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2010-11 Student / Faculty Exhibitions

Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2011
Hurly-Burly MA in Illustration 2011
Lightness: FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition
Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89
MA illustration 2011 Hurly-Burly MA in Illustration 2011
Gallery FIT
June 8 - July 2, 2011

Hurly-Burly was an exciting collection of works by the fifth class of MA in Illustration graduates from the School of Graduate Studies. These illustrations reflected the independently-minded mission of the program. The bustle of the classroom gave way to walls rich with a broad range of media and ideas. Along the way, deep bonds, lasting friendships, and collaborations were born and will flourish.? The show represented a unique group of students who embodied diversity in their backgrounds, as well as their influences. The confluence of cultures elicited a rich environment that provided a platform for growth on levels that extended far beyond the printed page.
Art and Design exhbition MFITKatie Sacchi - soft toy “Alex” - Photograph by Guenter Knop. Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition 2011
May 11 - 24, 2011

This show presented the work of more than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art & Design and was 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.

Vivienne Westwood rocking horse boot MFIT Museum at FITVivienne Westwood - “Rocking
Horse” boots - leather and wood -
1987, England - Gift of Francisco
Melendez A.K.A. Francois.

Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89
Gallery FIT
March 8, 2011 - April 2, 2011
Visit the Online Exhibition or learn more about this exhibition

Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89 focused exclusively on Westwood’s fashions of the 1980s and highlighted the significant shift in Westwood’s design style during this decade. Her work of the early 1980s was prominently featured in edgy magazines such as i-D, and her following was comprised mainly of street-style insiders. By 1985, her more structured, feminine, and historically-inspired styles began to attract the attention of the mainstream press and widened Westwood’s audience. The exhibition included a unisex ensemble from the Pirate collection (1981), a woman’s ensemble from the influential Buffalo collection (1982) and a pair of Westwood’s iconic “Rocking Horse” boots from the Harris Tweed collection (1987). Editorial photographs from magazines such as The Face and British Vogue further illuminated Westwood’s impact on 1980s fashion, as did the runway footage and video interviews with the designer.

  Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89 was organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.
go to and play mfit media design club exhibition gotoAndPlay();
A Selection of Innovative Graphic Design Projects with Game-like Qualities

Gallery FIT
January 28 - February 12, 2011

The exhibition gotoAndPlay(); reflected the youthful vision of the young designers in the Media Design Club at FIT. It included a selection of interactive and time-based design projects with game-like qualities which engaged audiences in a playful, charismatic, and compelling manner. Approximately 120 projects from 100 students were reviewed, and the Exhibition Planning Committee of the department of Communication Design selected the top 30 pieces for the exhibition. The exhibition also included an award-winning poster series by Professor Rocco Piscatello.
MFIT Faculty show lightness FITJessica Wynne - Trurobay - 2010 Lightness: FIT Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Gallery FIT
November 13, 2010 - December 11, 2010
Visit the exhibition website

The focus of Lightness was to embrace, explore, and exploit the many meanings, interpretations, and associations of "Lightness". Lightness is a theme that emerges in many cultures, world religions, and ideologies. Ideas of lightness have also been explored by philosophers and writers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Milan Kundera. Some definitions of lightness: blaze, glow, sparkle, illumination, weightlessness, buoyancy, levity, play, joy, grace, agility, ease, freedom, light in value, light in color, light as a feather.
interior design FIT MFIT Interior Design Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition
Gallery FIT
October 6 - 30, 2010

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.