January 29, 2010 - April 9, 2010

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

Related Public Programs

Stories: Pablo Helguera: What in the World
Date: February 24, 2010 6:30 p.m.

Stories: Aleksandra Wagner Goes West
March 3, 2010 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


The Storyteller: Film


Included in The Storyteller are various films exploring the use of narrative in contemporary art.  Separate screenings of those films will be held in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue @ 13th Street.

Friday, February 5

2:30 pm – The Battle of Orgreave by Jeremy Deller and Mike

Deller re-stages the violent clash in 1984 of police and striking workers of a coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, with some of the original participants.  The video combines documentation of the re-enactment by filmmaker Mike Figgis, interviews with the participants and photographic stills of the
original altercation.

4:00 pm – What’s the Time in Vyborg? by Liisa

Vyborg, on the Russo-Finnish border, is the home to a municipal library built in 1933 by the great modernist architect, Alvar Aalto.  Roberts invited teenagers to collaboratively develop an artistic response to a joint Russo-Finnish initiative to restore the library.  The film documents some of the
components of this project, the teens’ poetic form to the troubled past and imagined future of the library and the city.

Saturday, February 20

2:30 and 3:45 pm – Spielberg’s List by Omer

Shot on location in Krakow, Poland, Spielberg’s List features
interviews with Polish extras who played both Jews and Germans in Steven
Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster movie Schindler’s List. Views of Krakow’s
Jewish ghetto, the remains of its concentration camp, the set of Schindler’s
, and the film itself are interspersed with close-ups of the actors
recounting their experiences filming and the relationship of the depicted events
to their own lives. In part a critique of the “Hollywoodification” of historical
trauma, Fast’s video avoids simplistic interpretation by also considering the
very real way in which the extras’ theatrical experiences influence their
understanding of history.

Friday, March 5

3:00 and 4:30 pm – Spielberg’s List by Omer

Saturday, March 27

2:30 pm – The Battle of Orgreave by Jeremy Deller and Mike

3:45 pm – What’s the Time in Vyborg? by Liisa

Press coverage.

Parsons School of Design will present The Storyteller, an exhibition exploring how artists use the narrative form to process and explain important social and political events.  The exhibition features work by an international group of artists, including Cao Fei, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller with filmmaker Mike Figgis, Omer Fast, Mounir Fatmi, Ryan Gander, Lamia Joreige, Joachim Koester, Emanuel Licha, Missing Books (Maria Barnas, Maxine Kopsa and Germaine Kruip), Steve Mumford, Adrian Paci, Michael Rakowitz, Liisa Roberts, and Hito Steyerl.

Curated by Claire Gilman and Margaret Sundell and organized by iCI  (Independent Curators International), The Storyteller features video, still photography, drawing, mixed media and installation works that engage the documentary capacity of art to bear witness to world events.

The works in The Storyteller engage a range of narrative strategies. In some cases, the story is a drama based on real events, as in Deller and Figgis’ The Battle of Orgreave, a reenactment of the violent clashes between police and local plant workers in 1984 England, as well as the works of Gander and the collective called Missing Books. In other cases, the stories function less as reconstructions of the past than investigations into the relationship between past and present, as in the Roberts’ What’s the Time in Vyborg and Fast’s Spielberg’s List, a video exploring the experiences of extras in Stephen Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. A third group, which includes Fei, Koester, Paci, and Fatmi, invokes the literary genres of fairy tales, photo essays, and folklore. Finally, other projects such as those by Joreige, Mumford, and Rakowitz involve active participants in contemporary political situations.

Multimedia works by Deller, Figgis, Fast, and Roberts will be presented in special screenings throughout the course of the exhibition. Parsons and iCI also will present a series of related programs during the exhibition run. In addition, many New School courses will use the exhibition as a learning laboratory, hosting class meetings, discussions, and design charettes. For more information, please visit

The Storyteller is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; iCI Benefactors Agnes Gund, Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, and Barbara and John Robinson; the iCI Partners and iCI Advocates.

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