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Invitation to Participate in the Offense and Dissent Exhibition

We would like to invite your participation in an exhibition titled Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict and Belonging at The New School (working title) to be installed this summer in the Kellen Gallery at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.  The second exhibition to explore the diversity of the university community, this exhibition examines three moments in the history of The New School in which art and design were in a political vortex with widely varying responses. In addition to the three incidents, we would like to have a fourth exploration that is a present-day investigation by faculty, staff and students at The New School in dialogue with an image/installation or an element of design that they regularly encounter at the university.

We ask that you

1.     Select either ­an artwork or an aspect of design that you regularly encounter at the university to which you have a strong reaction, positive or negative, that you may not necessarily share with others.  The work should be either an image or installation from The New School Art Collection that is in the hallways, offices, courtyards and hallways of the university OR it should be an element of design—graphic, interior or architecture—on campus.

2.     Describe briefly why you are provoked or disturbed by the image/design: How do you encounter this work?  Why does it disturb or delight you? How do others feel? Does it exclude some people in its address?  Are you left out, drawn in, disgusted, bored, taken aback?  If you could effect a change with regard to the display, design or reception of this piece of work, how might you begin?

3.     Suggest three questions that you would use to initiate a conversation with your colleagues to make such a change possible.

We are interested in all three aspects of your response – selection, disagreement and dialogue – and will include these texts with questions and the corresponding artwork/designs, as appropriate, as part of the exhibition.

If you are interested in participating, please let us know by email right away.  The subsequent deadlines would be as follows:

April 15: Art/design work or space selected.  Please let us know the title of the piece and its location or the space/design to which you are responding.

May 15:  Text and questions due.

Click the link for a draft description of the exhibition: Offense and Dissent Description

We hope you will be interested in participating.

Best regards,

Radhika, Mark and Julia