Collections featuring course catalogs from across New School divisions, programs and schools. Includes catalogs from Parsons and Mannes before they joined The New School.VIEW GALLERY
Presented here are selected materials from The New School Archives that were featured in a 2014 exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design.
The exhibition explored the ways in which offense has been given (and taken) and dissent expressed (and managed) through three incidents in the history of The New School: the 1951 and ’53 curtaining of the Orozco murals during the red scare years; the 1970 anti-war exhibition put up by Parsons students, in lieu of a senior show, in solidarity with the National Student Strike in response to the Kent State shootings and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia; and the 1989 Matsunaga affair.
Through memoranda, letters, posters, press coverage, catalogues, illustrations, graphics and interviews, largely drawn from The New School Archives and Special Collections, as well as two original editorial illustrations produced for the exhibition, the exhibition traced the rapid-fire interchange of various perspectives and reactions in each instance. These materials demonstrate in real time the power of images both to inspire and to wound.
Curators: Julia Foulkes, Mark Larrimore and Radhika Subramaniam
Research assistant: Laura Wing
Selected materials from the New School Archives relating to a 2011 exhibition produced by the archives and presented in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design.
Co-curated and designed by students from two Parsons' graduate programs in collaboration with the New School Archives, RADICAL SHIFTS explored the forces behind the changes in the 1950s and '60s that led Parsons to revamp its storied, long-running Interior Design program--with its focus on imparting "taste" and the ability to make impeccable reproductions of historical rooms for a high-end clientele--into a broader Environmental Design program that encouraged experimentation and socially-engaged design practice.
Presented here are selected materials from The New School Archives related to a 2014 exhibition held at The New School.
VOICES OF CRISIS explored the American Race Crisis lecture series held at The New School in 1964. The original series, intended to broaden understanding of the struggle for racial equality, brought leading lights of the civil rights movement to The New School. Speakers included Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, and John Killens.
Highlights from the New School Archives and Special Collections relating to fashion design, education, illustration and marketing.VIEW GALLERY
Highlights from collections related to interior design, interior designers, and interior design education.
The Kellen Design Archives documents the history of Parsons back to its founding in 1896 by collecting materials produced by faculty, students, former students, and associates of Parsons. Because Parsons has been such an important design school for so long, and so many important figures in the design universe have either gone to school here, or taught here (or both), the Kellen collections can open a window onto many 20th (and 21st) century design practices, trends and changes.
Click the thumbnails below to see featured items and brief descriptions of selected collections related to the history of the New School.VIEW GALLERY
The New School Archives collects and sponsors oral history projects with themes related to aspects of New School history.
Presented here is a representative interview from each of our oral history collections, alongside a description of the collection to which the interview belongs. To see all of the interviews belonging to a particular collection, click on the collection title.