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Towanda: An American Town Pictured

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Opening reception: Wednesday, October 29. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

During the Fall of 2013, 15 students from Parsons The New School for Design collaborated with Documentary Strategies instructor, Vincent Cianni, in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video.

The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation. The project was further developed by a team of graphic designers led by Parsons Graphic Design professor Jeanne Verdoux. The 16 designers collaborated to produce a printed poster-catalog of the project, a live website, and an overall graphic identity that complemented and broadened the scope of the work of the photography students.

This exhibition which includes photography, video, and posters continues the project: it highlights the works produced by both photographers and designers while renewing an engagement with the town of Towanda, PA. It thereby forges a new link between rural Pennsylvania and the New York galleries at SJDC/Parsons The New School for Design.

Artists: Vincent Cianni, Luke Clerkin, Jordan Jablon, Abigail Nicolas, Carson Russell, Daniel Evan Rodriguez, Lior Tamim, Sarah Uriarte, Olivia Zimmerman

Designers: Kathryn Carissimi, Ariel Chan, Jessica Chen, Thando Hadebe, Kelin Handville, Genevieve Howe, Anri Kang, Na Youn “Jenny” Kim, Nicholas Lee, Carmen McLeod, Anna Meininger, Audrey Melick, Christopher Rodriguez, Jenna Saraco, Youshin Song, Annette Wong

Curator: Carmen McLeod

Attendant Programs:

Panel discussion
"Documentary Strategies and Perception: Building a Picture of Community and Collaboration" 
Date TBD

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Photo: Abigail Nicolas

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