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The Concurrents Staff Lecture Series: Deirdre McConnell

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Please join us for the final installment of The Concurrents lecture series, featuring Deirdre McConnell from the Office of Advising. She will be speaking about her work on Thursday, April 30, at 12:00 pm, in the Bark Orientation Room (2 W 13th Street, 1st floor).

Drawn from an interest in both the potential and the limitations of human communication, Deirdre’s work examines the space between people. It acknowledges a longing for connection. She uses materials, language, and aesthetic elements that are familiar, casual, and humble, and alters them into objects and moments meant to allure an imagined viewer. The artwork is a prop for our encounter. That between us there is distance—physical, emotional, and abstract—is given.She aims to highlight and frame this space.

Deirdre McConnell is an artist living and working in Queens. Her work has recently been included in Glasgow International. Group shows include Brooklyn venues Arts@Renaissance, Camel Art Space, A.I.R. Gallery, St. Cecilia’s, and BETA Spaces, as well as national and international spaces. In 2015, she will show her work in a two-person exhibition at Calico Gallery in Brooklyn. She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from James Madison University. She was Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow School of Art in 2006 and Summer Fellow in 2004.


Organized by Niki Kriese of AMT, the second iteration of the staff lecture series is collaborative in focus, pairing like-minded but vigorously independent artists from across Parsons to co-present and discuss their investigations. Events will range from screenings to performance to readings, with each artist crafting their own level of engagement with the audience. Similar themes, such as generosity, human interaction, and movement emerge in their work, but the excitement comes from seeing the distinct approaches and viewpoints collide.

For more information, please contact Niki Kriese

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