Art department to host inaugural exhibition of M.F.A. thesis work at AAP NYC

May 23, 2008

Cornell University’s Master of Fine Arts program is making its presence known in New York this month with a dynamic inaugural exhibition of 2008 M.F.A. graduates.

The show opens on May 22 in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning’s New York City center (AAP NYC) at 50 West 17th Street. Patti Phillips, Chair of the art department notes, “As six artists present a first group thesis exhibition in the AAP NYC space, we encounter vivid evidence of the questions, issues, and preoccupations that drive their current work. What may seem to be a moment of conclusion and closure is actually thrillingly transitional. What we may see now in the work stimulates speculation -- if inexact --about the developing concepts and deepening ideas of these independent, evolving art practices.”  

With practices in sculpture, photography, video, print, and painting, Tara Cooper, Monique Crine, Alika Herreshoff, Lindsey Glover, Boaz Nadav-Manes, and Brian Sentman, by turns, present a striking range of concerns: the erotic relationship of subject to object, the fragmentary performance of identity, narrative counterpoint and the cinematic, the uncanniness of site, the film still in relation to painted portraiture, and the graphic language and liminal subjectivity of cartoons.  

Michael Ashkin, Director of Graduate Studies, says, “I am excited that we now have an opportunity to exhibit our work in the city to which most of our faculty and students have the greatest connection. The timing of this exhibition is also particularly fortuitous because it is the first one since our M.F.A. program reconstituted itself as inter-disciplinary a year ago.”  

The endowed program at Cornell University supports a uniquely tight-knit community, while providing the opportunity for an interdisciplinary education with distinguished researchers. Previous Cornell M.F.A. recipients have been awarded John Simon Guggenheim and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships, DAAD scholarships, and are represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

The closing reception will be held on May 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. For further information and images please contact Maria Brown or email

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