Coordinator of Student Exhibitions and Special Projects
Emmy Mikelson is the Senior Associate for Public Programs and New Initiatives in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, where she administers the development of summer programs and the public events and lectures sponsored by the School of Architecture. She is the editor of the school's annual newsletter and manages the production of long reports, and administers other various projects and research.
In addition to her work at The Cooper Union, she is a visual artist and curator. She received her BFA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and recently received the Italian award the 2014 Celeste Prize in Painting. Her paintings have appeared in the magazines Fresh Paint, Paint Pulse, 491 and The Round: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts (Brown University). She has also published text and paintings in the architecture journals Nova Organa, KTISMA, T3xture, Moinopolis, among others. She has been an invited speaker at Parsons the New School for Design; Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY; Pace University, NYC; and she was a guest curator for the James Gallery at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She currently teaches in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Baruch College, CUNY.
Projects & Links
And Another Thing
The exhibition “And Another Thing,” took its inspiration from the philosophy of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology. The main focus was the central tenet of non-anthropocentricism, which posits objects as specific, self-contained and non-reducible, and repositions human subjects as just another thing, no more or less important than any other. Exhibiting artists included: Carl Andre, Laura Carton, Valie Export, Regina José Galindo, Tom Kotik, Mary Lucking, Bruce Nauman, Grit Ruhland, Anthony Titus, Ruslan Trusewych, and Zimoun.
Related programming included lectures by: Bernard Stiegler (École de Philosophie d’Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, IRI, Georges Pompidou Center ), Graham Harman (Philosophy, The American University of Cairo ), Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University ), Noortje Marres (Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London), and David Turnbull (Architecture, The Cooper Union ; ATOPIA).
Guest Curators: Katherine Behar and Emmy Mikelson
The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center.
Threshold Compositions Series
The ongoing painting series titled "Threshold Compositions," is influenced by Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione and the philosophy of Speculative Realism (SR). One of the recurring points in SR is the idea of a flat ontology. In the paintings, this idea is approached through an abstract language. These works are meant to hover between the familiar and unfamiliar; they point to an unstable and hallucinogenic space where the distinctions between buildings, bodies, skin and sky have dissolved.