the vera list center for art and politics at the new school announces new staff appointments and formation of academic advisory council

The VLC's new staff members

New York, January 11, 2022 - The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School today announced that they have expanded its team to fill several recently created positions: Tabor Banquer has joined as the first Director of Strategy and Advancement; Re’al Christianhas joined as the new Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives; Regan de Loggans joins as the inaugural Borderlands Curatorial Fellow for 2021–2022; and Camila Palomino is the new Curatorial Assistant. They complement the current team, Senior Director and Chief Curator Carin Kuoni, Curator Eriola Pira, and Assistant Director of Operations Adrienne Umeh.

With the expansion of the VLC staff, the center will move forward with clarity, distinction, and an even greater capacity for curatorial, editorial, and community-driven work as they prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the VLC later this year. 

The Vera List Center has also launched its first Academic Advisory Council, an interdisciplinary group of faculty experts from across The New School charged with providing guidance and insights as the Center builds out its free educational programming, especially the highly regarded Vera List Center Seminars and Fellowships. We are pleased to welcome council members Shana AgidRich BlintJaskiran Dhillon, Andrea GeyerToya LillardJessica MastersShannon MatternRicardo MontezRadhika SubramaniamDeva Woodly, and Jeffrey Zeigler. The inaugural VLC Academic Advisory Council is chaired by Carin Kuoni and Jeannine Tang, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies.

“It’s both humbling and exhilarating that we’ve been able to assemble such a stellar team,” says Carin Kuoni. “The times are calling for it: as democratic institutions crumble and social life transforms, the need for new forms of sociality is urgent. Art has always been political, but never have there been so many artists who are deeply engaged with their communities and leading the way towards more expansive notions of political empowerment. The VLC’s long-term support of research-driven artists is perfectly complemented by our intellectual home, The New School. As we enter the 30th anniversary of the VLC’s founding with our exceptional, new colleagues, we have become a formidable force helping advance the understanding and impact of these courageous artists.”

This growth has been made possible by generous support from several major individual and institutional donors, including gallerist and VLC board member Jane Lombard, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Kettering Fund, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

The staff expansion also complements recent additions to the Vera List Center's 20-person Advisory Board. Our five new members—Linda EarlePia InfanteLouis MassiahAlan Michelson, and Naeem Mohaiemen—contribute to the dynamic and diverse board chaired by James Keith Brown that will guide the VLC through these critical times and into the future.

VERA LIST CENTER ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL: 2021–2022

  • Shana Agid, Dean, School of Art, Media, and Technology; Associate Professor, Arts, Media, and Communication, Parsons School of Design
  • Rich Blint, Assistant Professor of Literature; Director, Program in Race and Ethnicity; Affiliate Faculty, Gender Studies, Eugene Lang College
  • Jessica Masters, Assistant Director, Curricular Affairs, Provost’s Office
  • Jaskiran Dhillon, Associate Professor, Global Studies and Anthropology, Schools of Public Engagement
  • Andrea Geyer, Associate Professor, New Genres, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons School of Design; 2006–2007 VLC Fellow
  • Carin Kuoni (co-chair), Senior Director/Chief Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics; Assistant Professor, Visual Studies, The New School
  • Toya Lillard, Part-time Lecturer; School of Drama, New School College of the Performing Arts
  • Shannon Mattern, Professor, Department of Anthropology, New School for Social Research
  • Ricardo Montez, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, Schools of Public Engagement
  • Radhika Subramaniam, Associate Professor of Visual Culture, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design
  • Jeannine Tang (co-chair), Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies; Interim Director, Visual Studies, Eugene Lang College
  • Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research
  • Jeffrey Zeigler (associate member), part-time Assistant Professor, Mannes College of Music, New School College of the Performing Arts

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is the preeminent research center for public scholarship on art, culture, and politics and the creation and presentation of visionary, politically engaged art projects. We are: A vibrant locally, nationally, and internationally connected hub for art that advances equity, inclusion, and social justice; a forum for rigorous study, research, and teaching on the significance of art in advancing political empowerment, relationality, and reciprocity; and a venue to support, present, and commission visionary projects. Together, our mission is to foster vibrant and diverse communities of artists, scholars, and policymakers who take creative, intellectual, and political risks to make the world more joyful and more just.

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