October 14, 2008

OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design

Democracy: it’s ours. Or is it? With the U.S. presidential elections upon us, Parsons The New School for Design in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics presents an exhibition investigating democracy as a global brand. OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding takes as its inspiration the “war of ideas” that the U.S. launched as part of its war on terrorism: the campaign to disseminate democracy abroad. An international roster of emerging and established contemporary artists explores what this brand means through a number of newly commissioned works, performances and other events. Central to the exhibition programming is a series of design charrettes where participating artists will work with students from The New School to address a number of the issues raised by the works on view. These charrettes will culminate in evening presentations that are open to the public.

Participating Artists: Yael Bartana, Erick Beltrán, Alexis Bhagat, Paul Chan, Joseph DeLappe, Aleksandra Domanovic, Sam Durant, Kota Ezawa, Andrea Geyer, Liam Gillick, Sharon Hayes, Susan Hiller, Ashley Hunt, I Approve This Message, Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Emma Kay, Komar & Melamid, Asaf Koriat, Runo Lagomarsino, Steve Lambert, Les Liens Invisibles, Ligorano/Reese, Miguel Luciano, Michael Mandiberg, Emery Martin, Aleksandra Mir, Carlos Motta, Dave Muller, Timo Nasseri, Ariel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, PETLab, Nadine Robinson, Anri Sala, Hank Willis Thomas, Johan Tiren, Brian Tolle, Judi Werthein, Wooloo Productions, The Yes Men, and Carey Young.

Curated by Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center, with a Web component curated by Rhizome Curator-at-Large Marisa Olson, the exhibition inaugurates the first fall season at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons’ new venue for art and design exhibitions and public programming. For more information on the exhibition and related programs, visit

Supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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