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Quick Hit: Speed and Glamour–Early Automobiles and NYC at MCNY tonight!

Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 PM

Speed and Glamour: Early Automobiles and New York City

New York City played an important role in making the automobile an icon of modernism.  Join Phil Patton, automobile design expert and co-curator of the Museum’s exhibition Cars, Culture, and the City, for an in-depth look at how New York influenced the design of early cars and parkways and promoted speed and glamour, from Gatsby’s Rolls Royce to the Ford Mustang.  Presented in conjunction with Cars, Culture, and the City.

Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or programs@mcny.org

$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members

$6 when you mention Parsons/New School

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

Quick Hit: Bonnie Gloris’ Brain Topography


“The Immersion of the Senses,” by Parsons Illustration Alum Bonnie Gloris, appears in the May issue of Brain Topography,  A Journal of Cerebral Function and Dynamics. The oil painting, which depicts the five boroughs of New York City,  each representing a sensory organ, illustrates the journal’s preface. This special issue was widely distributed at the International Multisensory Research Forum’s 10th annual conference in New York this past June 29 – July 2, 2009.

Congrats, Bonnie!

DWR Tools for Living Window Painting tomorrow!


Illustration students from Noel Claro‘s Beyond the Page class are taking part in an exciting project tomorrow at the SoHo Design Within Reach store.  Here’s the official press release from DWR:

Design Within Reach is once again collaborating with Parsons The New School for Design and its acclaimed Illustration Program. In celebration of the upcoming International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), Parsons students will paint iconic tools on the windows of the DWR: Tools for Living store. They’ll draw on the visual vocabulary of the existing store identity but apply it with a twist, using bright window decal paints and hand-drawn letterforms. The result will be a bold reinterpretation of the store’s inventory.

The collaboration is part of Parsons’ Beyond the Page illustration course, which explores the application of illustration to contexts other than the printed page. Through in-class exercises inspired by a range of references and visits with artists in the field, students are exposed to a well-curated sampling of the increasingly diverse world of illustration. The class also designs objects and products featuring the students’ illustration work, providing them with real-world creative experience.

The students will paint the windows live during the event on May 7 and the display will be up through May 19th.  . Join us to witness their work and place your vote for which student’s illustration will be selected to become a custom “skin” for a medium Geneva Sound System unit [editor’s note: more info on this tomorrow!], to be revealed during ICFF.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009
:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: DWR: Tools for Living
Street: 142 Wooster Street
City/Town: New York, NY

Make sure to stop by and check it out.  Also, come back here tomorrow for more information about the Geneva Sound System project!

Liz Lomax gives lecture at Society of Illustrators

We just got this email from Illustration Alum Liz Lomax:

I wanted to let you know about a lecture I am giving at the Society of Illustrators at the end of this month. I’ll be talking about how I got started as a 3D Illustrator ten years ago and how I’ve turned some wire, tinfoil and Sculpey into a career. I’d love to see you there if you can make it.

Liz Lomax, a three dimensional illustrator in New York, is widely recognized as one of the leading figures in her field. She illustrates using a unique process she developed herself over ten years as a professional. Her work has won awards and appeared in many annuals and books on illustration. Her clients include some of the best names in advertising and magazines.

April 30 at 6:30 pm
“An Evening With Liz Lomax”
$10 ($6 for students)

The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Quick Hit: The Illustrated Letter show at NY Times

The Illustrated Letter:
Four Decades of Letters to the Editor Spots


Thursday, April 24, 2008
7:00-9:00 PM


The New York Times
620 8th Avenue, 7th Floor


RSVP Required to


R. Sikoryak in 3D Comic Carousel at Comic Con!


Sunday, April 20
3 PM – 4 PM

At the New York Comic Con
Jacob K. Javits Center (655 West 34th Street)
Location:  Kids Room 1E09

A series of cartoon slide shows of comics from Nickelodeon Magazine,  
presented by an array of artists and other characters.

Plenty of gags, goofiness, audience participation and 3-D action!  
Definitely for kids and alternative-comics-loving adults.

Free 3-D glasses and magazines!

Chris Duffy – Magazine Editor – Nickelodeon
Dave Roman – Magazine Editor – Nickelodeon
R. Sikoryak (Drawn and Quarterly, Parsons Illustration Alum & Adjunct Faculty)
Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle)
Kim Deitch (Alias the Cat)
Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed To Thrizzle)

Assisted by Karen Sneider (Pony Up!)
Adapted for 3-D projection by Gerald Marks

For more info and tickets:

Children 12 and under are admitted for free on Kids Day!

Also make sure to check out the Facebook event page for full details (add Parsons Illustration as a friend while you’re there!), as well as R. Sikoryak’s website for more of his great artwork.


[image by R. Sikoryak]

Early Notice: ICON5

adam mccauley

ICON5 will be held in New York City at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The theme of this year’s conference, The Big Picture, is more than a slogan, it is the perspective through which we see our future – a future of limitless possibilities for illustrators as thinkers, story tellers and providers of creative content. The conference promises to examine and discuss the current creative and economic forces that every illustrator and our industry face today.

Parsons Adjunct Faculty members Jordin Isip and Tara McPherson will speak on the following panel:

Gallery 101
Saturday, July 5, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Martha Rich with
Tara McPherson, Jordin Isip and Jonathan Levine

The increasing popularity and success of the small gallery has created a need for new, affordable and original art. Exhibiting in a gallery is a great way for illustrators to expand beyond traditional forms of illustration and generate additional income. How do you take that next step into the exhibiting world and get your work out of the studio and on the gallery wall? Illustrator Martha Rich questions gallery curator Jonathan Levine and illustrators Jordin Isip and Tara McPherson about the challenges and successes connected to their gallery experiences. Curious about showing your work in galleries, curating your own shows or developing a new line of revenue and expanding your creativity? This session is for you.

Other ICON5 speakers are: Marshall Arisman, Steven Bliss, Enrico Casarosa, Allan Comport, Andrew Coningsby, Tad Crawford, Ronnie del Carmen, Chrystal Falcioni, Mark Gallagher, Von Glitschka, Rudy Gutierrez, Mirko Ilíc, Jordin Isip (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty), Barry Jackson, James Jean, Jerelle Kraus, David Lanham, Jonathan LeVine, Luba Lukova, Ross MacDonald, Gedeon Maheux, Leonard S. Marcus, Tara McPherson (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty), Stephan Martiniere, Tim Mendola, Mitch Nash, Gary Panter, Daniel Pelavin, Louisa Saint Pierre, Ina Salz, Keri Smith, Mark T. Smith, Greg Spalenka, James Sturm, June Walker, and Robert Zimmerman.

July 2-5, 2008
New York City

Registration info can be found here.


[image by Parsons Illustration Alum Adam McCauley]

Last Chance: Saul Steinberg Tables @ PaceWildenstein

steinberg @ pace
Paris Table by Saul Steinberg

You only have two days left to see an exhibition of sculpture by legendary illustrator Saul Steinberg at the PaceWildenstein Gallery in New York City. Here’s more information from the official press release:

Saul Steinberg: Tables and Other Sculpture, the first exhibition devoted exclusively to Steinberg’s wood assemblages from the 1970s and 1980s, at 32 East 57th Street, New York City, from January 11 through February 9, 2008.Saul Steinberg: Tables and Other Sculpture features the artist’s rarely exhibited mixed-media “Table” constructions as well as wall reliefs. This is the eighth exhibition devoted to the artist’s work at PaceWildenstein.

By the early 1960s, Steinberg had decided to pare down his wide-ranging endeavors—book and magazine features, stage sets, fabric designs, and holiday cards, among others—and concentrate on his work for The New Yorker and on art for gallery and museum exhibitions. Within a decade, he had begun sculpting or, by his own account, “whittling,” facsimiles of the ordinary objects in his studio—pen and pencils, paint brushes, sketchbooks, a pocket calendar, even his own painter’s palette—at a 1:1 scale. Many of these trompe-l’oeil objects were then incorporated into his first “drawing tables”—three-dimensional renderings of the draftsman’s life in art, filled with his drawing tools, sketchbooks, and replications of works completed or in progress. The sculptural assemblages range from Bonbon Fazul (Table Series) (1971) and The Pyramid Table (1974) to later examples, including interiors such as the Art Deco bedroom at Hotel Metropole (1987) and U.S. Post Office (1984), Steinberg’s wry take on public architecture. The massive, oppressively official structure in the latter rises up from a drawing Steinberg made in 1977 entitled Federal Bldg., Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1981, another drawing renamed the same structure US Post Office, Cincinnati.

The show closes on Saturday so catch it if you can!  Get more information and see more images here.

Saul Steinberg: Tables and Other Sculpture
32 E.57th St. 2nd floor, New York, NY 10022
Telephone: 1.212.421.3292
Hours: Tues. -Fri. 9:30am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm
E-mail PaceWildenstein

Ben Katchor in New York Magazine

slug bearers

Illustration Associate Professor Ben Katchor got interviewed for New York Magazine recently. He talked about the development of his new opera with Mark Mulcahy, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island. Here’s a snippet:

As a cartoonist working in theater, how would you compare the two?
Comics are an economical way to figure out stories. There are zero expenses. You just need a place to live. Whereas theater is the most luxurious art form that there is: You need live actors, and everyone has to show up at a certain time and do a lot of rehearsing. Are they going to catch a cold that day? Are they going to show up? You realize how fragile all of it is. But it’s a great thing. When you’re watching a great actor try to figure out his scene, it’s like watching a cartoonist making a drawing, but they’re doing it somehow with their body. It’s amazing.

How would you sum up the play for someone who hasn’t seen it?
It’s an absurdist romance. It’s about the romance of poetry and humanitarianism.

The show also seems to be making a statement about consumerism.
There is a trend in the world now toward the immaterial — with people digitizing books and making tiny portable electronic devices. But if you want to make table phones and toasters, they need to be augmented artificially. The weight needs to be augmented. There is nothing physically to them, they’re just little microchips and plastic casings. We’re at this strange point in time where a lot of life we’d like to have miniaturized so we can carry a library in our pocket. But on the other hand, we still have hands and physical bodies, and we need to deal with the physical world. It’s a dilemma of technology.

Catch the rest of Ben’s interview here and see here for more information about The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island.