Moreau Art Galleries is featuring Saint Mary’s alum Kristin Stransky alongside Marilyn Minter, an artist recently featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the two exhibits, which opened Friday, Aug. 30 are wildly different in medium, their themes overlap. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and director of the galleries, said her aim is to provide students with professional and educational pieces that are challenging and innovative in both content and media. “My first consideration is whether or not I feel the work will inspire students,” Bidler said. Secondly, she seeks works that engage the various missions of the college. “We educate women at Saint Mary’s College and so I try to bring in the work of women artists whose work touches on issues of gender,” she said. The Galleries’ director believes the Stransky and Minter’s exhibits, located in the Sister Rosaire and the Hammes Gallery, respectively accomplish that mission. “The Marilyn Minter exhibition that I curated considers makeup’s materiality and its role in gendered performances that elicit desire and construct femininity,” Bidler said. “My favorite work by Stransky is “Landing Strip.” It’s a brilliant piece about sexuality and boundaries.” Technology plays an integral role in both the conception and process of Stransky’s pieces, Stransky said. “Ultimately, I saw art as a vehicle to explore both ideas and creation, both intellectual and hands on,” she said. The Little Theater and Sister Rosaire galleries also previously featured Kristen Stransky’s pieces. The Saint Mary’s alumna is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. “Coding and other technical formats often require adherence to strict processes and syntax to create a working unit, and I like to think that I bend those rules through meaning and the application of technology to craft and sculptural mediums,” Stransky said. Bidler, an art historian, said she likes to spend time comparing works of art, especially in her classes. “Marilyn Minter is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. I first saw Green, Pink, Caviar while it was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The video is very sensuous, colorful, and hypnotic – it draws you in,” Bidler said of Minter’s piece. Bidler said she loves the hypnotic quality of the Minter video, which sucks the viewer into a world of color and pleasure. “I love that the context Minter provides about the photograph of her mother is at odds with some of the assumptions we might make about her mother based on a cursory glance at the photograph. I enjoy having my assumptions challenged by other artists,” she said. Bidler said the exhibition is a comparison of early work by Marilyn Minter and a late work by Marilyn Minter, at a basic level. “It seeks to draw out themes that persist over time in her work,” she said. As for the connection between Stransky and Minter, Bidler encourages students to make their own conclusions. “I have some ideas about the thematic ties between the Kristin Stransky and Marilyn Minter exhibitions, but I’d love for viewers to come in and make these connections for themselves,” Bidler said. Moreau Center for the Arts will feature the free exhibits until Sept. 20.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police officers surrounded a house in Hempstead that five men ran into following a shooting this weekend but are still searching for the shooter, authorities said.Hempstead and Garden City police officers also responded to Princeton Street for a Shot Spotter alarm of gunfire in the area and a 911 caller reporting a group of men running into the house shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, police said.“A disturbance ensued between the officers and the [five] occupants of the house,” police said in a news release.Bureau of Special Operations and Emergency Services Unit officers searched the home after the owner consented but did not find the shooter or any victims inside after interviewing the five men.The group was released without incident. No injuries were reported. Five empty .380-caliber shell casings were found in the area.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the above crime to call the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
The seven master of fine arts students that make up the Roski School of Art and Design’s class of 2016 announced on Friday that they are leaving the university as a result of grievances they have with the program’s funding and curriculum.“Because the University refused to honor its promises to us, we are returning to the workforce degree-less and debt-full,” the students wrote in a statement published online.The MFA program at Roski is a full-time, two-year interdisciplinary program. The seven master’s candidates — Julie Beaufils, Sid Duenas, George Egerton-Warburton, Edie Fake, Lauren Davis Fisher, Lee Relvas and Ellen Schafer — announced that they are dissolving their candidacies as a result of what they feel were false promises made by the university.According to the students, upon admittance, the Roski administration promised them a partial scholarship for first-year tuition, and upon completing their first year, the students would receive full-tuition for their second year, benefits, a stipend and a teaching assistantship. The former students said they were the first class since 2011 to acquire debt to attend Roski and the first group of students since 2006 that did not have teaching experience after their first year in the program.The students blamed Roski Dean Erica Muhl, appointed to the position in May 2013, for the cuts to program funding.“At every single turn, the dean and every other administrator we interacted with tried to delegitimize and belittle our real concerns, repeatedly framing us as ‘demanding’ simply for advocating for those things the School had already promised us,” the students wrote.In response to the allegations that Muhl and other administrators were stripping the master’s program of funding to finance more well-known programs with greater name value, Muhl said that the program has and continues to financially support its students as promised upon admission.“The USC Roski MFA program remains one of the most generously funded programs in the country,” Muhl wrote in a statement. “These students would have received a financial package worth at least 90 percent of tuition costs in scholarships and teaching assistantships.”Muhl was criticized by the students in the written statement for her lack of experience with visual arts.“She, along with Roski’s various vice and assistant deans, made it clear to our class that they did not value the program’s faculty structure, pedagogy or standing in the arts community, the very same elements that had attracted us as potential students,” the students wrote.Aside from the students that have decided to leave, several Roski faculty members have also opted to leave the university in recent months including the former program director A.L. Steiner, who stepped down in November as director and whose contract was not renewed by USC as of May 15. Additionally, in February, the graduate coordinator Dwayne Moser left the university, and in December, tenured Roski professor of painting and drawing Frances Stark left the university for unknown reasons.Though she would not discuss the reasons for her parting ways with the university, Stark wrote in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that she supported the students in their decision to withdraw from the program.“The students are correct in terms of funding, curriculum, and faculty structure,” she wrote in the statement. “All changed in relation to the program they agreed to enter.”Though the students are no longer enrolled in the program, they wrote in their statement that they plan to continue to collaborate artistically.“The MFA Program we entered in August 2014 did one great thing: it threw us all together, when we might not have crossed paths on our own,” they wrote.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that former program director A.L. Steiner is currently still employed at USC. She is actually not employed at USC. The university did not renew his contract as of May 15. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.