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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.

Pictoplasma Conference NYC 2017

The Pictoplasma Conference presents 8+ hand-picked key lectures by the world’s most influential artists and upcoming talents, cutting-edge graphic, toy and game designers, and leading animation filmmakers. It is the meeting point for 500+ international attendees, offering the chance to learn from, be inspired by, and rub shoulders with some of today’s most innovative and avant-garde visual creators. Read more.

Date: November 17
Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: 66 West 12th St., New York, NY 10011

Free tickets are available to THE NEW SCHOOL staff, students and Faculty with Reservation here, while supplies last. Space and seating is limited. Register here. 

Rutger’s 48th Annual One-on-One Plus Conference featuring Parsons Faculty


On October 21st, Pat Cummings will be the 2017 Keynote speaker at  Rutger’s 48th Annual One-on-One Plus Conference. It offers aspiring writers and illustrators an opportunity to have their work reviewed by more publishing professionals than attend any other conference of its type. Additionally, on Oct. 1st, former Parsons faculty member Paulette Bogan will be featured. And on Oct. 15th, Paul O. Zelinsky who also taught Children’s Book Illustration at Parsons will be speaking. Read more.

Illustration Faculty Motomichi Nakamura at Paseo Party on the Plaza 2017

Motomichi, in collaboration with DJ Kanizzle, will choreograph a pulsating 4-hour score to accompany his signature red, black and white patterns and giant monster characters projected on the facade of the Hotel La Fonda on Taos Plaza.

About the Paseo Project
The Paseo Project is a 501c-3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform art through community and community through art. The Paseo Party on the Plaza is the Paseo Project’s fourth annual fall outdoor art event. It is again part of Taos Fall Arts Festival’s opening weekend events.

The Paseo Party on the Plaza at a Glance
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00 to 11:00pm
Historic Taos Plaza, a free event

PaseoProject.org, @paseotaos, #paseotaos, facebook.com/paseotaos
Motomichi Nakamura, VJ mapping artist: www.motomichi.com
Fire artist Jamie Vaida: www.jamievaida.com
The Illuminator: www.theilluminator.org
Luster, virtual photo booth: www.luster.cc

This event is sponsored by The Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, the Lor Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, and many generous private donors. STEMarts@ThePaseo is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Martin Foundation, the Nina E. Nilssen Scholarship Fund, US Bank, and Americorps VISTA.

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NEFA AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT NEW WORKS IN ENSEMBLE & DEVISED THEATER

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Cornerstone Theater Company. Photo: Kevin Michael Campbell

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts announces $630,000 in six new grants during the seventh year of the National Theater Project. NTP supports the development and touring of new theater works.

The National Theater Project (NTP) promotes the development and touring of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater works. Modeled on NEFA’s National Dance Project, NTP functions as a full system of support for devised theater, which in addition to funding animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles.

Since the first round of NTP grants in 2010, NEFA has infused over $5 million into the field through the program. To date, 57 new theater works have been supported; touring of those works has reached 42 different states across the U.S. NTP projects have toured to large and small arts presenters, military bases, universities, regional theaters, and festivals. Leadership support for NEFA’s National Theater Project is generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are proud to support this group of visionary artists, and appreciate our long partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which enables NEFA to support both artistic creation and the touring of new work in communities across the United States,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

Grants for this round ranged from $90,000-$125,000. In addition to the Creation and Touring grant, each recipient will also receive $10,000 towards capacity building for touring the project. The six grant recipients are:

  • Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA, for Urban Rez
  • Kaneza Schaal, Brooklyn, NY, for JACK&JILL
  • Manual Cinema, Chicago, IL, for The End of TV
  • Phantom Limb Company, New York, NY, for FALLING OUT
  • Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin, New Orleans, LA, for Vessels
  • Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe, NM, for PIE

In addition, NTP will award Finalist Development grants totaling $30,000 to assist in further development of four applicant projects.

“I am so excited about this cohort of grantees whose projects address issues of identity, incarceration, gentrification, climate change, and racism,” said Quita Sullivan, program director for theater at NEFA. “The breadth and depth of these projects is breathtaking!”

Organizations interested in presenting any of these works – or works from previous grant rounds – may apply for an NTP Presentation Grant after contacting its tour coordinator; learn about all the projects with NTP touring support available on a searchable directory on www.nefa.org. NTP also provides travel support for arts presenters interested in seeing projects. Contact program director Quita Sullivan at qsullivan@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x531 to learn more.

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org.

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CONTACT: Ann Wicks | 617.951.0010 x534

Martin Wilner, Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm

The 192nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

From the Funny papers to Freud: Martin Wilner’s Artistic Journey
Martin Wilner will trace the unusual arc of his work from learning to draw from comic books and strips in grade school to becoming a psychiatrist and a widely exhibited visual artist. He will describe his ongoing drawing projects and an existential work process that draw upon the techniques of psychoanalysis in a highly original manner without losing sight of his vicarious tutelage at the hands of the comic art masters.
Copies of his Freud Museum London monograph, Martin Wilner: The Case Histories  will be available for purchase at the talk.

Martin Wilner is a visual artist and psychiatrist. His art has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in many prominent public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Jewish Museum. He recently had his first one person museum exhibition at the Freud Museum London and has been included in numerous museum group exhibitions including Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions at the Morgan Library and Museum, Reinventing Ritual at the Jewish Museum, and Making Contact at the New Museum Los Gatos. He has lectured on his work process at the Drawing Center, the Freud Museum London, SXSW, and the Payne Whitney Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Image: September 2016: David Greenberger (Making History: The Case Histories)

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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book – 9/12, 7PM

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 AT 7:00 PM
The Bark Room (Orientation Room)
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street, Room M101
New York, NY 10011

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book

Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with caricature since he published his first portraits for Warner Brothers films in April 1925. His first theatrical drawing was in December 1926, and he would continue to draw the theater for New York newspapers, magazines, posters and programs for the next 76 years. Simultaneously, he both recorded and defined Hollywood for nine decades in images and posters that are as iconic as the films themselves. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century, creating more covers for TV Guide than any other artist. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did, with a handful of his album covers, from the cast album of My Fair Lady to Aerosmith’s Draw The Line, becoming landmarks of 20th century graphic design.

Join David Leopold as he reveals how Hirschfeld also left his mark in the world of literature. Books that Hirschfeld authored allowed him to explore the world outside of performance, and he collaborated on a series of books with S. J Perelman, including one that took the two friends around the world. His illustrations enlivened books by Fred Allen, Garson Kanin, William Saroyan, Brooks Atkinson and John Mason Brown, while other illustrated books covered topics as diverse as the Algonquin Round Table to the Johnson White House. Leopold will also share images and stories from unpublished works including books on the Russian theater and film scene in the 1920s, a history of the African impact on the Bahamas and even a book on Nina, his daughter whose name he hid in almost all of his drawings after her birth in 1945.

David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. He organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist’s death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” His other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He has also authored a number of monographs on underappreciated artists for various museums.

Presented by The New School’s Parsons School of Design. 

The full fall schedule for The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium can be found here.

Carousel, Brooklyn Book Fest, & SPX, Sept 11-17

Three comics events with R. Sikoryak:
CAROUSEL at Union Hall, Brooklyn: Monday, Sept. 11
Small Press Expo in MarylandSaturday, Sept. 16
Brooklyn Book Fest: Sunday, Sept. 17

All the details below:

CAROUSEL: COMICS PERFORMANCES AND PICTURE SHOWS
Monday, Sept. 11

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists:
Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution),
Jennifer Camper (“Rude Girls and Dangerous Women,” “subGURLZ”) ,
Teva Harrison  (In-Between Days),
Lisa Lim (Mutha Magazine, Guernica Magazine),
Kevin Sacco (The Plane Story,  Josephine).
Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Monday, September 11, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets: $8.00
http://www.unionhallny.com/

Small Press Expo in Maryland
Saturday, Sept. 16 

Sikoryak will be at SPX on Saturday only, 11 am – 7 pm, signing his new books at the Drawn & Quarterly table #W1-4 as well as with Kriota Willberg at table #H13A.
Plus, at 6 pm in the White Flint Auditorium:
Trump Presidential Library,” a panel with Shannon Wheeler and R. Sikoryak, discussing their new books: Sh*t My President Says and The Unquotable Trump.
Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

http://www.smallpressexpo.com

 

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, Sept. 17

Drawn & Quarterly will be exhibiting at Brooklyn Book Festival 2017, booths 221 + 222, in Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza.  They will be joined by R. Sikoryak (Terms & Conditions, The Unquotable Trump), Leslie Stein (Present), Adrian Tomine (Killing & Dying), and Leanne Shapton (Toys Talking).
Programming includes:
11 amI’m Gonna Live Forever: Fame and Its Discontents Panel with R. Sikoryak, Jonathan Coulton, and Penelope Bagieu in the Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St). Moderated by Jonathan Gray.

Full schedule here:  https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/event/2017/08/brooklyn-book-festival-2017

Hope to see you somewhere!