Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons School of Design
2 West 13 Street, Room Z101
New York, NY 10011
Director and Chief Curator
Radhika Subramaniam is the Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design
Center (SJDC) at Parsons School for Design/The New School where she is assistant
professor at the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Her research and
curatorial interests deal with urban crises and surprises, particularly crowds,
cultures of catastrophe, and human-animal relationships. Her curatorial practice is
cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism, and
political and social justice. Curatorial projects include Art in Odd Places: Number
(2013) and Sign (2009, with Erin Donnelly), 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.
At the SJDC, she has developed dialogic curatorial platforms such as Living
Concrete/Carrot City (2010, with Nevin Cohen), #searchunderoccupy (2012,
collaboratively curated), Art Environment Action! (2012), an environmental
“artshop,” Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story (2013, with Margot
Bouman), and Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging (2014, with Julia
Foulkes and Mark Larrimore). She was formerly the Director of Cultural Programs
at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the founding executive editor of an
interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art.Politics.Theory.Practice. She has been a SEED
Foundation teaching fellow in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute
(2012) and an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre (2014). She has a Masters in
Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies.
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. She has served as a panelist and Chair for the New York State Council on the Arts Architecture and Design Committee and appeals panel (2013-15) and as a juror for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (2013-14).
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.
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