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Wednesday, October 2 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Launch of "I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here: Site-Specific Art at The New School"

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I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here: Site-Specific Art at The New School is edited by Frances Richard and conceived and produced by Silvia Rocciolo, Lydia Matthews and Eric Stark as a collaboration between The New School Art Collection and Parsons Curatorial Design Research Lab

Please join us in celebrating the launch of this book in a series of readings and performances staged across three campus buildings: the sites of commissioned works by José Clemente Orozco, Kara Walker, and Agnes Denes. Like the essays in the book, this traveling event will feature artists and scholars who critically and creatively respond to these permanent installations from their own unique perspectives. The evening will include a performance by award-winning choreographer Edisa Weeks; a commissioned composition by jazz musician and New School professor Dave Douglas (workshopped and performed with his College of Performing Arts students); and readings by book contributors including poet Carl Hancock Rux, writer-art critic Aruna D’Souza, artist and New School faculty member Andrea Geyer, cultural historian and New School professor Julia Foulkes, and fashion hacktivist and Parsons School of Design professor Otto von Busch. A reception and book sales will follow in the University Center, the location of Agnes Denes’ sweeping 2016 installation titled Pascal’s Perfect Probability Pyramid & the People Paradox—The Predicament (PPPPPPP).

José Clemente Orozco
Orozco Room, 7th Floor, Joseph Urban Building (66 West 12th)

(Limited seating in the Orozco Room Only - Please Register by signing up on the upper right-hand corner) 
The evening will be introduced by Silvia Rocciolo, Lydia Matthews, and Josephine Lee, with a text performed by Carl Hancock Rux and readings by Julia Foulkes and Otto von Busch

Kara Walker
Lobby, Arnold Hall (55 West 13th)

Performance by Edisa Weeks


Agnes Denes
2nd floor cafeteria, University Center (63 5th Ave)

Readings by Aruna D'Souza and Andrea Geyer followed by a debut of a commissioned, site-specific composition in response to the Agnes Denes mural by New School professor, composer, and musician Dave Douglas, workshopped and performed with students from The New School College of Performing Arts. The evening culminates with an opportunity to purchase the book and a musical reception with drinks & hors d'oeuvres.

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Dave Douglas

Composer and Producer, Part-Time Lecturer, Mannes School of Music
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. Douglas' career spans more than 50 unique original recordings as... Read More →
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Aruna D'Souza

Writer-art critic
Aruna D'Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited), was named one of the... Read More →
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Julia Foulkes

Professor of History, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Julia Foulkes investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. Professor Foulkes's most recent book, A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016), examines what this legendary musical and film reveal about mid 20th century New York. She has curated an exhibition marking the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins that focuses on his relation to New York: Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York, at New York Public Library... Read More →
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Andrea Geyer

Associate Professor of New Genres, Parsons School of Design
Andrea Geyer is a multi-disciplinary artist un-sensing the construction and politics of time. Her works use performance and video to activate the lingering potential of specific events, places, or biographies as lived in woman identified bodies. She materializes the entanglement of... Read More →
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Carl Hancock Rux

Faculty, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Carl Hancock Rux is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University of California–San... Read More →
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Otto von Busch

Associate Professor of Integrated Design, Parsons School of Design
Otto von Busch is associate professor of integrated design at Parsons School of Design. In his research he explores how the powers of fashion can be bent to achieve a positive personal and social condition with which the Everyperson is free to grow to their full potential. He has... Read More →
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Edisa Weeks

Choreographer, Performer, Educator, Maker, DELIRIOUS Dances
Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates multimedia interdisciplinary works, that merge theater with dance to explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, "a gift for simple... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Orozco Room- A712