Senior Associate for Public Programs and New Initiatives
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 MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ; Valentine Gallery, Queens, NY; Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA; DiVA Fair Miami and the Bridge Art Fair, London, among others. Her work has been published in Direct Art magazine and the architecture journals Nova Organa, KTISMA and Ampersand. She has curated exhibitions for the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, NY Studio Gallery, NYC, and the Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University, NYC, as well as assisting with the exhibition and publication for the James Frazer Stirling retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. She has been an invited speaker and participant at events at the New School, the CUNY Graduate Center, Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY, and Pace University where she has also taught. She is currently an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Baruch College.
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 2013-2014
The ongoing series of paintings, “Threshold Compositions”, depict slivers and cropped views of unknown spaces situated between the macro- and microscopic. Influenced by Piranesi’s Carceri (Prisons) series and the emergent philosophy of Speculative Realism, the paintings embrace slowness where each action persists as an after-image. The act of layering becomes a mechanism for containment – a process by which the mapping of movement is captured and catalogued. The illusionistic patches of fur serve to disrupt the abstract geometric field and sharply pull the image into a flat and realistic terrain. Within all these layers is the latent energy of an ever shifting and morphing space. 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.