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SJDC Presents QUESTION FOR REVOLUTION AND UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD

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THE SHEILA C. JOHNSON DESIGN CENTER AT PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR
DESIGN PRESENTS

QUESTION FOR REVOLUTION AND UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD

On view September 17 – October 6, 2012

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Opening reception and performance: September 21, 6pm – 8pm

See below for full schedule of performances

The multi-media exhibition, Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood, is an examination and reinterpretation of the historical allegiances and projected intentions of socially engaged art of the 1930s WPA era. Responding to The New School’s mural series by Jose Clemente Orozco—a leading member of the Mexican mural public art movement—the exhibition explores the performative potential of Orozco’s mythology, including its represented subjects and historical context. Participating artists will create new works during the course of the exhibition, which will serve as a centerpiece and backdrop to a roster of performances. The exhibition will be on view at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for Design, September 17 through October 6, 2012, with an opening reception and performance on September 21, 6pm to 8pm.

Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood is a collaborative artistic and curatorial project by Parsons The New School for Design MFA Fine Arts candidates Lauren Denitzio (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13), Isaac Richard Pool (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13), and Jessica Posner (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13). It deploys radical and feminist tactics across history, mythology, representation, and presence. Denitzio, Sara Jimenez (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ’13), and Cupid Ojala (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ’12) will organize the creation of a mural, which will be continuously rendered throughout the course of the exhibition by current and recently graduated Parsons students, including: Alicia DeBrincat (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘12), Lillian Handley (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘14), Cara Nahaul (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘14), Kaitlynn Redell (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13), Chaney Trotter (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13), and Ilyn Wong (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13).

In addition to the mural, a central sculpture by John Furer (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘13) translates an Orozco painting into an object of agency.
The exhibition also features a performance series that will explore three methods of performance as a means of pursuing alternative, utopist modes of being: occupation, consciousness raising, and historical redemption. As part of this series, Pool and Posner will embody the Greek mythological characters Dionysus and the Oracle. Additional performances (listed below) include contributions from David Geer, Sam Harmon, Sara Jimenez, Reena Katz (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘12), Shalini Sanjay Patel, Kaitlynn Redell, Colin Self, Joanna Spitzner, JIan Yi (Parsons MFA Fine Arts ‘14), and others.

The Orozco Murals at The New School were commissioned by the university in 1930 for its landmark building on West 12th Street, and include five major works: Science, Labor, and Art; Homecoming of the Worker of the New Day; Struggle in the Orient; Struggle in the Occident; and Table of Universal Brotherhood. The murals, inaugurated on January 19, 1931, initially met with negative reviews. The public debate that followed (in part due to the inclusion of Lenin and Stalin, as well as the depiction of an African-American seated at the head of the Table of Universal Brotherhood) drew some 20,000 visitors in the first few months. In the 1950’s, at the height of the McCarthy era, the New School administration elected to cover the portion of the panel depicting Lenin and Stalin with a yellow curtain. After vigorous student and faculty protests, the administration restored the murals to their original state. It is the only Orozco mural series in New York.

Performance Schedule
• Sept 21, 6-8 pm: Invocation and Historical Redemption, performance organized by Joanna Spitzner.
• Sept 22, 2-6 pm: Occupation with Dionysus and the Oracle, performance by Isaac Richard Pool, Jessica Posner, Sara Jimenez, and Kaitlynn Redell.
• Sept 28, 9 pm: Consciousness Raising Seance for Feminists. A skype seance coperformed with David Geer, Sam Harmon, Reena Katz, Shalini Sanjay Patel, Isaac Richard Pool, Jessica Posner, and guests.
• Sept 29, 2-6 pm: Occupation with Dionysus and the Oracle, performance by Isaac Richard Pool, Jessica Posner, and Colin Self.
• October 5, 7 pm: Whisper Translation, a long distance performance with Reena Katz and Jessica Posner.
• October 6, 2-6 pm: Occupation with Dionysus and the Oracle, performance by Isaac Richard Pool, Jessica Posner, and Jian Yi. BYOBachanalia closing party.

All performances will be video recorded and screened in the galleries. Please visit QRUB.tumblr.com or finearts.parsons.edu for more information. For more information on the Orozco Murals, please visit: http://www.newschool.edu/leadership/provost/artcollection/newschool-murals/.

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. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/sjdc.

General Information
Location: 66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; closed
all major holidays and holiday eves
Admission: Free
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit www.newschool.edu/sjdc

 

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