedes the past 29 years, we come together as artists, curators, academics, activists, and inactivists to reconsider our imagination of revolutionary beginnings and indefinite endings. Without access to the future in Lebanon, scholar Salma Shamel invites writer and curator Sarah Rifky, artist Vartan Avakian, and anthropologist Fadi Bardawil to take a moment together to revisit the Egyptian uprising and discuss political anticipation, repressed needs, and the dead time in between.


Thursday, February 20, 7pm 

The States of Instituting: iLiana Fokianaki from State of Concept in Athens


Greek art critic and curator iLiana Fokianaki presents a special talk on State of Concept, her groundbreaking art institution in Athens, and the unique position of contemporary Greece as a site to rethink the Western canon and the way it “eats up” complex localities that do not always share its ideal political or economic trajectories. Fokianaki founded State of Concept in 2013 and it has worked with such leading artists as Keren Cytter, Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl, and Jonas Staal, while collaborating with international curators such as Nick Aikens and WhW. In 2019, State of Concept launched the first research grant for Greek female artists over 35.

Thursday, March 12, 7pm 

Real Is What You Feel: The Documentary in Contemporary Art—Leo Goldsmith in conversation with Adam Khalil and Jackson Polys from New Red Order


Enlisting a rotating and expanding cast of informants, New Red Order uses video and performance to create a place of acknowledgement, savage pronouncement, calling out, calling in, recruitment, and cumulative interrogation to shift potential obstructions to Indigenous growth. In partnership with the New School’s Documentary Media Studies program, curator and film scholar Leo Goldsmith asks delirious filmmakers and NRO core contributors Adam Khalil and Jackson Polys how they deal with colonial-Indigenous factfictions and other astral historical material through narrative and documentary techniques alike. 

 New Red Order, Culture Capture: Terminal Addition, video still, 2019

Thursday, March 26, 7pm

Blank Forms: Alexander Lau in conversation with Lawrence Kumpf


Alexander Lau, director of Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, speaks with Blank Forms artistic/executive director Lawrence Kumpf about the ways in which his idiosyncratic organization creates new frameworks for experimental music, performance, dance, and sound art. How do art practices based almost completely in live performance, publishing/recording, and historical documentation open up broader questions of slowness and density in working with time-based media compared to the other visual arts?

Music from the World Tomorrow, the second issue of Blank Forms' journal, 2018




Curated by Marley C. Smit

Featuring the work of Natalie Baxter, Anna Cone, Jen Dwyer, Qinza Najm, Alison Stinely, and Frances Wertimer


Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm


January 16, 2019 - January 23, 2019

CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, weekends by appointment


CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present FEMMEPHILIA, curated by MA Curatorial Practice fellow Marley C. Smit. FEMMEPHILIA is a group exhibition of artists whose work envisions femininity as a source of power and community, rather than the image of frailty and frivolity that patriarchal culture paints of the feminine. The aim of FEMMEPHILIA is two-fold: first, to create a space for femmes of all gender identities to feel seen and celebrated. Second, FEMMEPHILIA aims to create a space in which people who have internalized femmephobia will be confronted with the celebration of femininity displayed in the artwork and implored to reassess their attitudes towards all things femme. 


Natalie Baxter’s soft sculptures reimagine charged objects like guns and flags as playfully inert items, removed from their political capacities. Anna Cone digitally collages contemporary women into art historical paintings, inserting imagery of powerful women into western art history. Jen Dwyer’s delicate ceramic works explore themes of girlhood through neo-baroque aesthetics. Qinza Najm uses the female figure to explore her identity as a Pakistani-American woman. Alison Stinely’s colorful paintings and sculptures present soft representations of male figures, as alternatives to the hyper-masculine and patriarchal identity pushed onto men. Frances Wertimer uses feline symbolism and surreal landscapes to evoke dreamlike figures; unburdened by social expectations. 


April 18 - May 8, 2019
Curated by Xinyi Ren
Geographical Memories
April 18 - May 8, 2019
Curated by María Alejandra Sáenz
Haunted and Whole
April 18 - May 8, 2019
Curated by Jesse Bandler Firestone
[I]n the image of...
Michele Thursz
Nothing Without Intention
April 18 - May 1, 2019
Curated by Kate Benedict, Claudia Delaplace, Xinchen Du, Rebecca Marsh, Angie Nee, David Suarez Mira, and Yaoli Wang
What Happens Here Stays With Us
April 18, 2019
Organized by John Michael Elammar
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