Spread across several blocks and more than 15 buildings, The New School’s West Village campus is like an urban version of a gothic manor house: hidden staircases, unexplored corridors, and tucked away artworks abound. On October 6, The New School illuminates some of its lesser known corners for the citywide openhousenewyork festival.
In order to increase access to and appreciation of New York’s unique architectural offerings, openhousenewyork invites distinctive spaces to open their doors to visitors for one weekend a year. This year, The New School offers visitors the opportunity to visit new spaces and see cherished artworks that are usually inaccessible or easily overlooked.
11:30 a.m. University Center Tour, 72 Fifth Avenue
The University Center’s glimmering brass cladding and striking zigzag stairs can be seen from the street, but most members of the New School community have yet to see the interior of the rising 16-story tower. Join Roger Duffy and Colin Koop from architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and The New School’s vice president for Design, Construction, and Facilities Management Lia Gartner for a hard-hat tour of the University Center. Visitors will tour the unfinished classrooms, common spaces, and living areas of a building the New York Times has praised as “a celebration of the cosmopolitan city.” Register here.
1:00 p.m. The New School Art Collection and Tishman Auditorium
Getting up close and personal with modern and contemporary art is a daily occurrence at The New School, where works by Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Kara Walker, and other major artists adorn public spaces and classrooms. For openhousenewyork, New School Art Collection curator Silvia Rocciolo highlights some of the collection’s most important pieces and explains just what makes them so remarkable. In addition, visitors gain access to Joseph Urban’s Tishman Auditorium, one of the city’s great modern interiors and an inspiration for Radio City Music Hall.
“Since it was founded in 1960 with a grant from the Albert A. List Foundation, The New School Art Collection extends the university’s twin legacies of political engagement and intellectual freedom,” said Rocciolo. “The collection is an elemental part of our cultural capital, living in the public and private spaces throughout the university in active dialogue with the community. Art has agency; it matters here.”
The tour, which requires no reservations, meets in the lobby of 66 West 12th Street.