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SOA Students Showcase Their Talents at P.S.1 Exhibit

Garth Weiser's Bust, oil on canvas
Credit: Courtesy of Garth Weiser

To be a student at Columbia Graduate School of the Arts (SOA) is to be immersed in the culture of New York City, while honing your talent and refining your skills. So it makes sense that when a major museum hosts a show made up of emerging New York artists the phones in Dodge Hall begin to ring. Several SOA students are included in exhibitions around the city in the next few months.

Mika Rottenberg, SOA'04, is among 31 Columbia students and alumni selected for a joint exhibition by P.S.1 and The Museum of Modern Art titled "Greater New York 2005."

"My work has to do with production, labor and economy, so New York City is very inspiring for me," says Rottenberg, whose art involves video drawings and photography. Her installation The Tropical Breeze Project is part of the exhibition. "I look at people at work and watch how the city functions as a system," she says.

A Pound of Cure, a painting by Anna Conway, SOA'02, also will feature in the exhibition. She and Rottenberg are among a half-dozen Columbians selected for an ArtReview magazine article about the exhibition, "The ArtReview: 25 Emerging U.S. Artists." The exhibition opened on March 9 at Phillips, De Pury Co. Gallery on West 15 Street and is sponsored by the magazine.

In addition, three current SOA students, Tamy Ben-Tor, SOA'06; Miki Carmi, SOA'05; and Francesca DiMattio, SOA'05, are participating in the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art's "First Look" show.

"The School of the Arts is proud of its artists -- faculty, students and alumni -- and works ceaselessly to ensure their presence in the world of art," says Dean Bruce W. Ferguson. "That they are so visible at this time is testament to their hard work and seriousness."

More than 150 up-and-coming artists from New York City and New Jersey were selected for "Greater New York 2005." The exhibition, on view at P.S.1 in Long Island City through Sept. 26, occupies all of the museum's indoor and outdoor gallery space, totaling 145,000 square feet. To organize such a huge exhibition, the gallery was closed to the public for nearly three weeks preceding the March 13 opening, while a team of more than 50 people installed the works of art.

Among the other Columbia artists featured in the exhibition is Guy Ben-Ner, SOA'03. His 13.5-minute video movie projection Moby Dick features himself and his daughter in a silent, slapstick version of the novel, performed in their kitchen. Ben-Ner also will represent Israel this summer at the Venice Biennial. Laleh Khorramian's, SOA'04, animation Sophie & Goya is also on view at "Greater New York 2005," and Bust, an oil painting on canvas by Garth Weiser, SOA'04, is included as well.

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Published: Apr 06, 2005
Last modified: Apr 06, 2005

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