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As an extension of its public programming, the Vera List Center produces publications ranging from occasional papers, exhibition guides and books to interactive online artist projects. Following the center’s interdisciplinary model, these publications respond to themes explored in the context of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and other programs, and frequently incorporate new texts commissioned from event collaborators and others.


Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork

Edited by Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao, with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni
With an Afterword by Arjun Appadurai

What needs to change in our understanding of reality in order for reality to change? In the face of radical uncertainty, an awareness that things could be otherwise is beginning to organize common frameworks for action and debate. Interdisciplinary in design and concept, Speculation, Now illuminates unexpected convergences between images, concepts, and language. Artwork is interspersed with essays that approach speculation and progressive change from surprising perspectives. A radical cartographer asks whether "the speculative" can be represented on a map. An ethnographer investigates religious possession in Islam to contemplate states between the divine and the seemingly human. A financial technologist explores understandings of speculation in financial markets. A multimedia artist and activist considers the relation between social change and assumptions about the conditions to be changed, and an architect posits purposeful neglect as political strategy. The book includes an extensive glossary with more than 20 short entries in which scholars contemplate such speculation-related notions as insurance, hallucination, prophecy, the paradox of beginnings, and states of half-knowledge. The artful, nonlinear design of the book mirrors and reinforces the notion of contingency that animates it. By embracing speculation substantively, stylistically, seriously, and playfully, Speculation, Now reveals its subversive and critical potential.

Artists and Essayists
Filip De Boeck, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, William Darity Jr., Darrick Hamilton, Laura Kurgan, Lin + Lam, Gary Lincoff, Lize Mogel, Christina Moon, Stefania Pandolfo, Satya Pemmaraju, Mary Poovey, Walid Raad, Sherene Schostak, Robert Sember, Srdjan Jovanović Weiss  

Published by Duke University Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, available fall 2014. 

By Any Name: A Tiny Archive of Critical Viewpoints on The New School

This collection of responses by members of The New School community reflects on The New School’s 90th anniversary at a time when the university contends with a highly publicized period of internal criticism and activism. The voices assembled in this publication examine the school’s legacy of progressive pedagogy and institutional policy, and ask that it remain a catalyst for social transformation in the future.

The related exhibition and series of workshops and lectures, took place at The New School, October 19-24, 2009.

This text is currently available free of charge from the Vera List Center. For more information, email

A pdf of the guide can also be downloaded here.

Considering Forgiveness

Edited by Aleksandra Wagner with Carin Kuoni

Inspired by the 2005-06 cycle of public programs, Considering Forgiveness is the first in a series of forthcoming books that examine pressing issues of social, cultural and political relevance from a multitude of perspectives. The Considering Forgiveness volume (published in 2009) is edited by Aleksandra Wagner with Carin Kuoni, with curatorial advice by Matthew Buckingham. It features textual and visual contributions commissioned for this publication from scholars, activists and artists, including Anne Aghion, Ayreen Anastas, Gregg Bordowitz, Omer Fast, Rene Gabri, Andrea Geyer, Mark Godfrey, Sharon Hayes, Sandi Hillal, Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman, Susan Hiller, Julia Kristeva, Lin + Lam, Jeffrey Olick, Brian Price, Jane Taylor, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl.

284 pages, color throughout, index & bibliography, $24

Available in bookstores, at online retailers, and directly through D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers.

For more information, visit Considering Forgiveness on the VLC website.

OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding Exhibition Guide

On view at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design from October 15, 2008, to February 1, 2009, the exhibition OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding was conceived as an interdisciplinary investigation of democracy positioned as a consumer brand. Including original commissions and works by Yael Bartana, Sam Durant, Liam Gillick, Aleksandra Mir, Carlos Motta, Trevor Paglen, The Yes Men, and many others, the exhibition was guest-curated by Carin Kuoni and Marisa Olson (web component) and accompanied by a newspaper-style exhibition guide designed by Project Projects. The guide contains introductory statements by the curators; a complete list of public programs associated with the exhibition and the Vera List Center’s 2008-09 annual theme, Branding Democracy; and information on artworks and participants.

The exhibition guide is currently available free of charge from the Vera List Center. For more information, email

A pdf of the guide can also be downloaded here.

Occasional Papers

The Vera List Center has published a number of occasional papers based on its public programs. Except where noted, the following publications are currently available free of charge from the Vera List Center. For more information, email

PDFs of most occasional papers can be downloaded here.

Berger, Maurice, ed., Are We Ready for a Cabinet Level Position for Culture?
New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 1999. 20 pages, 7¼" x 10”
Proceedings of a panel discussion held on April 9, 1999, with contributions from Lonnie Bunch, Annie Cohen-Solal, Sondra Farganis, Frank Hodsoll, Sondra Myers (moderator), and Clement Price. Preface by Maurice Berger.

Berger, Maurice, Patrons of Progress: The New School University Art Collection
New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 2002. 22 pages, 17 color and black & white illustrations, 10" x 6½”
Out of print. Introductions by Sondra Farganis and Stefano Basilico.

Brenson, Michael, The Guggenheim, Corporate Populism, and the Future of the Corporate Museum
New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 2002. 32 pages, 6½" x 10”
Revised version of the 2002 John McDonald Moore Lecture, delivered by Michael Brenson on May 2, 2002.

Lalli, Alexia, ed. Havana. Patrimony, Patience, and Progress: Architecture, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics and Heritage Trail, 2001. 57 pages, 4 black & white illustrations, 7¼" x 9¾”
Out of print. Proceedings of a conference held on December 7, 2001, with contributions from Peg Breen, Leland D. Cott, Mario Coyula, Victor Marin Crespo, Luly Duke, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Alex Herrera, Robert Mayers, Julio Cesar Perez, Linda Robinson, and Eduardo Luis Rodriguez. Preface by Alexia Lalli; introductions by Sondra Farganis and Richard D. Kaplan.

Martin, Richard, With Bustle
New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 1999. 28 pages, 9 black & white illustrations, 5 5/8" x 9”
Out of print. Essay based on the author’s contribution to the panel discussion "Fashioning Beauty at Century’s End," presented in April 1998 under the auspices of the Dr. Sylvia S. Riskin Project in the Politics of Fashion.