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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer (Faculty-Led)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

MFA in Mexico SU 18

Program Dates: June 15 - 25, 2018
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Program Cost: No cost to students
Eligibility: First year MFA students only

Overiew
The Art Department is mounting its eighth regular Summer Study Initiative (SSI) to be held in Mexico, DF. The SSI was designed as an international inititative which funds an intensive seminar in contemporary art for all MFA candidates in the Art Department at the end of their first year. These seminars are funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Art Department; there is no cost for students participating in this initiative.

Activities Overview

In 2018, the SSI will return to Mexico City, the hub of Latin American contemporary Art. While there, students will participate in a three-day seminar arranged by SOMA, which will include an introduction to the history of Mexican contemporary art from 1950 to the present. SOMA will also arrange group visits to artist studios and experimental art spaces. SOMA is Mexico City's only MFA program, and it is unique because it is run entirely by artists. Founded in 2009, it has gained a solid international reputation, and the opportunity for students to study there is extraordinary.

Itinerary
June 15         Students and faculty director/co-director travel as a group to Mexico City
June 16-18   SOMA workshop for UNCG MFA students
June 19-24   Visits to museums, galleries, and experimental art spaces
June 25         Students and faculty return as a group to Greensboro

Program Directors
Ms. Mariam Stephan's work explores the seemingly disparate themes of infinity and interconnectedness using the motif and metaphor of landscape: landscapes as bodies, as homes, and as vessels. Her work has appeared in solo and group shows in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Cairo, Egypt. Her work is included in the Pierogi Flat files in Brooklyn, as well as in the permanent collection of the Mobile Museum of Art. She received a 2010-11 Fulbright Scholars Award to Egypt for a project entitled Painting Bridging Time: The Egyptian Fayum Mummy Portraits. She served as faculty director for the 2017 SSI program to the Venice Biennale.

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill received her Ph.D. in African Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington and joined the UNCG School of Art in 2008. Her primary research areas include South African contemporary art, Southern African ceramics and Zimbabwean stone sculpture. Perrill's doctoral research focused on the economic and aesthetic transformation of contemporary Zulu ceramics between the 1960s and the 2000s. Perrill is committed to the use of focused life-histories as an ethical research model that can integrate artists' contributions to the research process of art historical research. Economic and aesthetic intersections between international ceramists, as well as the logistics of global ceramic art markets, are Perrill's most recent research preoccupations. Her theoretical foci include, the specificity of media and materiality, as well as the various art world writings of Nicholas Bourriaud, Okwui Enwezor, and Salah Hassan, among others.

Contact Ms. Stephan (mastepha@uncg.edu) or Dr. Perrill (eaperril@uncg.edu) for more information.

UNCG reserves the right to cancel or modify the program’s content, or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control. All program dates and activities are subject to change

Previous Study Abroad Experiences:

2017 Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. In Venice, it organizes international events in the field of the contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind in the world.

2015 Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. In Venice, it organizes international events in the field of the contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind in the world.

2014 Sydney Biennale

The Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organization that presents Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale is a three-month exhibition, with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days.

2013 dOCUMENTA

dOCUMENTA is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.

2012 Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years.


 




This program is currently not accepting applications.