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MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: "Hybrid of Being", curated by Kalia Brooks Nelson

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014

"The Hybrid of Being"
Curated by Kalia Brooks Nelson
Parsons Fine Arts 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

April 20—28, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6—9 PM

Gallery Hours: 12—6 PM Daily

Parsons School of Design at The New School is pleased to announce the Parsons Fine Arts 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition "Hybrid of Being", curated by Kalia Brooks Nelson, showcasing work by Manar Abdelmaaboud, Layo Bright, Shuyi Cao, Joshua Coates, Gal Cohen, Freddie Dessau, Amy Dos Santos, Sareh Imani, Paloma Jimenez, Paulina Kim Joo, Andrés Martínez Ruiz, Lisa McCleary, Seungkyung Oh, Rebecca Ou, Anna Parisi, Al Prexta, Tianyu Qiu, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Andrew Sapala, Zac Spears, Scynge Xing, Shunran Xue, and Steven Yang.

The artists in this show use the hybrid form to subvert concepts of singularity. Each artist takes a unique approach to representing the mixed parts that portray human reality more accurately. In so doing, their work helps the viewer understand how the exchange of materials and ideas become a currency by which new associations of subjective experience are formed. A myriad of themes are at play: the politics of nationality, race, labor, gender, and sexuality, that directly inform the way the human body appears in the world – as well as the relations of power that are inflicted upon it. The show also features artwork that evokes the faculties of the mind – memory, language, consciousness, and judgment – as they are informed through psychological events, social interaction, mundane objects, technology, education, and the built environment. The artists in this exhibition undermine the myth of essential unity to create space for new radical affiliations to develop in artistic practice, and cultural consciousness. This exhibition rests on the notion that difference creates a productive opportunity for disparate resources, techniques, and origins to discursively express the plurality of the human experience.

Kalia Brooks Nelson is a New York based curator and educator. She holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME and is an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York. 

Image courtesy of Amy Dos Santos, "Self Portrait", 2018, C-Print, Glossy, 27 in x 45 in.

Presented by Parsons School of Design.

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