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Governing Bodies - exhibition

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

"Governing Bodies" is a collaborative group show that tests democratic mechanisms in creative practice.

Inspired by the United States’ 2016 national election, "Governing Bodies" began as a process to enhance community and to dissect democratic decision making. Over nine weeks, the artists in the exhibition met weekly to make work using a variety of voting processes, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of collective consensus.

"Governing Bodies" features work from current Parsons MFA Photography students Zeshan Ahmed, Maryanne Braine, Siho Chang, Amanda Field, Shannon Finnell, Isadora Frost, Hannah Harley, María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid, Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong, Mónika Izing, Jenna Petrone, Ariana Sarwari, and Richard Wade with curation led by Kayla Seifert (MA History of Design and Curatorial Practice). 

Support provided by the MFA Photography program and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

Event Type

Exhibitions and Openings


General Public


Sheila C. Johnson Design Center


Art and Design, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas, Creativity and Innovation


Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology








Additional Details

Exhibition reception: Thursday, December 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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People Interested (25)

Taylyn Washington-Harmon Siho Chang Juliana Broad Doris Huang Mónika Izing
María del Mar Ellyse Pollack Princess Weekes Maryanne Braine Alden Roth

Getting Here

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.