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Frank Stella At The Parsons Table with Paul Goldberger

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Parsons School of Design is proud to host Frank Stella At The Parsons Table with Paul Goldberger. 

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Frank Stella (b.1936 in Malden, MA, USA) began his career with his renowned Black Paintings. Precursors to Minimalism, four were included in MoMA’s Sixteen Americans1959 exhibition.

In 1960, Stella had his first solo show at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. Throughout his career he has been included in major influential exhibitions at galleries and Museums around the world. In 1970, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at MoMA, and was honored by a second retrospective at MoMA in 1987, an act unprecedented for a living artist.

In 1983, he was appointed the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. In 1986, these lectures were published under the title Working Space.

Stella is the recipient of honorary degrees from Princeton, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. In 1989, he received the Ordre des Arts et des Letters from the French government. He was elected Honorary Royal Academician in 1993. In 2000, Stella was first American to have a dedicated gallery space within the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London. Stella was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2009. In 2012, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany exhibited a retrospective of Stella’s works. A retrospective of Mr. Stella works was on view at the Whitney Museum of Art in 2015 traveled to Fort Worth & San Francisco in 2016. An exhibition of new work will open at Marianne Boesky Gallery, May 2017. He lives and works in New York City. Deauville, a monumental 45-foot painting from Stella’s 1970s Race Track series, was recently installed at the University Center's Tishman Auditorium as part of The New School Art Collection.

Photo credit: Frank Stella, Deauville, 1970, The New School Art Collection, photo by Galo Studios.

In this intimate, one-on-one conversation, Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic and Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at Parsons, will engage Frank Stella on his life and work.

Paul Goldberger is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.

This event is sponsored by the Dean's Office of Parsons School of Design

At the Parsons Table is an on-going series of conversational interviews with cultural luminaries hosted by Pulitzer-Prize winning author and Parsons faculty member Paul Goldberger, well-known for his contributions to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. These conversations provide exclusive insights into the creative process and innovative thinking of artists, designers, and industry leaders. At the Parsons Table guests have included such icons as Ralph Lauren, Mickey Drexler, Sheila C. Johnson, Robert Wong, Frank Gehry, Chuck Close, Bruce Mau, Donna Karan, and Thomas Heatherwick

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General Public


Art and Design


Parsons School of Design


Fine Arts



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