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2011-12 Student / Faculty Exhibitions

Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2012
Death to Pie Charts
Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition
The MFA Bridge Thesis Show 2011
Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now
'up river' - An Installation by Kingsley Parker
Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution

Min Suk Choi Illustration 2012The Fight to Flee the Fire, Min Suk Choi, 2012, mixed media.
This final art for an animation captures the horror and the fight to leave the flaming factory.
Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now
Gallery FIT
June 13 - July 7, 2012

The MFA in Illustration program, in collaboration with the American History Department and the Triangle Factory Fire Coalition, presented Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now, an exhibition of the work of 25 artists where each piece was a visual interpretation of the fire, its impact, and its aftermath. Works included paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture and interactive media.

Art & Design Graduating Exhibition

Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2012
Gallery FIT and elsewhere
May 9 - 22, 2012

This show presented the work of more than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art & Design and is on view throughout the main floors of the Marvin Feldman Center, the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, and the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

The exhibition featured work in seventeen areas of study - Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Communication Design, Computer Animation & Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design.

The art selected was the culmination of each student’s unique experience in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s diverse, challenging, and demanding undergraduate Art & Design programs. Featuring juried, award winning, and thesis projects, this presentation was the manifestation of several years of research, experimentation, critical thinking, and artistic proficiency.

The Graduating Student Exhibition advances the College’s applied philosophy that integrates practice in industry with theory and teaching inside the studio.


Bob Dylan by Harry GordonBob Dylan by Harry Gordon, paper, 1968, England, gift of Estelle Ellis.
Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution
Gallery FIT
March 6 - April 7, 2012
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Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution explored the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. More than thirty garments, accessories, videos, and other related media are featured, including fashions by Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo.

The epicenter of youth-generated style was London, where young shoppers flocked to boutiques opened by energetic, equally young designers. On display was a slim-cut, brightly-colored man’s shirt by pioneering British designer John Stephen. A metallic copper mini-dress represents New York’s trendsetting Paraphernalia boutique, which sold work by both London designers and talented young Americans, including Betsey Johnson. The influence of music on 1960s fashion was represented by a paper dress stamped with Bob Dylan’s image and a pair of Wing Dings shoes featuring a Beatles motif. The paper dress also exemplifies the literal disposability of the era’s fashions.

Regardless of which youth group was redefining fashion at the moment—the early 1960s Mods or the Hippies later in the decade—its styles were quickly appropriated by mass marketers and couturiers alike. By comparing designs ranging from cutting-edge boutique and mass-market labels to high fashion ready-to-wear and couture, the exhibition attests to the ascendance of youth as the driving force in fashion.

Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution
was organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program in conjunction with the Museum at FIT.

Margaux Le Pierres for Death to Pie ChartsMargaux Le Pierres, Student Animation Project (2011), Digital Junky for Motion Infograph Project
*Winner, C. J. Yeh's Time-based Design Scholarship Competition 2011.
Death to Pie Charts: Media Design Club at FIT
Gallery FIT
January 28 - February 11, 2012

Death to Pie Charts examined the recent trends in the fields of information graphics, highlighting a selection of the best information graphics done by the members of the Media Design Club at FIT. This exhibition showcased information graphics in a variety of formats including animation, interactive, print, and physical constructions.



Kingsley Parker
Kingsley Parker
'up river' - An Installation by Kingsley Parker
FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition 2011

Gallery FIT
November 12 - December 10, 2011

Kingsley Parker, a multi-media artist, has been a full-time member of FIT’s Communication Design Department for the past 15 years. 'up river' was, in many ways, a romance -- Professor Parker’s romance with the Hudson River which he has been intimately connected with since he and his family left Brooklyn to settle permanently in Hudson, NY. Commuting to New York along the river on an almost daily basis, Professor Parker -- whose body of work already reflected an interest in mapping and boats -- became enamored with the Hudson as an idea, as a resource, and as a thing of beauty. A sewn nautical chart 61 linear feet long was accompanied by small ‘vignettes’ (in 2 and 3 dimensions) depicting life, commerce, and activities on the river. The exhibition also included prints and sculpture.

Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition 2011 Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition
Gallery FIT
October 8 - 29, 2011

This exhibition showcased a selection of outstanding senior thesis presentations from the FIT Interior Design department’s four-year degree program. The program’s yearlong thesis project has two parts: a semester of research followed by a semester of design.


Stephen Gardner McSorely’s.Stephen Gardner - McSorely’s - 2011 The MFA Bridge Thesis Show 2011
Gallery FIT
September 2 - 24, 2011

The first-ever terminal degree at FIT, the MFA in Illustration, was a glint in the eyes of this first class of graduates as they pursued the MA in Illustration. They were enthusiastic, supportive, and patient. When approval for the new degree was granted, without skipping a beat, this extraordinary group of students signed on for an intensive and exciting year of study.

The MFA Bridge Thesis Show represents the culmination of a year of extended exploration into finding a unique voice and brand, as well as honing drawing and painting skills. The year also included a unique trip to the West Coast to visit film and entertainment studios, and to partake in studio visits with Los Angeles area illustrators whose markets and influences are markedly different from those here in New York City. The work in this exhibition represents all of these experiences and speaks to the level of study that graduate school elicits.
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