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Baruch College Hosts Artist Jillian McDonald Lecture and Closing Reception
Start Date: 5/5/2014Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 5/5/2014End Time: 10:30 PM
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Event Description:
Jillian McDonald: Something Wicked (This Way Comes) Lecture and Closing Reception

NEW YORK, NY- April 28, 2014 – The New Media Artspace at Baruch College invites you to a lecture by new media artist Jillian McDonald on Monday, May 5 at 8pm in the Baruch Performing Arts Cetner. A reception will follow the lecture. This evening is organized in conjunction with the closing of McDonald’s solo exhibition at the New Media Artspace, Something Wicked (This Way Comes), curated by Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College.


Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who lives in New York where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Pace University. In the four new works on view in the exhibition, McDonald extends her longstanding examination of archetypal motifs and themes from horror films and cautionary tales.  While her work draws inspiration from the horror genre and its surrounding fan culture, this latest series, shot on location in Scotland, notably abandons the character-driven formula that marks the genre’s plot progression.  Instead each video progresses, compellingly, by focusing solely on landscapes devoid of human life. Although deserted, these lush spaces roll with subtle continuous motion. Movements of birds, fog and breeze permeate magnificent scenery, taking on eerie significance, while relentless edits build suspense in a plot-less progression without end.

In these videos the paranormal achieves literal meaning.  The paranormal is “para” – which is to say it is the surroundings, in the landscape itself.  Placing the otherworldly in the world, McDonald portrays it as neither ghoulish nor mundane, but rather sublime.  Her breathtaking scenery appears at once bewitching and bewitched.

McDonald’s shows and projects include the Esker Foundation in Calgary; Moti Hasson Gallery, Jack the Pelican Presents, and vertexList in New York; The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; Hallwalls in Buffalo; La Sala Narañja in Valencia, Spain. Her work has been included in group exhibitions and festivals at The Chelsea Museum and The Whitney Museum's Artport in New York, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venezuela, The Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France.

This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: An artist lecture by Jillian McDonald

WHEN: Monday, May 5, 8:00pm

WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center,  55 Lexington Ave. (Enter on 25th St., between 3rd and Lex.)

About the New Media Artspace: The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.

Gallery Location:  New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Gallery Hours: The New Media Artspace is open to the Baruch College community during regular library hours. For this week's public hours, please check the gallery website:

About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY)) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,
Celene McDermott, (646) 660-6134,

Location Information:
Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus  (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Engelman Recital Hall
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