PennMFA Thesis exhibition
Time in Dreams is Frozen
May 11–28, 2017
Opening Reception: May 11, 6–9pm
Icebox Project Space
Crane Arts Building
1400 N American Street
19122-3803 Philadelphia, PA
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday noon–6pm
The University of Pennsylvania’s 2017 graduating class of Master of Fine Arts students will present their thesis exhibition in the Icebox Project Space of the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia. The exhibition represents the culmination of two years’ study at Penn and will be curated by Creative Time artistic director Nato Thompson. During their time at Penn, students have developed a diverse body of work that speaks of their subject positions as young artists living in a world of flux. In various sub-groupings, they also partook in trips abroad including Havana, Dubai, Paris, Lugo (Italy), Rome, and Skowhegan that challenged their self-understanding in and of the world.
PennMFA Thesis exhibition artists
Joshua Beaver, Lindsay Buchman, Laura Carlson, Danielle Cartier, Gwendolyn Comings, Sharla Dyess, Casey Egner, Aimee Gilmore, Yaochi Jin, Jeremy Jirsa, Christopher Richards, Asha Sheshadri, Alexandra Snowden, Rebecca Tennenbaum and Ji Won Woo
Exhibition curator Nato Thompson is the Artistic Director for Creative Time. Since 2007, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForum, Frieze, Artforum, Third Text, and Huffington Post among them. In 2005, he received the Art Journal Award for distinguished writing. For Independent Curators International, Thompson curated the exhibition Experimental Geography with a book available from Melville House Publishing. His has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life to be published in January 2017.
Penn MFA program
The Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of visual artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster independent methods of artistic research. In addition to seminars within the Fine Arts department, graduate students are encouraged to pursue topics of science and the humanities through an impressive selection of courses offered across the university.