Parsons at CAB

Comic Arts Brooklyn is a comics festival devised by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics and hosted by Pratt University. Since its conception CAB has stood out as one of the most exciting events of the year, not just for comics, but for small publishing and visual art as a whole. The oppressive crowds of Comic Con come nowhere near CAB. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting. You get the feeling that you could actually strike up a friendship with the artists there, despite the fact that CAB attracts big names.

This year Parsons is heavily featured. Two headline guests, Mark Newgarden and Mathew Thurber are part of our Illustration faculty. They both recently published highly anticipated books. How to Read Nancy and Art Comic respectively. Both these books directly link to their work at Parsons, which deals with graphic narrative. Mathew Thurber will Talk about the making of Art Comic and what it’s like to write about your own experiences in a fictionalized context. Mark Newgarden will present a curated selection of 20th century film stock from his collection.

A Print by Parsons Alum Mei Kanamoto

Book art by Parsons Senior Lydia Mamalis

Parsons Alumni Angela Chen, Mei Kanamoto, Arta Ajeti, and Dakota Nicklaus will all be tabling too, alongside BFA Illustration seniors Clair Gunther and Lydia Mamalis.

Illustration Professor, Nora Krug, releases book: Belonging/Heimat

Belonging (US title) / Heimat (foreign title)

A 280-page illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir on a German family’s memory of WWII.

Belonging wrestles with the idea of Heimat, the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next. In this highly inventive visual memoir—equal parts graphic novel, family scrapbook, and investigative narrative—Nora Krug draws on letters, archival material, flea market finds, and photographs to attempt to understand what it means to belong. A wholly original record of a German woman’s struggle with the weight of catastrophic history, Belonging is also a reflection on the responsibility that we all have as inheritors of our countries’ pasts.

Fall 2018 release in the following countries: USA (Scribner), UK (Particular Books), Germany (Penguin Hardcover), Holland (Balans), France (Gallimard). 2019 and 2020 release in the following countries: Norway (Spartacus), Sweden (Norstedts), Spain (Salamandra), Brazil (Companhia das Letras), Italy (Stile Libero), and Denmark (Gads).

 

The Magic at the Met, Featuring Parsons Alumni Mei Kanamoto

This winter Mei Kanamoto, a recent Parsons Illustration Alumni worked with the Metropolitan Opera on their holiday campaign; “The Magic at the Met”. She describes her experience after graduating and working with Met on the campaign:

“Right after graduation, I started working for two creatives who are working as co-creative directors and art directors for the Metropolitan Opera. A few month in, I was asked to illustrate for the upcoming holiday campaign. Although up until now I have not been aware of the magnitude of the project, every little work given to me has been precious and important, even dog sitting.

I was asked to create 4 posters, animation and 4 title art. The beginning of the project was the time I struggled the most since I had to adjust my medium and style. In October and November when we were making the animation (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzaGDuNE9M). I often visited the Met Opera and the street surroundings. One night I was invited to see the show for the first time in my life at Lincoln Center. I did not really realize how amazing the opportunity was up until I saw the performance. It inspired my work to a next level and made me want to make this project even more successful. Most importantly, however, I was blessed to be around an amazing team of talented people who guided me through the project step by step.

It has not hit me yet that my illustration can be seen in places like the New Yorker magazine, subway stations, and even as the cover of the Timeout magazine—and not to mention the TV commercial that’s on air now. It has truly been a surreal and magical experience,”

The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017 Featuring Steven Guarnaccia, Illustration Professor at Parsons

From “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters.”

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award — and the first year of the Times’ partnership with the New York Public Library on the honor. Called, The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. The Times and NYPL share a mission: to recognize the best in children’s literature and bring great books to young readers.

The 2017 judges featured The New School’s Illustration Professor, Steven Guarnaccia, the author and illustrator of numerous books; Marjorie Priceman, the author and illustrator of many children’s books and the winner of two Caldecott Honors and two New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards; and Louise Lareau, the head librarian of the New York Public Library Children’s Center.

Read more on the selected winners.

Special Events for Alumni/Students of Color: 10/21 Community Brunch, 10/26 Portfolio Review, 10/27 Exhibition Closing Reception

(under)REPRESENT(ed) Community Brunch
Saturday, October 21 from 11am-2pm
6 East 16th Street, Wolff Conference Room 1103

Alumni of color and Students of color are invited to break bread, reflect and strategize around experiences of race and identity at Parsons and within creative industries.

Please RSVP: tinyurl.com/underrepresentedbrunch

 
Fb event:
 
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(under)REPRESENT(ed) Portfolio Reviews
Thursday, October 26 from 6-8pm
Starr Foundation Hall- 63 Fifth Ave (UC), Lower level
Students of color are invited to receive critical feedback on work that addresses race and identity from alumni of color.
 
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(under)REPRESENT(ed) Closing
Friday, October 27 at 6 PM – 8 PM
66 Fifth Avenue, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Exhibiting alumni reflect on their work. Open to the public.
 
For more information, visit: underrepresented.parsons.edu or email us at underrepresented@newschool.edu

(under)REPRESENT(ed) to Open at Sheila C. Design Center

October 17, 6-8 PM

Sheila C. Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

66 5th Ave, Ground Floor

New York, NY 10003

Closing reception with artist talk: October 27th, 6-8pm

(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that features Parsons School of Design alumni of color whose creative practices explore the lived experience of race and aim to dismantle systems of racism.  Initiated and organized by a collective of alumni of color, this exhibition features a range of disciplines which simultaneously address and resist the systemic exclusion that prevails in educational and professional institutions and practices.

A video from a digital and physical archive that affirms the future of people of African descent; a design research project lessens the impact of hurricane season on one alum’s hometown in the Dominican Republic; a children’s book fable reveals an allegory of the dangerous journey migrants often face to enter the United States; an online syllabus resource explores the intersections of fashion and race; photographs reflect on the historic status symbol and power of hair in Korean culture, which resonates in communities across the globe; and a multimedia project promotes citizen journalism and challenges the normalization of police violence.

“We are moved by an urgency to foreground the power generated by creative practices,” said the curators of the exhibition.  “Our own experience as students, practicing artists, designers, educators and cultural organizers tells us that this work isn’t always given its due criticism or celebration in the classroom and other institutional spaces.”

People of color have been pioneers in fields of art and design, although they  continue to be significantly underrepresented in positions of power and compensation.  Despite the rich foundational contributions by Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities to these industries,  they are often rendered invisible.  The curators of this exhibition stake a claim for the centrality of those most deeply impacted by these oppressive frameworks in an era which challenges our existing tools of resistance.

The Parsons alumni featured in the exhibition are (AMT Alums in bold):

Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology ’14 
Rikki Byrd, MA Fashion Studies ’16
Raquel de Anda, MS Design and Urban Ecologies ’15
Nelson de Jesus Ubri, BFA Architectural Design ’15
Patricia Encarnación, BFA Communication Design ’14 
Noelle Flores Théard, MFA Photography ’14 
Scherezade Garcia, BFA Illustration ’90 
Alston Green, CGRD Illustration ’72 
Kim Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies ’13
Leslie Jimenez, BFA Fine Arts ’12 
Sara Jimenez, MFA Fine Arts ’13 
Yuni Kim Lang, BFA Communication Design ’09 
Jeana Lindo, BFA Photography ’17 
Joy McKinney, MFA Photography ’14 
Joiri Minaya, BFA Fine Arts ’13 
Ron Morrison, MS Design and Urban Ecologies ’15
Inyegumena Nosegbe, BFA Communication Design ’16 
Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology ’15 
Isaac Paris, BFA Communication Design ’78 
Kaitlynn Redell, MFA Fine Arts ’13 
Jeff Staple, Illustration 
Ken Tanabe, MFA Design and Technology ’04 
James Terrell, MFA Painting ’02 
Duncan Tonatiuh, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum ’08, BA Liberal Arts ’08
Robert Liu-Trujillo, BFA Illustration ’10 
Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum ’08

Organized by a collective of Parsons Alumni of Color

Havanna Fisher, BFA Fashion Design ’14, BA The Arts ’14 
Scherezade García, BFA Illustration ’90 
Joelle Riffle, BFA Communication Design ’13 
Yelaine Rodríguez, BFA Fashion Design ’13
Sable Elyse Smith, MFA Design and Technology ’13 
Nadia Williams, BFA Fashion Design ’01 
(under)REPRESENT(ed) equity + social justice advisor: Gail Drakes
(under)REPRESENT(ed) research assistant: Claudine Brantley, BFA Candidate of Photography ’18
(under)REPRESENT(ed) research assistant: Barbara Byrd, BFA Fine Arts ’17

Contact us at underrepresented@newschool.edu

The exhibition will run from October 14, when an opening reception for Parsons alumni will be held, until October 29.

More info here.