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Parsons School of Design final projects for Time: Frame

Identifier: PC-02-07-01


This collection consists of nineteen volumes of an encyclopedia transformed into individual works of art by undergraduate students in Susan Leopold's Time: Frame course, offered through Parsons School of Design's School of Art, Media and Technology.


  • 2013



1.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Content of Collection

Collection consists entirely of final projects submitted to instructor and book artist Susan Leopold for the School of Art, Media and Technology course entitled "Time: Frame." Following a class visit by Archives staff to introduce artists' books, Leopold provided each student with one volume from her personal set of the 1941 Standard American Encyclopedia and asked them to transform the volume into an artwork while simultaneously maintaining the physical appearance of a book. Students were to consider the concepts of nostalgia, history, and accuracy of information.

Although students were required to submit both the artwork and a PDF document created using the software InDesign, only the artwork was transferred to The New School Archives. Students inserted their own drawings and writings into the pages of the books, carved out pages to form sculptural elements, created digital media to house within the volumes, and altered the bindings.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each project's respective artist. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Biographical Note

Susan Leopold is a New York City-based artist, sculptor and professor in Parsons School of Design's School of Art, Media and Technology. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is an alumna of the Interactive Telecommunications Program of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her work is in the collections of museums and galleries throughout the United States as well as the University of Alberta, Canada and the Biblioteca Centrale Firenze in Florence, Italy. Leopold has exhibited internationally, has been published in numerous periodicals, and is a Metropolitan Transit Authority "Arts for Transit" commission recipient. Her artist book, A Labyrinthine World of Correlations (1995), depicts Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods on the cusp of gentrification and is part of the New School Libraries and Archives' Special Collections. The Susan Harris Gallery represents Leopold's work.

The students in Leopold's course were all Parsons School of Design undergraduates.


Elizabeth Harris Gallery.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by student name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to The New School Archives by student artists, 2013

Guide to the Parsons School of Design final projects for Time: Frame
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
December 11, 2020
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