The Vera List Center occasionally co-organizes exhibitions. They often include participatory elements that engage students, New School faculty, and the public in workshops and other programs that use the university setting and its resources while reflecting critically on this unique context and its institutional history. Some of the VLC's exhibition projects relate to current events—for instance, the 2008 U.S. presidential elections—or actively explore the exhibition’s role as a site of exchange by incorporating elements that develop and change over time. Full information on all of the VLC's exhibitions can be accessed on the VLC website.



Theaster Gates: A Way of Working

September 18 - October 5, 2013
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue
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The New School's Vera List Center for Art and Politics and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for Design present Theaster Gates: A Way of Working. Curated in collaboration with Theaster Gates, recipient of the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the gallery presentation—along with a two-day public forum on September 18–19—is the culmination of The New School's 18-month engagement with the artist and his work. Theaster Gates: A Way of Working offers a view of how the artist develops synergies within his far-reaching work and examines his complex ways of creating and maintaining an expanded studio practice rooted in institutional engagement, object making, and the production of space. Gates is globally renowned for his genre-defying explorations of community, history, race, and politics.  

The exhibition is part of a larger celebration and investigation of Gates' practice, also titled Theaster Gates: A Way of Working, including a two-day public forum, an artist lecture, and the presentation of the prize, designed by Yoko Ono.




November 17 - 30, 2010

Vogue'ology contains seemingly incompatible elements: aesthetic experience and political activism; community events and forensic research; public manifestations and private workshops. The exhibition is a joint project between the Ballroom Archive & Oral History Project and the sound art collective Ultra-red. Central to the collaboration is a shared interest in developing terms that can serve to organize the Ballroom Archive, a community-initiated effort to gather histories of the House|Ballroom scene. Rather than exhibiting the archive or attempting to represent the House|Ballroom scene itself, Vogue'ology investigates the processes and goals of archiving as they pertain to the specific characteristics and conditions of the House|Ballroom scene. Its structure and aesthetic elements amplify the resonances between the vocabularies of both archive and Balls, particularly their common interest in protocol, category, disassembly, and recombination.

Arbert Santana Evisu, member of House of Evisu
Carin Kuoni, director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Robert Sember, member of Ultra-red sound art collective, 2009-2010 Vera List Center Fellow

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of free public programs, including panel discussions, a listening session, and a film screening of Jean Carlomusto's Sex in an Epidemic (2010).



The Cardew Object: Exhibition in the Skybridge Art & Sound Space

April 15 – May 10, 2010
Skybridge Gallery, Eugene Lang college, 65 West 11th Street
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New School faculty members Sarah Montague and Simonetta Moro and their students in the Skybridge Curatorial Project present an exhibition celebrating Cornelius Cardew's work and related events. Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) was a seminal figure of the British avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s. A student of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen and a follower of John Cage, he formed the Scratch Orchestra with Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton in 1969 in London. Based on their experiments, Cardew published the book Scratch Music, now a classic resource for experimental musicians. In the late 1970s, Cardew became increasingly involved in Marxist-Leninist discourse, eventually rejecting his own compositional work as elitist. Events include an introduction to Cardew, a film screening of Luke Fowler's Pilgrimage From Scattered Points, discussion, and sound installation.

By Any Name ImgBy Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School

October 19 – 24, 2009
Parts & Labor Gallery at The New School, 66 West 12th Street
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Events related to exhibition

Organized in response to the 90th anniversary of The New School, this collaboration between Parts & Labor and the Vera List Center features a series of free events hosted in Parts & Labor’s mobile gallery, parked outside Tishman Auditorium. Consisting of an exhibition and sound installation as well as a series of live events including discussions, lectures, workshops and psychic readings staged inside the truck and in The New School’s "signature building" at 66 West 12th Street, "By Any Name" examines the institutional and pedagogical histories of the university. The events are accompanied by a text written by members of The New School community (downloadable PDF):

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

OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

October 16, 2008 – February 1, 2009
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 
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On view at Parsons The New School for Design, the exhibition OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding ushers in the Vera List Center’s 2008-2009 program cycle, Branding Democracy. Hosted and organized by Parsons The New School for Design and curated by the Vera List Center’s director, the exhibition is timed to coincide with the final stages of the American presidential elections. It presents a range of works by emerging and established international artists that reflect some of the desires generated and satisfied by democracy—such as choice, participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success—and asks whether these values have become associated with the idea of democracy in the way a consumer brand acquires value.

The exhibition is complemented by a range of lectures, talks, performances, workshops, and participatory events, many of which take place in the gallery, within a “democratic” structure designed for this purpose by British artist Liam Gillick.

Beg Your Pardon ImgI Beg Your Pardon

October 15 - 16, 2005
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 4th floor

In a political environment saturated by aggression and segregation along various power lines, processes of reconciliation and forgiveness have been strategically used as tactics for political and social manipulations. For this two-day exhibition installed in New School classrooms, artists are asked to contribute a statement, video, image, or text to address possibilities for the "Reestablishing of Cordial Relations" or "Forgiveness" in the context of their work and the political environment.

The exhibition is organized by artist Andrea Geyer, and includes contributions by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Nancy Brooks Brody, Matthew Buckingham, Discoteca Flaming Star (Cristina Gomez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer), Ulrike Feser, Benj Gerdes, Jennifer Hayashida, Sharon Hayes, Maryam Jafri, Jesal Kapadia, Lin + Lam, Cristóbal Lehyt, Tara Mateik, Ulrike Mueller, Taisha Paggett and Ashley Hunt, Katrin Pesch, Yvonne Rainer, The Speculative Archive (Julia Meltzer/David Thorne), Emily Roydson, Valerie Tevere, James Tsang, and US Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter/Jeff Derksen/Helmut Weber). 

Geyer ImgIdentify! or Studies on the Political Subject

October 23, 2004
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 4th floor

Curated by artist Andrea Geyer, Identify! or Studies on the Political Subject, is a one-day exhibition of projected images and sound including slides, videos, 16mm film, and FM radio, that investigates the relationship between individuals and the state. In a political environment with systems of inclusion and exclusion (on the level of community and government as well as history) that have been polemically simplified and emotionally charged, these works aim to engage the political subject in its complex and multilayered existences, as discourse, as experience, as claim, as trace, as action, and non-action.

Participants include Yael Bartana, Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber, Matthew Buckingham, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Lana Lin, neuroTransmitter, Jesal Kapadia, Katya Sander, Klaus Weber and Florian Wüst.



French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial Exhibition

February 3 – March 6, 1997
The New School, Albert List Academic Center
65 Fifth Avenue, lobby 
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This exhibition is based on the book French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial, by Serge Klarsfeld, and incorporates photographs and documents never before shown in the United States. Between 1942 and 1944, 11,400 Jewish children were deported from France to death camps; only about 300 survived. Serge Klarsfeld, a historian and lawyer, has devoted the last 20 years to collecting information on these young victims. Several hundred photographs, from among the 2,500 in his book, constitute the core of the exhibition. Accompanying the photos are official records pertaining to the fate of the children, as well as excepts from their letters.

 In collaboration with the Institute of Retired Professionals and presented alongside the panel discussion "Keeping their Company: French Children of the Holocaust" on February 5, 1997.