Octet

Selected Works from the School of Visual Arts, New York

August 13 - October 4, 2009

Octet: Selected Works from the School of Visual Arts, was an exhibition of 111 artworks, which showcased painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and the digital arts, created by faculty, alumni and students of the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Octet exhibited an amalgam of diverse threads operating within an international cultural platform enabling the discussion of current issues. The exhibition consisted of eight categories describing contemporary visual art: Word As Image, Post-Pop and Tabloid, Material Matters, The Corporeal and the Divine, World Dramas, Narrative Imperatives, Relational Aesthetics and Identity and Identity Politics.

The selection of work exhibited in Octet presented art's freedom from the constraints of time and space, allowing our desire for understanding, considering and reconsidering systems of knowledge production, aesthetic experience, and participation in a social context to be ignited.

New York School of Visual Arts, one of the leading art institutions in the United States, has upheld its mission and vision for the last 60 years, through the training of professional artists and/or individuals excelling in their related fields. Pera Museum, where young artists meet viewers through a variety of collaborations every year, was pleased to joined forces to create an international cultural platform with this exhibition enabling discussions of the contemporary issues of art.

Curators: Suzanne Anker, Peter Hristoff

Exhibition Catalogue

Octet

Octet

Octet: Selected Works from the School of Visual Arts was an exhibition of 111 artworks, which showcased painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and the digital arts,...

The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

The Notions of Race Fred Wilson

Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017.

The First Nudes

The First Nudes

Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’. 

Fluid Identities  Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

Fluid Identities Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.