February 15, 2016

Visiting Artist Lectures and Visiting Critics/Curators Series

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Glenn Ligon and Carl Hancock Rux in conversation, fall 2015 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by The New School Art Collection and Parsons Curatorial Design Research Lab. Photo: H. Lan Thao Lam, © 2015.

Parsons’ MFA in Fine Artsis a dynamic two-year, cross-disciplinary program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. We foster studio-based research and scholarship that extends the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression, developed through a global understanding of the arts.

Housed within both Parsons School of Design and The New School University, the Fine Arts program is uniquely positioned within a progressive educational environment. Our international student body may access a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from rigorous formal and aesthetic investigations to cross-disciplinary collaborations with design, performing arts and humanities students, to public forums that address pressing social and political concerns. The Fine Arts program curriculum centers on one-on-one studio visits, group critiques, critical theory seminars, independent study, writing and research for studio practice, as well as professional practices seminars. Additionally, it offers medium-specific advanced practice courses and concept-driven transdisciplinary seminar electives focused on an evolving variety of topics, selected in consultation with our graduate students. Recent electives include: performance, installation, 3D, video, painting, photo/digital media practice, printmaking, art + politics, the body, the archive, walking as research, environmental art, art & feminism, art & science and art as social engagement.

Parsons Fine Arts is home to an active, international faculty who exhibit and publish worldwide, and whose work has been included in exhibitions and institutions such as the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, the Sydney Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art. An integral part of our academic curriculum is our Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which includes 10 public talks by critically renowned, multi-disciplinary artists per semester. Additionally, MFA Fine Arts students benefit from one-on-one studio visits with our Visiting Artists, as well as with 10 to 12 Visiting Critics/ Curators. This culture of dialogical exchange helps our students in their efforts to redefine the cutting edge of art in the 21st century.

In 2015,QS World University Rankings, a London-based higher education organization, named Parsons the number one College for Art and Design in the United States, and number two in the world.

Spring 2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series:
All lectures begin at 7pm, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, unless otherwise noted below.

February 3: Kate Gilmore

February 10: Guido Van der Werve

February 17: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
(*7pm, University Center 63 Fifth Ave., Starr Foundation Hall, room UL102; co-sponsored by the Culture and Media Department at Eugene Lang College and the School of Media Studies at The New School, with thanks to the Flaherty NYC)

February 24: Open Museums: A Panel Discussion
with Thelma Golden (Studio Museum, Harlem), Paulo Herkenhoff (Museu de Arte, Rio de Janeiro), Vasif Kortun (SALT, Istanbul/ Ankara) and Anne Higonnet (Barnard College). (*6:30pm, University Center 63 Fifth Ave., Starr Foundation Hall, room UL102; co-sponsored by Public Books, Columbia University and the Institute for Public Knowledge)

March 2: Dannielle Tegeder

March 9: Christine Sun Kim

April 6: Marc Handelman

April 13: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

April 20: L.J. Roberts

April 27: Nina Katchadourian

Spring 2016 Visiting Critics/Curators Series
Amy Smith-Stewart (Curator, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum), Mohammad Salemy (New Centre for Research & Practice/artist/critical writer), Christopher K. Ho (artist/critical writer), Cauleen Smith (artist), Regine Basha (independent curator), Chelsea Haines (independent curator/critical writer), Matthew Weinstein (artist/critical writer), Arnold Kemp (artist/ independent curator), Murtaza Vali (independent curator/ critical writer), Catherine Morris (Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art/ Brooklyn Museum), Thyrza Nichols Goodeve (critical writer), David Everitt Howe (Curator, Pioneer Works/ Online Editor, Bomb), Amanda Hunt (Assistant Curator, Studio Museum, Harlem).

For more information, please visit and/or contact Program Director, Simone Douglas.


Parsons Fine Arts spring 2016 Visiting Artist Lectures and Visiting Critics/Curators Series

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