“ID: Formations of the Self” Opens September 16 at Shirley Fiterman Art Center

La Bajada Red by Athena LaTocha
Athena LaTocha, "La Bajada Red" (Installation view), 2016-17, Sumi and walnut ink, La Bajada earth on paper, Image courtesy of artist

August 19, 2020

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) is pleased to announce the opening of a unique exhibition, “ID: Formations of the Self.”

Responding to the age of COVID in New York City, the artwork will be visible through the exterior storefront windows of Fiterman Hall, and can be viewed from September 16 through January 15.

Head Bowed in Assembled Construction, artwork by Christie Neptune
Christie Neptune, “Head Bowed in Assembled Construction,” 2018, Digital Chromogenic Print, Image courtesy of artist

“Like so many art, culture and educational institutions, the Shirley Fiterman Art Center has remained closed due to the current pandemic,” says SFAC Director Lisa Panzera. “This separation from art and social activity has created for many an acute longing to physically connect with people, artwork and tangible experiences in real time and space. In an effort to bridge this gap and offer a safe experience, the Shirley Fiterman Art Center is mounting an exhibition fully visible from the exterior of Fiterman Hall through large street front windows on Barclay Street, Park Place, and West Broadway.”

The exhibition and exhibition brochure, as well as related video content, will also be fully available online (pending as of August 19).

ID: Formations of the Self focuses on the work of eight artists who work in a broad range of mediums.

Four Rings, artwork by Joan Semmel
Joan Semmel, “Four Rings,” 2003, Oil on canvas, Image courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York, © Joan Semmel/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The participating artists are LaKela Brown, Rachelle Dang, Jesse Harrod, Athena LaTocha, Emily Velez Nelms, Christie Neptune, Anna Plesset and Joan Semmel.

“Each of these artists investigates aspects of identity and the ways in which individuals are shaped,” says Panzera. “Through explorations of place, gender, race, sexuality, the body, cultural traditions, and social and personal histories, each artist offers insight into how these elements inform and constitute our individual selves. Their works reveal the multiple overlapping facets and complex intersections that constitute our identities.”

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center is located at 81 Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan, New York, New York 10017.



About the Shirley Fiterman Art Center

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center of Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, isdedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming  through which it seeks to promote and enrich the educational mission of BMCC and serve as a resource for the college and Lower Manhattan communities. The Fiterman Art Center believes strongly in the role of education and advocacy through art, including matters of identity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, and in the preservation of the artistic and historic legacies of Tribeca and Lower Manhattan.

For more information, visit the Shirley Fiterman Art Center.




  • Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC) at BMCC presents a unique exhibition, ID: Formations of the Self
  • Artwork will be viewed through the exterior storefront windows of Fiterman Hall,  from September 16 through January 15
  • The eight featured artists investigate identity through place, gender, race, sexuality, the body, cultural traditions, and social and personal histories

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