Parsons recently appointed New York-based curator and writer Radhika Subramaniam director and chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. The center, which opened in 2008, develops exhibitions and programs that place art and design in the context of larger social and cultural issues. In addition to her role as director, Subramaniam will serve as an assistant professor of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons.
"The New School is an extraordinary place of intersecting cultures, academic scholarship, and global social consciousness," said Subramaniam. Before coming to Parsons, she served as director of Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where she organized symposia, dialogues, public art, and performances that advanced the organization’s mission to galvanize downtown New York through innovative and critical artistic and cultural programming.
"With a curatorial practice that is both cross disciplinary and dialogic, Radhika has a demonstrated commitment to public pedagogy, critical urbanism, and questions of political and social justice," said Parsons Dean Joel Towers. "These are values that are very much in line with the institution as a whole."
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center houses two exhibition spaces as well as the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives. Currently on view in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery is “Dormitorium: Film Decors by the Quay Brothers,” an exhibition of rare film sets from the works of cult stop-motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay, which runs through October 4. In the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, thesis work by graduating students in the MFA Photography program is on view through September 11.
For more information on the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, including programming and visitor information, please visit their website .