Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13 Street, Room Z101
New York, NY 10011
Director and Chief Curator
Radhika Subramaniam is an assistant professor of art and design history and theory with research interests in South Asian urban modernity and cultures of catastrophe. Her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism, and political and social justice.
She previously served as director of cultural programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where she commissioned several public art projects in downtown Manhattan and oversaw a program of art and ideas. Her projects include Art in Odd Places: Sign (co-curated with Erin Donnelly, October 2009), Abecedarium for Our Times (Apexart, 2008), Rods and Cones: Seeing from the Back of One's Head (guest-curated for the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, 2008), and Cities, Art and Recovery (LMCC, 2005–2006), a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe.
She was also the founding and executive editor of Connect: art.politics.theory.practice, an interdisciplinary art journal published by Arts International. She has a PhD in Performance Studies and an MA in Anthropology.
Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs
Kristina Kaufman was born and raised in the New York area. As a young child, she often trailed behind her mother on visits to museums, thus beginning her interest in art. She discovered a passion for architecture and design when she visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin as a teenager. Kristina went on to earn a BA in Art History with a concentration in architectural history from Columbia University and an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College at Columbia.
Before joining Parsons, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Architecture and Design; openhousenewyork; and the Jewish Museum. Kristina is currently pursuing an MS in Organizational Change Management at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.
Assistant Director of the Galleries
Daisy Wong's passion for and involvement in the arts dates back to her preschool years, when she created her first drawing, based on the movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Inspired to pursue a fine arts education, Daisy attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in New York City, graduating in 1997. She went on to study at Parsons and graduate with a BFA in Communication Design in 2001.
Daisy worked as a graphic designer in Parsons' Promotion Design office and joined the Exhibitions department in 2002. She has contributed to several exhibitions, including Dae Won Kim's Mountain Vistas and Guardian Spirits at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York; Decorative Egg Exhibition at the Ukrainian Museum; and the Democratic Monument in America 1900–2000 for Fizer Forley Studio.
When Daisy is not working in the gallery, she can be found on the urban art scene seeking out contemporary artists, visiting exhibitions, and collecting limited-edition works for her private collection of prints, drawings, and toys.
Allison Schlegel was born in Newport, R.I. and grew up in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she drove to New York the day after her college graduation ceremony with the goal to pursue a career in the visual arts and has continued along that path ever since.
Before joining Parsons, she worked for the exhibitions departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library respectively. In addition, she co-founded a design studio in 2004 called WITS Productions, working there until 2010, co-designing jewelry collections that have been sold at the MoMA Design Stores in New York and Japan, among others. She also has experience fabricating large-scale sculptures and installations for private artist's studios in an around New York.
In her spare time, she focuses on her own artwork, developing pieces that combine video, performance and sculpture.
She holds a BA in Fine Art and Literature from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. She also studied Environmental and Public Art at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
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