Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School serves as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It organizes and presents public programs, workshops, research seminars, exhibitions, and publishes occasional books that respond to some of the pressing social and political issues of our time. The center offers fellowships to emerging and exceptionally accomplished cultural practitioners and artists, and supports their research as it infuses the center’s own programs. Focusing on cultural production that emerges within and outside the traditional art worlds, the center seeks to intervene in contemporary political debates and strives to further the university’s educational mission by bringing together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences in an exploration of new possibilities for civic engagement.
"Vogue'ology," exhibition at Parsons The New School for Design, fall 2010. Organized by Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Photo credit: Amanda Ghanooni