to Sep 2

DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography

groana melendez, Untitled (Mona Lisa), 2015, Archival pigment print, 30 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

groana melendez, Untitled (Mona Lisa), 2015, Archival pigment print, 30 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography
June 9 – September 2, 2018

DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography features twelve emerging photographers whose work engages with queer identities and perspectives. The work in this exhibition argues for fullness, potentiality, complexity, nuance, and for a queer future. The photographers included in Daybreak employ an array of strategies, a determined engagement with the medium of photography, and a through-line of affirmation. The twelve photographers are: Kevin Aranibar, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Ryan James Caruthers, Ryan Duffin, Andrew Jarman, Mikaela Lungulov-Klotz, Groana Melendez, Vanessa Rondón, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Matthew Papa, Jess Richmond, and Elias Jesús Rischmawi.

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Opening Reception for Bordering the Imaginary

Edouard Duval Carrie,  Hispaniola Saga , 2016

Edouard Duval Carrie, Hispaniola Saga, 2016


Sponsored by GOYA

CURATED BY: Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Franco-Dominican Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and specialist in postwar Latin American art.

Bordering the Imaginary investigates the complicated relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti—two nations that share a single island. The exhibition features work in a wide array of media by 20 Dominican and Haitian artists, based in both their native countries and in the United States. The artists draw on their experiences of difference, movement, and immigration to create a collective visual narrative that exposes inequalities and stereotypes of race, gender, and sexuality, which have plagued the island since the 15th century. Their work also displays the vitality of the visual arts in their communities. Through the exhibition, exhibition catalogue, and public programs, Bordering the Imaginary will reveal the complexities of a historically shifting transnational border space and the formation of distinct but intertwined nations.

ARTISTS: Freddy RodríguezJulia Santos SolomonTessa MarsVladimir Cybil CharlierScherezade GarciaFabiola Jean-LouisGroana MelendezEdouard Duval CarriéPascal MeccierelloAlex MorelArtiz ResistanRaquel PaiewonskyRoberto StephensonNyugen E. SmithPatrick EugeneRaúl RecioIliana Emilia Garcia

About the Curator:
As a Franco-Dominican Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, Abigail Lapin Dardashtispecializes in postwar Latin American art. Her research focuses on formations of ethno-religious and racial identity in 20th-century art of the Americas, with a concentration on the Dominican Republic and Brazil. Her work has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the CUNY Graduate Center and the New York Council of the Humanities, and was recently published in Public Art Dialogue and Diálogo. In 2015, she was a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The following year, she was guest curator at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia and curated Unpacking Hispañola: Scherezade Garcia and Firelei Baez. Lapin received a B.A. in Spanish at NYU and an M.A. in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). Her work on Dominican and Dominican American art emerged through fellowships at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, in 2012 and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014. She is currently a Museum Research Consortium Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, NY.

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to Sep 3

The 2016 Annual Juried Competition

BAXTER ST at CCNY is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Annual Juried Photography Competition and an upcoming exhibition featuring the top three competition artists, juried by artist Mickalene Thomas. The three top winners – First Place Winner Travis Brown, Second Place Winner Danielle Eliska Lyle, and Third Place Winner Marc Ohrem-Leclef offer three different but cohesive visions of contemporary photographic practice.

Exhibition dates: August 17 – September 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6 – 8 pm
126 Baxter St, New York NY 10013

In addition to the exhibition, the winners will also have their work shown on the CCNY website from August 2016 on. Joining their work on the website will be work from fifteen Honorable Mentions artists.

Honorable Mention Artists:
Ben Arnon

Tom Atwood
Yael Ben-Zion

Peter Baker
Eli Durst
Christopher Evans

Dan Gemkow
Jason Gorbel
Jackson Hallberg
Groana Melendez
Sally Minker
Annick Sjobakken
Tiffany Smith
Alan Strassman
Amena Yassine

About the Juror:
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life. Inspired by various sources that range from 19th century Hudson River School to Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with more recent influences of popular culture and pop art. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.

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to Jul 30

The Ties That Bind curated by Charlotte Cotton

The Ties That Bind
ICP-Bard MFA 2016

Curated by Charlotte Cotton

A group exhibition of the ICP-Bard MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies class of 2016.

Exhibition: July 1 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 2016 | 6 – 8pm
Opening night performances by Minny Lee and Martha Naranjo Sandoval at 7pm

The Ties That Bind is a collaboration and conversation between the ICP-Bard’s MFA class of 2016. Hailing from eight different countries, they employ photographic methodologies to challenge and investigate their intimate bonds and personal boundaries.

They write:

We have shared common interests that surface in the work and explore our subjective truths, family histories, memories and the impact of trauma.

We ask you to examine what is often overlooked or silenced and held in the peripheries of our experience. We invite you to engage with and find connections between us and the world at large.

The opening reception will also include two performances to begin at 7 pm: Moving Images by Minny Lee and lost, lost, lost: you, you, you by Martha Naranjo Sandoval.


Matthew Cohen (b.1991, Chappaqua, NY) is a New York-based photographer. His practice is one of questioning and mapping his surroundings physically and emotionally through photography. His work includes intimate images of the people and objects closest to him juxtaposed with grand nature scenes in an attempt to photograph distance in multiple forms. matthewcohenphoto.com

The work of Ivana Larrosa (b.1975, Logrono, Spain) engages with memory. On her series Engrams, 2015, she impresses her own destiny on to visual story of her family to bring that story into her nomadic present.ivanalarrosa.com

Minny Lee (b.1971, Seoul, South Korea) is a multimedia artist employing photography, audio, video, installation, and performance. Her main subject matter is nature and her relationship to time and space. More recently, she photographed aerial views of the earth, looking at the relationship between natural and man-made landscapes. Her on-going self-portrait series examines places of trauma. minnylee.com

Allyson Lupovich (b.1989, Montreal, Canada) is a photographer based out of New York City. Her series The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows is predicated on the tension between wealth and family, family vacations & domestic life. allysonlupovich.tumblr.com

The work of Groana Melendez (b.1984, Brooklyn, NY) navigates through the awkwardness that is interpersonal connections. groanamelendez.com

Bia Monteiro (b.1976, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a visual artist working primarily with photography, video and installations. Her work references matters of safety and displacement within domestic spaces and national borders, as well as environmental concerns through the use of architecture and structural materials. biamonteiro.com

Matthew Papa (b.1967, Detroit, MI) is a New York-based artist working primarily in photography. His undergraduate study of philosophy informs his artistic practice and he’s interested in photography’s ability to complicate meaning. Desire and the body are often subjects in his work because our ideas around them are rife with conflict. www.matthewpapaphoto.com

Martha Naranjo Sandoval (b.1989, Mexico City, Mexico) is a filmmaker and visual artist. Her work explores the difference in how time is portrayed in moving and still image, the properties of images as material, and how images gain significance culturally and personally. mnaranjosandoval.net

Verónica Puche (b.1984, Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist with a background in industrial design. Puche explores new ways to interact with an image, bringing fragments of her memory and intimate internal dialogs to reality through her work while simultaneously addressing social and historical issues. vpuche.com

Katrina Lillian Sorrentino (b.1989, Chicago, IL) is a lens-based artist. Her latest project How to Make the Bedis a series of photographs and performance videos where she questions her female identity alongside her mother and the expectations placed upon them both in the American home. She is a member of the Brooklyn-based artist collective Nomadique. katrinasorrentino.com


Charlotte Cotton has been at the forefront of the appraisal of contemporary art photography for more than twenty years. She is the first curator in residence at ICP, responsible for the inaugural exhibition and program at ICP’s 250 Bowery space opening this summer. She has held curatorial positions at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a visiting scholar and critic at institutions including Parsons the New School for Design, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts, New York; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She is the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004) and founder of the discussion forum Words Without Pictures. Her most recent publication is Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015).


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to May 22

ICP-Bard MFA Open Studios at LIC Arts Open

The 19 candidates for the MFA in Advanced Studies of Photography at ICP-Bard will open their creative workspaces to the the public. The students, artist from around the world, will do an informal presentation of new and recent work. This is an opportunity to view the work of the soon to graduate class of 2016 and the mid-program class of 2017. From photography to video, performance and installation, the work on view explores their experience within their community, their personal lives and their surroundings. 

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to May 22

All At Once at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery at ICP School

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Photography is often described as a technology of alienation, and the camera a device that creates distance. And there is indeed something strange about creating a machine to look for us. Through the lens, we are often cut off. We are made strangers to each other and ourselves. In recent decades, the explosion of cameras and photo distribution systems has multiplied these effects a thousandfold.

The artists in this MFA exhibition, titled All at Once, have chosen to react to this torrent by rethinking the notion that cameras and images separate us. Each in their own way has turned the process of photography into a methodology for finding connection and community.

Each artist is refining a particular way of seeing. At a time where the porousness of national borders is being presented as a threat and the easy typifying of people based on appearance is the imagined solution, the complexity and empathy that these creators embody is more necessary than ever. The fact that they have evolved these visions in collaboration with each other is a testament to the unifying effects of photographic thinking and making.


Matthew Cohen
Ivana Larrosa
Minny Lee
Allyson Lupovich
Groana Melendez
Bia Monteiro
Martha Naranjo Sandoval
Matthew Papa
Verónica Puche
Katrina Lillian Sorrentino

The ICP-Bard MFA 2016 Group Thesis Exhibition Opening will be held Friday, April 1 from 6–9 PM in the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery at ICP School.

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to Feb 28


Join 2016 ICP-Bard student Groana Melendez at the MFA Studios for her solo thesis exhibition, El Nombre Mío, Ajeno.

El Nombre Mío, Ajeno is an exhibition of photographs, videos and other lens-based works by Groana Melendez. In this work Groana creates an understanding of the interconnectedness of relationships, class and identity. The title originates from the poem, El Apellido/My Last Name, by Nicolás Guillén, a Cuban poet who worked towards creating a synthesis between ancestries and different cultures. The line loosely translates as “my foreign name” which denotes the history of colonization and the fractured identities that resulted.

Groana’s practice is a response to her parent’s emigration from the Dominican Republic and the pull between two different upbringings. What started off as a concern for representation and witnessing her relatives in a moment in time, transformed into describing the complicated layers within families. Originally these ties were nurtured through face-to-face contact, but now they also thrive in the digital realm. This led to the artist’s exploration of her own alienation and marks a turning point in her artistic practice.

Opening Reception
February 25 | Thursday | 6–9 pm

On View
February 26–28 | Friday–Saturday | 2–6 pm

E and M trains to 23rd Street/Ely Avenue; G and 7 trains or the B61 bus to 45th Road/Court House Square.

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