This spring, several leading international art museums will showcase work by Parsons faculty members in exhibitions addressing the latest currents in contemporary art and ideas.
This semester marks an especially exciting time for the fine arts at Parsons,, said Simone Douglas, director of the MFA Fine Arts program, whose work will be featured in the exhibition Light Works at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, alongside that of Mike and Doug Starn, David Stephenson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Bill Henson. The active presence of our faculty, students, and alumni in the international arts community reflects a critical part of our programs, research-led teaching, with faculty bringing to the classroom their significant exhibition and publishing experience.,
Closer to home, New York’s Museum of Modern Art recently acquired for its permanent collection a work by assistant professor of fine arts Andrea Geyer, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, on view at the museum through August 6. This ten-channel video installation was produced in collaboration with artists Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne in 2007 and was supported through a fellowship from the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. The piece explores knowledge production and communication in context of the war in Iraq, examining the implications of war for individual and collective subjectivity.
Three other New York shows feature Parsons talent. The New Museum’s Triennial exhibition, The Ungovernables, which runs through April 22, focuses on the generation of artists who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, including Julia Dault, a faculty member in the School of Art and Design History and Theory (and Parsons MFA Fine Arts alumna). Her piece, Untitled 20 (1:00 pm’5:30 pm, February 5, 2012), described by the New York Times as contingent Minimalism; Fluxus with muscle,, is part of a series of Plexiglas sculptures whose final form was determined by the amount of strength Dault had to manipulate the material on a given day. Faculty member Coco Fusco is presenting her latest work, The Empty Plaza/La Plaza Vacia, at Alexander Gray Associates in New York from February 22 to March 31.
Further west, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will premiere four newly commissioned video installations by Parsons faculty members Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher of Aziz + Cucher. The exhibition, Some People, on view from April 13 to October 21, will explore the Middle East conflict through video, animation, performance, and sound. In addition, the IMA will produce a catalog that celebrates Aziz + Cucher’s 20 years of collaboration.
In cyberspace, Parsons Design + Technology faculty members Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki were commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art to create America’s Got No Talent, a web-based software project by that synthesizes and processes the steady stream of Twitter feeds for several American reality television shows such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model, and X Factor US among others in this genre.
Faculty members aren’t the only ones in the spotlight: Student work is also attracting notice in showcases around the world. This month, Conference of the Birds, the thesis project of Azin Feizabadi, MFA Fine Arts’11, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. And through May 14, the Museum of Modern Art is exhibiting Conveyor Magazine, a publication produced by MFA Photography students including Christina Labey, Dominica Paige, Chelsey Morell, Sylvia Hardy, Alison Chen, and Maria Sprowls (all Class of ’12). The magazine is part of the exhibition Millennium Magazines, which explores contemporary artists’ and designers’ use of the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text.
Visit the New School events calendar to learn about upcoming fine arts and photography events at Parsons, which includes a March 1 Open Studios; a Feminist Art symposium on April 5 organized by faculty member Mira Schor; and, as part of the Parsons Festival this May, the MFA Fine Arts thesis exhibition, which will be held at The Kitchen in Chelsea, New York from May 11-19.