2017's New York Residency was as collaborative and intensive as ever, including student-led presentations, first-hand interaction with modern and contemporary artistic practice, and pioneering seminar discussions. First and second year students spent the mornings presenting their independent studies to peers and faculty before venturing out into the city to expand their understanding of the history of art and visual culture as a concrete interaction between time and place.
The group kicked off the NYC Residency with introductions between Cohorts '15 and '16, before jumping right into fieldwork at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1.
Students visited some of the city's most buzzed-about exhibitions, including an exclusive lecture on Agnes Martin by the acclaimed Nancy Princenthal at the Guggenheim. Nancy was Senior Editor at Art in America and is author of the book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art.
Cohort '16 traveled to the Queens Museum to see the Mierle Ukeles exhibit, while Cohort '15 enjoyed The Met Breuer's retrospective on Kerry James Marshall and then went on to Museum of Art and Design, where they got to speak with an artist-in-residence alum.
After visiting the blockbuster Pipilotti Rist show at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Cohort '15 went on to Donald Judd's former apartment and work space at 101 Spring Street. Cohort '16 went to the new Whitney in the Meatpacking district, strolled down the Highline in the unusually balmy afternoon, and continued on to the Chelsea gallery openings for the evening.
Students participated in introductory sessions to their spring seminars before joining together for an All School Meeting and Residency Wrap-Up.
Students - along with board members, faculty, staff, and loads of family & friends - attended the 2017 IDSVA Commencement Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of their peers and listen to the commencement speaker, Hank Willis Thomas, position art as an emancipatory promise.