Parsons Partners With Art in Odd Places for Festival

This month, the Urban programs at Parsons The New School for Design will host a number of events as part of Art in Odd Places 2011: RITUAL, an annual festival of public urban art interventions. Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in public spaces with an annual festival each October along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River.

On Saturday, October 1, Parsons will host the festival’s keynote address by Linda Mary Montano. Titled Glandathon Workshop, Montano will lead audience members in an experience of the seven energy centers of the body. The workshop will take place on at 2 p.m. in the Anna-Maria and Steven Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, and is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and participants dressed in one color of the rainbow will be admitted first.

On Saturday, October 8, Parsons will host Psuedo Public Space, a panel discussion interrogating the politics of public space and the artists’ relationship to it, featuring Tania Duvergne, Sara Reisman, Leon Reid IV, and Hrag Vartanian. Building on the idea that cities and urban spaces have become increasingly commodified, and that access to public space and resources has been limited to particular social groups, the panel asks if artists working in a city can create ruptures in the status quo and enable innovative forms of civic and social activism. This event will be held at 2 p.m. in Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, Fifth Floor, and is free and open to the public.

Located at the central point of the programming, Parsons will serve as a hub for the festival, which runs from October 1-10. Maps and program guides are available in the lobby of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 66 Fifth Avenue, as well as several businesses along 14th street.

For more information, visit the School of Design Strategies magazine. (link to http://sds.parsons.edu/)