Art, Environment, Action!

Art, Environment, Action!

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design

September 17, 2012
Art, Environment, Action!

September 28–December 15, 2012

September 27, 6:30–8:30pm

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons the New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, New York

Art, Environment, Action! is an interactive and interdisciplinary laboratory taking place this fall at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for DesignArt, Environment, Action! Over its nearly four-month run, this creative laboratory will bring together a diverse cross-section of artists, designers, architects, dancers, chefs, and scientists, working at the intersections of art, pedagogy, and ecology. Designed as a “toy box” of possibilities, the gallery will be continually transformed through dynamic programs that will rely on public participation. Visitors are invited to sign up for workshops, off-site explorations, walks, dialogues, and other interactive exchanges led by the artists, encouraging their active engagement as makers and thinkers. Artifacts of these exchanges will seed subsequent dialogue and interaction in the gallery.

“We see the galleries as spaces with which to think, rather than as venues for display,” says Radhika Subramaniam, Director and Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the curator of the lab. “Art, Environment, Action! is about catalyzing a culture of conversation, creative experience, and action. It is co-created by participants and artists.”

Participating artists and collectives include: Beehive Design CollectiveBeatriz da Costa; The Cotard Syndicate (Stefani Bardin, Toby Heys, and Siddharth Ramakrishnan); Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint | ecoarttech; Futurefarmers with Studio-X; Michael Mandiberg; Jennifer Monson and Kate Cahill; Beverly Naidus; OPENrestaurant/Jerome Waag; Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science; Red76; Stephanie Rothenberg (REV-); Tattfoo Tan; Jill Sigman/thinkdance; and Trade School.

Click here for more information on the workshops, performances, and other activities that are part of Art, Environment, Action! and to sign up for the workshops and other activities.

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaceswith exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Lyn Rice Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information, please click here.


General information

Hours: daily 12–6pm, and Thu until 8pm
Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Admission: Free

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