2014 PennMFA in Vienna
The Penn MFA program presents the 2014 thesis exhibition in Vienna. The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month exchange between the graduate students and curator Roland Schoeny. During their residency in Vienna, the students will install selected works, visit artists’ studios, and complete their engagement in this highly experimental exhibition project.
The thesis exhibition project acknowledges that emerging artists work from a globalized state of culture and respond to a new perception of site specificity. The exhibition presents work impacted by a collective discussion on the premise that travel, cultural exchange and the examination of cultural relativism are all markers of a profound evolution in our vision of the world.
Artists: Marie Alarcon (b. 1978, Rhinebeck, New York), Laura Bernstein (b. 1987, New York City), Claire Bidwell (b. 1988, Los Angeles), Anthony Bowers (b. 1984, South Bend, Indiana), Sam Mapp (b. 1985, Chicago), Scotty Menesini (b. 1975, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Mohammadreza Mirzaei (b. 1986, Tehran, Iran), Theo Mullen (b. 1979, Denver, Colorado), Evan Nabrit (b. 1982, Columbus, Ohio), Daniel O’Neill (b. 1979, Providence, Rhode Island), Paz Ortúzar (b. 1985, Santiago, Chile), Gordon Stillman (b. 1984, Poughkeepsie, New York), Joshua Zerangue (b. 1988, Lafayette, Louisiana)
Curator: Roland Schoeny holds a 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 in SOKOL Moscow (2014), at OK Center for Contemporary Art Linz (2002–04) and Künstlerhaus Vienna (2000).