University of Pennsylvania Master of Fine Arts: Thesis Exhibition 2014

Philadelphia Connection

»an ocean in between the waves«

young art positions of the Penn MFA program


Monday, May 26, 2014, 10.30 am

Venue: FRANZ JOSEFSKAI 3, 1010 Vienna


Ken Lum, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Josh Mosley, Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Roland Schöny, Contemporary Art Curator and Author, Vienna

The artists will be present.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6 –10 pm

Welcome: Ken Lum

On the concept of transfer: Josh Mosley

On the exhibition as translocal collaboration: Roland Schöny

The artists will be present.

Afterwards guided tour in dialog with the attending artists.

The idea that travel forms an integrative feature of artistic praxis and creates an essential component of both experience and knowledge production as a central paradigm. Rather than merely displaying already finished works, the artists both selected individual pieces through a dialogic process and created new works according to the physical layout of the gallery space in Dialog with curator Roland Schöny.

Although the group of young artists consider themselves personally connected through the production of internal alliances and collaborations, the difference in their approaches through photography, video, painting, or performance, is significant. In parts the art scenes of New York influences many. At the same time works manifest the narratives of actual pop culture such that the viewer can discover the sediments of filmsettings or specific class and gender codes as embedded in fashion. Some works raise personal questions regarding the reconstructions of political history while others visually interpret transculturally shaped forms of personal memory and biographical narratives. Other artists explore the sense of emancipation through the theme of urban space as a field of action.

Artists: Marie Alarcon (*1978 Rhinebeck, NY), Laura Bernstein (*1987 New York City, NY), Claire Bidwell (*1988 Los Angeles, CA), Anthony Bowers (*1984 South Bend, IN), Sam Mapp (*1985 Chicago, Ill), Scotty Menesini (*1975 Pittsburgh, PA), Mohammadreza Mirzaei (*1986 Tehran, Iran), Theo Mullen (*1979 Denver, CO), Evan Nabrit (*1982 Columbus, OH), Daniel O'Neill (*1979 Providence, R. I.), Paz Valdes (*1985 Santiago, Chile), Gordon Stillman (*1984 Poughkeepsie, NY), Joshua Zerangue (*1988 Lafayette, Louisiana).

Curator: Roland Schoeny teaching position at Digital Arts Department of University of Applied Art Vienna, structured a public art programme as a permanent cultural initiative of the city of Vienna 2004 – 07, realized exhibitions in cooperation with ICA at SOKOL Moscow (2014), at OK Center for Contemporary Art Linz (2002-04) or Künstlerhaus Vienna (2000).


Saturday, 24 May 2014 from 2 until 7 pm the artist Laura Bernstein roams with her performance "Finding The Fall" streets in the inner districts of Vienna (a parachutist in search of the causes of landing here).

Start 2 pm at Sigmund-Freud Park / Straße des achten Mai, 1090 Vienna

End 7 pm at Museumsquarter, 1070 Vienna

The opening will take place in cooperation with Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Prater Street 13/1/2, 1020 Vienna (Finissage of the exhibition "Dance with us",

Duration May 28 – June 25, 2014

Opening hours MON – SAT, 2 – 8 pm (closed on Whit Monday)

Guided Tours

Thurs, 5th June, 6 pm

Thurs, 12th June, 6 pm

and by appointment:

+43 664 815 61 14




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