Good Art: Bad City: October 30, 2017

The artists for the exhibition Good Art: Bad City are making progress in the studio.

Opening reception November 10, 5-7pm, 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio

Davon, Michal, and Samantha transferring imagery to the wall

Bishop assessing his work in progress

Bishop and Gennesis hard at work

Lamont, Liz and Juwan working together

Francesca, Juwan and Mary making progress

Nic and Samantha brainstorming



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Community Lecture: Seeing the program of Alcoholics Anonymous through the lens of Attachment Theory


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Select Current Exhibitions in Chelsea

Gallery: Red Bull Arts New York220 W 18th St.

Exhibition: Sarah Meyohas, “Cloud of Petals”, October 12th-December 10th

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-7pm

“Most Beautiful Petals”. Photograph by Lance Brewer, retrieved from


Meyohas integrates sculpture, photography, virtual reality, and organic media in this two-floor experience exploring the subjectivity of beauty, the social construction of gendered labor, and the future of automation. There will be an artist talk November 16th, 6-8pm. RSVP required.

Gallery: Gagosian, 555 W 24th St.

Exhibition: Multi-Artist, “LA Invitational”, October 26th-December 16th

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm

Jonas Wood, “Landscape Pot 2”. Photograph by Brian Forrest, retrieved from



This exhibition displays a wide variety of works by Los Angeles-based artists Chris Burden, Frank Gehry, Piero Golia, Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Mike Kelly, Nancy Rubins, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Robert Therrien, Jeff Wall, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood.

Gallery: Pace Gallery537 W 24th St.

Exhibition: Claes Oldenburg, “Shelf Life”, October 13th-November 11th

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-6pm

“Shelf Life Number 1”. Retrieved from


“Shelf Life” is the first exhibition of new work by influential pop artist Claes Oldenburg in 12 years, consisting of small scale mixed-media sculptures inspired by some of his most iconic work. Oldenburg’s work aims to transform the familiar into the unexpected, challenging our relationships with everyday objects.


Compiled by MPS Art Therapy student Jess Lissenden


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Junk Sculpture

Creating a sculpture from junk is a transformative and powerful process. Part of the process may include active engagement in finding objects from the person’s environment, which allows meaning to develop as the client selects junk which they identify with or are attracted to. The client may also be presented with junk that was selected by the art therapist, with the intention of representing an environment familiar to the client.

Upon construction, the client has the opportunity to rework the objects which were previously discarded into an art product. This art product can result in an embodiment of pride or beauty, which speaks to the process of changing something unsavory into something desirable. Using junk materials to make art can be especially powerful for populations which may identify with being “discarded” such as those who are marginalized in society. In the context of the student examples, the directive for the project was to represent qualities of the self which are disowned. The materials used were a combination of objects found by the students and those presented to the class.

~Jenny Asaro, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019

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Good Art: Bad City: October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017:

Artistic Noise youth, staff, and MPS Art Therapy students work together.

Good Art: Bad City‘s opening reception will be November 10, 2017, 5-7pm.

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Good Art: Bad City: October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017:

Work in the space begins!  Artistic Noise youth direct the transfer of their imagery onto the walls of the art therapy studio space.  Their staff and the MPS Art Therapy students and staff participate.

Brainstorming the title: Good Art: Bad City

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Good Art: Bad City: A Pop-Up Shop by Artistic Noise

Artistic Noise youth invite the NYC community to get to know them by transforming the MPS Art Therapy studio space into their Pop-Up Shop. This event expands a collaborative art project that is currently in-process. Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system.


Friday, November 10, 2017, 5-7pm
MPS Art Therapy Department
132 West 21 Street, 5th Floor Studio
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Safe Spaces Gallery Tour

Two of the Safe Spaces curators, SVA MPS Art Therapy alumni Leslie Achitoff and Rob Belgrod, arranged gallery tours of the exhibition for SVA students.  First year MPS Art Therapy student Jenny Asaro describes her experience of the gallery tour here:

While art is always up for interpretation, the interpretation of an outsider is inevitably less insightful than that of an insider. This was exemplified in the gallery tour given by Rob Belgrod, as he provided insight into the artwork of his clients at Rikers Island. Prior to the gallery tour, I had been moved by the concept of showcasing the artwork of inmates at the prison. The act of bringing personal artwork to the public sphere speaks to the empowerment of a population which is disempowered by the nature of their situation. The work in this show, and the art therapy sessions which precluded it, focused on visual representation of a safe space.

What I gathered from Rob’s description of the clients’ artwork is that many of the people who end up at Rikers Island have not had a safe space for the majority of their lives. This includes the time prior to their imprisonment, as illustrated in one client’s drawing of a safe space as a mother’s womb. For another client, the safe space was a blurry memory of a moment in childhood. Most strikingly, a group of clients depicted their safe space as the prison itself, illuminating the danger of their lives outside of their incarceration. I was moved to hear the reality of working with those who are incarcerated, which Rob graciously described in response to the tour participants’ questions. He spoke of his clients with respect and care, which I take as proof of the strength of their therapeutic alliance. Hearing the stories of an art therapist in the prison setting and seeing the art produced by those who are incarcerated brought a sense of connection and inspiration. This gallery show demonstrated the power of art therapy when used with what is generally viewed as a difficult population.

The exhibition is on view until October 26, 2017.  Email for viewing times.

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Community Lecture Series: Creatively Reusing Materials to Engage Participation, Friday, October 20

Join SVA MPS Art Therapy for the first Community Lecture Series of the Fall 2017 Semester!

Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:30-8pm

133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Free and open to the public

CEC’s available to ATR-BCs

Creatively Reusing Materials to Engage Participation

Presenter: John Kaiser, MA, Director of Education, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

John Cloud Kaiser’s work reminds you that you are an artist.  Through his position as Education Director at Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and his work with his art group Free Style Arts Association, he has been doing participation-based art in the museums, streets, and schools of New York City since 2000, appearing everywhere from P.S 1 MoMA, to the NYC Parks Department, to the New York Times.  The emphasis of his work is on giving people a creative participatory experience with an art piece while at the same time creating an incredibly dynamic work of art.

John Kaiser graduated from NYU with an MA in Art Education and has worked as a teaching artist and curator since 2003 organizing hundreds of Contemporary Art projects at New York and New Jersey public schools.  He teaches art teachers through professional development programs, advises schools, and lectures on his education approaches at conferences.  Some examples of his artwork can be found here:

Lecture learning outcome objectives:

Attendees will learn the value of reusing free materials in their practice and learn about many examples of reuse projects.

Attendees will learn how and where to access free reusable art supplies.

Attendees will learn techniques for reuse art making and instruction.

Register online today!

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MPS Art Therapy Information Session: Saturday, October 14th, 12pm-2pm

SVA MPS Art Therapy invites any prospective applicants to join us this Saturday, October 14th, for an information session.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with department staff, faculty, alumni, and current students to learn more about the program.  132 West 21st Street, 3rd Floor, 12 noon-2pm.

Please register in advance online!

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