May 5, 2009

MFA Fine Arts Thesis Show, Parsons the New School for Design

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Featured Artists:

Emil Bakalli, Angela Basile, Michael Caines, Wai-Yum Cheng, Rebecca Curry, Matthew De Leon, Ben Finer, Jana Flynn, James Harley, Kyoung Eun Kang, Antoine Lefebvre, Caitlin Martin-Rueter, Seyhan Musaoglu, Mary Nangah, Jess Ramsay, Gabe Shuldiner, Suzanne Stroebe, Lars Van Dooren, Nikita Vishnevskiy, Genvieve White, Stephen Wilson

Parsons The New School for Design will present its annual MFA Fine Art Thesis Exhibition, on view May 8 through 16 at The Kitchen in Chelsea. The show brings together drawing, painting, sculptures video, installation and performance art by 21 graduating students of the program. An opening reception will be held on May 7 from 6-8 pm.

“The exhibition’s multi-disciplinary character is a reflection of the diversity of Parsons Fine Arts program’s student body and their engagement with a wide range of current trends in global art practices,” notes Fine Arts Chair Coco Fusco. “Students in the program hail from Turkey, Korea, Taiwan, Russia, France, Canada, Colombia, Bulgaria, Ghana and Japan as well as from throughout the U.S. They are encouraged throughout their course of study to explore connections between artistic methods, genres and cultures.”

The exhibition is curated by Anthony Allen, an independent curator, scholar and translator as well as the Associate Director of the Paula Cooper Gallery. In his text for the exhibition catalogue, Allen writes: “Many works on view put forth an understanding of identity as a performative and mobile concept. It is a question of forging alternate identities from disparate elements: male and female archetypes, totemic animals, historical figures, pop culture and cartoon figures, social selves caught in familial, religious and ethnic networks, mythological heroes and fairytales characters – all these structures are variously unmade and re-imagined, subverted, encrypted, hybridized, queered, re-located or cyborged. These constantly shifting self-fashionings are negotiated anew in each work – each work here is a provisional statement.”

To view the exhibition catalogue, please visit

Located in the heart of New York City, Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive degree-granting colleges of art and design in the nation. Parsons has been a forerunner in the field of art and design since its founding in 1896 as the Chase School, named after American Impressionist painter William Merrit Chase. Over the decades, Parsons has educated some of the nation’s most acclaimed artists from Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein to Barbara Kruger, Sue de Beer, Rob Pruitt, Wangeshi Mutu, and Brian Tolle. Today, Parsons offers both an MFA and BFA in Fine Arts. For more information, please visit

For any questions about the exhibition or the program in Fine Arts, please call MFA Director, Anthony Aziz at 212-229 8942 x2949 or email at [email protected]

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