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,...

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord

Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.

Serpent Head

Serpent Head

The Greek god Apollo and his son Asklepios presided over the realm of medicine and healing. Apollo was also the god of light and sun, whose solar symbolism and association with medicine would become linked to Christ the Physician, and the resurrected.

Return from Vienna

Return from Vienna

Józef Brandt harboured a fascination for the history of 17th century Poland, and his favourite themes included ballistic scenes and genre scenes before and after the battle proper –all and sundry marches, returns, supply trains, billets and encampments, patrols, and similar motifs illustrating the drudgery of warfare outside of its culminating moments.