Graduate Student Activities: Wylie Schwartz at station923

Join doctoral student and curator Wylie Schwartz at station923 on Friday, September 4, for an opening reception for Dara Engler’s show a pirate’s guide to survival. See below for more information or visit

station923 presents:

Dara Engler
a pirate’s guide to survival
Friday, September 4th from 6-9pm
Film screening at dark by the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

Station 923
923 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY

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Engler’s paintings are portraits of an alter ego, often rooted in exaggerations of her own experiences. Their loose narratives are allegorical, embracing human foible and the humor that comes with it. Her interest in the figure lies in these awkward obstacles to which we can all relate. Inspired by my time in Louisiana and Ithaca and by Karen Russell’s book St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves, this pirate has adopted the curiosity of Russell’s characters. She is skinning squirrels, spear fishing for sea lamprey, and learning to build wattle and daub shelter. She is an explorer, running into new creatures in new lands.

As an artist, Engler has always enjoyed constructing environments for her character before painting. They function as stage sets that are translated into two-dimensions again before they reach the audience. The things she previously considered to be props are now as much a part of the artwork as the paintings themselves and they should be shown together. In her paintings it is often unclear whether the figure is outside or whether the background is a backdrop in an imagined space. Her work plays with flatness, pattern and line juxtaposed with the rendered form. The paintings teeter between real and imagined worlds. The inclusion of the three-dimensional objects further clouds the line between fact and fiction.

For more info, visit:

How to Skin a Squirrel, 2014, oil on canvas, 33in. x 40in
Spearfishing for Sea Lamprey, 2014, oil on canvas, 36in. x 60in


Outdoor screening at dark:
presented by the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival
Love Eternal– Brendan Muldowney; 2013/ Ireland

For Ian Harding, death is natural- he’s been confronted to it his whole life, and as anyone would do, he’s trying to make sense of it. The isolated young man is beginning a quest: chasing the meaning of his life – And the only way to get there is to get as close to death as possible.

Based on Kei Oishi’s acclaimed novel In Love With The Dead, Brendan Muldowney’s film is an emotional tour de force. Despite the dark areas of the human mind explored form the first second of the first reel- the fascination of death transcends the film, and Muldowney’s achieves a level of pure and simple beauty that any filmmakers and cinematographers would only dream of. A one of a kind film, for a one of a kind story, it’s the art of cinema at its finest.

Watch the trailer here


923 E. Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY  14850

Parking is limited. Please park across the street at the Visitor Center Parking lot and walk over.