New York’s Parsons appoints new director

Parsons The New School for Design has appointed Radhika Subramaniam as director and chief curator of the Sheila C Johnson Design Center.

The New York institution, founded in 1896, specialises in art and design education. Its newest campus, the Sheila C Johnson Design Center, combines learning and public programme spaces with exhibition galleries, as a venue for art and design programming.

Subramaniam, who is best known as a curator, editor and writer, left her position as director of cultural programmes at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to take the job.

She says, ‘The Sheila C Johnson Design Center has the potential to be a leading forum for creative research that considers conceptions of intimate and public realms as well as physical and virtual space, responding with intellectual rigor to the questions of form and politics.’

In a second role, Subramaniam will be assistant professor of art and design history and theory.

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