Launch party! Pirate Press’s third issue is now available!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! Third issue is available on August 29!
Claire Kroužecký and Christopher Rivera hard at work on the third issue, binding books. Thanks for letting us use your studio and binding machine, Paul Ramirez Jonas!
Check out this video by Cecilia Charlton, a BFA student at Hunter College. It showcases the unusual architecture of the MFA Building in Hell’s Kitchen.
A little excerpt from an interview with Hunter College Professor Andrea Blum for our next issue:
“I think the best thing about Hunter, I think I said earlier, is the student body. I think the support they have with and for each other is extraordinary. I think that’s what you leave with and that’s the gift. You get to have friends for the rest of your life. And you come out with a real community, and it’s not about being hot or not being hot, or being more successful or less successful. You come out with a real solid community of peers.”
Hunter MFA Professor Juan Sanchez shares a story about the program’s move to the sparkling new 205 Hudson location:
“I came across a student earlier today and he told me he started painting and that he messed up the floor a little and now he’s beginning to feel at home. Don’t expect that the white walls are going to stay white. When we started moving stuff into the print shop, we were laughing because there were already fingerprints on the wall, grease. We baptized the building! I think it’s just going to be another reality that everyone of us is going to be experiencing, kind of making it up as we go along.”
Our next issue features the Hunter MFA program and its move from Hell’s Kitchen to Tribeca. We are putting together an ode to the building and the program’s history. Our first adventure was an interview with Joel Carreiro, the program’s Director who was also a professor and grad student. He’s seen it all. Here’s a little excerpt:
“So what I tried to do with Hunter’s MFA program is hold onto the crazy. Not the bad part of the crazy, not professors sleeping with students, not crazy drinking and drug taking. But that hybrid, crazy exchange of ideas, permission granted to try it. To try to hold onto the personality of the program, while institutionalizing enough to survive. And that’s what we’ll try to do moving down to 205 Hudson too.”
Hope you can join us for the launch of our third issue, “450 West 41st Street.” Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/160092047513198/