‘In Defense Of’ to open at Dorsky Gallery on April 16

In Defense Of

‘In Defense Of’ will open Saturday, April 26

‘In Defense Of,’ a St. John’s University BFA Thesis Exhibition will run from April 16 to April 27, 2014 at the Dorsky Gallery at 11-03 45th Avenue. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 3 to 6 p.m.

This event is free of charge and accessible to the handicapped.

The press release describes the exhibition as embracing “diverse creative techniques and strategies that range from photography and video to graphic design and sculpture, and from the deeply personal to the broadly cultural.”

Here is more from the release:1

The Department of Art and Design is proud to announce the opening of “In Defense Of,” the department’s 2014 BFA Thesis Exhibition. This exhibit is hosted and made possible through the cooperation of Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs (“DGCP”) in Long Island City. This is the fourth year of collaboration between St. John’s University and DGCP.

“I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

The work of this year’s thesis exhibition embraces diverse creative techniques and strategies that range from photography and video to graphic design and sculpture, and from the deeply personal to the broadly cultural.

In the words of participating artist Kalen Na’il Roach, “Each individual in this show may call him—or herself something different, such as artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, etc. Yet the power of self-determination lies with each of us. It’s time to take possession over that power—ourselves, our work, our vision, and our desires. It’s time for each one of us to be able to say ‘This is mine and I am here to defend it.’”

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