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May 9, 2022

MFA thesis exhibition
An Asterism*

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Darian Stewart, Montero’s Dreamscape, from the installation My body, our soul, this world., 2021–22. Oil, acrylic, beads, fabric, rhinestones, paper collage, found objects on canvas, 2 ft. x 4 ft.

Tianyi Sun, Disposable Utensils (detail), 2022. Interactive installation, dimensions variable.

Lily Moebes, I wanna be safe (detail), 2022. Used sweatshirts, wood studs, cotton string, dimensions variable.

Zhiyi Zhang, Tool Portrait, 2022. Metal, wood, wall patch, dimensions variable.

Austin Casebolt, Executive desk (detail), 2022. Bituminous Coal, oil on canvas, 36 x 40 in.

Mauve Martineau, 20 Church Street, 2022. Performance, time variable.

Ye Cheng, Circling Staircases, Ruins, Playgrounds before dinner (detail), 2022. Mixed media on silk polyester, 36 x 52 in.

carolina muñoz awad, every forty two times, one, 2022. Performance, sand, cotton fabric, wood and human bodies, time variable.

 

*Asterism (noun):
(Astronomy) A prominent pattern or group of stars;
(Typography) A group of three asterisks (⁂), used to separate sections of text.

Parsons School of Design at The New School is delighted to announce the Parsons Fine Arts MFA thesis exhibition for the class of 2022, An Asterism*, organized by Alison Burstein and featuring work by Austin Casebolt, carolina muñoz awad, Darian Stewart, Ghazi Sikander Mirza, Kris Peng Siyun, Lily Moebes, Lipika Bhargava, Mauve Martineau, Paula Martin Rivero, Rachel Yeoh, Rengu Zhang, Tianyi Sun, Ye Cheng, Zhiyi Zhang, and Zoë Fitzpatrick Rogers. The exhibition is open to the public and on view in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center’s Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, 2 West 13th Street, from May 16–May 27, 2022 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 9 from 6–8pm and a closing event with artist talks and performances on Friday, May 27, 2022 from 5–8pm.

An Asterism* takes up the titular word as a metaphor to describe the convergence of the fifteen members of Parsons MFA class of 2022 within the gallery. Drawing on the dual meaning of asterism—the astronomical form associated with connectivity, the typographic symbol with delineation—the exhibition embraces a tension that is apparent within the format of MFA thesis presentations: these culminating events bring together artists from a graduate degree program to show their work as a unified cohort at a moment of transition, just before the group disbands and each individual begins the next phase of their career post graduation. Rather than attempting to cover over or resolve this incongruence, An Asterism* calls for reflection on the ways that both dimensions inherent to a thesis exhibition are intertwined.

Alison Burstein is a Curator at The Kitchen in New York. She previously served as Program Director at the nonprofit art space Recess and as a member of the education departments at MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. As an independent curator, Burstein has organized exhibitions and programs for national and international institutions.

Important visitor information: All visitors must wear masks in all indoor university spaces, and those who are not New School members must present proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted to gain entry. To attend the exhibition’s opening reception and/or closing event, please register in advance, or at the entrance of 2 W. 13th Street. To visit at times other than the opening/closing events, please go to the University Welcome Center at 72 Fifth Ave. to show vaccination/booster status and gain an entry badge.

Parsons Fine Arts MFA is a dynamic two-year, cross-disciplinary program committed to expanding the formal, intellectual and conceptual dimensions of emerging artists’ work. Studio-based research and scholarship extends the boundaries of contemporary cultural expression, developed through a global understanding of the arts. Parsons Fine Arts is committed to diversity among students and faculty that provides a potent learning community. 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 has access to 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. Our Visiting Artist Lecture Series and our Critic and Curator Series features renowned, multidisciplinary artists, curators and critics. Recent visitors have included: Morehshin Allahyari, Yto Barrada, Sadie Barnette, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Anthony Huberman, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Kahlil Robert Irving, Tuan Andrew Nguyen/ The Propeller Group, Sophia Ma, Guadalupe Maravilla, Isin Onöl, Rasheedah Phillips/ Black Quantum Futurism, Brie Ruais, Taylor Trabulus, Abhijan Toto, Hamza Walker, and Leslie Wayne.

About Parsons School of Design: Located on the unceded and occupied ancestral territory of Lenapehoking, Parsons honors the Lenape people’s past, present, and future generations, and continues its commitment to the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism. Founded in 1896 and integrated into The New School in 1970, Parsons has served as a leader in the field of Art and Design for more than a century. Based in New York and internationally active, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking, research and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education, which builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship and pedagogy. Parsons graduates are innovators in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

In 2022, 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 three worldwide for the fifth year in a row. For more information about the program, please contact the MFA Co-Directors Lan Thao Lam at lamh [​at​] newschool.edu and/or Lydia Matthews at matthewl [​at​] newschool.edu.

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