Art, Migration, and Youth of Courage

Friday, January 27, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art, Migration and Youth of Courage
Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT
133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

Understanding and responding to the experiences of migrants and refugees in a humanitarian manner is crucial for a socially just world.  Reasons for moving, seeking asylum and starting anew vary: for some this comes by choice for others by force. The promise of a better life, the need to flee persecution, shifts in the environment or political systems can be the reason for change.  For young people in a residential facility, the impact of leaving home and all that is associated with this is deeply understood. Common experiences of loss, hope and survival are found in being displaced, removed from the home, migration and being a refugee. Trauma informed interventions supported youth at MercyFirst to explore the meaning of migration, displacement and the plight of being a refugee, from a global and personal perspective.  This presentation will describe individual and group art therapy works that profoundly reveal the experience of trauma, the meaning of home, community, safety and hope.

Eileen P. McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, has a broad range of clinical experience concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with young people who have experienced complex and chronic trauma, refugee children as well as adult survivors of trauma and women veterans. Ms. McGann developed and is the Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies program at MercyFirst in Syosset, New York. Her writings about art therapy have been published in the United States and abroad as well as translated into other languages, and her lectures and consultations have been received both domestically and internationally. As a member of Partnership for Global Justice, Ms. McGann presented at a UN Orientation, writes for their newsletter and attends programs at the United Nations. Her artwork has been featured as book and journal covers, and she is a faculty member at Molloy College as well as the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at New York University and School of Visual Arts.

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“Waking Dreams”: Fountain House Gallery Collaborative Exhibition

Since 2000, Fountain House Gallery has represented artists living with mental illness and helped cultivate their creative growth. This fall, those artists partnered with five MPS Art Therapy students – Michal Assif , Saeideh Golji, Robert Huguenard, Sarah Lovett, and Gabriella Simpson – to engage in a collaborative project. The event was arranged through the MPS Art Therapy Special Projects program, which allows students the chance to engage with diverse populations and broaden the experiences of both student and participant. For “Waking Dreams,” the art therapy students and Fountain House Gallery artists collaborated over the course of 3 workshops to produce a series of work that will be displayed at SVA from January 13-30.

“It is incredibly validating for the participants to have their art displayed at the end of these workshops,” says Val Sereno, supervisor of the Special Projects program. “It presents a great creative and therapeutic opportunity.”

The artists at the Fountain House Gallery are also members of Fountain House, a center “dedicated to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for members to live, work, and learn.” MPS Art Therapy has been lucky to have collaborated with Fountain House Gallery in the past, and would be delighted to continue cultivating their relationship in the future. The exhibit is on display in the 5th floor gallery space and can be seen through January 30 by appointment.

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SPRING 2017 Lecture Series Descriptions & RSVPs

Friday, January 27, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art, Migration and Youth of Courage
Eileen McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

Understanding and responding to the experiences of migrants and refugees in a humanitarian manner is crucial for a socially just world. Reasons for moving, seeking asylum and starting anew vary: for some this comes by choice for others by force. The promise of a better life, the need to flee persecution, shifts in the environment or political systems can be the reason for change. For young people in a residential facility, the impact of leaving home and all that is associated with this is deeply understood. Common experiences of loss, hope and survival are found in being displaced, removed from the home, migration and being a refugee. Trauma informed interventions supported youth at MercyFirst to explore the meaning of migration, displacement and the plight of being a refugee, from a global and personal perspective. This presentation will describe individual and group art therapy works that profoundly reveal the experience of trauma, the meaning of home, community, safety and hope.

Eileen P. McGann, ATR-BC, LCAT, has a broad range of clinical experience concentrated in therapeutic milieu and studio approach with young people who have experienced complex and chronic trauma, refugee children as well as adult survivors of trauma and women veterans. Ms. McGann developed and is the Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies program at MercyFirst in Syosset, New York. Her writings about art therapy have been published in the United States and abroad as well as translated into other languages, and her lectures and consultations have been received both domestically and internationally. As a member of Partnership for Global Justice, Ms. McGann presented at a UN Orientation, writes for their newsletter and attends programs at the United Nations. Her artwork has been featured as book and journal covers, and she is a faculty member at Molloy College as well as the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at New York University and School of Visual Arts.

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Friday, February 17, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Louise Nevelson: An Artist’s Life Informs Art Therapists
Laurie Wilson, PhD, LP, ATR-BC, HLM

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

A biographical study of Louise Nevelson reveals her search for identity through art-making and belief in the importance of creativity in everyone’s life. Like many art therapy clients, Nevelson began to draw and discovered in the process her unique self, capacity for original thinking, and expression of significant emotions.

Laurie Wilson, PhD, LP, ATR-BC, HLM, is Professor Emerita and former Director of NYU’s Graduate Art Therapy Program. She is currently the Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She practices in New York City and has published widely in three fields: art therapy, art history, and psychoanalysis. Her books include Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, and her most recent, Louise Nevelson. More info can be found here: lauriewilsonauthor.com.

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Friday, March 17, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Growing Creativity: The interdisciplinary collaboration of art and horticultural therapies
Lena De Leo, LCAT, ATR-BC

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

This is a 6-month collaboration between a horticultural therapist and an art therapist. The culmination led to an art show held in the garden. It was an extremely effective project held with residential children and teens with behavioral, social and emotional challenges.

Lena De Leo, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an SVA MPS Art Therapy alumni, and a supervising art therapist at Green Chimney’s Residential Treatment Center in Brewster, NY, where she works with children and adolescents with a range of emotional challenges in group and individual settings.

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Friday, April 14, 6:30-8pm
Community Lecture: Art of Autism – Beyond Etiology: Engaging Expression Through Creativity and Listening
Lukas Prokes, PsyD

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C
Free to the public. CEC’s available for ATR-BCs.

This lecture will discuss the latest research on the etiology of autism and later explores treatment plans using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Art Therapy. This talk will feature how Art Therapy can promote communication, emotional growth, social interaction and channel autistic behavior into expressive and creative outlet. Parental perspectives and how to support families affected with autism will conclude this lecture.

Lukas Prokes, PsyD, graduated from SVA with an MPS in Art Therapy and continued with his education in Los Angeles receiving his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Mr. Prokes divides his time between private clinical practice and as a founder of a non-profit organization The Half Full Institute Inc. As the director of Clinical Services, Mr. Prokes works closely and collaboratively with parents, teachers, students and administrators to tailor programs to the specific needs of each child, family, and school. His work in the public school system of NYC focuses developing tailored therapy for students and families struggling with the challenges of autism. In addition to his clinical work at the organization, Mr. Prokes helps The Half Full Institute find opportunities to work other non-profit organizations to create stronger and healthier individuals and communities through music, theater and art.

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Spring 2017 Community Lecture Dates

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BOOK SHOW, December 7-January 6

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Downtown & Chelsea Gallery Shows


Jeffrey Deitch Gallery: Ai WeiWei: Laundromat

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“Laundromat is an extraordinary exhibition project that addresses the current refugee crisis. The exhibition focuses on the refugee camp at Idomeni on the border of Greece and FYROM, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”

18 Wooster Street
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 PM
Ends December 23rd

SHRINE: Andrew Ondrejcak: FREE!

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“Here is the series of new drawings by Andrew Ondrejcak, who has obsessively documented the shards of a broken mirror found while in residence at Yaddo.

Not just in America, but all across the world, life seems to be hovering at the boiling point and overcome with a fractured and polarized air. Ondrejcak and SHRINE offer a small gift: an exhibition with no intention of profit, but instead, an attempt to connect despite these feelings of brokenness.

The found mirror fragments have been rendered in charcoal and pastel on paper. Rather than considering them as objects destined for the trash, Ondrejcak lovingly observed and documented each piece. Smudges, fingerprints and traces of the artist’s hand are clearly visible, and the sharpness of the original fragments has been negated in translation. By giving away these drawings, Ondrejcak quietly links himself to the viewers. Individuals will leave with a piece of a larger whole- a tangible representation of our communal brokenness and interconnectivity. Like it or not, and no matter what the current climate, we are all in this together.”

191 Henry Street
Wednesday-Sunday, 12 – 6 PM
Ends December 9th

Klein Sun Gallery​: LIU BOLIN: ART HACKER​

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“Klein Sun Gallery is proud to announce Art Hacker, a solo exhibition by the world-renowned Chinese artist Liu Bolin.

​The exhibition marks Liu Bolin’s shift towards the virtual world, exploring this new territory artistically through Post-Internet Art. This new body of work consists of appropriations of classical Masterpieces — da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Picasso’s Guernica — juxtaposed with a photograph of the devastating impact of the Tianjin explosions. Using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage, Liu Bolin painstakingly recreates these images with scores of human subjects as his canvas. Through various methods, Liu Bolin’s new photographs have replaced the three subjects on numerous websites, which were targeted with image-search results on Google and Baidu, thus realizing the Hacker project. Neon installations of the URLs exhibited throughout the gallery pound home the transitory and delicate nature of the internet.

Recreating the imagery of human suffering and devastation of war symbolized in the painting Guernica, Liu Bolin’s relives the history of the Spanish civil war, making a plea for humanity and freedom. In Mona Lisa (2016), Liu Bolin imbeds himself into the masterpiece as well as its historical legacy. Touching upon the fact that the work was stolen from the Louvre more than 100 years ago, Liu Bolin aims to reenact the “disappearing and reappearing” of the work through techniques behind the network. Provocatively challenging the viewer to question what is above and beneath the surface, the work intends to reflect upon the complex relationship between the past and the present, the reality and the illusion, as well as individuality and history.

Not only utilizing and analyzing the impact of the Internet, Liu Bolin also delves into other aspects in digital realm, blurring the boundary between art and technology evident in his installation Livestream Vest (2016). Attaching multiple smartphones onto a life jacket, the artist turns on the front cameras for unstoppable live-streaming. Reflecting and broadcasting what is happening while moving around, Liu Bolin merges into the environment mirrored on the vest. The work, therefore, becomes a quasi-invisible jacket wherein the artist turns into part of the social environment.

Employing physical and hyperlinked images, the exhibition explores the theme of illusionism. Actively “disappearing and reappearing,” Liu Bolin issues an urgency through his works. Engaging with both online and offline formats, the artist foregrounds the man-made, the fabricated, and the deceptive, through which he probes into the mass production and circulation of information, and also questions where the power lies in today’s ubiquitous networking.​”​

525 West 22nd Street
Monday-Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
Ends December 23rd

Jack Shainman Gallery​: Carrie Mae Weems: All the Boys​

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​”​All the Boys (2016) responds to the recent killings of young African American men and suggests a darker reality of identity construction. Portraits of black men in hooded sweatshirts are matched with text panels. The written descriptions evoke police reports, underscoring how a demographic is all-too-often targeted and presumed guilty by a system plagued with prejudice.

Taken as a whole, the exhibition demonstrates that visual representation is ultimately performance: a tightly composed, laborious narrative. It takes serious work to unravel and refocus the greater dialogue toward inclusivity and acceptance. To look closely—past the bright lights, illusions, and constructions—is the first, crucial step.​”​

513 West 20th Street
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Ends December 10th
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Text and images compiled by Julia Volonts (MPS Class of 2017).

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Reflecting on SVA’s 32nd Annual Art Therapy Conference

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This year for our annual conference, keynote speaker Pablo Helguera shared wisdom about socially engaged art, speaking against a purely altruistic approach and encouraging a productive conflict, while also warning about the risks of conflict or failure when you are working with people. In the afternoon, four workshops were offered for conference-goers to attend and participate in an experience that might expand the boundaries on social engagement.

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Pablo Helguera and Barbara Ellmann Workshop
The participants were asked to participate in a mock gallery opening setting and mingle with others based on a persona or occupation they were given. Secret adjectives were then taped to the participants backs where others were allowed to read and respond to the person with the inclusion of this quality.
“The workshop with Pablo and Barbara was an informative experience on how stigma can influence and inform an interpersonal experience. Within the mock gallery opening setting, it was a challenge to have a conversation with someone while trying to inform them of the quality that was displayed on their back. It required me to force a reaction to the quality/adjective they were unaware of. It brought up issues of stigmas to class, occupation, race, and gender that made it uncomfortable for me to spark conversation with others. It caused me to tap into the wider society’s stance of that kind of person and become someone I am not inherently comfortable with. Pablo did say the experience would make us uncomfortable but I am glad that it happened in a community of other art therapists and people with like-minded intuitions. If I were to lead the workshop, I would have put the unknown quality on the person’s forehead and given a more specific mock setting (waiting room in a hospital, watching a sports event, attending a political rally… something to spark conversation about and utilize it to spin your persona around). ”
~ SVA Student, Dana Hillebrand

Melissa Malzkuhn Workshop
A “Visual Narrative” workshop offered to participants in American Sign Language. Melissa presented technology she has created to engage children in the deaf community.
“She was intelligent and funny and did a great job of keeping the crowd engaged. I was happy to sit in on a lecture on a topic of which I know nothing about. Melissa is certainly a major force in her field and it was a pleasure to hear about how her passions and work align. I assisted Melissa with setup and the timing of her lecture.”
~ SVA Student, Francesca DeBiaso

Miriam Simun Workshop
Participants were invited to smell a scent while tasting food and engage in how the experience challenged their relationship to food and the memories they hold or invoke.
“It was a really interesting experience. I felt that her Ghostfood project was really multidimensional, in that it made us react both personally and globally to the experience. The scent of chocolate milk brought up my personal memories of being a kid, and the artificially scented dolls and stuffed animals meant to smell of chocolate that I used to play with as a child. The experience of trying to create these tastes also made me reflect on the future of the world, and the future of the people who will inhabit it. Right now, the idea of drinking chocolate milk and eating peanut butter using a strange contraption sounds absolutely outrageous, but as global warming worsens and the state of different ecosystems begins to be permanently damaged, these foods might not be available, and people may not be able to have similar experiences as us. Miriam’s project, on the whole, becomes a personal reflection on the self and global warming.”
~ SVA Student, Aline Filipe

Todd Shalom Workshop
A participatory walk around the Highline in NYC that introduced attendees to new ways to read and respond to their surroundings in a collaborative investigation of the everyday. Various techniques from other art forms, including photography, poetry, movement, and sound, were used to shape and alter perspectives. Technical concerns, such as encouraging participation, forming a compelling narrative, and designing a walk route were also covered.

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Neighborhood Gallery Shows

Just steps away from the SVA Westside campus, these Chelsea galleries feature artists that create work surrounding themes relevant to the creative arts therapy field. Check them out to learn more!
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Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery: GCC – Positive Pathways

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The exhibition, which includes installation, wall sculptures and sound, focuses on the increasingly pervasive trend of Healthy Living and Positive Lifestyles gaining momentum in the Middle East. In particular, GCC explores the ways in which these lifestyle attitudes are appropriated, employed, and transformed as part of a greater political mechanism.

The exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash expands upon GCC’s 2016 project at the most recent Berlin Biennale, a sculptural installation of a woman and child. The woman is performing a Quantum Touch exercise, a non-contact touch therapy that became popular in the West in the late 1990s, on a boy as they stand on sand surrounded by a running track. The work, from where the exhibition borrows its title Positive Pathways (+), focuses on the ways that the positive energy movement and body healing practitioners have become co-opted by governments in the region – such as the creation of new ministerial positions like the UAE’s Ministry of Happiness, and the emergence of life coaches and Feng Shui consultants employed by hereditary leaders. Also on view will be a set of sculptural reliefs created using Thermoforming, a commonly used industrial process where thermoplastic sheets are heated and formed on a mold. The reliefs are based on 3D renderings of stills taken from YouTube videos and images found online of regional practitioners promoting the positive energy movement. Ranging from politicians to social media celebrities to TV clerics, these individuals utilize the Positive Energy attitude as a base for state policy. Referring to the erasure and creation of cultural myths, these reliefs create narratives of the present, a mechanism of both nation building and the politics of cultural extinction and creation.

534 West 26th Street
Hours: M-F, 10am-6pm
Ends November 23rd
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Ricco Maresca Gallery
: Marcos Bontempo – Light and Dark


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Marcos Bontempo’s painterly universe seems to emerge from the timeless space of dreams and nightmares. His images possess the lingering immediacy of apparitions and the malleability of poetic language. Forms often wrestle the latent possibility of disintegration, never losing their mysterious presence as markings on a surface; they remind us of the spellbinding power of the artist’s hand, of alternate worlds emerging out of thin air. Exorcising pain and summoning beauty are here inextricable, yet they meet bravely in a dance where wonderment is preserved intact. “Light and Dark,” presents a selection of Bontempo’s recent body of work reflecting the symbolic role of these two extremes in the artist’s practice, where recurrent themes (kindness and brutality, presence and emptiness, entrapment and freedom) all stem from the fundamental dichotomy of life and death. Somewhere in between, creativity occurs as a kind of active chiaroscuro, where the artist contends with his obsessions through phases of lucidness and uncertainty.

Bontempo, the fourth of seven children, was born in Córdoba, Argentina in 1969. His family migrated permanently to Ronda, Spain in the mid-1970s, following the Argentine coup d’état that would drive the country into an era of neo-fascist military dictatorship. The artist’s strict Catholic upbringing—where lessons were enforced through profoundly rooted notions of guilt—is a conceivable underpinning of his restless visual reverie and impulsive output. Bontempo is, in fact, a kind of present-day Romantic character, so vitally implicated with his work we could dare visualize that in addition to neurotransmitters and electrical synapses, his mind is made of his working materials: ink, acrylic paint, oxidized iron, and shimmering salt. Days and nights revolve around the artist’s studio, which is the nucleus that connects him to the world and to himself. Congruently, the work tends to synch with these cycles of light and dark.

529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
Hours: T- F,10am-6pm & S, 11am-6pm
Ends November 26th
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Calvin Morris Gallery: Leonard Daley & Ras Dizzy – The Bush Have Ears

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Ras Dizzy (1932- 2008) and Leonard Daley (1930- 2006) are two of the most important painters to emerge from the second generation of self-taught Jamaican artists born from 1930 to 1949, including Albert Zion, Evadney Cruickshank, Kingsley Thomas, Albert Artwell, and others.

Rastafarianism began to change Jamaican culture in 1930. Many artists were not actually Rastas, but they adopted many of the philosophical outlooks and the cultural resistance of the Rasta movement, similar to the way the counter-culture of the sixties affected lifestyles world-wide without everyone necessarily becoming hippies.

Jamaicans growing up in this time were enveloped in post-slavery and post-colonial issues and religions, such as Revival and Kumina (a Kongo-based religion begun in Jamaica by post-slavery indentured servants). Many Jamaicans emigrated to Panama and England to work, and and those who returned found less than desirable economic conditions. Despite outlawing Obeah (Jamaican hoodoo), the colonial powers in Jamaica were not as successful as the white Americans in suppressing African and pan-African spiritual impulses. Rastafarianism incorporated many Kumina customs in its tenets and lifestyles.

210 11th Ave, Suite 201
Hours: T- F,10am-6pm & S, 11am-6pm
Ends November 23rd
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Text and images compiled by Julia Volonts (MPS Class of 2017).

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TRANS + SEXUALITY: Sexualities and the Erotic in Trans Communities Symposium

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Faculty member SJ Langer will be presenting at the symposium:

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How do we have sex with a body that does not function in the way we internally see ourselves? How can we position our bodies when parts are in the way or not there? This presentation will discuss the intersections between Trans* studies and Disability Studies and what we can learn from each other to accommodate for bodies that do not look or function in “traditional” ways. What is the psychotherapist’s role in exploring these aspects of the body and the psychological barriers which arise and complicate this conundrum such as gender trauma, sexual abuse and other trauma history? By using case material and research literature, this talk will explore the obstacles and creative solutions trans* people are inventing to more fully embody their sex lives.

More info: http://icpnyc.org/pcgs/symposium/

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