BFA Photography Professor Graham MacIndoe and Journalism + Design Professor Susan Stellin Curate Reframing Recovery at Aronson Galleries

Curated by Graham MacIndoe & Susan Stellin

April 6-21, 2019

Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00–6:00 p.m. and Thurs. until 8:00 p.m.

 Tuesday, April 9th: Opening reception : 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Panel discussion: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design, The New School

66 Fifth Ave. @ 13th St., New York City


There are about 23 million people in the United States who have successfully resolved a problem with drugs or alcohol, but we rarely see or hear their stories compared to depictions of addiction in media, art, music, and film. Although not everyone identifies as being “in recovery” and many people can’t publicly acknowledge their past because of stigma or the consequences of admitting illegal drug use, a growing movement is working to offer examples of success and hope to those still struggling with addiction.

The goal of this exhibit is not just to show that recovery is possible, but also to highlight some of the ways people have rebuilt their lives: reconnecting with their families, finding rewarding work, developing meaningful relationships with partners, peers, and others who offer support. We also wanted to feature some of the treatment providers and harm reduction services that many people rely on, often at times when they feel isolated and overwhelmed. Recovery is rarely a solo journey and it usually involves setbacks and hurdles, but the more we talk about it, share ideas, and embrace different paths, the more people will find their way.

Following the opening reception on April 9th at 6:30 PM, will be a compelling panel discussion, called Art, Media, Research, and Advocacy: What Shapes Public Opinion and Drug Policy? The panel features Graham Macindoe, Tracie Gardner, the
vice president of policy advocacy, Legal Action Center, and Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, principal Investigator and deputy director, Institute of Infectious Disease Research National Development Research Institutes, Inc.  The program is part of the Open Society Foundation’s Dialogue on Drug Policy series at The New School and will be moderated by Susan Stellin . Panelists will discuss how art, media, research, and advocacy can influence how we respond to problematic drug use—through treatment, harm reduction, and other services—and help people rebuild their lives after addiction.

Contributing Artists: Nina Berman, Allan Clear, John Donadeo, Yannick Fornacciari, Tony Fouhse, Paul Gorman, John Linder, Luceo, Graham MacIndoe, Josh Meltzer, Jackie Neal, Neil Sneddon, and Susan Stellin.

Student Projects, supervised by Graham MacIndoe and Julia Gorton, assistant professor of communications at The New School: Sara Akiki, Carly Bayroff, Scouts Palframan, Ellie Plass, Josie Stevenson, and Lucy Xin.

Curator bios:

Graham MacIndoe is a photographer and assistant professor at Parsons and Susan Stellin is a reporter and adjunct professor in the Journalism + Design department at The New School who recently completed a master’s in public health at Columbia University. They have collaborated on various projects combining interviews and photography, including exhibitions, talks, and a memoir documenting Graham’s addiction, incarceration, and recovery.

Many of the contributing artists in this exhibition have personal experience with addiction and recovery, while others have worked closely with the people whose stories they documented through long-term collaborative projects.

Graham MacIndoe & Susan Stellin: Re-Entry & Recovery

Portraits and interviews with people navigating life after addiction and incarceration, from a larger series documenting stories of recovery.

Nina Berman: An autobiography of Miss Wish

A multi-dimensional collaborative work focusing on the story of one woman and the intersection of sexual trauma, mental illness, addiction, and recovery.

Allan Clear: Lower East Side Needle Exchange

Photos of people, events, activism, and art from this community center at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

John Donadeo: Family Ties

Portraits of John’s extended family and friends exploring the socioeconomic and familial factors that impact addiction and recovery.

Yannick Fornacciari: Heroin Days

Images and text juxtaposing Yannick’s first day on methadone with how he felt after a year of treatment.

Tony Fouhse: Live Through This

Photos of a young woman Tony met who asked for help getting into a rehab program, which enabled her to escape life on the street.

Paul Gorman: Rip and Run

Spoken word pieces and images commenting on Paul’s past drug use and his life now in recovery.

John Linder: Art Therapy

Artwork John created in a program that helps participants use art as part of a therapeutic process to address drug and alcohol problems.

Luceo: Harm Reductionists

Photos of supporters of the harm reduction movement paired with handwritten responses to question prompts.

Graham MacIndoe: Thank You for Sharing

Instagram and Facebook posts reflecting on Graham’s addiction, incarceration, and recovery, which have inspired others to share their experiences as well.

Josh MeltzerDopesick—Agents of Change

Portraits of treatment providers, healthcare workers, activists, and counselors shot for Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy.

Jackie Neale: Common Ground Tacony

A cyanotype portrait banner of Richard, who tends to a garden in the Tacony neighborhood of North Philadelphia as part of his recovery from addiction.

Neil Sneddon: Developing Recovery

Photos taken by clients Neil asked to document the people, places, and things they identified as meaningful for their recovery.

Student Projects

Lucy Xin & Josie Stevenson: Responding to Recovery

An interactive experience inviting visitors to respond to open-ended questions about what recovery means to them by writing their thoughts on wall panels and postcards.

Carly Bayroff & Scoutt Palframan: Not Just a Label

An animated projection that replaces derogatory terms associated with people who use drugs with positive identities, to show that no one should be defined by negative labels.

Ellie Plass: Harm Reduction at The New School

An interview addressing student substance use, addiction, harm reduction services, and rehabilitation based on insight from those who have direct experience with this issue.

  Sara Akiki: Recovery in Perspective

A project that uses stenciling to reframe our notion of recovery by allowing viewers to re-evaluate the world from a different perspective.

Thanks to: Luke Hayman and Elyanna Blaser-Gould at Pentagram Design, Hashem Eaddy, The National, and everyone who worked with the artists and shared their stories.

MFA Photography 2014 Alumni Gabriel Sanchez Selected as a Juror in 2019 Daylight Photo Awards

MFA Photography 2014 Alumni Gabriel Sanchez has been selected as a Juror for the 2019 Daylight Photo Awards!

We encourage Parsons students and alumni to submit to the 2019 Daylight Photo Awards. The winner will receive $1000a digital feature and a chance to have their project considered for publication. Previous Daylight Photo Award winners include Zhang Kechun, Bryan Schutmaat, Aaron Vincent Elkaim,Tamas Dezso and Katrin Koenning.


Healthy Materials Lab is Hiring!


Are you looking to join a team of passionate and creative people working to make the world a healthier place for all people? Healthy Materials Lab is looking for a Research Assistant with videography (both recording and video editing), graphic design, systems mapping, and/or data visualization skills to join our team.

This student will assist with recording and editing videos, including interviews and events; diagramming and mapping systems; visualizing complex information into accessible formats, and creating assets for events and general HML use.

Requirements: Undergraduate or Graduate student at The New School with strong representation abilities. Must be a team player, hard-working, and ready to dive into new material.

Apply Here to be considered for Spring Semester work!


Philadelphia Arts Center Contemporary Photography Competition Call For Entries

Contemporary Photography Competition

2 Artists will win $5,000 each and concurrent solo exhibitions from April 11, 2019 –
May 25, 2019. PPAC understand’s that contemporary photography takes many forms, we are open to all photography, digital imaging, film/video, and lens-based installation work.

Juror Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art
Submission Dates February 1 – June 1, 2018
Entry Fee $30 for a maximum of 10 images

For more information and how to enter

BFA Photography Adjunct Professor Graham MacIndoe Announces Upcoming Exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center

BFA Photography Adjunct Professor Graham MacIndoe has recently announced that he will have an upcoming exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center located in Cincinnati Ohio. The Exhibition centers on MacIndoe’s photographs of the band The National and their evolving career from 2002 onward. You can read the announcement from the Contemporary Arts Center here.

The exhibition will run April 27 through May 27, 2018.

Cover for Sleep Well Beast

Contact Sheet, 2003

Irving Plaza, NYC 1/28/18

Sleep Well Beat Album Launch – Bowery Ballroom 9/28/17


Lizzy Oppenheimer and Mark Lim Launching Print of Nicotine Magazine

BFA Alumni Lizzy Oppenheimer and Mark Lim are launching the print version of their fashion magazine Nicotine. You can read the press release below.

Red Hook Labs Seeking Submissions for Exhibition

Red Hook Labs will be hosting an exhibition this summer entitled ‘Labs New Artists’. There is an Open Call for the Labs New Artists exhibition which is a group summer show at Labs Gallery which will include a select group of approximately 25 photographers.

Open Call guidelines: submit up to 20 images along with your artist bio and artist statement. Only submit your recent work.

Dates: July 12, 2017 – July 23, 2017

Application deadline: June 1, 2017

Application fee: $25

For more information you can visit here 

Fall 2016 Elective: Sex Ed

Sex Ed 
PSAM 3091

Fall 2016, Day: Thursday, Time: 3:50-6:30

Through a series of collective and individual assignments, Sex Ed will engage students as collaborators in developing arts-based sex education content for use online, in classrooms, and out in the world. We will be working in concert with the youth advocates and staff of Planned Parenthood New York (PPNY). Street campaigns, videos, role-playing exercises, performances and games will all be explored as proposals for new ways of thinking and re-thinking sex education. Students will explore: the history of sex education in the US, the role of artists and activists in raising awareness of social issues related to sex and sex education, and creative ways to encourage and engage public participation and consciousness. Students will also be exposed to the planning, development, and documentation methods necessary to create successful curricula, tools, and public programming, as well as participating in public art projects that engage the public around social issues. Find out more about our work at
*This course counts towards the Social Practice and Gender Studies minors.



On view August 11 through September 9, 2015
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons The New School for Design
Opening Reception: August 26, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Parsons The New School for Design presents PUSH PULL, an exhibition of thesis work from its MFA Photography program in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Works include photographs, computer-generated imaging, 3D imaging and printing, video, and installation pieces.

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

The exhibition features thesis work by Marco Bell, Shiang-Jiun Chen, Qiren Hu, Dongli Huang, Dongmin Lee, Rosana Liang, Ashley Middleton, Kelsey O’Brien, Masahito Ono, Melissa Preston, Matthew Scerbak, Emily Shevenok.

Under the direction of James Ramer, the studio-based Parsons MFA Photography program brings visionary students together with some of the artworld’s most influential photographers. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to explore related technologies, focusing on the relationship between concept and production.

For more information about the thesis exhibition, please visit

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save's parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save’s parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governor’s Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit

General Information:
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NYC
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. and late Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.
Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Admission: Free
For more information, please contact 212.229.8919
or visit

CAMERA WORK MFA Photo Alumni Show Closing Reception September 2nd

Camerawork closing

AMT and the MFA Photography program present CAMERA WORK, an exhibition of work from Parsons MFA Photography Alumni, and part of our celebration of 10 years of the MFA Photography program!

Running from June 26 – September 2, 2015 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery.

The artists in this exhibition are all “photographers,” which is to say they have all received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the photography program at Parsons School of Design, but none of them chemically transcribe the world onto film. Rather, they use various digital imaging and video processes to create their works; what they have in common is the camera, even if only the one on their iPhone. These artists’ enduring employment of the lens as a fundamental tool to make their art positions them within the photographic tradition and their varied practices as “photography.” Their art is camera work.

Including the work of: Jun Ahn, Berk Çakmakçı, Alison Chen, Xiao Chen and Yichen Zhou, Bobby Davidson, John Deamond, Nathan Harger, Erik Madigan Heck, Brigitte Lustenberger, Joy McKinney, Charlie Rubin, José Soto, Keith Telfeyan, and Marie Vic.

Curated by Sarah Hasted and Joseph R. Wolin. This exhibition is presented with the support of the MFA Photography program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology.

Parsons Festival: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition Opens May 19th, 6-9PM, LES

Please join us for an exhibition of photographs, installations, videos, and books by 66 graduating Seniors of the Parsons BFA Photography program. Students use traditional and emerging technologies to create bodies of work influenced by film, design, visual art, fashion and technology. This provocative and engaging exhibition embodies the breadth and diversity of contemporary photographic practice.

Opening Reception: May 19th from 6-9pm
Thierry-Goldberg Gallery: 103 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002
Site/109: 109 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002

Show dates: Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm, through Sunday, May 24th at 6pm

Facebook event page!


(photo by Patricia Lopez.

Join AMT at “Process:Concept” Opening reception at Industry City, Sat. May 9th

Saturday, May 9, 2015
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please join us for an opening night party for the Process:Concept and the Parsons Festival, celebrating the diverse and innovative work of Parsons students.

The opening night celebration will include the following performances:

7:00PM – Experimental Electronic Instruments

Brendan Byrne (MFA Design and Technology)
Brendan Byrne will perform using a collection of electronic musical instruments he’s designed at the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program.

8:00PM –  Soo A Kim – Performance collaboration with Mannes the New School for Music 

This performance is composed with classical musicians, collaborating with students from Mannes the School of Music to bring their individuality through visual representation that is shadowed from music and its conservative practice of performance in the performing arts sphere. There will be four to eight performers scattered around the space playing the repertoire of classical music. The performers will have segments of white glissenette fabric attached to their body or instrument connected to an architectural element in the space. For example, the glissenette will be attached to the tip of the violin bow stretching out to the ceiling of the space. Throughout the performance, the audience will be able to track the musician’s movement by the transformation of the shape from the fabric. This performance serves as a visual interpretation of a musical composition that performers create from their body movement. It allows the performers to be hyperaware of their presence within music along with recognition of subtle distinction of sounds and gestures that individual creates in every performance, which the audience tend to accept it as homogenous form. Duration: 20 min.

9:00PM – Marquale Ashley & Gabby Madden – Dis Course

Based upon gender, sexuality, and aggression we will use performance and movement as a direct correlation between concept /narrative and choreography. Using the space to define limits such as markers of distance and end points on the floor we will engage two discourses, that of the Homosexual male, and that of the Heterosexual female. By mimicking each others’ actions in order to attempt a seamless choreography we directly address the generalizations, assumptions, and implications placed on each
gender in regards to expectations surrounding sexuality, control, dominance, and power shifts. The time frame is dseveloped upon a building of synchronized movements and shifts in power between the two performers. The piece will begin with each performerleading various series of movements that the other performer must mimic. Then as they continue to move throughout the space the narrative actions become distorted between male and female, the physical actions and control will shift with equal disorder. Meaning that as the performers become less specific with their actions in regards to gender, the power structure and balance of control will be disrupted as well. The performers will thenmfight for power, control, and construction of the personal narrative as the gendered actions and power structure will ultimately become completely obscure. The end of the piece is improvisational based upon the time it takes to break constructed narrative. The end of the piece is determined by the performers need and ability to capture control.

Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) will be represented by works and performances by students in Fine Arts (BFA/MFA), Photography (BFA/MFA), Design and Technology (BFA/MFA), Communication Design (BFA), Graphic Design (AAS), Illustration (BFA) and Printmaking.

Process:Concept at Industry City is part of Parsons Festival 2015.


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Submit your work for “New Documents”. Deadline 4/24

PHOTOFEAST + the BFA PHOTOGRAPHY program invite you to submit your work for consideration of our upcoming curated show “NEW DOCUMENTS”. The show will open in Industry City, Brooklyn on May 9th as part of the Parsons Festival.

__Eligibility for participation: current Parsons BFA Photography students.


__Deadline for submissions is THIS FRIDAY 4/24 at midnight!


“I Shot Kate Moss” Info Sessions for Submission Thurs. 4/2

Come meet artist Zev Jonas and special guest photographer Saul Robbins, and find out how to become part of this exciting project!

Thursday April 2, 2015
25 east 13th st
Room 503
3:15pm – 5:00PM

On September 25, 2013, Christie’s London sold 58 images of Kate Moss at auction for almost $3m. In reaction to this sale, Zev Jonas established an online project utilizing altered Kate Moss photographs to explore how we exhibit, view and mass-produce images of each other and how these representations become individualized. Zev began by creating 58 new unique and distorted images of Kate Moss, captured as in-camera montages of the layered images he encountered in public spaces. These were uploaded to and the project went live in Nov, 2013. Zev soon opened up the project to submission, and to date there are hundreds of unique works.


Call for Senior Undergraduate Entries: Parsons Festival 2015 Exhibition

The Parsons Festival Exhibition is designed to showcase talent from across Parsons. If you’re in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program and set to graduate this spring, show us what you’ve got!

View from last years all-Parsons show, "Making Meaning"

View from last years all-Parsons show, “Making Meaning”

About you: You’re graduating. You’ve spent the last few years developing an expertise, a way of thinking, a way of designing that builds on your studies but is unique to you. You’ve put that perspective into your work. And you’d like it to be seen within the broader Parsons context. And you’d like it to be seen in one of Parsons’ signature campus locations during graduation.

About the show: Combining works from across all of Parsons’ undergraduate and associate’s degree programs, this exhibition will take place in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, including the Kellen and Aronson galleries, hallway, and lobby. It will be on view as a highlight of this year’s Parsons Festival from May 7 through May 22, 2015.

How to apply: Read below and fill out the entry form. It asks for things like your name and program, along with images, video, or links that’ll give an idea of your work. It’s pretty straightforward and makes sure you provide all the information that’s needed to review your submission.

Important dates and information:
Eligibility — Open to all graduating students in BFA, BBA, BS, and AAS programs

Deadline for submission — March 15, 2015, at midnight
Notification — April 8, 2015
Delivery of work — April 20–23, 2015 (You must be able to turn in your work by April 23.)
Exhibition on view — May 7–22, 2015
Submission form –
For questions about the exhibition, contact

Aperture at The New School: “Queer Genealogies” Moderated by Richard Meyer, March 18, 6:30-8pm


In conjunction with the release of Aperture’s “Queer” issue, Richard Meyer, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, will moderate a panel discussion that explores how contemporary photographers have cast their attention backward to draw upon and engage the visual record of gay, lesbian, trans, and non-normative sexualities.

Panelists include writer and critic Vince Aletti; associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario Sophie Hackett; and artist K8 Hardy.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:30-8p

Where: 65 West 11th St. Room B500

Cost: Free; No tickets or reservations required.


Opportunity to Exhibit at the Hermitage Museum


This June, seventeen New School students will have the chance to exhibit one of their photographs or videos at one of the world’s great museums, The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This year’s exhibition concept as chosen by the team at the Hermitage is, “The Museum and City as Art”.  Please interpret this concept broadly as we are not only looking for literal translations of this theme.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

You may submit up to 10 photographs at 72 dpi, 20 inches on the longest side, or 3 two to three minutes videos (.MOV) to Thomas Werner at Please use WeTransfer to send video submissions.

Submission Deadline: 6pm, Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Selected artists will be notified by March, 18th, 2015

MFA Photo Alum Eric Madigan Heck’s Exhibition and Book Signing Tuesday, 2/17


Exhibition and Book Signing

Tuesday, February 17th at Neuehouse, New York 
Please join us in celebrating Erik Madigan Heck’s new publication launch at Neuehouse, New York, and see an ephemeral installation of the works from Pictures Not Content projected onto the windows of the East 25th street building for one week only.