Parsons Festival AMT Openings and Highlights!

To view the full list of events from all divisions involved in the Parsons Festival, please go to:


Friday, April 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception – Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition “Before”
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 
On view 4/25-5/3
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The MFA Fine Arts program at Parsons presents Before, its 2014 thesis exhibition, curated by Niels Van Tomme. Presenting a reflection on a moment rather than a well structured, overarching curatorial statement, Before explores a state of perpetual yet-to-come and fragile anticipation. The exhibition playfully negotiates Jimmie Durham’s statement that the artist always works “Before Tomorrow,” before the crux of formation and before the advent of history, while laying out a provisional display of artistic gestures. Ranging from traces of transcendent encounters to explorations of social and individual memory, as well as the emergence of narrative structures and the breakdown of identity, the works featured in the exhibition reject official narratives in favor of a more open and exploratory approach to artistic processes. Taken together, they form temporal clusters that complicate a straightforward conceptualization of linearity and purpose. In doing so,Before suggests the continuous and multifaceted interplay between past, present, and future, as well as exemplifies the challenges and promises associated with graduating from an art academy in New York City.

For more information about the thesis exhibition at the Kitchen, please visit the Parsons Fine Arts site, or contact
Join us on twitter #parsonsB4.  A gallery walk-through with the exhibiting students will take place on May 3.


Monday, April 28 – May 22
MFA Photography Exhibition

Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
University Center, 6th Floor Library
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

This exhibition features work by first and second year MFA Photography students. The program seeks to redefine the creative role of photographer within contemporary culture. As illustrated by this exhibition, these pieces represent a wide range of interests, inquiries, methodologies, and approaches. The artwork presented by these emerging photographic artists push the boundaries of the medium and the limits of creative vision.

Tuesday, April 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception – “Making Meaning”
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 
On view from 4/28-5/23

Curated by graduate students at Parsons and presented under the thematic arc of Making/Meaning, this Parsons Festival exhibition showcases the work of undergraduate and associate’s degree students across Parsons, providing a lively snapshot of ideas and issues that inspire the students themselves. AMT is widely represented in this show by a number of talented artists across all our programs. See the full list here.

This exhibition takes place in both the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and the Arnold and Shelia Aronson Galleries at the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center.

Thursday, May 15, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Business of Illustration
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

The BFA Illustration program presents a panel discussion focusing on established and up-and-coming artists with non-traditional career paths connected to the world of illustration. The event will demystify the ever-changing professional landscape of illustration, enabling students to identify with what they may encounter when they leave school.

Friday May 16, May 17th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
MFA Design and Technology Symposium
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, New York, NY
Room I202

The MFA Design and Technology Symposium is a two-day curated forum held in conjunction with the program’s thesis exhibition. Students will discuss both their individual processes and the intersections between projects.Please visit for event schedule and details.

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Studios Reception – MFA Photography
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 
3rd floor

Three times a year, students in the MFA Photography program host informal gatherings to share their work-in-progress with their peers in the New York City photographic community and the general public. Open studios is an opportunity to celebrate new work and strengthen the ties between students, alumni, and working artists.

Monday, May 19th – Friday, May 23rd 
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday – Noon – 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday – Noon – 8:00 pm
Words and Pictures: Illustration Pop Up Shop
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, conference room (lobby, next to Kellen gallery)
2 West 13th Street New York, NY

Browse and purchase editioned and one of a kind works from the Illustration program Seniors including prints, zines, toys, and other great stuff.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception – BFA Fine Arts Senior Show
Parsons East, 4th and 5th floor
25 East 13th Street, New York, NY
On view: 5/20-5/23

The BFA program in Fine Arts exposes students to an array of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global relationships. Students learn to translate concepts into individual expression through composition, color, form, space, and performance while developing a solid set of skills and contemporary artistic strategies. They embrace interdisciplinary approaches to thinking about visual culture, and above all they cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical thinking required to successfully launch their careers as professional artists.The BFA Fine Arts Senior Show celebrates and showcases the thesis work completed by our graduating students. The exhibition takes place in the Fine Arts studios, galleries, and classrooms and includes painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, video, and performance-based work.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Reception – Printmaking Exhibition 
Kerrey Hall, Lobby
65 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
On view 5/12-5/24

This exhibition presents etchings, screenprints, monoprints, woodcuts, lithographs, and examples of letterpress and book arts in a comprehensive show of printmaking work by students from across The New School. A workshop and on-going demonstrations will occur in the print shop, on the 4th floor of 2 West 13th Street, during the exhibition opening.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Reception – Graphic Design Exhibition
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
7th, 10th, and 11th floor showcases
2 West 13th Street, New York, NY
On view: 5/20 – 5/29

The Big Talent Show(case) by graduating students in the AAS Graphic Design program will include a variety of work including editorial and publication design, brand identity, interactive and web design, typography, posters, and non-profit work, as well as printmaking and book arts.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Screening and Opening Reception and for BFA Communication Design / BFA Design and Technology 
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
10th floor classrooms (exhibition reception, on view: 5/20-5/23)
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, lobby level (screenings)
2 West 13th Street New York, NY

Experience an evening of multimedia works from seniors in the BFA Design and Technology and BFA Communication Design programs. Students with physical and/or experiential work will create select installations for public viewing, on the 10th floor of 2 West 13th St. Back down at the lobby level, enjoy narrative shorts, documentary, animation, kinetic type, sound, performance, and experimental videos screening in Kellen Auditorium. …

Tuesday, May 20, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Book/Web Launch Party for BFA Communication Design / BFA Design and Technology
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, lobby  
2 West 13th Street New York, NY

See the work and celebrate the launch of the 2014 catalog featuring more than a hundred graduating students. Projects address a wide range of practical and theoretical concerns across a variety of media, inflected with their shared optimism about the role of design in a global context.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Reception – BFA Photography Exhibition
Milk Studios, Main floor
450 West 15th Street, New York, NY
On view 5/20-5/30 

Parsons The New School for Design and Milk Studios present an exhibition of photographs, installations, video projections, and magazine and book displays by graduating students in Parsons’ BFA Photography program, which challenges students to use analog and digital technology to create bodies of work influenced by film, design, fine art, video, and sound.

Wednesday, May 21 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception MFA Design and Technology Exhibition
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
6 East 16th Street, New York, NY
12th floor 
On view: 5/17-5/25

MFA Design and Technology presents its 2014 exhibition featuring projects from more than 70 graduating students. From installations to performances, objects to apps, games to video to interactive experiences, MFA Design and Technology students explore the dynamic role of technology in our lives.These projects are an interdisciplinary convergence of inquiry and application designed to traverse issues related to technology, including its value. We invoke the playful, the informative, the empowering, the critical, and the subversive to investigate emerging issues and provoke discussion.

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Opening Reception: 2×2 – A Curated Exhibition with Parsons Illustration Program
Space Ninety 8, 98 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)
On view 5/12 – 5/16 12:00pm-9:00pm

Space Ninety 8, a new concept store in Williamsburg will be hosting the Illustration senior show. Thesis, non-thesis work and work for sale will all be on view.

Wednesday, May 21 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Pecha Kucha – BFA Illustration
Kellen Auditorium
66 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
ground floor 

The senior class present their theses projects in 3-5 minute slide talks followed by short Q&A’s for each. A faculty panel will rotate throughout the day to facilitate questions and challenges to the students on their ideas and work.

Wednesday, May 21, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Book Release Party, Screening and Opening Reception for 12th Floor Exhibition – BFA Illustration
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center lobby (book release party)
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, lobby level (screenings)
12th Floor (exhibition, on view: 5/20-5/23)

2 West 13th Street New York, NY

The Illustration Program senior thesis class releases our second Illustration Annual featuring works by all class members. This book contains a diverse range of images and objects that span the many facets of the industry. Celebrate the accomplishments of the senior Illustration class at this fabulous event. In Kellen Auditorium, we’ll also be screening time based and animation works.  The animation focus within AMT covers a wide range of time based media from traditional animation to more experimental works. Illustration students show off their unique takes on this genre. On the 12th floor, we’ll be celebrating the works and ideas that lend themselves to a wide variety of careers including editorial illustration, comics and graphic novels, picture books, motion and animation, toy and product design, and gallery art through a variety of installations and gallery style exhibitions of senior class works.