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New Article in 19th-Century Art Worldwide from Alumnus Stephen Mandravelis

November 9, 2021

PhD Alumnus Stephen Mandravelis (2018) has a new article in the Autumn 2021 issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. “The American Agriculturist: Art and Agriculture in the United States’ First Illustrated Farming Journal, 1842–78” chronicles the visual history of the American Agriculturist (1842–51; 1853–present; New York City), the first farming periodical in the United States to widely embrace artistic engravings. Long recognized as one of the most popular and influential periodicals in the mid-nineteenth-century United States, the Agriculturist’s efforts to cultivate rural artistic taste has largely escaped investigation. This article recounts the development of the farming journal’s interest in art—reproductions of paintings, original compositions, and other pictorial images— and explores its careful positioning as a mediator between the spheres of practical agriculture and fine art.

Update from MFA Alumnus Ben Alper

July 2, 2018


Hands On Now Available + Exhibition in New York

I am happy to announce the release of my 4th artist book, Hands On, available now via Flat Space Books.  The book takes as its subject the gestural and poetic potential of hands.  You can read and see more about it over on the Flat Space site.

Hands On
Flat Space Books, 2018
28 pages, 14 black and white images
Softcover, saddle stitched
7 x 5 in. (17.78 x 12.7 cm.)
Edition of 50
Each book is printed and bound by the artist in Durham, NC
$20 (+ shipping)

Also, I’m excited to be in the group show I Surrender, Dear at Umbrella Arts.  The exhibition was curated by Frances Jakubek and explores aspects of how people navigate grief and loss. If you find yourself in New York on Tuesday, July 10th, stop by the opening and say hi.  Details in the image below.




































I Surrender, Dear
Umbrella Arts Gallery
317 E. 9th Street

Ben Alper