Parsons

  • In the Historical Present

     

    July 08, 2019 - October 06, 2019

    The gallery will close at 4:30 pm on Wed, July 10, and will be closed on Sundays from July 29 - August 25.

    Curated by Anna Harsanyi and Macushla Robinson

    The spur of this exhibition is a marker of time: a century of The New School’s existence. As such it looks back to take stock of this institution’s legacy, attending to the dynamic yet often hidden and dormant possibilities inherent in the school’s many pasts. The exhibition envisions the archive as a site of latent moments that might become scripts and scores for possible futures. Through commissioned artworks, works from the New School's art collection and archives, and artist-led engagements and performances, the show invites viewers to conceive of the institution itself as a script—a set of procedures, of methodologies, and of discursive practices that unfold over time.

    Artists: Daniel Bejar, Sheila Bridges, Benjamin van Buren, Black Lunch Table, Lucia Cuba, Domestic Performance Agency, Nikita Gale, Jonathan Gardenhire, Camilo Godoy, David Hammons, Matthew Jensen, Sue Jeong Ka, Glenn Ligon, Caroline Woolard, Shevaun Wright.

    This event is part of The New School's Centennial celebration, which highlights the extraordinary alumni who have passed through our doors, including Sheila Bridges, Benjamin van Buren, Lucia Cuba, Jonathan Gardenhire, and Camilo Godoy.

    Learn more at newschool.edu/100. #100YearsNew

    The gallery will close at 4:30 pm on Wed, July 10, and will be closed on Sundays from July 29 - August 25.


    Related events:

    All events are free but require an RSVP. In order to reserve tickets for events taking place between October 2-6, please follow the event link, sign up for an account on Sched and then add the event to your list.

    All events take place in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery (Room L106, 2 West 13th Street) unless otherwise noted.

    Wednesday, September 11:
    -2:00-4:00 PM
    Yonkers International Press: The Book is Someone to Touch
    RSVP required

    Explore movement and dance techniques while reflecting on the ways in which the body comes into contact with material archives and books.

    Benjamin Van Buren is a graduate of The New School’s Dance major at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. He founded Yonkers International Press (YIP) as an experimental publishing house that archives and re-disseminates materials collected at live performances and dance festivals.

    -5:00-6:00 PM
    Exhibition Tour: In the Historical Present

    Join curators Macushla Robinson and Anna Harsanyi for a tour of the exhibition and conversation about the artworks and archival materials.

    Thursday, September 12, 3:00-4:30 PM 
    Camilo Godoy: Diplomacy Movement Workshop
    66 West 12th St., Orozco Room (Room A712), Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    RSVP required

    Join Camilo Godoy in the historic Orozco Room, in a movement workshop that explores the power dynamics of the Cold War era and how it intersected with the choreography of José Limón.

    An alumni of Parsons, Godoy’s work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), CUE Foundation (New York), Recess (New York), and coleção moraes-barbosa (São Paulo), among others.

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - Wednesday, September 18, 4:00-6:00 PM
    Yonkers International Press: The Book is Someone to Touch
    RSVP required

    Explore movement and dance techniques while reflecting on the ways in which the body comes into contact with material archives and books.

    Benjamin Van Buren is a graduate of The New School’s Dance major at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. He founded Yonkers International Press (YIP) as an experimental publishing house that archives and re-disseminates materials collected at live performances and dance festivals.

    Thursday, September 19, 7:00 PM
    Open Mic (Archive as Score) with Performances by Alison Kuo and Umber Majeed
    RSVP required

    Join artist Alison Kuo and The New School alumni and artist Umber Majeed for a participatory open platform that invites participants to share their own work and process.

    Friday, September 20, 7:00 PM
    Open Mic with Readings by Aisha Jordan and Allen Strouse
    RSVP required

    Join writers and New School alumni Aisha Jordan and Allen Strouse for an open mic. Bring your work to share and hear others present their ideas, works in progress, or finished pieces. 

    Monday, September 23, 12:30-2:00 PM
    Black Lunch Table, People's Table
    RSVP required

    Join us for lunch at the People's Table, a community discussion of sociopolitical issues affecting historically disenfranchised populations.

    Black Lunch Table is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. Bringing creative practitioners of color to the table, participants engage in critical conversations about issues vital to their communities. Wikipedia edit-a-thons and archival projects gather information and documentation in order to increase visibility of people of color in historically biased cultural and scholarly institutions. Black Lunch Table has been invited to host conversations and events at Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg, South Africa), The High Line (New York City), Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Illinois), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other venues.

    Tuesday, September 24, 12:30-2:00 PM
    Black Lunch Table, Artists' Table
    RSVP required

    Join us for lunch at the Artists' Roundtable, an affinity space for Black artists, curators, and arts administrators to discuss issues related to our specific experience.

    Black Lunch Table is an ongoing collaboration between artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, which intends to fill holes in the documentation of contemporary art history. Bringing creative practitioners of color to the table, participants engage in critical conversations about issues vital to their communities. Wikipedia edit-a-thons and archival projects gather information and documentation in order to increase visibility of people of color in historically biased cultural and scholarly institutions. Black Lunch Table has been invited to host conversations and events at Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg, South Africa), The High Line (New York City), Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Illinois), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other venues.

    Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 PM
    Archiving Relations
    RSVP required

    Artist Sue Jeong Ka, librarian Sasha Jones, and librarian and activist Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz lead a workshop on archival practices related to social justice and civil rights.

    Sue Jeong Ka’s work seeks to meet communal needs. Her artwork seeks to mobilize traditional art spaces for community services and in so doing, critique the public structures in which we exist . Sasha Jones is the Library Information Assistant at the Roosevelt Island branch of The New York Public Library.  Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library, CUNY.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019:
    - 6:00-7:30 PM
    Jonathan Gardenhire and Bill Gaskins in Conversation
    RSVP required

    Join artist and The New School alumnus Jonathan Gardenhire, and his former professor from Parsons, artist Bill Gaskins, as they discuss Gardenhire's work and practice.

    Jonathan Gardenhire is a photographer and cultural producer whose work considers the erotics of Black masculinity and questions of value and commodification. He is a graduate of the photography program at Parsons School of Design where he worked under the tutelage of Bill Gaskins and the late photographer George Pitts. His work has been shown at Aperture Foundation (New York), Medium Tings (New York), the Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), among others.

    From a professional base in photography and arts writing, an academic foundation in fine art, the history of photography, American Studies and the perspective of a citizen of the United States, the work of Bill Gaskins explores questions about photography and the portrait in the 21st century. As a professor of art, Bill Gaskins has taught at The Ohio State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Missouri, the College of Art, Media & Technology and the College of Art and Design Theory and History at Parsons School of Design, and the graduate program in Media Studies in The New School for Public Engagement. Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art with a faculty appointment in the American Studies Program at Cornell University.

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - 7:00-8:40 PM
    Camilo Godoy: Diplomacy
    66 West 12th St., Orozco Room (Room A712), Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
    RSVP required

    A performance exploring the power dynamics of the Cold War era, and how these intersected with institutional support of art and dance. Through performed actions and reading of texts, Godoy reconstructs this history in the historic Orozco Room, itself the site of political and historical juxtapositions.

    An alumni of Parsons, Godoy’s work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), CUE Foundation (New York), Recess (New York), and coleção moraes-barbosa (São Paulo), among others.

    Friday, September 27th, 3:00-4:30 PM
    Matthew Jensen Artist Talk & Street Tree Walk
    RSVP required

    Matthew Jensen’s latest work, The New School Forest Archive, uses the process of collecting quantitative and qualitative data as a way to make art and talk about stewardship. His installation includes a comprehensive physical archive detailing the 340 trees that grow on streets with New School buildings. Please join Matthew Jensen and super steward Jonas Voigt for a discussion, walk and action. The talk will start in the Kellen Gallery and end with a visit to some of the exemplary trees on the nearby streets.

    Matthew Jensen works with photography as a medium to explore the details and layers that lie just beneath the surface of our surroundings. Often focusing on where urban and natural ecosystems intersect, Jensen’s images and research invite a closer look at how past and present, built and natural environments choreograph our daily lives.

    Tuesday, October 1, 12:00–6:00 PM
    Wednesday, October 2, 12:00–6:00 PM
    Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
    RSVP required via Sched

    Of all Wikipedia editors, 91% identify as white and 77% identify as men. This edit-a-thon offers participants training in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of creating and improving upon articles about Black artists. A list of artists to add or edit will be provided, with a focus on Black artists who have worked within or are connected to The New School’s community and are underdocumented on Wikipedia.

    Thursday, October 3, 2:00 PM
    Wearables For/To Protest by Lucia Cuba
    RSVP required via Sched

    Join artist Lucia Cuba to make your own garment emblazoned with a slogan or story addressing the issues most important to you.

    An alumna of and faculty at Parsons School of Design, Lucia Cuba is a designer, textile artist, and scholar based between New York and Lima, Peru. She approaches fashion as a political and performative device, exploring how fashion can expand beyond commercial and aesthetic contexts.

    Thursday, October 3, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM
    Friday, October 4, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
    Sunday, October 6, 3:00 PM
    Camilo Godoy: Diplomacy
    Orozco Room (66 West 12th Street, room 712)
    RSVP required via Sched

    A performance exploring the power dynamics of the Cold War era and how they intersected with institutional support of art and dance. Godoy reconstructs this history through movement and reading of texts in the Orozco Room, itself the site of political and historical juxtapositions.

    Saturday, October 5:
    -7:30-9:30 PM
    Domestic Performance Agency: Closing Reception
    RSVP required via Sched

    To mark the close of the exhibition, Domestic Performance Agency presents a performative edible spread using fungi developed in collaboration with artists and New School faculty along with readings from the group's publication, CookBook Domestic Performance Agency.

    Domestic Performance Agency (DPA) is the name and space of Athena Kokoronis' current choreographic process exploring aspects of performance production, curation, food, clothing, and searches for the creative economy within these realms, which begins and extends out of domestic scale with hospitality.

    -9:30-10:30 PM
    Yonkers International Press
    RSVP required via Sched

    A performance of movement and dance using the material archive as a site in which to investigate ways moving bodies come into contact with printed matter.

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