In association with the exhibition "OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding," now on view in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons presents a series of events with artists whose work is featured in the exhibition. "OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding" explores the meaning of democracy and the current U.S. campaign to disseminate it abroad.
On Monday, October 27, artist Judi Werthein will present "survival kits" created by Parsons students addressing to issues like poverty, mobility and belief systems. Werthein came to national prominence with "Brinco," a sneaker project featured in the exhibition, which she distributed for free to Mexican immigrants about to attempt an illegal crossing into the United States. Each pair contained a map of the border-area, a compass, a wallet, pockets to hide money and medication, and other necessities.
On Monday, November 3, Andrea Geyer will deliver a 90-minute speech on the erased memory of Native American culture and the process of acquiring knowledge in the face of power and oppression. Geyer's talk will be accompanied by a slide show of her own landscape photographs of the American West.
These are just a few of the many programs related to the exhibition. Please visit the OURS website for more information.