Collections featuring course catalogs from across New School divisions, programs and schools. Includes catalogs from Parsons and Mannes before they joined The New School.VIEW GALLERY
Catalog and selected portraits featured in Inspiring Women: Designers from Parsons' Archives, an exhibition celebrating a group of multi-talented women who made their way in the world as working designers, educators, mentors. Curated by Alexandra Anderson and PJ Carlino, Parsons graduate students. Rachael Stollar, MFA Photography at Parsons created a video preview for the exhibition.VIEW GALLERY
Catalog and selected materials from Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, a 2011 exhibition curated by Parsons School of Design graduate students. The exhibition explored the forces behind the changes in the 1950s and '60s that led Parsons to revamp its storied, long-running Interior Design program--with its focus on imparting "taste" and the ability to make impeccable reproductions of historical rooms for a high-end clientele--into a broader Environmental Design program that encouraged experimentation and socially-engaged design practice.VIEW GALLERY
Offense + Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging, a 2014 exhibition, explored the ways in which offense has been given (and taken) and dissent expressed (and managed) through three incidents in the history of The New School: the 1951 and ’53 curtaining of the Orozco murals during the red scare years; the 1970 anti-war exhibition put up by Parsons students, in lieu of a senior show, in solidarity with the National Student Strike in response to the Kent State shootings and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia; and the 1989 Matsunaga affair. Through memoranda, letters, posters, press coverage, catalogues, illustrations, graphics and interviews, largely drawn from The New School Archives and Special Collections, as well as two original editorial illustrations produced for the exhibition, the exhibition traces the rapid-fire interchange of various perspectives and reactions in each instance. They demonstrate in real time the power of images both to inspire and to wound. Curators: Julia Foulkes, Mark Larrimore and Radhika Subramaniam. Research assistant: Laura WingVIEW GALLERY
Selected materials from VOICES OF CRISIS: American Race Crisis Lectures at The New School, a 2014 exhibition held at The New School. Curated by Miles Kohrman, a Eugene Lang College alumnus, VOICES OF CRISIS explored the American Race Crisis lecture series held at The New School in 1964. The original series sought to broaden understanding of the struggle for racial equality, featuring leaders of the civil rights movement, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, and John Killens.VIEW GALLERY
Highlights from the New School Archives and Special Collections relating to fashion design, education, illustration and marketing.VIEW GALLERY
A sample of highlights from collections in approximate chronological order related to interior design, interior designers, and interior design education.
The New School Archives documents the history of Parsons School of Design back to its founding in 1896 by collecting records produced by faculty, students, former students, and associates of Parsons. Because Parsons has been such an important design school for so long, and so many important figures in the design universe have either gone to school here, or taught here (or both), our collections can open a window onto many 20th (and 21st) century design practices, trends and changes.
Click the thumbnails below to see featured items and brief descriptions of selected collections related to the history of the New School.VIEW GALLERY
Collections of theses submitted by master's degree students from a range of programs at The New School.VIEW GALLERY
Student petitions, fliers, and letters that document activism at The New School throughout its history. The archival objects featured here document over sixty years of protest on campus, from the student campaigns against the Vietnam War to those urging greater diversity in the university.VIEW GALLERY