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“Cross-Strait Relations” | “两岸关系”

Fri Sep 27, 2013 00:00 - Sun Dec 15, 2013

“Cross-Strait Relations” | “两岸关系” uses a diverse range of—videos, photographs, installations, sound art, and performance— to explore the pluralism of Chinese identity. By reexamining that identity, both geographically and culturally, these works cast the term ‘cross-strait relations,’ a commonly used phrase that points to the fraught relationship between China and Taiwan, in a new light. Works featured in the show are by Heman Chong, Lee Kit, Michael Lin, Charwei Tsai, Hong-kai Wang, and Hu Yun. A site-specific window installation by Lin will contribute to the drama of the gallery’s frontage and filter street views. Curated by Arthur Ou, an artist and assistant professor of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.



Sun May 05, 2013 00:00 - Fri May 24, 2013

Parsons The New School for Design will present its third annual Parsons Festival, which will take place May 5 through 24, 2013, and feature exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, critiques and special projects that celebrate the next generation of art and design in a range of disciplines.

“The festival is an exciting opportunity for the public to come face to face with the breadth and depth of work of the next generation in art and design,” said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers. “This annual event enables us to provide a look at the creative process across a range of media, and present cross-disciplinary, collaborative work that speaks to the high level of innovation, critical thinking, and social engagement at Parsons.”

This year, Parsons Festival is an official event of the first NYCxDESIGN, the inaugural citywide event celebrating New York City’s diverse design scene.

The following are a selection of events featured in the Parsons Festival, including exhibitions of graduating student work. For more information, including a full schedule of events, please visit

Parsons MFA Design and Technology Exhibition
Wednesday, May 8–Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 8, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School For Design, 6 East 16th Street, 6th floor, New York
Symposium: Friday, May 17-Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, New York
The MFA Design and Technology thesis exhibition features installations and performances, objects and apps, games and video, and interactive experiences that explore the dynamic role of technology in our lives. Works invoke the playful, the informative, the critical, and the subversive to investigate emerging issues and spark discussion. For more information, visit

Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology Annual 2013
Thursday, May 9–Friday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 9, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York
Parsons’ School of Art, Media and Technology Annual 2013 presents the best graduating work in the school’s undergraduate programs in Communication Design, Design and Technology, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography. Discover a new generation of artists and designers through this multimedia exhibition, curated by New York based artist and curator Amanda Parmer, which showcases the depth and breadth of the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons

Parsons MFA Transdisciplinary Design Symposium
Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Graduate students in the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program and outside experts in the field explore aspects of this relatively new discipline, which uses design thinking to address major social, economic and cultural issues, from urbanization to the economy and the environment. Also on view is a selection of thesis projects by graduating students in the program, which last year included Softwalks, winner of a Fast Company Design and Innovation Award.

Saturday, May 11, 12:30–3:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School For Design, 6 East 16th Street, 12th floor
Free admission. Registration is required:
Turn trash to treasure! Experiment with interactive design! Children ages 11–13 and their families are invited to this fun, multigenerational workshop. Come tinker with electronics using a simple, safe device called The Noisemaker—no previous experience with engineering or computer programming necessary. We will explore the way electricity works and make delightful contraptions that beep, buzz, and light up. Please bring discarded electronic devices, plastic toys, and boxes that open and close, as well as recyclables such as egg cartons. (Materials will also be provided.)

Parsons BFA Communication Design/Design and Technology Screenings and Book/Web Launch
Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (Screenings); 5:00-9:00 p.m. (Book/Web Launch)
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York
Parsons presents narrative shorts and documentary, animation, kinetic type, sound, performance, and experimental videos by graduating students in its BFA Communication Design and BFA Design and Technology programs. A related book and website launch follows.


Photographic Universe II

Wed Apr 10, 2013 09:00 - Thu Apr 11, 2013

NEW YORK, March 4, 2013—As the field of Photography finds itself at a pivotal moment, Aperture Foundation and The New School—including the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics—present The Photographic Universe II, a two-day conference that brings together a range of leading practitioners, scientists, theoreticians, historians, and philosophers to consider and reflect on current discussions in photography. Building upon the success of the first conference held in 2011, the event will consist of one-on-one conversations between two individuals from distinct professional and research backgrounds. The conference will conclude with a roundtable focusing on photographic education.

Participants include writer and curator Mia Fineman in conversation with Fred Ritchin, a professor in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU; Victoria Hattam, chair of the Political Science program at The New School, in conversation with artist Hito Steyerl; curator, blogger and Parsons faculty member Laurel Ptak in conversation with photographer Andrew Norman Wilson; Eduardo Cadava, a professor in the Department of English at Princeton University, in conversation with writer Lynne Tillman; and Todd Cronan, an assistant professor of European Art, 1880-1950, at Emory University in conversation with Simon Critchley, the Hans Jonas Professor and chair of Philosophy at The New School.


Gender Play

Thu Mar 28, 2013 09:30 - Fri Mar 29, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Parsons The New School for Design presents GENDER PLAY, a two-day conference taking place on March 28 and 29 at The New School that will explore the issue of gender and its impact and influence on the production of art and design.

The conference will feature the insights of an international mix of artists, designers, researchers, and scholars in the field, including curator Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art, designer Laurene Leon Boym of Boym Partners, and the acclaimed artist Ernesto Pujol. The conference will also serve as the platform for the launch of the international Gender Design Network (iGDN), a new initiative aimed at connecting designers and artists around this topic.

The first day of the conference will focus on gender in relation to the design fields, while the second day will explore some of the major theoretical and political debates that have marked these issues in the fine arts, from second-wave feminism to postcolonial influences and queer theory. Artists, writers and theorists will address major works of painting, installation, sculpture and video and performance art, as well as international artists and collaborators associated with these debates.

The conference is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, please visit


The Public Private

Thu Feb 07, 2013 00:00 - Wed Apr 17, 2013

NEW YORK, January 8, 2013— The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for Design presents The Public Private, the first New York exhibition of contemporary art that explores the impact of social media and new technologies on the relationship between the public and private realm.

“Social media has radically redefined the boundaries between the public and the private,” said curator Christiane Paul, an associate professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and an adjunct curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. “The messages, images, as well as likes and dislikes we share with friends and families are accessible to corporations and subject to commercial and social data mining. Our daily moves are open to various forms of tracking. What was once considered personal and private has become increasingly public in a cultural shift, entailing a reformulation of our identity.”

The artworks brought together in The Public Private—several presented for the first time in the United States, including —address these issues from psychological, legal, and economic perspectives and use strategies ranging from hacking to self-surveillance to reflect upon the profound changes in our understanding of identity, personal boundaries, and self-representation.

Among the works on view are Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico’s Lovely Faces/Face to Facebook, showing for the first time in New York. It is a multimedia installation of one million Facebook profiles, which were appropriated by the artists, filtered using facial-recognition software, and then posted on a custom-made dating website sorted by facial expressions. Eva and Franco Mattes’ The Others is a video installation composed of 10,000 photos the Mattes have acquired through a software glitch that gives remote access to personal computer files. The core of the work is not just the presentation of these images, but the act of “stealing” and moving them from the private into the public realm.

Other artists and works represented in the gallery include Jill Magid’s Evidence Locker, Luke Dubois' Missed Connections, Wafaa Bilal’s 3rdi, Carlo Zanni’s Self Portrait with Friends, Panoptic Panorama #2: Five People in a Room by James Coupe, Paulo Cirio’s Street Ghosts, and Ben Grosser’s Facebook Demetricator.

“In probing the slippages between private lives and public personae, between personal opinion and public disclosure, the works in this exhibition reveal the ambiguities inherent in our every exchange,” said Radhika Subramaniam, director and chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. “They are the site for a new political education, one in which we are all instructed, gladly or not.”

Public programs, including conversations with the participating artists, will take place during the exhibition run. For more information, visit the SJDC website.

About the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Lyn Rice Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit