A behind-the-scenes, intimate view of the works and processes of some of New York’s inspiring contemporary artists. Participants will cross the city to visit artist studios and receive an insider’s view of how artists are working today. This series of sessions, led by visual artist Jonathan Van Dyke, includes an in-depth lecture on an aspect of contemporary art, with insights into studio visit etiquette, the development of cutting-edge genres and the conversations shaping the future of contemporary art practice.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Exposure to emerging contemporary artists in their studios and how they are working across New York
• The artistic process from the artists’ perspective and insight into studio life
• The development of cutting edge genres and the future of contemporary art practice
September 19, 2019: Painting in the Expanded Field
Since at least the advent of photography, painting has been given a death sentence. Yet for decades, artists in New York City have been pushing painting up to and past its limits, inventing new forms that re-define what a painting is, while demonstrating the endless possibilities still to be discovered in this medium. We will discuss the history of pronouncements of painting’s demise, survey the inventiveness found in the contemporary painting scene, and visit the studios of several artists who are demonstrating new approaches to an age-old medium.
November 21, 2019: Art as Performance
From Performa, New York’s biennial of performance art, to the launch of The Shed, a multi-media space in Hudson Yards, performance has become an essential part of the contemporary art scene. Difficult to codify, this ephemeral medium is shifting the ways in which arts institutions - including both galleries and museums – think about their programming. We will discuss the history of the medium and some of the exciting challenges it brings to the contemporary art world, finishing our program by meeting several artists who are defining contemporary performance art.
December 13, 2019: Where Ideas Meet
From the meeting of minds at highly influential schools like The Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, and at artist watering holes like The Cedar Bar, critical gatherings of artists have generated innovation in the field. Today New York hosts some of the most coveted artist residency programs in the country. In these spaces, artists have the opportunity to work alongside and challenge one another. We will discuss the history of artist residencies and visit several of the New York spaces where artists gather and together shape contemporary art practice.
February 20, 2020: Moving Images
How are “lens-based” artists exploring photography and video in an era when everyone has a camera at their fingertips? What distinguishes some the most interesting photography and video art works of our time? We will discuss the transition from analog to digital technology as it has affected contemporary photography and video, while looking at how artists have continued to find new possibilities within these genres. We will conclude our day with a spirited conversation with several artists who use the lens.
March 19, 2020: From All Sides
How are contemporary artists today thinking in three dimensions? While some transform everyday and household objects in extraordinary ways, yet others are bringing new methods, including digital technology, to approaches with ancient materials like metal and stone. We will discuss the recent history of contemporary sculpture and installation, and visit the studios of several cutting-edge practitioners.
May 14, 2020: Art and the Environment
From the land art movement that emerged in the 1960’s, artists have reflected upon how to interact with and make works sited in both urban and wild landscapes. Drawing upon this history while reflecting upon climate change and our fragile environment, a group of innovative artists are working outside of the studio. We will discuss the history of artists using land as site and natural materials as their medium, and meet with several artists who are working to address one of the most critical issues of our time.
Jonathan is a visual artist based in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions have appeared at 1/9unosunove in Rome, Loock Galerie Berlin, abc Berlin, Four Boxes Gallery in Denmark, and Scaramouche in New York. Recent performances and commissions have appeared at Storm King Art Center, Este Arte in Uruguay, The Power Plant in Toronto, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, The National Academy Museum, and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His work has been widely reviewed in many publications, including Art Forum, TimeOut New York, Art Papers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Modern Painters, Art Review, The Buffalo Review, and Creative Correspondence. VanDyke received his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College. He also studied at the Glasgow School of Art, The University of Glasgow, The Atlantic Center for the Arts (where he was mentored by artist Paul Pfeiffer), and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been a faculty fellow at The University of Chicago, Illinois State University, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, and Krabbesholm Academy in Denmark, and currently serves on the faculty of both the Low-Residency and Devised Performance MFA programs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and on the faculty of Sotheby's Institute in New York.
How to Register
How to Register
September 19: Painting in the Expanded Field - Register here
November 21: Art as Performance - Register here
December 13: Where Ideas Meet - Register here
February 20: Moving Images - Register here
March 19: From All Sides - Register here
May 14 : Art and the Environment - Registration opens soon