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Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project ➔ Audio monologue by Martica Sawin on Parsons Paris


Related people/organizations

Martica Sawin (was created by)
New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections (was created by)
Parsons School of Design (was created by)

Date

April 15 1994

Identifier:

PC070101_Sawin_int1_19940415

MLA Citation:

Audio monologue by Martica Sawin on Parsons Paris. April 15 1994. Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 Jul 2019

Description TRANSCRIPT

In this audio monologue, Martica Sawin recounts the details of restarting a Paris-based program for Parsons School of Design in 1981. Sawin relates the history of Parsons' original Paris school during the 1920s and 1930s, and how Martin Canin approached her with the idea of re-establishing it around 1977. Following an investigative trip to Paris with Leland Bell, Sawin began to draw up a plan, including recruiting professors like Paul LeClerc, Ilan Alter, Allen Barber, Pia Kazan, Vicky Tiel, and Helene Lipstadt. Sawin also recalls her working relationship with Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort, who assisted her in planning the program on the Parisian end. Sawin breaks down the attendance and the activities of the first, second, and third years of the program, including their triumphs and challenges.