Interesting exhibition and events at the New School

By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School
Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22, 2009
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Parts & Labor Gallery at The New School
66 West 12th Street, New York City
Admission: Free

As part of By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School, a weeklong exhibition and program series co-produced with Parts & Labor Gallery, the Vera List Center presents the following free events:

Open Discussion
John Zinsser, The New York Art World and The New School: History and Possibility
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – 1:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design
Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

Since the 1930s, artist-instructors such as Berenice Abbott, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Lewis Mumford, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Ralph Pearson have brought a resolve of professionalism to The New School. Since then, The New School has hosted international art luminaries from Joseph Beuys to John Currin to Trisha Donnelly. Yet, the university now finds itself at a crossroads of purpose and identity. How should it go forward in art education? What is “academic” and what is “professional”? What has the university been doing right? What has the university been doing wrong? Artist-instructor John Zinsser hosts an open discussion with current and former New School students, asking questions essential to the ongoing mission of the arts at The New School.

The Librarians’ Circle
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The New School, Orozco Room
66 West 12th Street, 7th floor
Free, reservations required at, or 212.229.2436

Librarians and archivists of The New School, together with faculty, discuss how notions of institutional memory and identity are created through libraries and archives. Examining the way bodies of knowledge are structured and organized, the librarians also explore possibilities for the future of information science, and consider how the social production of knowledge contributes to identity – on both the level of the individual and in institution as such.

With John Aubry, Director, Raymond Fogelman Library; Joseph Heathcott, Chair of Urban Studies, Eugene Lang College; Shannon Mattern, Professor, Media Studies and Film; Ed Scarcelle, University Librarian; and Wendy Scheir, Director, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives for Parsons The New School for Design.

Art Walk
Art in the Institution/Art as the Institution: The New School Art Collection and its Institutional Life
Thursday, October 22, 2009 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Vera List Courtyard, 66 West 12th Street, ground floor

The Vera List atrium and courtyard adjacent to the landmark Alvin Johnson Building harbor evidence of the history, memory, patronage and institutional identity of The New School – through an eclectic collection of significant art works. They range from Chaim Gross’ Acrobats Family of Five from 1951 and Gonzalo Fonseca’s ceramic tile mural from 1959/1961 to Martin Puryear’s seating arrangements (1997) and the 2008 addition to Dave Muller’s meditation on New School graphic identity.

Silvia Rocciolo, Curator of The New School Art Collection, and John Wanzel, Curatorial Assistant and MFA in Fine Arts candidate, consider the role of The New School Art Collection as a living archive and how it reinforces institutional narrative and identity.

These events are presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2009/2010 program theme “Speculating on Change,” and are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Image: Dave Muller’s “Interpolations and Extrapolations (detail),” installed in the Vera List atrium at 66 West 12th Street.

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