Graduate Division: Grad Journal
3 grad student groups at SAIC you should know
Run primarily by students from the photography department, the Parlor Room aims to bring both emerging and established artists to share their ideas, work and personal experiences on their art practices. The group hosts events and builds connections between students at SAIC and artists whose scope are not limited to photography. Lectures hosted by the Parlor Room are open to the public. Nat Trotman, an associate curator of Performance and Media at the Guggenheim Museum, Jason White, an independent curator and art critic, visited SAIC through the Parlor Room’s initiative.
Indigenous at SAIC
“Indigenous opens a space for people who belong to an endemic population to dialogue with each other,” explains Libia Bianibi, a student leader of Indigenous at SAIC, a first-year graduate student in Arts Administration and Policy. The student group has been working towards creating an infrastructure in school that would allow voices of the indigenous to be heard through open dialogues and presenting individual student art practices that are influenced by their identities.
This year, Bianibi is working towards expanding the scope of the group through learning more about indigenous communities across the globe, such as Latin American and Asian communities. Past events include a lecture by Emilio Rojas on his art practices at SAIC and its connection to decolonization and a screening of films by First Nations Film and Video Festival for students of SAIC. The group is open to collaborations with students and faculty of all identities.
Eye & Ear Clinic
Eye & Ear Clinic is a student group from the Film Video New Media and Animation (FVNMA) department. The group organizes on-campus screenings, exhibitions and artist lectures. Kelsey Noemi Velez, one of the four team members of the group says, “the aim of the group is to expand the breadth of artists who visit the school and increase opportunities for studio visits and artist interactions.” The talks are open to all students of SAIC with a focus on FVNMA department’s practices. This year, the group invited Tamer El- Said, an award-winning filmmaker and MANUAL CINEMA, a performance collective, design studio and production company.
This article is contributed by Manisha AR (MA 2018).