#ParsonsFestival Highlights

opening: bfa photography senior thesis exhibition

Friday, May 12, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Milk Studios
450 W. 15th Street
RSVP: https://milk.xyz/event/parsonsmay12/

Join Parsons BFA Photography seniors for the culmination of all their hard work: their senior thesis exhibition at Milk Studios, on view from May 8 through May 18. (read more)

mfa design and technology interactive showcase

Friday May 12, 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
The Making Center
2 W. 13th Street, 2nd floor

Demonstrations of cutting edge interactive projects, games, virtual and augmented reality, and physical products of all types.

parsons scholars program exhibit

Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Starr Foundation Hall and Baldwin Rivera Boggs Social Justice Hub
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, UL102 and fifth floor

Join the Parsons Scholars Program as they celebrate the 20th year of redefining college access. A roundtable discussion between program alumni and current Parsons Scholars will be followed by an exhibition of work from current Scholars, produced between 10th and 12th grades.

bfa communication design thesis book and website launch

Monday, May 15, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Kellen Gallery
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 W. 13th Street

Once again, students have come from around the world and across the country to spend four years engaging with design, the university, and the city. They depart into a world that holds unexpected treasures and challenges, but with optimism about the role of design in a global context. We present here not a selection of work, but rather a comprehensive overview of what they have accomplished this year. (read more)

opening reception: school of constructed environments exhibition

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Parsons East
25 E. 13th Street, second and third floors

The School of Constructed Environments presents an end of year exhibition showcasing work of its 2017 graduating class.

opening: mfa design and technology exhibition: spectrum

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Vera List Center
6 E. 16th Street, twelfth floor

Creative technology projects installed in a gallery environment, ready for your browsing pleasure! (read more)

opening reception: bfa design and technology exhibition: knowing the present as an act of imagination

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Kellen Gallery
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 W. 13th Street

The exhibition represents a wide variety of experimental approaches to technology in the contexts of art, design, music, and gaming. On display are works based in computational form, physical computing, experimental video, immersive environments, game design, and creative technology. (read more)

bfa fine arts show and reception

Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Parsons East
25 E. 13th Street, fourth and fifth floors

Graduating students will be exhibiting their senior projects in painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance and other related media. Showcasing the depth and breadth of our students’ 2017 thesis projects.

performance and screening: mfa design and technology

Tuesday, May 16, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
The Auditorium
66 W. 12th Street

A mix of mind-boggling video, performance, music, and theatre. Seat belts provided.

street seats

Tuesday, May 16 thorugh Sunday, May 21
Corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the Design Build course of the School of Constructed Environments, taught by professors Huy Bui and Carlos Gomez de Llarena, has developed this year’s Street Seats project for the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue. (read more)

opening reception: aas and bfa school of fashion exhibiton

Wednesday May 17, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, third, fourth, and fifth floors

Graduating students of Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, and BFA Fashion Design programs will exhibit their work.

bfa illustration senior showcase

Thursday, May 18, 4:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 W. 13th Street, eighth floor

An open-studio display of work by Illustration seniors.

ms data visualization keynotes

Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, UL105

Featuring the thesis works of graduating students in the Master of Science in Data Visualization, topics include: the cultural influence of Dada, multiplayer gaming environments, Broadway musical theatre, Canada’s Indian residential school system, career paths, sex offender registry laws, traffic congestion in Delhi, and the aesthetic anti-sublime. Reception to follow

bfa illustration book-release party

Thursday, May 18, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
Orientation Room
2 W. 13th Street, ground floor

Book-release party for Uncertainty, the 2017 edition of the Parsons Illustration journal of visual-essays featuring work by all of the senior class members.

stay tuned


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