The lobby of the Parsons building at 2 West 13th Street (Shelia C. Johnson Design Center) can get pretty busy during the day with students heading in and out of classes. In the midst of all hustling, it’s easy to miss some of the hidden (or not so hidden) gems right there in the building. The large Anna-Maria and Stephen Keller Gallery, as well as the smaller Arnold and Shelia Ronson Galleries, hold some pretty awesome exhibitions throughout the year, free of charge and open to all!
I have to admit I don’t always take full advantage of the awesome resources we have at Parsons – it’s easy to get caught up doing your own thing and miss some really cool things that are happening right around you! The other day when I was looking in the Parsons windows from outside I could see some pretty interesting sculptures, and I definitely wanted to check out what this exhibit was about.
Things That Go Bump, shown in the largest gallery of the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center, is the third in a series of summer exhibitions that display sculptures from the The New School Art Collection. On display until September 5th, many of the works featured have not been seen in a number of years.
The art displayed in the galleries is frequently updated. Past exhibitions on view have included: Art. Write. Now National Exhibition, which displayed more than 500 art and writing pieces from teens in grades 7-12 who were recognized in the Scholarstic Art & Writing Awards. Another noteworthy exhibition was #SearchUnderOccupy relating to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which had a lot of New School student involvement.
So when you’re looking for an alternative to MOMA, look no further than our very own galleries here at Parsons!