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Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

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Arthur Ou

Arthur Ou, Assoicate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design, works in photography, painting, sculpture, and installation, and explores photographic seeing and how it shapes our relationship to the world. 

ARTHUR OU was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and is based currently in Queens, New York. He works in photography, painting, sculpture, and installation, and explores photographic seeing and how it shapes our relationship to the world. He took part in the 2013-15 cycle of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, serving as creative director for the video series The Invisible Photograph. He has exhibited internationally, most recently in the 2018 Queens International at the Queens Museum, “99¢” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and “Astoria,” at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz, Austria.

Arthur’s work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Aperture, Blind Spot, Camera Austria, and Art in America and has been included in several published surveys, including “The Photograph as Contemporary Art,” by Charlotte Cotton, “The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy,” by Walter Benn Michaels, and “Photography is Magic,” also by Charlotte Cotton. Arthur has published critical texts in Aperture, Afterall.org, Artforum.com, Bidoun, Foam, Fantom, Words Without Pictures, and X-Tra. He received his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art and is Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design.

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