CDRL’s Curatorial Slam, 4/21


Friday, 4/21, 6:30-9pm 

In the historic Orozco Room (A 712), 66 W. 12th Street


Parsons’ Curatorial Design Research Lab (CDRL) is a community of practice comprised of faculty, staff and students from across The New School whose research expands the field of contemporary curatorial practice to include activities that lie both within and beyond the white cube. CDRL is proud to host its Third Annual CURATORIAL SLAM!,­­ a lively array of fast paced ideas and images mixed with drinks and delectables. This public event offers a sampling of diverse curatorial models recently developed by New School community members, from site­-specific platforms to participatory exchanges to research projects exploring local ecologies, gentrification, and contentious political histories.


8 minute PechaKucha-­style presentations followed by food and wine. . .

Speakers/topics include:


Julia Foulkes (Faculty, History, NSPE)

“My City: Jerome Robbins and New York”

Jerome Robbins would have been 100 in 2018. How does an exhibition pay tribute, not fall into replicating ideas of white male lone geniuses, and inspire others to re-make the city around them?


Aleksandra Wagner (Faculty, Sociology, NSPE) 

“Disorderly Conduct: A Birthing of an Archive” Can a widow hope to make an orderly archive that intersects with her own disorderly life? A fast run through the making of Lebbeus Woods Archive, Estate of Lebbeus Woods (Architect, American, 1940 – 2012).


Macushla Robinson (MA student, NSSR)                                           “Memory Is A Tough Place” This exhibition slotted for Parsons’ Kellen gallery during summer 2017 draws primarily from photographs within The New School Art Collection to look at social justice, and will set up a dialogue between these historical images and more contemporary work by select Parsons alumni.


Sebastian Grant (MA student, History of Design & Curatorial Studies, Parsons)

“Wearable Art: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection at the Cooper Hewitt”

Featuring works from master jewelers Otto Künzli, Ted Noten, Bruce Metcalf, and more, this presentation will explore the upcoming exhibition of Susan Grant Lewin’s gracious donation to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and will discuss questions of art jewelry’s place in contemporary art and design.


Christiane Paul  (Faculty, Media Studies, NSPE)

“What Lies Beneath” Christiane will discuss her exhibition at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, in relation to curating within shifting cultural contexts and preview her work on the outdoor park 38 30 Art Valley.

Amanda Parmer (Curatorial Assistant, The Vera List Center, NSPE)    

“Maria Thereza Alves: 2016–18 VLC Prize for Art and Politics Winner”How are VLC’s curators working with Alvez to  realize Seeds of Change: New York: Botany and Colonization, a project mapping artifacts and entities that trace the proliferation of foreign seeds traveling to the New York region via trade ship ballast over the past two centuries? The exhibition will include a verdant collection of propagated ballast flora that will fill Parsons’ Aronson Gallery.


Malgorzata Bakalarz (PhD Student, Sociology, NSSR)

“Exploring Wounded Places”

This project, which included an exhibition, an international multidisciplinary symposium, and a graduate course for students from Parsons, NSSR and School of Form taught in Warsaw, Poland, stemmed from Malgorzata’s interest in exploring the topic of “wounded places” and her urge to facilitate/provoke a multi-vocal response to the timely matters of today’s world.


Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani (Faculty, Urban Studies, NSPE) 

“In the Same Room without Screaming”

Gabrielle presents her long-term collaboration with housing activists and New School students to create exhibitions as spaces for dialogue in a highly contested area of the Lower East Side, the subject of her forthcoming book.


Rit Premnath/ Shifter (Faculty, Fine Arts, Parsons) 

“An Engagement in Learning through Unlearning: A Call to Gather”

This series of gatherings invites participants to take a closer look at the worlds we share through encounters in unusual spaces, such as the makeshift prayer room in the basement of the University Center, aiming to unlearn our assumptions and prejudices about each other in a time when the urgency for new solidarities has never been greater.

Please join us–and help pass the word to friends, colleagues and students!