Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition

The Art.Write.Now.2018 National Exhibition features the most creative visual and literary works by teens from across the country. These young artists received top honors in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which were adjudicated this year by dozens of notable artists and writers including Paul Chan, Marc Brown, Kulapat Yantrasast, Christiane Paul, Mel Kendrick, Sharon Hayes, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Jakab  Orsós, Tyehimba Jess, Lisa Lucas, Ocean Vuong, and Jennifer A. Nielsen. The exhibition spans two locations in New York City – the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and …

Parsons Festival 2018

The Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public. The festival takes place at the end of each academic year and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought-provoking public programs, interactive installations, gallery openings, workshops, and special events leading up to Commencement. The School of Design Strategies’ Integrated Design Program capstone exhibition is shown in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries and the Art and Design History and Theory MADS exhibition is on view in the hallway of the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries….

Vital Vogue: A Biological Perspective on Fashion

In 1940, the psychoanalyst, political theorist, biologist, and pioneer of body therapies Wilhelm Reich taught at The New School for Social Research. His course “Character Formation: Biological and Sociological Aspects” introduced students to the outlines of Reich’s theories of psychosomatic dynamics, and how the psyche is caught between the bioelectrical energies of the body and social currents, between freedom and fear, sexuality and fascism. This project asks the question, “How could Reich’s ideas be interpreted by a student of fashion, and put to use in the realm of dress?” Reich’s focus on embodiment and cognition, material agency and the vibrancy…

TEST BED: a Modern Abaton

TEST BED: a Modern Abaton is an installation, an exhibition, and a series of fourteen public performances and dialogues on the interaction of space, the slumbering body, and the accessories of sleep. TEST BED, the installation, transforms the gallery into a modern abaton, a space the ancient Greeks dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing, and devoted to collective therapeutic sleep and prophetic dreaming. TEST BED encourages visitors to engage in self-directed as well as collective repose; to recline, nap, or daydream utilizing “soft tools” – cushions, pillows, headrests, etc. – that are hung on the walls and scattered on the felted…

The Ocean After Nature

THE KELLEN GALLERY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO AN ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE BUILDING. UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AS THEY ARE RECEIVED – PLEASE CHECK BACK.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world. Featuring work by 20 artists and collectives in a variety of media — including photography, video, sculpture, and design — the exhibition explores new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities…

In Human Time: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Whale Bay, Antarctica No. 4, 84×144, 2016 (reproduction) Zaria Forman Window installation (galleries closed, installation viewable from the street) December 20, 2017 – January 15, 2018 88 Cores  Peggy Weil January 19, 2018 – February 11, 2018 Closed Saturday, Jan 20; Sunday, Jan 21 – open 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm In Human Time, the first exhibition of the Climate Museum, explores intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time through video and photography installations by artists Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil. It also includes a timeline with artifacts relating the physical history of the Arctic to its significant influence on…

Governing Bodies

“Governing Bodies” is a collaborative group show that tests democratic mechanisms in creative practice. Inspired by the United States’ 2016 national election, “Governing Bodies” began as a process to enhance community and to dissect democratic decision making. Over nine weeks, the artists in the exhibition met weekly to make work using a variety of voting processes, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of collective consensus. “Governing Bodies” features work from current Parsons MFA Photography students Zeshan Ahmed, Maryanne Braine, Siho Chang, Amanda Field, Shannon Finnell, Isadora Frost, Hannah Harley, María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid, Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong, Mónika Izing, Jenna…

Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization

Recognized for her long-term project Seeds of Change, Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization, is Alves’ first presentation of the work in the Americas. This iterations focuses on flora local to New York. Alves’ Seeds of Change studies colonialism, slavery, and the global commerce of goods through the lens of displaced plants in ballast—the waste material historically used to balance ships in maritime trade. Dumped in ports at the end of passages, ballast often carried “dormant” seeds collected from its place of origin that remained in the soil for hundreds of years before germinating and growing. Alves identifies the seeds…

(under)REPRESENT(ed)

(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that features Parsons School of Design alumni of color whose creative practices explore the lived experience of race and aim to dismantle systems of racism.  Initiated and organized by a collective of alumni of color, this exhibition features a range of disciplines which simultaneously address and resist the systemic exclusion that prevails in educational and professional institutions and practices. The Parsons alumni featured in the exhibition are: Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology ’14 Rikki Byrd, MA Fashion Studies ’16 Raquel de Anda, MS Design and Urban Ecologies ’15 Nelson de Jesus Ubri, BFA Architectural Design…

A Working Model of the World

A Working Model of the World explores the human impulse to model. It asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach. The exhibition emphasizes ‘model’ as a verb, showing that modelling is an activity that unifies all human beings – from children rolling dough to ecologists predicting rising sea-levels. The artists in the exhibition, from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, examine the practical and symbolic work that models perform and the small worlds that models create, inviting a conversation between different forms of material thinking. Featured artists are Brook Andrew, Corinne May Botz, Ian Burns, Maria…