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 the catalog and selected portraits from featured in Inspiring Women: Designers from Parsons' Archives, that ran from March 26–27, 2010 in the Dorothy H. Hirshon Suite at The New School, and March 29–May 31, 2010 in the Adam & Sophie Gimbel Design Library at Parsons The New School for Design.
Inspiring Women celebrates a selection of graduates and former faculty of Parsons School of Design--creative, multi-talented women who made their way in the world as working designers, educators, mentors.
Curated by Alexandra Anderson and PJ Carlino, Inspiring Women was funded in part by Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory under the direction of Hazel Clark, inaugurating an internship program for masters students to gain curatorial experience in the using the archives. Ann Snitow, Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies of Eugene Lang College invited the exhibition to open in conjunction with the conference, No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at the New School. Rachael Stollar, MFA Photography student at Parsons created a video preview for the exhibition.
Selected materials from the New School Archives relating to Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons 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.
Offense + Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging, which ran from June 26-September 3, 2014, 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 traces the rapid-fire interchange of various perspectives and reactions in each instance. They 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
Presented here are selected materials from The New School Archives related to VOICES OF CRISIS: American Race Crisis Lectures at The New School, a 2014 exhibition held at The New School. Curator: Miles Kohrman.
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