Upcoming Events

Boîte-en-Valise: Generate

Oct 20 – Dec 15, 2017
Six international contemporary artists, including School of Art faculty, bring a new exhibition to Point of Contact Gallery.

Six international contemporary artists have been invited to bring a new exhibition to Point of Contact Gallery and Syracuse University. Curated by Joanne Bushnell (director of Aspex Gallery, U.K.); Stephanie James (director of the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts); and Mark Segal (the artists agency, U.K.), each artist contributes work to this international project, which aims to develop networks and forums for collaboration for contemporary arts practitioners, audiences in New York State and the south of England through the international art hub of the Venice Biennale. The artists include Yvonne Buchanan of VPA's School of Art, Mia Delve (U.K.), Tom Hall of VPA's School of Art, Mika Mollenkopf (U.S.), Harold Offeh (U.K.) and Susan Stockwell (U.K.).

"Boîte-en-Valise" encourages transportability of practice, the nurturing of collaboration and cross-fertilization of artistic practice. For "Boîte-en-Valise: Generate," artists worked with individuals and communities in Portsmouth and Syracuse to develop the work.

Each artist is transporting the means to generate their work for Point of Contact Gallery, begun by working with people and places over several days in Syracuse, in a normal-sized suitcase. To be transported as luggage on a normal flight, train or bus journey and taken from the suitcase for presentation without any fixing to walls, floors and/or ceilings of the venues. These six artists bring together works including sculpture, performance, video, photography and sound as well as interventions and conversations.

"Boîte-en-Valise: Generate" launched at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, U.K., before relocating to the preview week of the Venice Biennale in May 2017 and concludes at the Point of Contact Gallery.

The Wizard of Oz

Nov 29, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
The Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage team up with New York’s 2 Ring Circus to create a dazzlingly acrobatic take on this classic.

By L. Frank Baum
With Music and lyrics from the MGM Motion Picture Score
By Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
With background music by Herbert Stothart
Book adaptation by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay
Directed by Donna Drake
Choreography by 2 Ring Circus
Musical direction by Brian Cimmet
Co-produced with Syracuse Stage

The Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage team up with New York’s 2 Ring Circus to create a dazzlingly acrobatic take on The Wizard of Oz. This stage adaptation contains all your favorite characters and songs from the Oscar winning movie score, including "Over the Rainbow," "We’re Off to See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road)," and more. The cirque-like feats of 2 Ring Circus make it an Oz—and a holiday family treat—like you’ve never seen before. Great songs and L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters make this musical a classic.

Cross Your Heart | The Bra: A Product of Socio-Cultural Conflict and Divergence

Dec 4, 2017 – Feb 3, 2018
The exhibition at the School of Design's Genet Gallery features the work of Kristina Shin.

A number of social, political, and technological changes have had a profound impact on the development of modern bra design. Various changes in the role of women in society with origins in the two world wars, an increasingly fast-changing and innovative fashion scene, and changes in feminist attitudes brought about substantial changes in attitudes toward both the bra and female identity. Thus, the bra often took center stage in reflecting some of these momentous changes.

Cross Your Heart intends to capture the evolution of a highly complex bra design process via a vintage inspired intimate apparel collection. The designer’s innovative bra patternmaking method, ‘Shin’s method,’ is applied for the creation of the collection. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kristina Shin Ph.D. graduated from Chung Nam National University, Korea, with a B.A. in clothing and textiles, an M.A. in fashion merchandising from California State University Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in fashion design from the University of Northumbria, U.K. She has more than 10 years’ experience in both the outerwear and underwear industries as a fashion designer and patternmaker. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shin worked for Triumph International Overseas Ltd., one of the world’s leading lingerie brands, as a designer.  

Shin is the author of Patternmaking for Underwear Design (2nd edition), a textbook that is a comprehensive patternmaking guide aimed at students, educators, and industry. This publication presents innovative bra cup manipulation methods which she developed using a flat patternmaking concept. 

Live to Make | Recent Work by Todd Conover and Ann Clarke

Dec 7, 2017 – Jan 11, 2018
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, December 7, from 6-9 p.m. at 914Works.

Recent work by artists Todd Conover and Ann Clarke will be exhibited in “Live to Make” at 914Works in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Conover and Clarke are both faculty members at VPA. The exhibition is designed by Jeffrey Mayer, also a VPA faculty member.

Conover and Clarke share a passion—arguably obsession—for their respective materials, metal and fibers, as well as the practice of studio work itself. Both artists are also inspired by nature and memory inclusive of references to the history of the materials and techniques they use.

Conover has taught at Syracuse University since 1995 and is an assistant professor of fashion design in VPA’s School of Design. From 2012-16 he served as program coordinator of the fashion design program. From 1992-2008 he was co-designer/owner with Mayer of Conover Mayer, a high-end fashion line that was carried by boutique stores nationwide and retailers Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus. A trained metalsmith, Conover now focuses on one-of-a-kind art jewelry and vessels, exhibiting and selling his work nationally in museum and gallery shows.

Clarke is an associate professor of studio arts in VPA’s School of Art and dean emerita (2008-16) of VPA. She joined Syracuse University in 1998 as a faculty member in fiber arts/material studies, served as chair of the Department of Art from 2005-07, and was named VPA’s associate dean of the visual arts in 2007. Clarke has returned to teaching and her studio practice and has exhibited widely. Her work is featured in many private collections and has been published extensively. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan and a master of fine arts degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mayer is an associate professor and program coordinator of fashion design in VPA’s School of Design. He teaches fashion, fashion history and textiles and is the curator of the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, which is housed within the School of Design. He recently published “Vintage Details: A Fashion Sourcebook” (Laurence King Publishing, 2016), written with Basia Szkutnicka, to wide acclaim. “Vintage Details” is a stunning collection of more than 550 beautifully photographed details from previously unseen 20th-century vintage clothing. 

In 2008 Mayer mounted a major historic fashion exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, “Marie Antoinette: Styling the 18th Century Superstar,” with an accompanying book of the same title. Exhibitions that followed included “Marlo Thomas as That Girl,” “Christian Dior 1947-1957,” “Emilio Pucci: Master of Print Design,” as well as “Styling an American Family, the 1910s at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms,” which was shown at the Craftsman Farms Museum in Morris Plains, N.J. This final exhibition formed the nucleus for a major 2013 exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse titled “An American Look: Fashion, Decorative Arts and Gustav Stickley.” Mayer has also curated the exhibition “Fashion After Five: The Clothes and Culture of the Cocktail Hour” at the Onondaga Historical Society in Syracuse.