Community, Citizenship, Sights

get excited: open studios, mfa shows, more

Besides Frieze, NADA, and Pulse art fairs in NYC this week, there’s a slew of auxilliary events, open studios, and MFA shows to check out. In support of friends and community, here’s my list:

Go Stephanie!

May 4–6
Stephanie Syjuco: RAIDERS (Redux)
Catharine Clark Gallery’s New York Pop-Up Gallery
313 W 14th Street, 2F, NYC

May 4–6
LMCC’s Open Studio Weekend
125 Maiden Lane, 14th Floor, NYC

Go Michael!

Saturday, May 12
IN/VISION
2012 MFA Interaction Design Festival at the School of Visual Arts
Thesis Presentations: 11am – 4pm @ SVA Theatre
Thesis Exhibition: 5–7pm @ SVA Interaction Design Department
Go Nyeema!
May 12–13
NARS Foundation Open Studios
88 35th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
May 18–19
Kambui Olujimi: A Life in Pictures
Apex Art, 291 Church Street, NYC
Saturday, May 19
Question Bridge: Black Males Blueprint Roundtable
Brooklyn Museum 
Finally, if that’s not enough, learn about Emergency USA‘s amazing projects building medical infrastructure in areas of conflict:
Thursday, May 3, 7pm, E-USA office @ 21 Exchange Place. Presentation. RSVP to nyc@emergencyusa.org.
Sunday, May 6, 5–8pm, Randolph Beer, Nolita. 15% benefit happy hour.
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Research

optimism and setbacks, tony tasset sculptures

Happiness experienced by an entrepreneur over time. Michael Yap. Source: twitter.com/#!/michaelryap

Happiness experienced by an entrepreneur over time. Michael Yap. Source: twitter.com/#!/michaelryap

As Martin Seligman points out, the difference between optimists and pessimists is not that optimists do not suffer from setbacks, but that they optimists weather setbacks better.

 

Tony Tasset, Mood Sculpture, 2011, Fiberglass and paint, 90" x 18" diameter, Photos: courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago // Source: ArtLtdMag.com

Tony Tasset, Mood Sculpture, 2011, Fiberglass and paint, 90" x 18" diameter, Photos: courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago // Source: ArtLtdMag.com

 

Tony Tasset, Why Can't We All Just Get Along?, 2009, lambda print, 47" x 47". Source: KaviGupta.com

Tony Tasset, Why Can't We All Just Get Along?, 2009, lambda print, 47" x 47". Source: KaviGupta.com

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Csikszentmihalyi, diagrammed for artists

Michael Yap, my husband and a current MFA candidate in the School of Visual Arts’ Interaction Design program, posted a very interesting diagram on his blog yesterday. It charts ideas from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly’s book, “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (New York: Harper Collins, 1996), on findings from direct research on exceptionally creative artists, musicians, scientists, and businesspeople.

“Creativity” speaks to me as an artist–not just because it validates my experiences on living the life of an artist, but also because its subject matter corresponds to my interest in optimism, pessimism and positive psychology. I’ll post thorough notes when I’m done. In the meantime, have a look at what Michael has done with his reading:

Michael Yap, A conversation to learn, artist and the field, goal level, Id like to share an idea with you; We would like to understand your idea

Michael Yap's Conversation Systems Diagram

It’s an interesting way to look at the interaction between artist, Field, and Domain.

Have a look at the assignment and see the whole diagram on the project PDF!

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