Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Wednesday, October 2 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Playing The Auditorium

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This event celebrates the sonic possibilities of one of The New School’s oldest and most stunning spaces. Designed in the 1930s by legendary architect Joseph Urban, the auditorium (formerly called Tishman Auditorium) in Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall has served as the venue for notable lectures and performances including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 speech “The Summer of Our Discontent.” In a 2004 article, the New York Times described the auditorium as “one of the city's great modern interiors,” an “egg-shaped room [that] focuses on a broad, arched proscenium,” with a “delicate, layered ceiling” “painted in nine tones of gray.”

Contemporary sound artist Kabir Carter will evoke the architecture and history of this auditorium in performing a unique sound composition, using the space not simply as a site for performance but as an instrument to be played. Sound technicians who have worked at the auditorium over the years have been invited to participate in the performance. Afterward Caroline Dionne, assistant professor in the history and theory of design practice at Parsons School of Design, and Sreshtra Rit Premnath, director of Parsons' BFA Fine Arts program, will lead a discussion involving audience participation.

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Kabir Carter

Kabir Carter's work moves between performance and installation, and has been exhibited and featured at Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana (2011); PiST Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul (2011); the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York (2011... Read More →

Faculty Organizer
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Caroline Dionne

Assistant Professor Art & Design History & Theory, Parsons School of Design
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Sreshta Rit Premnath

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design
Sreshta Rit Premnath (born 1979, Bangalore, India) works across multiple media, investigating systems of representation and reflecting on the process by which images become icons and events become history. He has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 5:00pm - 6:15pm EDT
The Auditorium - A106