Show after show

These past two weeks, us AAP students were overwhelmed with amazement, exploring and running from galleries to studios to art expositions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

In Linda Norden‘s seminar, we visited the Francis Picabia show and ran downstairs to see Nan Goldin’s slideshow at The MoMA. We trekked to MoMA PS1, saw Mark Leckey’s expansive exhibition and finished our day pleasantly sitting and staring up inside of James Turrell’s celebrated Skyspace called Meeting. We also had another full day of exploration at the Independent New York and New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) where we had the opportunity to view as much art as possible in a short amount of time. The following week, we visited The Whitney Museum of American Art to meet with curator, Donna De Salvo. Later that day, we visited The Grey Art Gallery, NYU’s fine art museum for a tour of the show Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City.

Students with Linda Norden at The Grey Art Gallery. Photo / Kylie Corwin.

In Jane Benson‘s class, we visited Miguel Luciano and were lucky to hear him speak about his exhibition at BRIC (which stands for Brooklyn Information & Culture) which focused on Puerto Rican politics by displaying Schwinn bikes and gang iconography. We finished up the week with a visit to Diana Shpungin‘s studio and hearing her lecture about her projects with SITE:LAB, a creator of temporary site specific art projects. Finally, we ended the week with a visit to The Armory Show in Manhattan where we all felt inspired again in spite of feeling all “arted out.” On the following Friday we visited the 8th Floor Gallery in Chelsea to meet with the art director of the Rubin Foundation, Sara Reisman. 

Students at Miguel Luciano’s exhibition at BRIC in Brooklyn. Photo taken by Kylie Corwin.

In Masha Panteleyeva’s class, we have been learning about Robert Moses’ achievements in city planning and architecture. This week, we took a trip to Astoria, Queens to the Museum of the Moving Image to meet with one of its architects to learn about his architectural and design decisions and processes. In our studio class with Beverly Semmes, we displayed our figure model drawings in AAP NYC’s gallery, and had a successful critique on our third studio assignment.

Students at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Photo taken by Kylie Corwin.

We’re all doing well and excited about our surroundings, taking in NYC everyday. Some of us are involved with dancing, art classes, internships, the recent Cornell Fashion Collective, and more. We are missing our friends and colleagues up in Ithaca and hope they are enjoying the first snow day closing in 24 years.

Women in Leadership Statue


We woke up this morning to a new addition to our street. A brazen young girl staring unabashedly at the charging bull matching him in gaze and stance. The statue reads KNOW THE POWER OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP – SHE MAKES A DIFFERENCE, and will remain up for the next month. We caught a glimpse of her being installed in the early hours of the morning when there seemed to be a film crew monitoring the process of its installation and reception.



As for the message, it is one I wholly agree with, we live in a time when the discussions of equality of the sexes has come to the fore. Women are no longer content with getting the short end of the equality straw especially when it comes to the workplace. And although women have raised their hourly pay on average 1.5 cents since 2012 it is still 78 cents to every dollar a male works for the same position. And for minority women the situation is ever bleaker. That is why reminders like this are so important. It lets us know that the few women who do break through the mold should not be taken for granted rather they should be celebrated and used to inspire the next generation of young girls who want nothing more than equality. Read more about the State Street Advisors here.





The architecture students who enrolled in the DBOX taught visual representation class have produced portraits as the first assignment. The brief was to take inspiration from studio portrait photography or painting techniques, and to emulate the way the light hits the face in those formats. The intention was to help us to better understand the role of light and shadow on form, and how it can be used to highlight or recess features – a skill that also applies to architectural photography and visualization. In preparation, each student had several photographs taken of themselves with different lighting conditions at the DBOX studio. Using those pictures we were able to create striking portraits of ourselves while also learning valuable skills to be used down the road.





We couldn’t have asked for a better home for AAP NYC than 26 Broadway. Situated right in front of the Charging Bull in the heart of the FiDi. 26 Broadway is also known as the Standard Oil building which at one point was the home address for Alexander Hamilton and his wife. We currently occupy the 20th floor which offers us fantastic views of the Hudson and Liberty Island which can be viewed on the 24 hour live feed from here.

Currently there are a mixture of Architecture and Art students studying at AAP NYC, most of whom are new to the city. Our first day here Bob Balder, the NYC AAP Executive Director, had us all place pins on a map of where we are from and where we are staying in New York. It was interesting to see how people from all over the globe were congregated together on one island.

As we forge ahead with the semester we look forward to getting to know one another better and putting ourselves up for new challenges and experiences.

14 B.F.A.

It’s the beginning of AAP NYC’s second full week of classes and a lot has happened. We art students have all moved into our respective residences, in either apartments near our Wall Street area studio, the West Village (where I currently live), Midtown Manhattan, or other locations including Harlem, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Long Island. Everyday we adjust more to the rush of the Big Apple, the epicenter of the art world in which we now call home.

The days are extremely different than the ones at Cornell in Ithaca. B.F.A. students have four courses that we all take together, either additional studio time or an internship, and of course there is the entire city at our disposal.

Le-Tone Wei at AAP NYC

In our first course of the week with Masha Panteleyeva, we dove into the historical rise of the metropolis that is now New York City by focusing on its art and architectural developments.

In our studio class with Beverly Semmes, we began our move into the new space on 26 Broadway, reestablished our creative realms after winter break by working with clay, and listened to a ceramics lecture by artist Ann Agee.

In Linda Norden’s seminar, we have been discussing two artists: Kerry James Marshall, who recently showed his paintings at the Met Breuer and Arthur Jafa, whose video was displayed at Gavin Brown. This class has so far helped heighten our observational and critical skills as artists in NYC.

Lastly, in Jane Benson‘s NYC Seminar, we had a jam packed adventure in Brooklyn visiting two artist studios: Ellen Harvey and Blane De St. Croix. Our visits were a window into their exhilarating lives, witnessing their projects, developments, work space, and most of all, hearing stories of the long yet rewarding hike of being an artist.

Everyday is new and unique. From AAP NYC art classes to art classes and opportunities outside of Cornell to museum visiting and gallery hopping, every single one of us 14 B.F.A. students is taking advantage of the everyday experience of being a New York City artist. We are all very excited about all the people we will meet, art we will see and make, and the many more experiences that will come.

Sunset at 26 Broadway