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Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project ➔ Interview with David C. Levy

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


January 27 1994


In this audio interview, David Corcos Levy, Dean of Parsons School of Design from 1970 until 1989, describes being hired as an admissions officer at Parsons in 1961 when he was 21-years-old, and his efforts to broaden recruitment and enlarge the school’s enrollment. The interview also covers his role in launching Parsons' first degree-granting program and the establishment of the Foundation Year curriculum. Levy recounts the budget crises that led to Parsons' merger with The New School in 1970, and its relocation from 54th Street to its Greenwich Village campus in buildings previously owned by Mills College. Additional topics include curriculum planning, an exhibition in the 1970s of Works Progress Administration artists, a 1978 fundraising trip to Los Angeles with Albert Landa that resulted in an affiliation with the Otis Art Institute, and Levy’s own management style. Martica Sawin probably recorded this interview with Levy in his office at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.





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