On Monday New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) announced that the conceptual artist and Rhizome founder Mark Tribe had been selected to chair the MFA program in its Fine Arts Department, a role he’ll officially take on July 1. He has already been a faculty member in the SVA Art Practice Department’s MFA program since 2011, and served as a thesis adviser in the Photography, Video and Related Media Department’s MFA track in the early-aughts.
“My main goals as chair of this department will be to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary culture and to encourage students to take risks,” Tribe said in a statement. “What excites me most about this position is the opportunity to participate in a conversation.”
“Mark has proven himself an innovator in the truest sense of the term,” SVA president David Rhodes wrote in an email to the school’s staff and students. “As an artist, writer and frequent lecturer on art, politics and technology, he has also distinguished himself as an essential guide to our culture. I’m confident he will bring the same passion and critical acumen to his new role at SVA.”
Meanwhile Tribe’s collaboration with Chelsea Knight, “Posse Comitatus” — which tracks the training activities of American militia groups — remains on view at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo through September 9.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo via Mark Tribe.)