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Opening Wednesday, Oct 29 Exhibition: TOWaNda: An American Town Pictured

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October 29 – November 13, 2014
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design​
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


During the fall of 2013, fifteen students from Parsons The New School for Design collaborated with Documentary Strategies Part-Time Assistant Professor, Vincent Cianni, in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video. The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation.

Simultaneously, a team of graphic designers led by Parsons Graphic Design Part-Time Assistant Professor, Jeanne Verdoux, collaborated in response to the photographers’ works to create a graphic picture of the town and project. The sixteen designers produced a printed poster-catalog of the project, a live website, and an overall graphic identity that broadened and synthesized the various works produced by the photography students.

This exhibition continues the project, highlighting works produced by both photographers and designers while renewing an engagement with the town of Towanda, PA, that forges a new link between rural Pennsylvania and the New York galleries at Parsons The New School for Design.

Artists: Vincent Cianni, Luke Clerkin, Jordan Jablon, Abigail Nicolas, Carsen Russell, Daniel Evan Rodriguez, Lior Tamim, Sarah Uriarte, and Olivia Zimmerman
Designers: Kathryn Carissimi, Ariel Chan, Jessica Chen, Thando Hademe, Kelin Handville, Genevieve Howe, Anri Kang, Na Youn “Jenny” Kim, Nicholas Lee, Carmen McLeod, Anna Meninger, Audrey Melick, Christopher Rodriguez, Jenna Saraco, Youshin Song, and Annette Wong
Curator: Carmen McLeod
Supervising Faculty: Vincent Cianni and Jeanne Verdoux



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