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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.


Margot Bouman

Margot Bouman is Assistant Professor of Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design. Her research addresses the role of television in the resurgence of the historical avant-garde in the late 1960s and the emergence of postmodernism in the late 1970s.

MARGOT BOUMAN is Assistant Professor of Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design and co-director of a university-wide graduate certificate and an undergraduate minor in gender and sexuality studies. She is completing a manuscript on sampling as a site-specific practice in contemporary art entitled Cut, Shift, Paste: Sampling and the Site-Specific in Contemporary Art. By "cut, shift and paste," her proposed book’s title makes reference to the formal strategies that involve removing an artifact of everyday life from its intended context, and then shifting or relocating it by placing it in a new context, or site. This practice calls attention to the fragment, its origins, and just as importantly the contingency of site.

Her GIDEST research project addresses the formative role television played in the reconstitution of the historical avant-garde in the late 1960s and then, a bare decade later, modernism’s turbulent overlap with postmodernism. Her project is rooted in television studies, art history and social theory. It considers the role of television and the televisual in, first, the revival of the historical avant-garde in visual art of the 1960s; secondly, the emergence of postmodernism in visual art in the 1970s and 1980s; and finally, the emergence of event-based artwork that orchestrates social feedback situations.