Ana Mendieta - Creek

Ana Mendieta Exhibition Featured in Paris Review

Until relatively recently, the moving-image works have been characterized by curators and scholars as documentary, records of live activity or performance, rather than complete works in themselves. “Covered in Time and History,” curated by Lynn Lukkas and Howard Oransky, and the largest exhibition of Mendieta’s films to date, counters and expands this notion, tracing the conscious evolution of the artist’s films between 1971 and 1981. The results are striking.
Lorena Molina - Mozote

MFA 2015 Lorena Molina - Tu nombre entre nuestras lenguas

When trauma occurs, the act of telling stories becomes an important tool of both remembrance and resistance. Tu nombre entre nuestras Lenguas , conceived and performed by Salvadoran-born, Cincinnati-based artist Lorena Molina, will be a ceremony for their loss. By bearing witness to a history unknown to most, participants will contribute to a shared ritual that acknowledges the long history of the United States’ implication in the affairs of other nations, displacing families and directly contributing to the refugee crisis.
Nina O'Leary - Native Enough

MFA 2019 Nina O'Leary Publishes "Native Enough"

The image many people hold of Native Americans today can be attributed largely to Edward Curtis, a late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century American photographer whose work often focused on Native subjects. Oftentimes his work was staged, as Curtis believed that Natives and their cultures were being slowly eradicated. He was able to persuade his subjects to wear full regalia (regardless of whether it was from their own tribe) and to hide markers of cultural adaptation. Native Enough aims to dispel the stereotypical image of Natives so heavily influenced by Curtis. With interview excerpts included alongside the present-day portraits of Native college students, this collection allows for discussion about identity anxiety, tribal issues, moments of pride, and the change students want to effect through their education. The combination of black-and-white portraits and interview excerpts provides a poignant look at the faces of Native students, proving that stereotypes fall short in the faces of Native diversity.
Daniel McCarthy Clifford

MFA 2018 Danny McCarthy Clifford part of HBO Exhibition

Last night, HBO debuted a pop-up exhibition at a New York gallery featuring original art, video, and performance pieces created by former inmates. "The O.G. Experience" is powerful stuff and a reminder that movements for social change and policy reform are most effective when they combine all sorts of activity, from legislative work to cultural artifacts. The makers of the film and the curators of the exhibit are explicitly interested in calling for criminal justice reform and ending the drug war. Their exhibit helps to humanize inmates, convey the experience of prison, and show possibilities for redemption.
Xavier Tavera

Alum & Term Assistant Professor Xavier Tavera Featured in City Pages

“I come with baggage. Prejudgments. We all do,” photographer Xavier Tavera says. “But talking to people, all those preconceptions get shattered.” Though photography is Tavera’s chosen medium, a knack for honest conversation—the kind that allows him and his subjects to better understand one another—is what makes his vivid, intimate portraits possible.
Chris Larson stands in a warehouse space next to his wife Kriss Zulkosky. There is a ladder, some lumber, and other construction materials in the space with them.

Associate Professor Chris Larson Opens "Second Shift Studio Space"

Second Shift is an artist-led effort to provide better resources to working artists and build communities of arts appreciators. Second Shift is a space for making, for gathering, for listening, and for experimenting. At the core of Second Shift’s philosophy is the belief that what artists need more than anything else is the time, space, and energy to develop their practice, outside of the constraints of financial influence. Despite how fundamental these needs are, they often go unmet through traditional residency and fellowship models. This difficulty is compounded by the noticeable disappearance of affordable studio space in the city. To address this, Second Shift will offer free, year-long studio residencies to four artists/makers/thinkers who identify as women or who are gender non-conforming.  Second Shift operates under the belief that helping one artist can help an entire community. When artists are provided the resources they need to fully engage their practice, they produce more relevant and challenging work, art that has the capacity to promote conversation, generosity, and engagement with the world around it.