Learned Behaviors

NEW YORK, NY - November 23, 2015 - Baruch College presents Learned Behaviors, a capstone exhibition of the New Media Arts undergraduate minor. Curated by student artists Sarafina Charlier, Lillian Cheng, Ashley Gilbert, Stuart Klein, Michael Kwan, Chenelle Lloyd, Mai Matsumoto, Daniel Perez, and Darshanie Sukhram, Learned Behaviors presents a diverse collection of new media artworks using video, animation, sound, and photography.

The exhibit will open on December 14, 2015 and will be on view through February 3, 2016 at the New Media Artspace. An opening reception and informal discussion with the student artists will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the New Media Artspace and in room 320 of the Newman Library and Information Building.

Learned Behaviors seeks to explore how we experience our lives through emotions, leading to filtered perceptions and programmed reactions. In the pursuit of individual and collective happiness, we deal with behaviors that are almost tattooed into our own individualities. Each floor of the exhibition portrays a different theme from Learned Behaviors, including Emotions, Society, Introspection, and Expectations.

On the second floor of the New Media Artspace, Emotions, we find Lillian Cheng's Facing Emotion, which addresses the notion that self-blame can lead to depression; Michael Kwan's A Day in the Life, which shows how individuals are constantly being bombarded with external stimuli; and Mai Matsumoto's The Sound of Emotion which focuses on the effects of musical sound on emotions.

The third floor, Society, presents Daniel Perez's King, displaying the struggles and stigmas-true or false-associated with Latino culture in New York City; and Darshanie Sukhram's Void in Space, bringing up the dangers of using too much technology and questioning how human interactions are fading with the rapid advancements of technology.

The fourth floor, Introspection, asks viewers to go into depth about their own thoughts. Sarafina Charlier's Mirrored focuses on the way that people subconsciously think about the image they project into the world, while Ashley Gilbert's Changing Faces creates a moving portrait with rich imagery depicting the process and internal voice of a makeup artist.

On the fifth floor, Expectations, viewers will experience Stuart Klein's Spaceman Chet's Commute to Work, which takes viewers on an exciting adventure away from a typical and mundane commute. Last but not least, Chenelle Lloyd's Beware presents a plot that makes viewers question clichés.


The artists completed their work under the supervision of Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College. This capstone exhibition represents their conclusion of Baruch's undergraduate minor in New Media Arts.


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 CUNY community during regular library hours. Members of the public may request access to the New Media Artspace at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. For this week's public hours, please check the gallery website: www.newmediartspace.info or dial a docent at 646-312-1664.

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.


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 http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.


Kirk Petersen, (646) 660-6124, kirk.petersen@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

Evelisse Luciano, (646) 660-6134, evelisse.luciano@baruch.cuny.edu