(under)REPRESENT(ed) is an exhibition that highlights Parsons alumni of color who address race and identity as a central theme in their art and design practices.
(under)REPRESENT(ed) will provide rich opportunities to engage with crucial examples of creative practices that produce, support, and sustain innovative responses to racism and engage with the lived experience of race. People of color are greatly underrepresented in the professional fields of art and design, despite the rich foundation of work and histories created by designers and artists of color on which these industries and fields are built. By centering the work of people of color — as in all social movements and social justice initiatives — (under)REPRESENT(ed) offers space for those who are most deeply affected to propose necessary ways to address racism. In an era that promises to deeply challenge our existing tools of resistance, more than ever we need current and inspiring examples of the power of art and design to address and dismantle systems of racism.
A two-week series of events, launching during this year’s Parsons Reunion, will center on (under)REPRESENT(ed) and will include panel discussions, workshops, and community-building opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and the general public.
Parsons Reunion Reception and (under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening: Saturday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
(under)REPRESENT(ed) Opening Reception to the public: Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
(under)REPRESENT(ed) Driving Committee
Havanna Fisher Newby, BFA Fashion Design ’14, BA The Arts ’14
Scherezade García-Vazquez, BFA Illustration ’90
Joelle Riffle, BFA Communication Design ’13
Yelaine Rodríguez, BFA Fashion Design ’13
Sable Elyse Smith, MFA Design and Technology ’13
Nadia Williams, BFA Fashion Design ’01
(under)REPRESENT(ed) Parsons Alumni Exhibitors
Salome Asega, MFA Design and Technology '14
Ryquriea Byrd, MA Fashion Studies '16
Patricia Encarnacion Contreras, BFA Communication Design '14
Alston Green, CGRD Illustration '72
Kimberly Jenkins, MA Fashion Studies '13
Leslie Jimenez, BFA Fine Arts '12
Sarah Jimenez, MFA Fine Arts '13
Jeana Lindo, BFA Photography '17
Joy McKinney, MFA Photography '14
Ronald Morrison, MS Design and Urban Ecologies '15
Inyegumena Nosegbe, BFA Communication Design '16
Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology '15
Isaac Paris, BFA Communication Design '78
Kaitlynn Redell, MFA Fine Arts '13
Ken Tanabe, MFA Design and Technology '04
James Terrell, MFA Painting '02
Noelle Theard, MFA Photography '14
Duncan Tonatiuh, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08, BA Liberal Arts '08
Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design Curriculum '08