See Contemporary Art by Graduating New York Art Students

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Sorry the Movie Wasn’t That Good by Rebecca Orcutt. Photo: Artwork by Rebecca Orcutt; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

On view now until May 27, the New York Academy of Art’s MFA Thesis Exhibition features artwork by 56 graduating students who explore the art of “urgent, personal necessity and unique vision” (in the words of the academy’s president, David Kratz). Their works range from sculptures and paintings to graphite sketches.

The artists come from 23 different countries, including a Harvard-educated doctor who turned to painting, and many are already established — some have contributed to group or solo exhibitions in places like the Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery in London. Many of the pieces tell personal stories. For the painting Untitled, artist Leeanna Chipana traveled to Peru to revisit her background as the daughter of a Peruvian father and American mother. Rebecca Orcutt’s Sorry the Movie Wasn’t That Good takes a more comical first-person perspective, on a bad date: A woman holds the hand of a man whose face is hidden behind a big floral centerpiece.

Click ahead to see artwork from the exhibit.

Photo: Artwork by Rebecca Orcutt; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Sorry the Movie Wasn’t That Good by Rebecca Orcutt.

Photo: Artwork by Caitlin Armington; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Rooftop by Caitlin Armington.

Photo: Artwork by Leeanna Chipana; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Untitled by Leeanna Chipana.

Photo: Artwork by Nan Xu; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Till the End of Time by Nan Xu.

Photo: Artwork by Eve Palguta; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Regrets of a Broken Heart by Eve Palguta.

Photo: Artwork by Laura Noguera-Florez; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Picota by Laura Noguera-Florez.

Photo: Artwork by Lilla Dent; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Transition by Lilla Dent.

Photo: Artwork by Amina Kerimova; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

LIC by Amina Kerimova.

Photo: Artwork by Allison Hill-Edgar; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Milk by Allison Hill-Edgar.

Photo: Artwork by Lauren West; MFA 2017; Courtesy the New York Academy of Art

Left Right Behind by Lauren West.

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