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     April 2007

Talk & Tour: Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness
Talking Trade @ FIT: “The Greening of the International Textile
and Apparel Industry”
Talk & Tour: Lilly Daché: Glamour at the Drop of a Hat
Holocaust Commemoration Event: “Survivors of Genocide”
Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness
“SKIN + BONES: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture”
Sustainability Conference
Faculty Senate Meeting
Lilly Daché: Glamour at the Drop of a Hat
Home Products Development Breakfast
Graphically Speaking: “The Comix of Dean Haspiel”
Faculty Mentoring
Art Market: Principles and Practices Exhibition: Impossibly Familiar
Reading: “Poetry/Art/Lust/Hell”
Fashion and Textile History Gallery: She's Like a Rainbow
Faculty and Staff Exhibition: Interiorscapes

Photography Faculty Member Conducts Seminars
Illustration Faculty Member Gives Lecture
Art and Design Faculty Member’s Solo Show
Admissions Employees Present at International Conference
Fashion and Textile Studies Sponsors Lecture
Famous Portrait Painter Visits FIT
Illustration Club Hosts Art Clinic, Meets Yogi Berra
Fashion Design Students Attend Runway Show, Create DVD
Educational Opportunity Programs News
Faculty Member’s Work Highlighted in Magazines
Faculty Member Designs Washington Restaurant
Textile/Surface Design Faculty Member’s Solo Show

Curtis Dixon Named Director of Security
Internal Auditor Is Appointed
New Interlibrary Loan Service at Gladys Marcus
New WEI Workshops

EVENTS

TALK & TOUR: RALPH RUCCI: THE ART OF WEIGHTLESSNESS
April 10, 6-7 pm
The Museum at FIT
Valerie Steele, The Museum at FIT, leads this guided tour of Ralph Rucci, the last before the exhibition closes, on April 14. Rucci, an FIT alumnus, was recently honored by the museum’s Couture Council with their first Award for Artistry of Fashion. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information or to register, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum, or contact 75958, museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: “THE GREENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE
AND APPAREL INDUSTRY”

April 10, 6:30-8 pm
David Dubinsky Center, eighth floor, alcove
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM). Mark Messura, executive vice president of the global product supply chain division, Cotton Incorporated, will discuss the latest trends in environmental and ethical responsibility in the fashion business. For more information, contact Christine Pomeranz, ITM, 73323.

TALK & TOUR: LILLY DACHÉ: GLAMOUR AT THE DROP OF A HAT
April 11 and 17, 6-7 pm
The Museum at FIT
The Museum at FIT is offering two guided tours of Lilly Daché, the 2007 exhibition curated by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice. Vanessa Arlak, Fashion and Textile Studies ’07, will lead the April 11 tour; Erin Lindstrom, Fashion and Textile Studies ’07, will lead the April 17 tour. These events are free and open to the general public. For more information or to register, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum, or contact 75958, museuminfo@fitnyc.edu.

HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION EVENT: “SURVIVORS OF GENOCIDE”
April 12, 1-2 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The College-wide Committee on Diversity presents its sixth annual Holocaust Commemoration Event, “Survivors of Genocide.” David Gewirtzman, survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and Eugenie Mukeshimana, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will share their experiences of deprivation and perseverance. Together and separately, the two have spoken at the United Nations, the Kennedy Center, and interfaith group meetings and universities worldwide. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CNN, NBC, and PBS. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Roberta Paley, Social Sciences, 78766.

RALPH RUCCI: THE ART OF WEIGHTLESSNESS
Through April 14
The Museum at FIT
Ralph Rucci celebrates the work of the acclaimed haute couture designer and FIT alumnus. This exhibition was made possible in part through the generosity of the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

“SKIN + BONES: PARALLEL PRACTICES IN FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE”
April 18, 6-8 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
A panel discussion organized by The Museum at FIT and the Bard Graduate Center, “SKIN + BONES” takes a look at how contemporary architects look to fashion and techniques of tailoring as they attempt to achieve increasingly complex forms. Participants include Brooke Hodge, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Patricia Mears, The Museum at FIT; and Susan Sidlauskas, associate professor of art history at Rutgers University. $25 for the general public, $17 for non-FIT students and senior citizens, and free to all FIT students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum. To register, contact the Bard Graduate Center, 212 501.3011, programs@bgc.bard.edu.

SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE
April 19, 9 am-6 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The FIT Sustainability Group presents its first conference, “An Introduction to Sustainable Business and Design,” designed to involve and inspire the college community to create a more sustainable campus, home, and workplace. The daylong event will include an industry panel discussion, FIT faculty panel, sustainable fashion show, exhibition of sustainability-themed student work, and reception. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityatfit, or contact Georgia Kalivas, Textile Development and Marketing, 77143; or Artie Kopelman, Science and Mathematics, 77280.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
April 19, 1-2 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor, alcove
All faculty are invited to attend. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, Faculty Services, 77793.

LILLY DACHÉ: GLAMOUR AT THE DROP OF A HAT
Through April 21
The Museum at FIT
An exhibition curated by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, Lilly Daché examines the work of the celebrated Parisian milliner. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

HOME PRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST
April 23, 7-9 am
Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street
Home Products Development hosts its 11th annual fundraising breakfast, supporting scholarships and student technology expenses and recognizing leaders in the field. This year’s honorees are Peter Cameron, CEO of Waterford Wedgewood; Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams of the Mitchell Gold Co.; and Marvin Hopkins, president and CEO of Hunter Douglas. The event will be emceed by Warren Shoulberg, publisher and editor-in-chief of HFN. For more information, contact Anne Appel, Home Products Development, 78487.

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: “THE COMIX OF DEAN HASPIEL”
April 23, 6:30-7:30 pm
David Dubinsky Student Center, eighth floor, alcove
The latest in a series of talks sponsored by Communication Design. Graphic novelist Dean Haspiel will discuss his work, which includes collaborations with writers Jonathan Ames and Harvey Pekar. For more information, contact Kingsley Parker, Communication Design, 78967.

FACULTY MENTORING
April 24, 5-6 pm
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Room B502
All FIT faculty are encouraged to attend this final mentoring session for the spring 2007 semester. Topics to be discussed include academic integrity issues and the student evaluation process. Presenters include Leonard Bess, Fashion Design; Yuni Kawamura, Social Sciences; and Joseph Maiorca, Health and Physical Education. For more information, contact Joseph Maiorca, 77724.

ART MARKET: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES EXHIBITION: IMPOSSIBLY FAMILIAR
April 26
Art Gotham, 547 West 27th Street, fifth floor
The annual exhibition curated by graduate students in Art Market: Principles and Practices, Impossibly Familiar showcases the work of artists interested in teasing our ability to decipher experience. This exhibition will run through May 19; gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm. An opening reception will be held April 26, 6-8 pm. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/impossiblyfamiliar, or contact Beth Miller Servetar, Art Market: Principles and Practices.

READING: “POETRY/ART/LUST/HELL”
April 27, 1-2 pm
Room A506
All are invited to attend this dramatic, bilingual (English/Italian) reading of the fifth canto of Dante’s Inferno, “The Circle of the Carnal Sinners,” performed by Foreign Languages faculty. The event will also feature illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy by Bri Hermanson, Graduate Illustration ’07 and SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipient. Hermanson will be on hand to discuss her work. For more information, contact James Cascaito, Foreign Languages, 78975; or Melanie Reim, Art and Design, 78072.

FASHION AND TEXTILE HISTORY GALLERY: SHE’S LIKE A RAINBOW
Through May 4
The Museum at FIT
She’s Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, the latest rotation at the museum’s permanent Fashion and Textile History Gallery, explores the history, symbolism, science, and psychology of color in fashion. This exhibition was made possible in part through the generosity of ELLE magazine and Redken NYC; additional support was provided by the Couture Council. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION: INTERIORSCAPES
Through September
Lynn and Carl Goldstein Exhibition Gallery (Marvin Feldman Center, ninth floor)
The annual exhibition of artworks by FIT faculty and staff, this year's theme is the interpretation of real and imagined interior environments.

NEWS

PHOTOGRAPHY FACULTY MEMBER CONDUCTS SEMINARS
David Wagner, Photography, will be conducting two upcoming seminars at Calumet Photography, 222 West 22nd Street. The first, on April 4, will cover the basics of digital photography and how to photograph typical consumer products and printed matter. The second, on April 11, will cover digital post-production techniques, including digitally rebuilding corners and edges, perspective correction, restoring shadow, and silhouetting. For more information, contact David Wagner.

ILLUSTRATION FACULTY MEMBER GIVES LECTURE
Morton Kaish, Illustration, will present his lecture, “Nudes, Landscapes, and Interiors: A Personal Journey,” at the Art Students League on April 21. His lecture will be followed by a group discussion and critique of the attendees’ work. For more information, contact Morton Kaish, 212 595.6815.

ART AND DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER’S SOLO SHOW
Sara Petitt, Fabric Styling and Textile/Surface Design, will be exhibiting recent work in Two Degrees of Separation, a solo show running April 24-May 14 at the Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25th Street. For more information, contact Sara Pettit.

ADMISSIONS EMPLOYEES PRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Anthony DiPaola and Leah Modigliani, Admissions, have been invited to present papers at “Layering,” an International Association of Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) conference hosted by the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus, June 4-9.
DiPaola and Modigliani will participate on the “New Constructions of Disintegration: Art in the New Globalism” panel. For more information, visit www.iapl.info, or contact Anthony DiPaola, 73768.


FASHION AND TEXTILE STUDIES SPONSORS LECTURE
On March 26, Rebecca Jumper Matheson, research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and recent graduate of Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, gave a lecture, “A House That Is Made of Hats: The Lilly Daché Building, 1937-1968,” at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in Manhattan. Matheson’s lecture was cosponsored by the Fashion and Textile Studies Department, and offered in conjunction with the current Museum at FIT exhibition, Lilly Daché: Glamour at the Drop of a Hat, curated by students in the program.

FAMOUS PORTRAIT PAINTER VISITS FIT
On March 13, the Graduate Illustration Department hosted an evening with Everett Raymond Kinstler, celebrated portrait artist. Kinstler has painted commissioned portraits of Tony Bennett, Katharine Hepburn, and John Wayne; his paintings of presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan are the official White House portraits. To a full audience, he talked about his fifty-year career, his beginnings as a comic book artist, and the years he spent as an illustrator. For more information, contact
Melanie Reim, Art and Design, 78072.


ILLUSTRATION CLUB HOSTS ART CLINIC, MEETS YOGI BERRA
On February 19, Tony Capparelli, Illustration, and the Illustration Club hosted an art clinic for children ages 5-13 at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Montclair, NJ. Capparelli and students Alexander Canon, Amelia Charles, Jeff Liu, and Shane McNamara taught a figure drawing lesson, featuring the New Jersey Devils’ mascot as the life model. Yogi Berra was on hand for the event, and posed for photos with the club. For more information, contact Tony Capparelli.

FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS ATTEND RUNWAY SHOW, CREATE DVD
In January, Sandra Markus, Fashion Design, accompanied four Fashion Design students specializing in children’s wear to Pitti Bimbo, a children’s wear runway show in Florence, Italy. Ashley Berger, Annie Nichols, Natalie Pyper, and Jamie Szramowski took a digital camera class beforehand, familiarizing themselves with techniques for runway photography. A DVD of their Pitti Bimbo shots, which both presents the show and forecasts future trends in children’s wear, was presented to graduating AAS and BFA Fashion Design students. For more information, contact Sandra Markus.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS NEWS
Educational Opportunity Programs’ (EOP) Art and Design Prep Program—an intensive, ten-week course of study for underserved high school students with an interest in art and design—began its second session in mid-March. The program focuses on college guidance, fashion illustration, life drawing, and portfolio preparation. Three high school seniors participating in EOP’s High School Partnership Program were recently honored with the National Design Museum’s Lehman Scholarship Award. Estebanie Franco, Feride Ozoy, and Nina Pickney have each received an $1,800 stipend, and free access to the museum’s design workshops and lectures for the remainder of the spring semester.

FACULTY MEMBER’S WORK HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINES
The display and office lighting work of Adam Hayes, Interior Design, was recognized in two recent issues of VM+SD and LA+A magazines, trade publications for the design, display, and lighting industries. For more information, contact Adam Hayes.

FACULTY MEMBER DESIGNS WASHINGTON RESTAURANT
Haeran Ku, Interior Design, recently completed design work on Yama Galleria, a Japanese restaurant in Bellevue, WA. For more information, contact Haeran Ku.

TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN FACULTY MEMBER’S SOLO SHOW
NETSCAPES, a collection of recent works by Leora Klaymer Stewart, Textile/Surface Design, will be on view at the 2/20 Gallery, in Manhattan, in early 2008. For more information, contact Leora Klaymer Stewart.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CURTIS DIXON NAMED DIRECTOR OF SECURITY
Harvey Spector, Finance and Operations, has announced the appointment of Curtis Dixon to the position of director of Security. Dixon joined FIT in 2006 as deputy director of Security, and has served as acting director since the former director’s retirement last year. He has an extensive background in law enforcement, including 26 years with the New York City Police Department.

INTERNAL AUDITOR IS APPOINTED
President Joyce F. Brown has announced the appointment of David Rankert to the newly created position of internal auditor. As internal auditor, Rankert is responsible for designing and implementing an audit plan and internal control program to ensure compliance and consistency with the college’s many policies and procedures, laws, and external regulations. He will conduct financial and operational audits, act as liaison with governmental agencies, and provide audit expertise and assistance as the college continues its implementation of the strategic plan. Rankert previously served as acting director of internal audit at the City University of New York. To read President Brown’s memo on the appointment, visit InsideFIT here.

NEW INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICE AT GLADYS MARCUS
ILLiad, the interlibrary loan service, is now available to all FIT students, faculty, and staff. Books, photocopies of articles, or other materials not included in the Gladys Marcus Library’s collections may be requested through this online resource. For more information, visit the library's website here, or contact Paul Lajoie, Gladys Marcus Library, 75700.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff. Workshop dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information or to register, contact
Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 73662.




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