The New School Archives Digital Collections

Related people/organizations

Irwin Touster (interviewee)
Martica Sawin (interviewer)
New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (publisher)
Parsons School of Design (producer)

Date

2 Mar 1994

Identifier:

PC070101_Touster_19940302

MLA Citation:

Interview with Irwin Touster. 2 Mar 1994. Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 20 Sep 2017

Description TRANSCRIPT


In this audio interview, Irwin Touster discusses his tenure as Chair of Fine Arts (BFA) at Parsons School of Design, beginning in 1974. Touster relates the details of his joining the faculty at the behest of David C. Levy and the hiring of many of the department's staff under his purview, including Larry Rivers, Elaine De Kooning, Jane Wilson, Stuart Shedetsky (also interviewed for this project), Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, and Eric Gibson. Touster and interviewer Martica Sawin also discuss the post-graduation lives of many alumni, the department's teaching philosophy,and the value of the foundation-year method of art education.