She’s taken hundreds of such nighttime images, also venturing into the pitch-black fields, woods, and farmlands of New England and upstate New York, where she lives. “There was nothing there, no car headlights, no street or house lights, to interfere with what I wanted to have lit—and the vast and wonderful sky,” she says. “It is a poetic tribute to wild imaginings: the nightmares and dreams inherent in the lonely darkened corners of the world.”
“Into the Night In the Middle of Nowhere,” at the Griffin Museum of Photography, in Winchester, Massachusetts, features a selection of these works. Kenny, who is also a painter and long-time art teacher at New York University, will be at the July 18 opening-night reception to discuss her ideas and techniques. Early on, she often captured images of farm animals. “Sheep are a wonderful metaphor for nighttime, and they don’t move, they just stand there and munch,” she says. “And they’re white, so they show up well.”
Click this link to continue reading: Painting with Flashlights
Fall 2019 Registration has opened. Kay Kenny will be teaching two courses:
And with Lynn Saville, Kenny will co-teach New York at Twilight
For all Fall 2019 Photography courses please click on the link below for information and to register.
Recently published in amNewYork, here’s a little etiquette 101 from CALA instructor, Kate Walter, on what NOT to say to the queer folk in your life.
Don’t assume a gay or lesbian person knows every other queer.
“My cousin, Jeff, told me that when a co-worker heard he is gay, she asked whether he knew her sister’s friend, Steve, a gay man in Chicago. Jeff, who lives in New Jersey, snapped: “Sure, Steve from Chicago. I met him at one of our gay conventions.”
Don’t tell people it is brave to be out.
“A married colleague, who identifies as a queer femme, hates it when people tell her it’s ‘brave’ for her to be out, as if she had a choice. Do we choose to be short or tall?”
To read Walter’s entire column click amNewYork
Fall Registration Opens on Monday, July 1
Phone: 212 998 7150
Kate Walter will be teaching Crafting Great Essays from Personal Experience this fall at CALA. Click here for course description.
Photographer and CALA instructor, Kay Kenny, has organized a show featuring works by two of her former students – Fumiko Katsuki and Pallavi Rao – as well as some of her own photography. The student images were completed during one of the courses Kenny teaches at CALA, “Photography: the Basics”
You are welcome to attend the reception this Sunday, June 23rd, 3-6 pm at Mision Burrito, 333 Palisade Ave, Jersey City Heights, NJ 07307.
If you can’t make that the exhibit continues through July 31st.
Kay Kenny will be teaching Photography: The Basics this fall at CALA. Registration opens on Monday, July 1. For the course description you can click on the link below:
Kenny is also teaching Photography: New York at Twilight with Lynn Saville.
For any Fall registration questions please call 212 998 7150
We are delighted to share that Wallace Sanders, a CALA faculty member (Spanish language), is interviewed in Stonewall Forever – a Documentary About the Past, Present, and Future of Pride.
From the documentary makers – “The history of the Stonewall Riots is equally as cherished as it is charged. There are questions of who was there, who ‘threw the first brick’ and who can claim Stonewall. This film doesn’t answer these questions but instead it aims to expand the story of Stonewall by including more voices in its telling.
Stonewall Forever, the documentary, brings together voices from over 50 years of LGBTQ activism to explore the ongoing legacy of Stonewall.
Wallace is a native New Yorker, a lifelong teacher, and a Vietnam War veteran. He was a regular at the Stonewall Inn, although he wasn’t present during the riots. He worked for New York City’s Commission on Human Rights for 18 years, where he helped pass the Gay Rights Bill in 1986.”
In the spirit of Stonewall, and for the 50th anniversary of the rebellion that ignited the modern liberation movement, Reclaim Pride will be holding a protest march along the original route of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march in New York City, in 1970. For details click Queer Liberation March
On Saturday, June 29th the 27th annual Dyke March (a protest, not a parade!) will take place on Fifth Avenue – for details click NYC Dyke March
Brush up on your Spanish this summer at CALA! Click on the links below for details:
Writers – check out Medium’s recent study which analyzes the patterns of the first paragraphs of nearly 100 “compelling” articles from The Atlantic to New York Times op-eds. Jason Shen writes, “Without a good beginning, we will lose our readers to another tab in the browser, a message from a friend, or an impulse to check their email. We must learn to write beginnings that grab our readers and never let go, drawing them into our article and compelling them to read through to the end.” You can read the entire study by clicking How Great Writing Begins
CALA Summer Courses of Interest – Click on links below for information and to register:
As the Great War gives way to the Last War, and the many narrative threads of the imposing series converge on King’s Landing for one final, fiery confrontation, you may be wondering: what’s Game of Thrones all about, anyway?
The show, a cultural phenomenon loosely inspired by England’s bloody War of the Roses, has inspired countless theories about its symbolic and allegorical reach. Its characters and settings—its strange and compelling landscape of death, power, dragons, and the undead—lend themselves to a host of readings about the political and psychological worlds we inhabit today.
And Eric Molinsky, a faculty member with NYU’s Center for Applied Liberal Arts, has a few ideas of his own.
A fixture in the world of audio storytelling, Molinsky has contributed as a producer and reporter to an impressive portfolio of podcast and radio standards, including Marketplace, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Studio 360, 99% Invisible, and more. Now, he also turns his reporter’s eye to Game of Thrones, exploring the political and economic resonance of the series in his acclaimed podcast, Imaginary Worlds, which The Verge has called “the slick, deep-dive podcast for sci-fi and fantasy fans,” and which appears on Esquire’s recent list of essential podcasts.
One episode, “Politics of Thrones,”looks at the “surprising number of international relations experts that see parallels between the jockeying for power in Westeros and our post-Cold War landscape.” Another, “Economics of Thrones and Starships,” explains why “economists are fans of sci-fi,” since “those worlds take economics models to an extreme.” Featuring insights by guests from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Rising Powers Initiative, and the Mises Institute, Molinsky helps listeners come to terms with the fascinating urgency of seemingly distant and fantastic worlds.
Other episodes discuss zombies, Star Wars, sexy robots, and much more.
Summer 2019 at CALA: Want to learn how to turn your own passion into a successful podcast? If you hurry you can register for Molonsky’s summer course starting on June 3rd. Click on link below for more details and to enroll:
Summer is coming and so too, once again, is New York City’s One Book, One New York adventure. This initiative, organized by The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and BuzzFeed, gives New Yorkers the chance to pick ONE BOOK they all want to read together. The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA) will be co-sponsoring several related events with the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) in the coming months. In the meantime, the first step is for you to vote for THE book.
Here are your choices:
- A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza: As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents must reckon with the choices their children have made. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture?
- Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr: The coming of age story of a 10-year-old Puerto Rican girl growing up in The Bronx during WWII. A story of family hardship and discrimination as young girl’s childhood slowly erodes away.
- Just Kids by Patti Smith: A memoir by the legendary artist gives a glimpse into life in 1970s NYC and her friendship with renowned artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: Four young friends navigate the perils of adolescence, mean streets and haunted memories in 1970s Bushwick, all while dreaming of escape.
- Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee: A strong-willed Queens-born daughter of Korean immigrants is addicted to a glamourous Manhattan lifestyle she can’t afford, but is determined to carve a space for herself in the glittering world of NYC.
Now click here to VOTE!
For additional information click here
Hudson, NY 12534. The exhibition is running until June 2, 2019
Rachel Cusk with Jenny McPhee: The Outline Trilogy-The Novel Reinvented
You can now view Jenny McPhee, Director of The Center for Applied Liberal Arts, in conversation with best-selling British author Rachel Cusk. The packed-to-capacity event, at the New York Public Library, took place last week.
Cusk is credited with reinventing the form of the novel, hooking readers with an inimitable voice, and unconventional sense of plot. In her groundbreaking trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—Cusk explores the nature of family, art, love, and suffering as her protagonist, a writer named Faye, encounters friends and strangers in the course of her daily life. McPhee, author and translator, skillfully draws on her passion for writing, writers, and literature to coax Cusk to delve into her process, motivations, and her central themes. Interestingly, both women share an obsession/passion for the work of Italian author, Natalia Ginzburg. Kudos to the NYPL for running such a riveting program!
Watch the entire conversation by clicking the link below:
For more information on the wonderful Live from the NYPL program please clck this link: NYPL Events
Check out writing and literature classes being offered by CALA this Summer