Christiane Paul, a professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and an adjunct curator of digital art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been named director and chief curator of the Parsons School of Design’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. She succeeds Radhika Subramaniam, who led the SJDC as its first director from 2009 to 2017.
“Christiane’s focus on socially engaged curatorial practices, particularly in the realm of digital art, reflects Parsons and the New School’s broader mission to foster the transformative potential of art, design, and research,” said Parsons executive dean Joel Towers. A writer, curator, and teacher, Paul is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation’s 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, which recognizes arts writers who have contributed significantly to the field of digital art. Her recent books include A Companion to Digital Art (2016) and Digital Art (2015). Among the exhibitions she’s recently curated are “Little Sister (is watching you, too)” (2015) at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York and “What Lies Beneath” (2015) at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul.
“The SJDC provides a unique platform in that it is already embedded in a network of research, activities, and dialogue and provides a flexible context,” Paul said. “I’m looking forward to continue activating that network, locally and internationally, with exhibitions and events that creatively and critically explore issues with cultural urgency.”