Radhika Subramaniam is a curator and researcher interested in urban crises and surprises, particularly crowds, cultures of catastrophe and human-animal relationships. She is Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons School for Design/The New School where she is assistant professor at the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary and dialogic, committed to public pedagogy, critical urbanism and political and social justice. Her curatorial projects include Art in Odd Places: Number (2013) and Sign (2009, with Erin Donnelly),Abecedarium for Our Times (Apexart, 2008), and Cities, Art and Recovery (LMCC, 2005–2006), a major two-year international initiative focused on art and culture in the aftermath of catastrophe. At the SJDC, she has developed dialogic curatorial platforms such as Living Concrete/Carrot City (2010, with Nevin Cohen), #searchunderoccupy (2012, collaboratively curated), Art Environment Action! (2012), an environmental “artshop,” Masterpieces of Everyday New York: Objects as Story (2013, with Margot Bouman) and Offense and Dissent: Image, Conflict, Belonging (2014, with Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore). Among her articles are Urban Physiognomies (Sarai Reader 02, 2002), Living Concrete/Carrot City: An exhibition platform as a growing medium (with Nevin Cohen, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2012), and In Search of the Indian Cow (in History According to Cattle, ed. Terike Haapoja and Laura Gustafsson, 2015). She was formerly the Director of Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the founding executive editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Connect: Art. Politics.Theory.Practice. She has been a SEED Foundation teaching fellow in urban studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (2012) and an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre (2014). She has a Masters in Anthropology and a PhD. in Performance Studies.
Art Forum is a series of lectures and presentations by artists, critics, museum directors, art historians, and curators. Through exposing students to the experiences of international artists and members of the global arts community, this course intends to introduce students to the creative process, different philosophies of art, and the role of art in private and public life.