The exhibition explored the ways in which offense has been given (and taken) and dissent expressed (and managed) through three incidents in the history of The New School: the 1951 and ’53 curtaining of the University’s signature Orozco murals during the Red Scare years; the 1970 anti-war exhibition put up by Parsons students in lieu of a senior show, in solidarity with the National Student Strike in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia; and the 1989 Matsunaga affair. It also invited students and faculty to submit their own thoughts and responses and featured a few artworks commissioned for the event.
I worked with Julia Foulkes and Radhika Subramaniam from the New School to create a website documenting the exhibition and the responses it roused.
The three focal narratives were separated as chronological subpages. We also included responses from the students and faculty, as well as three conversations among the curators of the exhibition.